Mount Jerusalem

Mt Jerusalem National Park

A long out and back day walk to the top of Mt Jerusalem near Nimbin in Northern NSW. Overgrown but easy to follow track that leads almost all the way to the summit.

Bird Watching
Navigation Required
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

Set course for the Mt Nardi Parking area on Newton Drive - just before the broadcast tower.

Route/Trail notes

The start of the walk is only about 20 meters from the carpark. You enter the rainforest and say goodbye to civilisation because you won't be seeing it for a while. The walk starts up the Mt Matheson loop trail then continues along the Historic Nightcap Trail. You will descend down to a junction where you will see an old 4wd trail. From there head uphill along the increasingly overgrown trail. There are sections where trees have collapsed on the trail that you will have to climb over or skirt around. Eventually you will reach a spot height with some nice views. From here get ready for lots of knee high grass sections. You will descend again only to reascend shortly after reaching yet another spot height this time marked with a little shelter, the best views of the whole track and a very overgrown 4wd road which you will follow. This section involves a lot of thick knee high grass and the answer to your question is yes there are snakes, and the answer to your next question is LOTS. Recommend walking slowly and carefully and rest assure eventually you will pass the section. Passing into a more dense rainforest section the grass eases a bit. At the time of writing this there was a large tree blocking the track but upon climbing over it the track is clear and open all the way to the top. Well maybe not all the way, the last 200 meters is a bush bash to get to the summit cairn and some very obstructed views through the trees. 


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Despite being quite overgrown for the 2nd half - it was still a very easy to follow trail. The only thing that slowed progress was the constant checking for snakes (and the frequent stops for leech removal). Views were great at the 2nd spot height, if I was a little more ambitious I would have had more of a look around but I was pretty keen to not be in the long grass any longer than necessary so I didn't stay long. This walk is probably better tackled in Winter in retrospect. Also Mt Nardi is technically a tiny bit higher than Mt Jerusalem so you will actually gain more elevation on the return which is always a bit depressing. Overall good day out, but would probably only recommend it to peak baggers.

Vonsnrub on 27 Feb, 2024


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