StepScape

What is StepScape?

This site is working towards showing every published Tasmanian day walk on a single map.

StepScape is a work in progress, currently showing 1,666 of an estimated 3,000 published day walks in Tasmania.

Caution

This site is a list of walks, not a walking guide. Before undertaking any walk, consult the references provided.

Most of the references made every attempt at accuracy but did not guarantee it. Some are books that are now out of print, so information that was once accurate may not remain so. Changes may include:

  • Land becoming private or reserved
  • Tracks being damaged or rehabilitated
  • Road access being blocked
  • Bad weather or bushfires temporarily making a walk unsafe
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Every pin on the map represents a car park with at least one known walk. Click on the pins for information. Or, click on the Filter tab above to only show the walks that interest you.

Every walk includes a References section listing the books, brochures or websites that mention it. Consult those sources for more information.

Who made this website?

The StepScape website was created by Cowirrie, a small software development company in Launceston. We take information and present it so it is accessible and useful to people. Our other work includes the SepiaScape guides to historic Tasmania and the PBPhonics app for basic English literacy practice.

We have also taken some of these walks ourselves, and written comprehensive walk reports about them.

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Jan Horton

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Michael Horton

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jQuery, used under the MIT License

jQuery CSV, used under the MIT License

jQuery UI, used under the MIT License

jQuery UI Touch Punch, used under the MIT License

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2017-08-15

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Bluff River Gorge parking

Nearest Road:Buckland Rd
Nearest Town:Buckland
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 42° 31′ 29″
Longitude:E 147° 39′ 4″
Elevation:310 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Side of road
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Take Tasmana Hwy to Buckland. North into Buckland Rd for 11.6km. This is 650m north of Cutting Grass Rd intersection. Parking beside end of cleared paddock, on east side of road.

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3 walks from Bluff River Gorge parking

Caution

This site is a list of walks, not a walking guide. Before undertaking any walk, consult the references below.

For additional information about safe walking in Tasmania, go to the StepScape tab.

Bluff River (Buckland) Gorge East Circuit

Goal:Northern River Crossing
Grade:Challenging
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:8,500 m
Comment:Walk east on sandy track 1.2km. Left fork 400m then tags on footpad to ford river. Track base of cliff north to river crossing. Return on 4WD track.

References

Denis, , Hiking South East Tasmania, ed., , Page , Number , Bluff River Gorge 21 Aug 2014

3 hours 20 minutes retrace route
“The river was easily crossed and then I climbed up to find the old vehicle track and followed it.”

, , Touring Tasmania, ed., , Page , Number , Bluff River Gorge

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“The river would not be passable with even a slightly higher than normal river level.”

Elizabeth Barsham, , Tasmanian Gothic, ed., , Page , Number , Bluff River Gorge 25Sep2013

“… a nerve-wracking traverse along the gorge… alternating between awesome and aaaagh…”

website, , Bushwalk Australia, ed., , Page , Number , Bluff River Gorge

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“Also known as Buckland Gorge”

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, ed., , Page , Number , Bluff River Gorge 17Jun2013

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“Many flowers can be seen in season”

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Bluff River (Buckland) Gorge West Circuit

Goal:Walk on Left Side of Cliffs
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:6,000 m
Comment:Walk in track beside fence. Stay on west side of river. Walk under cliffs till access up to 4WD track back

References

website, , Bushwalk Australia, ed., , Page , Number , Bluff River Gorge

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“Can be very confusing”

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, ed., , Page , Number , Bluff River Gorge 17Jun2013

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“Many flowers can be seen in season”

Di, , Di's Walk a Month, ed., , Page , Number , Buckland Gorge August 2010

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“There were some steep slippery sections but there were no accidents”

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Bluff River Lookout walk

Goal:Lookout over river
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,100 m
Return distance:4,200 m
Comment:Walk in 30 minutes on main 4WD track.A short walk over the fence leads to lookout. Track is marked on rocky ground to get down to river and back.

References

, , Touring Tasmania, ed., , Page , Number , Bluff River Gorge

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“The track continues over the fence and a short walk up the hill takes to a lookout at the edge…”

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