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 1,843 of an estimated 3,000 published bushwalks 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
Sites to check before you walk How do I get started?

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.

What are the latest additions?

Latest car park

Dolphin Sands parking

Latest walk

Dolphin Sands Beach Access

Latest change

Nine Mile Beach at Dolphin Sands

Updated on

2017-11-14

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.

Data Entry

Jan Horton

Programming

Michael Horton

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Google Maps JavaScript API

Components

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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Fossil Bluff parking area

Nearest Road:Freestone Crescent
Nearest Town:Wynyard
Locality:NW Coast
Latitude:S 40° 58′ 49″
Longitude:E 145° 43′ 47″
Elevation:10 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:From town centre, cross Table Cape Bridge and turn right into Golf Links Rd then Freestone Crescent to Fossil Bluff Conservation Area parking space.

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2 walks from Fossil Bluff parking area

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.

Fossil Bluff Beach Walk

Goal:Fossil Bluff fossils
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:200 m
Return distance:400 m
Comment:The fossils are in the fallen rocks at the base of the cliffs at SE end of beach - access depends on the tide

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 212, Number 66, Inglis River - Fossil Bluff

“Melaleuca, forest and river estuary”

Jesse Aherne, 2016, Rotary Club of Devonport South East - pamphlet, Rotary Club of Devonport South East, Number 12, Fossil Bluff

“… unique to Australia's geological history because of its large variety of fossils...”

Waratah Wynyard Scenic Walks, Waratah Wynyard Council, Fossil Bluff

“… a sandstone bluff, with layers of fossils encased in stone.”

Peter S. Manchester, 2010, Created From Chaos - a geological trail of 100 sites in Tasmania, 1 ed., Peter S. Manchester, Page 213, … Fossil Bluff Wynyard

“… three interesting aspects of geological history and landforms”

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Fossil Bluff Summit Walk

Goal:Fossil Bluff Summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:300 m
Return distance:600 m
Comment:Follow sealed track up the side of the bluff away from the sea.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 212, Number 66, Inglis River - Fossil Bluff

“Melaleuca, forest and river estuary”

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