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
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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.

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

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2017-11-14

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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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Lake Fenton Car Park

Nearest Road:Lake Dobson Rd
Nearest Town:Westerway
Locality:South West
Latitude:S 42° 40′ 40″
Longitude:E 146° 37′ 34″
Elevation:1,015 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Stream
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Track through bush to road crossing to dam.

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9 walks from Lake Fenton Car Park

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.

Fenton-Webster-Dobson walk

Goal:Lake Webster track juntion
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:10,500 m
Return distance:21,000 m
Comment:Cross dam outflow. Left at track junction. Follow lake shore, cross Kangaroo Moor and down to Lake Webster track junction. Head south to Lake Dobson.

References

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, Fenton-Webster Track

“Although in the high country it is fairly protected from the elements…”

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Fenton-Webster-Tarn Shelf - Lake Dobson walk

Goal:Twilight Tarn
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:15,500 m
Return distance:31,000 m
Comment:Take Fenton-Webster Track to Lake Webster then up past Twilight Tarn to Lake Newdegate, along Tarn Shelf and down to Lake Dobson.

References

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, Fenton-Webster Track

“… a circuit walk can be done via Tarn Shelf.”

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Kangaroo Moor walk

Goal:Kangaroo Moor
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:Cross Dam outflow. Left at junction to follow lake shore past end. Turn back when path starts to decend into trees.

References

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, Fenton-Webster Track

“… Kangaroo Moorr where a lot of Boronia was in flower and also Baeckea.”

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Lake Fenton Hut circuit

Goal:Lake Fenton Hut
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:550 m
Comment:From car park follow track through bush then across road to Lake Fenton. Through gate back downstream to hut. Continue to road. Return right to car.

References

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, Field east Circuit

“… a gravel path leads to the historic hut used by the first ranger…”

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Lake Fenton To Lake Webster return walk

Goal:Lake Webster
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:550 m
Return distance:11,000 m
Comment:Cross dam outflow. Left at track junction. Follow lake shore, cross Kangaroo Moor and down to Lake Webster. Return same way.

References

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, Fenton-Webster Track

4 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“Up until the moor it is almost level walking, but after crossing a creek it is downhill …”

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Mount Field East from Lake Fenton to Lake Nicholls Track

Goal:Mount Field East summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:7,500 m
Return distance:15,000 m
Comment:Mt Field East from Lake Fenton. Return to Lake Nicholls Track car park

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 104, Number 53, 53 - Mount Field East

3 hours one way pickup
“Cross the outflow of the lake below the dam and follow the track uphill…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 67, Number 12, 12 - Mt Field East Circuit

“… follow the track south-east towards Lake Nicholls … to meet the Lake Dobson Road.”

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Mount Field East Circuit

Goal:Mount Field East summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:10,700 m
Comment:From Lake Fenton to Mt Field East. Return via Lake Nicholls Track and walking back up Lake Dobson Rd to start.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 80, Number 23, Mount Field East - Lake Nicholls

5 hours circuit
“On a clear day, the view can include distand Federation Peak on the southern horizon.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Page 42, Number 1, Mount Field East

5 hours circuit
“… alpine scenery, idyllic lakes and lush rainforest in a spectacular … walk.”

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 104, Number 53, 53 - Mount Field East

“A car shuffle will save 3km of road walking…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 67, Number 12, 12 - Mt Field East Circuit

5 hours circuit
“… meet the original pack track to Lake Fenton.”

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, Field east Circuit

“Part of the road walking on the Mt Field East Circuit can be avoided by using the Old Pack Track…”

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Mount Field East Walk From Lake Fenton

Goal:Mount Field East summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,900 m
Return distance:7,400 m
Comment:From Lake Fenton via Mt Field East Track to summit and return

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 76, Number 21, Mount Field East

3 hours retrace route
“Alpine flora predominates.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 67, Number 12, 12 - Mt Field East Circuit

3 hours retrace route
“Do not attempt the walk if cloud covers the range.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 67, Number 12, 12 - Mt Field East Circuit

5 hours retrace route
“… a varied circuit that crosses rock screes, follows open plains, then finishes in tall forest.”

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Seagers Lookout Walk

Goal:Seagers Summit
Grade:Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,250 m
Return distance:2,500 m
Comment:Take Mt Field East Track, then right onto Seagers Lookout Route to summit. Return.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 66, Number 27, Seagers Lookout

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“A short but steepish climb to a pleasing rock lookout with excellent lake and mountain views.”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Seager's Lookout

2 hours retrace route
“Walking boots are recommended for this walk.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 67, Number 12, 12 - Mt Field East Circuit

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“Easy. Follow the first 1.5km of the walk to SeagersLookout and return along same track.”

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