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

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.

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Jan Horton

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Michael Horton

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jQuery, used under the MIT License

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Lake Mackenzie car park

Nearest Road:Lake Mackenzie Rd
Nearest Town:Mole Creek
Locality:Central Highlands
Latitude:S 41° 40′ 54″
Longitude:E 146° 22′ 50″
Elevation:1,100 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Just before Lake MacKenzie Dam, veer right and park near boom gate before bridge over Fisher River.

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4 walks from Lake Mackenzie 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.

Blue Peaks Track to Middle Lake

Goal:Middle Lake
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:6,000 m
Return distance:12,000 m
Comment:Follow 4WD road past boom gate. Blue Peaks foot pad leaves road heading south past old concrete hut slab to left about 650m from boom gate.

References

1009-2016, Tastracks - A comprehensive Guide to Tasmanian walking tracks, Blue Peaks Track - 2011

4 hours retrace route
“The old vehicle track is 5km long with a 110 height difference”

Rockmonkey Adventures, Blue Peaks 9-11 August 2014

“A short road wlk, and I spotted the cairn marking the start of the track.”

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Blue Peaks Track to Rocking Rock

Goal:Rocking Rock
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Follow Blue Peaks Track up first section through bush to first saddle with large rocking rock on rocky outcrop. Return

References

1009-2016, Tastracks - A comprehensive Guide to Tasmanian walking tracks, Blue Peaks Track - 2011

4 hours retrace route
“The old vehicle track is 5km long with a 110 height difference”

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Lake Explorer track

Goal:Lake Explorer
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:6,500 m
Return distance:13,000 m
Comment:From South end of dam wall, follow pad to Explorer River and south to western side of the lake. Return same way.

References

1009-2016, Tastracks - A comprehensive Guide to Tasmanian walking tracks, Lake Explorer Track - 2011

3 hours retrace route
“This well-worn pad is 4.5km long and climbs 50m. Expect to take 1.5 hours”

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Parsons Falls Walk

Goal:Parsons Falls
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Follow road through boom gate south and then west. At t-junction, veer north to Fisher River. Falls downriver. Find good instructions and follow them.

References

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, ParsonsFalls - Great Western Tiers

2 hours retrace route
“Access to the bottom of the waterdall is tricky and hazardous…”

Touring Tasmania, The Great Western Tiers - Parsons Falls 17 Jan 2011

“The right branch continues to a pipeline… A stairway follows the pipeline... falls about 100m down”

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