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
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.

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

Latest update

2017-08-15

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McGowans Falls parking

Nearest Road:Relapse Creek Rd
Nearest Town:Somerset
Locality:West
Latitude:S 41° 10′ 1″
Longitude:E 145° 27′ 31″
Elevation:280 m
Road Surface:Narrow unsealed
Car Park:Side of road
Water:Stream
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Takone Road to Farquhars Road to Relapse Creek road. A small rock cairn with pink ribbon on a stick marks the spot to park - room for 2 cars on side of road.

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2 walks from McGowans Falls 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.

McGowans Falls walk to base of falls

Goal:McGowans Falls Base
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:600 m
Return distance:1,200 m
Comment:From the top of the falls the route is marked by pink tags but requires proper gloves and boots plus knowledge of climbing.

References

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number 44, McGowans Falls - West takone

retrace route
“…the trek down is difficult, and dangerous, with very steep sections… negotiated on cliff faces.”

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McGowans Falls walk to top of falls

Goal:McGowans Falls Top
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:Pink ribbons mark route to top of waterfall. Look out for plaque embedded at ground level. Return. (

References

, , Touring Tasmania, ed., , Page , Number , McGowans Falls

30 minutes retrace route
“Particularly pretty with a low water flow”

Chris Bishop, 2015, Discover North West Tasmania, ed., westinlet@tassie.net.au, Page , Number , Tarkine Falls

retrace route
“… suggest you join an organised tour, accompanied by experienced guides…”

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number 44, McGowans Falls - West takone

1 hour retrace route
“… a large tiered waterfall…”

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