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 1,769 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

TipTop Track parking

Latest walk

Zig Zag Track at Goat Hills

Latest change

Completed 'Greater Hobart Trails'

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2017-09-25

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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Meander Falls parking area

Nearest Road:Meander Falls Rd
Nearest Town:Meander
Locality:Central Highlands
Latitude:S 41° 43′ 25″
Longitude:E 146° 32′ 42″
Elevation:610 m
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Stream
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:No access
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Bridges have been repaired. Access good. Drive to end of Meander Falls Road.

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9 walks from Meander Falls 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.

Cleft Rock Falls and Shower Cave Falls Track

Goal:Cleft Rock Falls
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:3,000 m
Comment:The walk passes Shower Cave Falls, and continues in a loop back through Split Rock

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 106, Number 31, 46 - Split Rock

2 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Forest, myrtle stands and waterfall”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 104, Number 46, 46 - Split Rock Falls

3 hours circuit
“The main Meander Falls track continues up through Split Rock.”

Chris Bishop, 2015, Discover North West Tasmania, westinlet@tassie.net.au, Split Rock and Shower Cave Falls

“Be warned, the track between the two falls is almost vertical…”

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, Meander Valley Council, Number 29, Creature Being

“… reflects on the timeless world in which huge megafauna once graced the mountain slopes.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 102, Number 45, 45 - Split Rock Falls

3 hours circuit
“The main Meander Falls track continues up through Split Rock.”

Recent Information of track condition (as available), Cowirrie, Cleft Rock Track

“Until recently this was known as 'Split Rock' track and falls.”

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Cleft Rock Return Walk

Goal:Cleft Rock
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,200 m
Return distance:2,400 m
Comment:Cross suspension bridge and follow footpad with metal markers on trees and some tags. Return from Split Rock Falls, though pad continues onwards

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 104, Number 46, 46 - Split Rock Falls

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“… pass a rock overhang to the left and emerge at split rock”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 106, Number 31, Split Rock

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Number 73, Split Rock Falls, Quamby Bluff

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“… a delight to see even in low flow, but best seen in winter and spring.”

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, Meander Valley Council, Number 29, Creature Being

“… reflects on the timeless world in which huge megafauna once graced the mountain slopes.”

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, Meander Valley Council, Number 29, Creature Being

“… reflects on the timeless world in which huge megafauna once graced the mountain slopes.”

Recent Information of track condition (as available), Cowirrie, Cleft Rock

“Until recently, this rock was known as 'Split Rock' but was renamed to avoid confusion with another.”

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Creature Being

Goal:Sculpture
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:125 m
Return distance:250 m
Comment:First part of track to swing bridge and the Split Rock walk. Turn back at Sculpture. If you get to the steps down , it is too far.

References

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, Meander Valley Council, Creature Being

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Dixons Track

Goal:Central Plateau at western end of Staggs Creek Marshes
Grade:Challenging
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,500 m
Return distance:7,000 m
Comment:Follow Meander Falls Track to just past Staggs Creek crossing.Track is western side of Woods-Maynard Loop, then uphill along Staggs Creek to plateau.

References

1009-2016, Tastracks - A comprehensive Guide to Tasmanian walking tracks, Dixons Track - 2012

“Provides access between Meander Calley and the Central Plateau.”

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Meander Bridge Walk

Goal:Swing Bridge
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:150 m
Return distance:300 m
Comment:36 steps down to swing bridge over Meander River

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 104, Number 46, 46 - Split Rock Falls

10 minutes retrace route
“… the track drops to the Meander River and crosses via a fun suspension bridge”

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, Meander Valley Council, Number 29, Creature Being

“… reflects on the timeless world in which huge megafauna once graced the mountain slopes.”

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Meander Falls Circuit

Goal:Meander Falls base
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:8,000 m
Comment:Via Meander Falls Track, then Return via Split Rock Track.

References

The Information Signs at the car parking area, Meander Falls

8 minutes circuit

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, Meander Valley Council, Number 29, Creature Being

“… reflects on the timeless world in which huge megafauna once graced the mountain slopes.”

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Meander Falls Walk

Goal:Meander Falls base
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,000 m
Return distance:10,000 m
Comment:Listed as 7 hour return walk from car park. Via Meander Falls Track and return.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, Website, Number 44, Meander Falls

6 hours retrace route

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 104, Number 30, Meander Falls

5 hours retrace route
“One day, hard, with tree roots and rocks slowing progress”

Chris Bishop, 2015, Discover North West Tasmania, westinlet@tassie.net.au, Meander Falls

“The track is quite rocky and has some steep sections…”

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Shower Cave Falls Walk

Goal:Shower Falls
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,250 m
Return distance:2,500 m
Comment:Return direct from Shower Cave Falls

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 106, Number 31, Split Rock

“…. Shower Cave Falls which are among dense tree canopy”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 104, Number 46, 46 - Split Rock Falls

“…being able to walk right behind the waterfall.”

Chris Bishop, 2015, Discover North West Tasmania, westinlet@tassie.net.au, Split Rock and Shower Cave Falls

45 minutes retrace route
“… a very pretty area…”

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, Meander Valley Council, Number 29, Creature Being

“… reflects on the timeless world in which huge megafauna once graced the mountain slopes.”

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WoodsMaynard Loop Walk

Goal:Woods-Maynard Bridge
Grade:Long climb
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:1,500 m
Comment:Take Meander Falls Track, turn off before Staggs Creek. Loop past memorial, back on Dixons Track. Return to car park on Meander Falls Track.

References

The Information Signs at the car parking area, Meander Falls

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