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 1,609 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
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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.

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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2017-05-22

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Tahune car park

Nearest Road:Arve Rd
Nearest Town:Geeveston
Locality:Southern Forests
Latitude:S 43° 5′ 43″
Longitude:E 146° 43′ 45″
Fee:Entry fee
Management:Forestry Tasmania
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Comment:Drive west from Geeveston on the Arve Rd for about 25km to the Tahune Airwalk complex. Entry fee is payable at the café/information centre.

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8 walks from Tahune 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.

Huon Pine Track at Tahune

Goal:Huon pines
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:Cross Tahune Bridge and follow track downriver (to the right) to see the Huon Pines. Return on loop after 500m.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 13, Huon Pine Track

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Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 66, Number 27, 27 - Huon Pine Walk

30 minutes circuit
“The return loop runs alongside the river, largely on raised duckboards…”

Anne Nuss and Nell Tyson, 1987, Family Bush Walks in Tasmania's Huon Valley, ed., Rivendell Books, Page 33, Number 2, 4 - The Pine Walk

20 minutes circuit
“… one of the best easy walks anywhere.”

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McKays Track walk on south side

Goal:Swinging Bridge
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,300 m
Return distance:2,600 m
Comment:Take McKays Track upriver on South bank. Visit McPartlands Cottage. Turn back at swing bridge and return same way.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 13, McKays Track Walk

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Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 68, Number 28, 28 - Swinging Bridges Circuit

retrace route
“For thow who do not wish to cross the swing bridges, walk west on south side of river on McKays tk”

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Piners Eddy walk

Goal:Piners Eddy
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:4,000 m
Comment:Walk down Huon Pine Track to eastern end, then continue on to join Fireline Trail to Piners Eddy. Return on Fireline back to start.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 64, Number 26, 26 - Huon Pine Walk

1 hour 30 minutes circuitretrace
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Stringy Bark walk at Tahune

Goal:Swing Bridge over Huon R
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:For those who do not want to cross the swing bridges, cross the river. Walk left along the north bank of the Huon River to the swing bridge. Return.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 68, Number 28, 28 - Swinging Bridges Circuit

retrace route
“If someone doesn't want to cross the bridge, walk back the way you came.”

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Stringybark Loop

Goal:Track junction
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:1,200 m
Comment:Walk across River and take riverside walk to left. At track junction, loop uphill past airwalk entrance and back to bridge.

References

Anne Nuss and Nell Tyson, 1987, Family Bush Walks in Tasmania's Huon Valley, ed., Rivendell Books, Page 33, Number 2, 4 - Stringybark Loop

30 minutes circuit
“Although not entirely level, this walk is fairly easy and very beautiful”

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Swinging Bridges Circuit walk

Goal:Swinging Bridges
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:3,000 m
Comment:Head west along north bank of Huon River Cross 2 swing bridges. Return on south side of river.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 13, McKays Track Walk

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Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 68, Number 28, 28 - Swinging Bridges Circuit

1 hour 30 minutes circuit
“This is fun to cross (just enough sway to be interesting).”

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Tahune Airwalk (Airwalk only)

Goal:Tahune Lookout
Grade:Flat
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:546 m
Comment:Transport available from visitor centre to airwalk access and back for those unable to walk the track.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 2009, PWS Concessions - Walking Track List AS2156 classes 1 to 4, v3 ed., PWS, Page 1, Number , Forestry Tasmania Track Class 1

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Tahune Airwalk from visitor centre

Goal:Tahune Lookout
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:1,600 m
Comment:For people with mobility issues, ask at Visitor's Centre for a ride up to the Airwalk for level access - no steps.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 13, Tahune Air Walk

45 minutes circuit
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Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 2009, PWS Concessions - Walking Track List AS2156 classes 1 to 4, v3 ed., PWS, Page 1, Number , Forestry Tasmania Track Class 2

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