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 1,797 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

Muirs Beach car park

Latest walk

Hepbourn Point Beach walk from Coles Bay

Latest change

Back on east coast beach walks - Hepbourn Point Beach

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2017-10-20

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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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Winterbrook Quarry parking

Nearest Road:Smiths Plains Rd
Nearest Town:Ulverstone
Locality:North West
Latitude:S 41° 26′ 40″
Longitude:E 146° 0′ 27″
Elevation:610 m
Fee:No charge
Road Surface:Narrow unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:From Nietta (good toilet) continue on Smiths Plains Rd. Most junctions signposted (or arrows). A map is useful!. No access to original parking - park in quarry and walk across broken bridge.

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12 walks from Winterbrook Quarry 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.

Black Bluff via Maxwells Track through to Taylors Flat

Goal:Black Bluff summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:13,000 m
Return distance:26,000 m
Comment:Maxwell Track Track past Winterbrook Falls to Black Bluff. Return to Taylors Flat via Brookes Track.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 27, Number 8, Black Bluff and Winterbrook Falls

“The left-hand taped track goes to the falls proper.”

Recent Information of track condition (as available), Cowirrie, Smiths Plains Rd

“… closed indefinitely due to a failed log culvert”

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Black Bluff via Maxwells Track

Goal:Black Bluff Summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:6,500 m
Return distance:13,000 m
Comment:Maxwells Track past Winterbrook Falls and on to Black Bluff. Return same way

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 27, Number 8, Black Bluff and Winterbrook Falls

“… excellent views of the mountains…”

Recent Information of track condition (as available), Cowirrie, Smiths Plains Rd

“… closed indefinitely due to a failed log culvert”

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Black Bluff via Tramway Track

Goal:Black Bluff summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:7,000 m
Return distance:14,000 m
Comment: Tramway Track via Winterbrook Falls and Black Bluff. Return. Unbridged crossing of brook below falls. Twice.

References

Cowirrie, 2015, Walks known to Cowirrie and not yet sourced, not published

Recent Information of track condition (as available), Cowirrie, Smiths Plains Rd

“… closed indefinitely due to a failed log culvert”

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Maxwells Track walk to the Winter Brook crossing

Goal:Winter Brook crossing
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,300 m
Return distance:4,600 m
Comment:Walk past hole in road on Smiths Plains Rd to Maxwell Tk start. Continue on to the Winter Brook crossing. Return.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 58, Number 23, Winterbrook Falls

“… a more direct route than the Tramway…”

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Tramway Track bridge walk

Goal:Tramway Track bridge
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Walk first 1500m of Tramway Track, to creek crossing with bridge. Return

References

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Winterbrook Falls

“… the road abruptly ends due to partially collapsed bridge. It is from this point you commence walk.”

Bog Holes and Bucket Hats, Winterbrook Falls - 4 June 2017

“The beginningof the track is mainly duckboards followed by open forest and a small bridge.”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Winterbrook Falls - 2OCt17

“An easy walk into the rainforest - much of it on duckboard. Start a little muddy.”

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Winterbrook campsite walk

Goal:Campsite at start of Tramway Track
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:750 m
Return distance:1,500 m
Comment:Walk past hole in the road on Smiths Plains Rd. At junction, veer left towards Tramway Track. At end of old road is a sunny clear space in the forest.

References

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Winterbrook Falls

“… the road abruptly ends due to partially collapsed bridge. It is from this point you commence walk.”

Bog Holes and Bucket Hats, Winterbrook Falls - 4 June 2017

“Turning left at the fork brings you to the old carpark…”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Winterbrook Falls picnic place - 2Oct17

30 minutes retrace route
“Road access has been cut with deep ditch - beyond, it is good dry road surface to old sunny car park”

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Winterbrook Falls Circuit

Goal:Winterbrook Falls
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:7,500 m
Return distance:15,000 m
Comment:Tramway track to Winterbrook Falls, return via Maxwells Track. Requires crossing brook below falls - may be too high to cross.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 58, Number 23, Winterbrook Falls

“… not difficult although some care is required…”

Recent Information of track condition (as available), Cowirrie, Smiths Plains Rd

“… closed indefinitely due to a failed log culvert”

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Winterbrook Falls Lookout (via Tramway Track)

Goal:Winterbrook Falls Lookout
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,800 m
Return distance:9,600 m
Comment:Walk 500m, left fork to end. Tramway Track to Falls starts at far end of clearing, on right. Follow to first sight of falls and return same way.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 58, Number 23, Winterbrook Falls

“… a lookout providing a distant but unimpeded view of Winterbrook Falls across the valley.”

Recent Information of track condition (as available), Cowirrie, Smiths Plains Rd

“… closed indefinitely due to a failed log culvert”

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Winterbrook Falls

4 hours retrace route
“… the road abruptly ends due to partially collapsed bridge. It is from this point you commence walk.”

Bog Holes and Bucket Hats, Winterbrook Falls - 4 June 2017

“… the track opens up to reveal the falls from afar.”

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Winterbrook Falls via Maxwells Track

Goal:Winterbrook Falls
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,500 m
Return distance:7,000 m
Comment:Walk 500m to junction. Continue ahead on Smiths Plains Rds to old Maxwells Track parking. Follow Maxwells Track to Falls and return.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 27, Number 8, Black Bluff and Winterbrook Falls

7 hours retrace route
“The left hand taped track goes to the falls proper…the right hand track…to the top of the falls…”

Recent Information of track condition (as available), Cowirrie, Smiths Plains Rd

“… closed indefinitely due to a failed log culvert”

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Winterbrook Falls Walk via Tramway Track

Goal:WinterbrookFalls base
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,100 m
Return distance:10,200 m
Comment:Walk 500m, left fork to end. Tramway Track to Falls starts at far end of clearing, on right. Follow to falls and return same way.

References

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

6 hours retrace route
“… this is an outing for the fit and agile.”

Wings Wildlife Park, 2015, Wings Wildlife Park, EMMARK STUDIOS, Number 12, Whistle at the Winterbrook

5 hours retrace route
“… cascading 200m off Black Bluff…”

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Winterbrook Falls

4 hours retrace route
“… the road abruptly ends due to partially collapsed bridge. It is from this point you commence walk.”

Bog Holes and Bucket Hats, Winterbrook Falls - 4 June 2017

3 hours 15 minutes retrace route
“The final climb to the falls is short but fairly steep.”

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Winterbrook Rainforest Loop track end

Goal:Sign to falls at foot of steep cut track
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Walk Falls track to where there is a scratched sign to falls, and track follows snig track cut in rocky outcrop. Return. (Old Loop track ended here)

References

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Winterbrook Falls

“… the road abruptly ends due to partially collapsed bridge. It is from this point you commence walk.”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Winterbrook Falls - 2OCt17

“There used to be a rainforest loop walk ending at this point, as seen on map.”

Bog Holes and Bucket Hats, Winterbrook Falls - 4 June 2017

“The beginningof the track is mainly duckboards followed by open forest and a small bridge.”

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Winterbrook Rainforest Loop track start

Goal:Sign back to carpark and on to falls
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,200 m
Return distance:4,400 m
Comment:Walk falls track to where there is a sign back to car park and another on to falls. Return in direction of car park. Once start of Rainforest Loop tk

References

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Winterbrook Falls

“… the road abruptly ends due to partially collapsed bridge. It is from this point you commence walk.”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Winterbrook Falls - 2OCt17

“There used to be a rainforest loop walk from this point, as seen on map.”

Bog Holes and Bucket Hats, Winterbrook Falls - 4 June 2017

“The beginningof the track is mainly duckboards followed by open forest and a small bridge.”

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