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 1,908 of an estimated 3,000 published bushwalks in Tasmania.


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.

What are the latest additions?

Latest car park

Mayfield Beach parking

Latest walk

Turtleback Rocks walk

Latest change

Updated Ben Lomond walks

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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


Michael Horton


Google Maps JavaScript API


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



Walk Distance

Tags Publications



North Terrace Car Park, Burnie

Nearest Road:North Terrace
Nearest Town:Burnie
Locality:NW Coast
Latitude:S 41° 2′ 60″
Longitude:E 145° 54′ 28″
Elevation:5 m
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Comment:Enter from North Terrace and park as close as possible to the eastern end. May be possible to get closer parking in park in front of columns.

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1 walk from North Terrace Car Park, Burnie


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.

Burnie Basalt Columns walk

Goal:Basalt Columns
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:25 m
Return distance:50 m
Comment:Cross to the south side of North Terrace and walk to the east around the corner into Marine Terrace. The columns are in the park. Return.


Jesse Aherne, 2016, Rotary Club of Devonport South East - pamphlet, Rotary Club of Devonport South East, Number 9, Basalt Columns Behind Burnie Wharf

“Amazing (almost perfect) columnar joining…”

Peter S. Manchester, 2010, Created From Chaos - a geological trail of 100 sites in Tasmania, 1 ed., Peter S. Manchester, Page 211, … The Burnie basalt columns

“High rise apartments built on the top of… the Burnie basalt columns.”