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 1,639 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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2017-07-07

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Narawntapu Visitor Centre car park

Nearest Road:Bakers Beach Rd
Nearest Town:Devonport
Locality:North
Latitude:S 41° 8′ 55″
Longitude:E 146° 36′ 9″
Elevation:5 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Tap if open
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Parking near visitor centre or near picnic shelters.

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11 walks from Narawntapu Visitor Centre car park

Archers Knob Walk

Goal:Archers Knob summit
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,500 m
Return distance:9,000 m
Comment:Start on Nature Walk track but continue on past bird hide. Follow signs to Archers Knob and return.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 86, Number 37, 37 - Archers Knob

4 hours retrace route
“… good views and prolific wildlife…”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 118, Number 37, Bakers Beach

3 hours retrace route
“Grasslands, wetlands and coastal heathlands”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Narawntapu National Park

2 hours retrace route
“''' fine views over Bakers Beach, Badger Head and beyond.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 84, Number 36, 36 - Archers Knob

4 hours retrace route
“… culminating in an easy clim up on to Archers Knob.”

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Bakers Beach Circuit, including Archers Knob

Goal:Lagoon outlet
Grade:Moderate
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:8,500 m
Comment:Start on Nature Walk through to Archers Knob, then down to beach at lagoon outlet. Return via beach to track to Bakers Beach Rd.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 118, Number 37, Bakers Beach

3 hours circuitretrace
“Grasslands, wetlands, coastal heathlands and beach”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Narawntapu National Park

2 hours circuitretrace
“… track climbs steadily through coastal trees to the top of 114m high Archers Knob.”

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Bakers Beach Short Circuit, Beach Access 1 to Beach Access 3

Goal:Bakers Beach Access 1
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:3,000 m
Comment:Start on Nature walk , veer left at sign just past bird hide to beach Access 1. Return via beach access 3 and Bakers Beach Rd

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 118, Number 37, Bakers Beach

3 hours retrace route
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Bakers Beach to Badgers Head

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Goal:Badger Head
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:11,700 m
Return distance:23,400 m
Comment:Bakers Beach to Badger Head via coast route. Pickup at Badger Head or return.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 121, Number 38, Bakers Beach

6 hours one way pickup
“Coastal heathlands,cliffs, beach, grasslands and wetlands.”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Narawntapu National Park

4 hours one way pickup
“… an interesting sea-side walk featuring superb coastal views…”

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Bakers Beach walk through to Greens Beach

Goal:Greens Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:21,000 m
Comment:Follow Nature Trail and Badger Head Track, along Badger Beach, aroudn West Head via Pebbly Beach circuit to Greens Beach shop for pickup.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Narawntapu National Park

9 hours one way pickup
“A magnificent coastal traverse…”

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Copper Cove from BakersBeach

Goal:Copper Cove
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:6,000 m
Return distance:12,000 m
Comment:Start on Nature trail. Continue east past Archers Knob, over Little Badger Head and to Copper Cove. Return

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Narawntapu National Park

retrace route
“… a good picnic spot with fresh water from Windred Creek.”

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Point Vision Circuit

Goal:Point Vision
Grade:Some steep
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:15,500 m
Comment:Head out on Pt Vision Track. On return, after 3km veer left onto file trail after creek crossing and continue back along Bakers Beach Rd.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Narawntapu National Park

8 hours circuitretrace
“Inland from Springlawn, these provide easy walking through a variety of bushland”

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Point Vision Track

Goal:Point Vision
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:7,000 m
Return distance:14,000 m
Comment:Head out on Point Vision Track from near Visitor Centre, south of lagoon, to summit. Return same way.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Narawntapu National Park

8 hours retrace route
“…mostly open and fairly easy walking in fine weather.”

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Springlawn Lagoon Circuit Walk

Goal:Fenton Creek crossing
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:6,000 m
Comment:Follow Point Vision Track to Fenton Creek crossing near Archers Knob. Skirt west side of Knob keeping on the drier ground to Nature Walk. Head west.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Narawntapu National Park

2 hours circuit
“… a wonderful introduction to Parks mammals and birdlife…”

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Springlawn Nature Walk to Bird Hide

Goal:Bird hide
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:700 m
Return distance:1,400 m
Comment:Nature walk to bird hide and return.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 38, Springlawn Nature Walk

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
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Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Narawntapu National Park

30 minutes retrace route
“… through the Paperbark swamp and over a tranquil board walk…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 86, Number 37, 37 - Archers Knob

retrace route
“… a very interesting bird hide on the edge of the lagoon…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 84, Number 36, 36 - Archers Knob

retrace route
“… the right hand track signed as 'Springlawn Nature Trail'…”

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Springlawn Visitor Centre

Goal:Visitor Centre
Grade:Flat
Type:No defined route
One-way distance:600 m
Comment:Wheelchair accessible area around visitor centre and picnic shelters. If not wet,close-grazed grassy areas may be firm enough to access.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 2014, Parks for All People - Access for the Mobility Impaired in Tasmania's National Parks and Reserves, ed., Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania, Page , Number 1, Narawntapu National Park

no defined route
“… some of the best and most reliable wildlife viewing in Tasmania.”

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