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
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

TipTop Track parking

Latest walk

Zig Zag Track at Goat Hills

Latest change

Completed 'Greater Hobart Trails'

Updated on

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.

Data Entry

Jan Horton

Programming

Michael Horton

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Google Maps JavaScript API

Components

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

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Balfour Track northern car park

Nearest Road:Blackwater Rd
Nearest Town:Stanley
Locality:North West
Latitude:S 41° 8′ 8″
Longitude:E 144° 57′ 19″
Elevation:80 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Forestry Tasmania
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Stream
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Good parking off side of Blackwater Rd

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2 walks from Balfour Track northern car park

Balfour Track Walk North to South

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.

Goal:Blackwater Spur 6 car park
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Walk South to Blackwater Spur 6. Track is not maintained and can be rough with lots of fallen trees

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 14, Number 1, Balfour Track

1 hour 30 minutes one way pickup
“A pleasant and peaceful walk through rainforest along part of the old packhorse track to Balfour”

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Balfour Track, Return Walk from North end

Goal:Blackwater Rd
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Walk South to Blackwater Spur 6 and return. Track is not maintained and can be rough with lots of fallen trees

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 14, Number 1, Balfour Track

3 hours retrace route
“A pleasant and peaceful walk through rainforest along part of the old packhorse track to Balfour”

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