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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 1,666 of an estimated 3,000 published day walks in Tasmania.

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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:

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  • 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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The Gardens car park

Nearest Road:Gardens Rd
Nearest Town:St Helens
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 41° 9′ 48″
Longitude:E 148° 16′ 58″
Elevation:10 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Head north on Binalong Bay from St Helens. Continue on Gardens Rd to end and park.

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10 walks from The Gardens car park

Bay of Fires walk from The Gardens to Policemans Point

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:Policemans Point car park
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:13,000 m
Return distance:26,000 m
Comment:In wet weather there may be outflow to cross at Gardens Lagoon, but mostly the bar is closed. Walk north along coast from The Gardens.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4008, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Mid Section (Policemans Point)

“… numerous campsites amongst the trees, many with beach access”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4002, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Southern Section

“The road terminates at private land at The Gardens”

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Break Yoke Creek walk

Goal:Break Yoke Creek
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,500 m
Return distance:7,000 m
Comment:In wet weather there may be outflow to cross at Gardens Lagoon, but mostly the bar is closed. Walk north along coast to Break Yoke Creek. Return.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4002, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Southern Section

“The road terminates at private land at The Gardens”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 72, Mateys Gulch Tas

“… a protected north-facing 80m long white sand beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 71, Garden Lagoon Beach (s2) Tas

“… double crenulate 800m long sandy beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 70, Garden Lagoon Beach (s1) Tas

“… 350m to a sand and boulder foreland”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 69, Garden Lagoon Beach Tas

“The 100m wide beach-barrier impounds the usually blocked 10ha Garden Lagoon…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 68, Break Yorke Creek (s3) Tas

“… 100 m long pocket of sand…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 67, Break Yorke Creek (s2) Tas

“… 100 m long pocket of sand occupying a V-shaped gap in the bedrock …”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 66, Break Yorke Creek (s1) Tas

“… a narrow 50m long pocket of sand backed by exposed sloping bedrock.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 65, Break Yorke Creek Tas

“Break Yoke creek breaks out across the small beach, resulting in a 150m wide sandy beach…”

, , Bushwalking in Tasmania, ed., Photodiary of a Nomad, Page , Number , Bay of Fires Walk

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“… occasional red-rimmed rock pools separated by lovely white sand coves.”

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Coffeys Gulch walkNS

Goal:Suicide Point Beach
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Head east to coastal rocks. Follow coast south, staying clear of private property. Skirt Coffeys Gulch and continue to Suicide Point Beach.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4002, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Southern Section

“The road terminates at private land at The Gardens”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 73, Coffeys Gulch Tas

“… protected rock-strewn high tide beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 75, Suicide Point Tas

“… a 250m long east-facing more exposed sandy beach…”

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Gardens Beach access walk

Goal:Access to Fancy Reef Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:Walk north and around the rocks past Mateys Gulch to the next beach. Return same way to avoid private land.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4002, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Southern Section

“The road terminates at private land at The Gardens”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 72, Mateys Gulch Tas

“… a protected north-facing 80m long white sand beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 71, Garden Lagoon Beach (s2) Tas

“… double crenulate 800m long sandy beach…”

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Gardens Beach walk

Goal:North end of Fancy Reef Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,250 m
Return distance:2,500 m
Comment:Walk north and around the rocks past Mateys Gulch to the next beach. Continue north past middle rocks to end of beach. Return.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4002, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Southern Section

“The road terminates at private land at The Gardens”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 72, Mateys Gulch Tas

“… a protected north-facing 80m long white sand beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 71, Garden Lagoon Beach (s2) Tas

“… double crenulate 800m long sandy beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 70, Garden Lagoon Beach (s1) Tas

“… 350m to a sand and boulder foreland”

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Gardens Lagoon Beach Access

Goal:Gardens Lagoon
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Walk north along the two southern Garden lagoon Beaches to the outflow of Garden Lagoon. Return

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4002, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Southern Section

“The road terminates at private land at The Gardens”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 72, Mateys Gulch Tas

“… a protected north-facing 80m long white sand beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 71, Garden Lagoon Beach (s2) Tas

“… double crenulate 800m long sandy beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 70, Garden Lagoon Beach (s1) Tas

“… 350m to a sand and boulder foreland”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 69, Garden Lagoon Beach Tas

“The 100m wide beach-barrier impounds the usually blocked 10ha Garden Lagoon…”

, , Bushwalking in Tasmania, ed., Photodiary of a Nomad, Page , Number , Bay of Fires Walk

one way pickup
“… The rocky passages were becoming more difficult.”

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Gardens Lagoon Beach walk

Goal:Gardens Lagoon Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,750 m
Return distance:5,500 m
Comment:Walk north along the two southern Garden lagoon Beaches to the outflow of Garden Lagoon. Return

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4002, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Southern Section

“The road terminates at private land at The Gardens”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 72, Mateys Gulch Tas

“… a protected north-facing 80m long white sand beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 71, Garden Lagoon Beach (s2) Tas

“… double crenulate 800m long sandy beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 70, Garden Lagoon Beach (s1) Tas

“… 350m to a sand and boulder foreland”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 69, Garden Lagoon Beach Tas

“The 100m wide beach-barrier impounds the usually blocked 10ha Garden Lagoon…”

, , Bushwalking in Tasmania, ed., Photodiary of a Nomad, Page , Number , Bay of Fires Walk

one way pickup
“… more soft-sand trudging to its end…”

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Gardens walk to Big Lagoon Outlet

Goal:Big Lagoon outlet
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Walk south along the coast. Mainly on rocky foreshore with a few small beaches.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 79, Taylors Beach (n) Tas

“… extends 450 me between the boundary rocks and the usually closed mouth of Big Lagoon.”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 32, Number 2, 15 - Gardens Cove

“Small sandy cover surrounded by smooth red and orange boulders”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 75, Suicide Point Tas

“… a 250m long east-facing more exposed sandy beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 73, Coffeys Gulch Tas

“… protected rock-strewn high tide beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 76, Suicide Point Tas

“… a 50m long pocket of sand wedged in between the point and the next section of rocky shore…”

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Mateys Gulch Beach

Goal:Mateys Gulch Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:200 m
Return distance:400 m
Comment:Follow track north and down to small beach. Return.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 72, Mateys Gulch Tas

“ … a protected north-facing 80m long white sand beach…”

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Seal Lagoon walk

Goal:Seal Lagoon
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,000 m
Return distance:10,000 m
Comment:In wet weather there may be outflow to cross at Gardens Lagoon, but mostly the bar is closed. Walk north along coast from The Gardens. Return.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4002, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Southern Section

“The road terminates at private land at The Gardens”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 72, Mateys Gulch Tas

“… a protected north-facing 80m long white sand beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 71, Garden Lagoon Beach (s2) Tas

“… double crenulate 800m long sandy beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 70, Garden Lagoon Beach (s1) Tas

“… 350m to a sand and boulder foreland”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 69, Garden Lagoon Beach Tas

“The 100m wide beach-barrier impounds the usually blocked 10ha Garden Lagoon…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 68, Break Yorke Creek (s3) Tas

“… 100 m long pocket of sand…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 67, Break Yorke Creek (s2) Tas

“… 100 m long pocket of sand occupying a V-shaped gap in the bedrock …”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 66, Break Yorke Creek (s1) Tas

“… a narrow 50m long pocket of sand backed by exposed sloping bedrock.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 65, Break Yorke Creek Tas

“Break Yoke creek breaks out across the small beach, resulting in a 150m wide sandy beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 64, Break Yorke Beach (S1) Tas

“… continues for another 750m to the beginning of the next rocky section…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 63, Break Yorke Beach Tas

“… continues for another 750m to the beginning of the next rocky section…”

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