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 1,792 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

Upper Cam Falls parking

Latest walk

Winterbrook Rainforest Loop track end

Latest change

Updating Winterbrook

Updated on

2017-10-14

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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jQuery, used under the MIT License

jQuery CSV, used under the MIT License

jQuery UI, used under the MIT License

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Lake Nicholls parking

Nearest Road:Lake Dobson Rd
Nearest Town:New Norfolk
Locality:South West
Latitude:S 42° 40′ 55″
Longitude:E 146° 38′ 50″
Elevation:835 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Small parking area on Lake Dobson Rd. Please park thoughtfully to allow access for others as it is small.

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5 walks from Lake Nicholls parking

Beatties Tarn walk

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:Beatties Tarn
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:After 800m veer left onto Beatties Tarn Track to tarn. Return to car park.

References

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, Beatties Tarn - 28 Sep 2015

30 minutes
“… a short boulder field where the rocks have been manoeuvred to allow relatively easy passage.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 58, Number 23, 23 - Beatties Tarn and Lake Nicholls

“Just where the track begins to level out a short branch path to the left leads to Beatties Tarn.”

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Lake Nicholls Walk

Goal:Lake Nicholls hut
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,200 m
Return distance:4,400 m
Comment:Follow Lake Nicholls Track to the hut beside Lake Nicholls. Return.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 58, Number 23, 23 - Beatties Tarn and Lake Nicholls

“The Lake Nicholls Hut, just to the north of the outlet, provides basic shelter…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 58, Number 23, 23 - Lake Nicholls

2 hours retrace route
“The Lake Nicholls Hut, just to the north of the outlet, provides basic shelter…”

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Lake Rayner Walk

Goal:Lake Rayner
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:Follow Lake Nicholls Track past Lake Nicholls (walkers hut) to Lake Rayner. Return.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 78, Number 22, Lake Nicholls - Lake Rayner

2 hours retrace route
“… walking on an old glacial moraine ridge.”

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Mount Field East via Lake Nicholls Track to Lake Fenton

Goal:Mount Field East summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:7,500 m
Return distance:15,000 m
Comment:Mt Field East from Nicholls Track car park. Return to Lake Fenton.

References

Cowirrie, 2015, Walks known to Cowirrie and not yet sourced, not published, Mount Field East

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Old Pack Track to Lake Fenton

Goal:Lake Fenton
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:2,200 m
Return distance:4,400 m
Comment:Up Lake Nicholls Track about 300m. Left into Old Pack Track. Cross creek on road bridge then right into track to Woodland. Road or track to Fenton.

References

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, Field east Circuit

“The Woodland Walk can be joined, but once reaching a barrier of Fagus it is necessary to bypass this”

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