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 1,609 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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2017-05-22

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Burns Bay car park

Nearest Road:St Helens Point Rd
Nearest Town:St Helens
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 41° 16′ 42″
Longitude:E 148° 20′ 54″
Elevation:10 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:Type uncertain
Toilet Accessibility:Unknown
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Drive to the end of St Helens Point Rd. Parking is near the T junction, back from the boat ramp.

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4 walks from Burns Bay car park

Burns Bay Beach Access

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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:Burns Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:200 m
Return distance:400 m
Comment:Walk down side of road to the boat ramp to access the beach. Return same way

References

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 36, Number 20, 20 - Burns Bay Beach

“Crescent-shaped small beach with gently sloping sands…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 100, Burns Bay TAS

“It is a curling 100m long sandy beach that faces west out of the bay entrance.”

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Burns Bay to Blanche Point Beach walk

Goal:East end of Blanche Point Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,250 m
Return distance:2,500 m
Comment:Walk down to boat ramp, then rockhop and beachwalk west to Blanche Point Beach. Return same way.

References

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 36, Number 20, 20 - Burns Bay Beach

“Crescent-shaped small beach with gently sloping sands…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 100, Burns Bay TAS

“It is a curling 100m long sandy beach that faces west out of the bay entrance.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 99, Burns Bay (w1) TAS

“a 50m pocket of sand on the western side of the small embayment.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 98, Burns Bay (w2) TAS

“a 50m long pocket of sand located between the next two granite points”

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Burns Bay Walk to Beerbarrel Beach

Goal:Beerbarrel Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Follow track north around point to Beerbarrel Beach. Return on the path on the rock track if the sea is calm enough (or by road across headland).

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 72, Number 30, 30 - Burns Bay to Beerbarrel Beach

1 hour retrace route
“A level coastal walk on a good path with interesting vegetation and foreshore access.”

Bruce Elder, 2016, Aussie towns, ed., Aussie Towns, Page , Number , St Helens Point Conservation Area

1 hour 30 minutes
“… excellent views of the entrance to St Helens harbour, the coastal vista across St Helens Island…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 70, Number 29, 29 - Burns Bay to Beerbarrel Beach

1 hour 15 minutes retrace route
“… winds along roughly parallel to the shoreline…”

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 36, Number 21, 21 - Shoreline Coastal Path

“The coves are best reached by climbing along the relatively smooth rocks rather than from the path..”

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Burns Beaches walk

Goal: South end of Burns Beaches
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:600 m
Return distance:1,200 m
Comment:Walk down side of road to boat ramp, then along the successive beaches westward and return same way.

References

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 36, Number 20, 20 - Burns Bay Beach

“Crescent-shaped small beach with gently sloping sands…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 100, Burns Bay TAS

“It is a curling 100m long sandy beach that faces west out of the bay entrance.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 99, Burns Bay (w1) TAS

“a 50m pocket of sand on the western side of the small embayment.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 98, Burns Bay (w2) TAS

“a 50m long pocket of sand located between the next two granite points”

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