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 1,666 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
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.

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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2017-08-15

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Maria Island ferry landing

Nearest Road:Ferry from Triabunna
Nearest Town:Triabunna
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 42° 34′ 40″
Longitude:E 148° 3′ 49″
Elevation:2 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:No road
Car Park:Landing
Water:Unknown
Toilets:Flush
Picnic Table:Picnic table
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10 walks from Maria Island ferry landing

Bernacchis Creek Walk to Convict Reservoir

Goal:Dam
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:6,000 m
Comment:Follow Bernacchis Creek south to the dam. Return on track along other side of the creek. Signed as 'Reservoir Circuit'.

References

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, ed., Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 58, Number 9, Convict Reservoir Circuit

2 hours circuit
“This is a gentle, near-level stroll through shady forest.”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Reservoir Circuit

1 hour 30 minutes circuit
“This easy walk is sheltered from the coastal winds…”

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Bishop and Clerk Walk

Goal:Summit of Bishop and Clerk
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,500 m
Return distance:9,000 m
Comment:Marked track east to Fossil Bay then SE via Skipping Ridge to summit. Return.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 58, Bishop and Clerk

5 hours retrace route
“… challenging walk… for the physically fit.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 172, Number 52, Bishop and Clerk

4 hours retrace route
“Coast, historic penal settlement precinct and hill climb”

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, ed., Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 44, Number 6, Bishop and Clerk

4 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“…steep rocky sections, a rock scree and a short,awkward climb to the top”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Bishop and Clerk

3 hours retrace route
“… rocky slopes where you will rock-hop and then finally scramble over boulders to reach the summit.”

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Bloodstone Point walk

Goal:Bloodstone Point
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:11,500 m
Return distance:23,000 m
Comment: Coast Rd south to Frenchs Farm Track west, then turn off to right to Bloodstone Beach. South to Bloodstone Point. Return same way.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Maria Island - The Isthmus and Pt Lesueur

7 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“The red rock… is called laterite…”

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Darlington to Fossil Cliffs and Painted Cliffs

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:Painted Cliffs
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:9,000 m
Comment:Double circuit to Painted Cliffs and then Fossil cliffs

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 167, Number 51, Darlington - Painted Cliffs

4 hours 15 minutes retrace route
“Historic penal settlement precinct and beach”

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Fossil Cliffs Walk

Goal:Fossil Cliffs
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:AntiClockwise on marked track to Fossil Cliffs then return via cemetery

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 60, Fossil Cliffs

2 hours retrace route
“This walk is on Maria Island. (Distance is from ferry terminal).”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 167, Number 51, Darlington - Painted Cliffs

retrace route
“Historic penal settlement precinct and beach”

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, ed., Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 54, Number 8, Quarries and Fossil Cliffs Circuit

circuit
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Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Fossil Cliffs

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“… these spectacular cliffs plunge sheer to the sea.”

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Frenchs Farm Circuit walk

Goal:Frenchs Farm
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:20,000 m
Comment:Take coast road south to Frenchs Farm. Return by inland route.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Maria Island - The Isthmus and Pt Lesueur

6 hours circuit
“… the inland track, which takes you through shrubby forest, or by the coastal route.”

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Mount Maria Walk

Goal:Mount Maria Summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:7,750 m
Return distance:15,500 m

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 175, Number 53, Mount Maria

5 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“The last 1km is rather rocky and would be unsuitable for youngsters and the elderly.”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Mount Maria - Mt Maria

7 hours retrace route
“The track is marked with yellow arrows, and cairns…”

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Painted Cliffs Walk

Goal:Painted Cliffs
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:5,100 m
Comment:South via Oast House to Painted Cliffs. Back up Hopground Beach to Magistrates Point then via road

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 59, Painted Cliffs

2 hours circuit
“This walk is on Maria Island. (Distance is from ferry terminal).”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 167, Number 51, Darlington - Painted Cliffs

circuit
“Historic penal settlement precinct and beach”

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, ed., Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 48, Number 7, Oast House and Painted Cliffs Circuit

2 hours circuit
“… a spectacular outcrop of Triassic sandstone”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Painted Cliffs

1 hour 30 minutes
“… beautifully patterened sandstone cliffs …”

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Point Lesueur walk

Goal:Long Point Probation Station
Grade:Moderate
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:26,000 m
Comment:Walk Coast Rd south to Frenchs Farm and on to Encampment Cove. Head west to Probation Station. Complete circuit to Frenchs Farm. Return by Coast Rd.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Maria Island - The Isthmus and Pt Lesueur

7 hours 30 minutes circuitretrace
“From Encampment Cove a round trip of…2 hours…”

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Quarries and Fossil Cliffs Walk

Goal:Quarry
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:5,500 m
Comment:Fossil Creek Track then Reservoir Track to quarries. Quarry Rd to continue Fossil Creek circuit

References

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, ed., Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 54, Number 8, Quarries and Fossil Cliffs Circuit

2 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Explore the old quarry sites.”

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