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 1,679 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

Programming

Michael Horton

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Google Maps JavaScript API

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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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2017-08-24

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Dora Point Beach parking

Nearest Road:Skeleton Bay Rd
Nearest Town:St Helens
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 41° 16′ 27″
Longitude:E 148° 19′ 44″
Elevation:10 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Drive in Dora Point Rd 5km to car park overlooking the beach, just at the start of the campground

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Dora Point Beach Access

Goal:Dora Point Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:100 m
Return distance:200 m
Comment:Follow footpad down to 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 25, Number 2, 2 - Dora Point Beach

“A strip of white sand curving along… the narrow channel at the mouth of St Georges Bay.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 93, Dora Point TAS

“ … beach conditions vary with the tidal shoals and tide conditions…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 70, Number 29, 29 - Skeleton Bay to Dora Point

“… low coastal heath and she-oak groves to the beautiful beach at Dora Point.”

, , Tasmanian Beaches, ed., , Page , Number , Dora Point Beaches

“… a wide, curvaceous beach with soft white sand…”

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Dora Point North Beach walk

Goal:Dora Point North Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:900 m
Return distance:1,800 m
Comment:Head north on the Skeleton Bay Track for 900m. Beach is just off the track when you get to it. Return same way or on rocks back to Dora Point Beach.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 92, Dora Point TAS

“… located 1 km north of Dora Point …”

, , Tasmanian Beaches, ed., , Page , Number , Dora Point Beaches

“Someone has put a sign saying 'Cash's Beach' above it; a new sign.”

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Dora Point walk to Grants Point

Goal:Grants Point
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,750 m
Return distance:5,500 m
Comment:Head north on the Skeleton Bay Track to Grants Pont. Return same way or on the rocks.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 70, Number 29, 29 - Skeleton Bay to Dora Point

“… scenic rocky coastline…”

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 25, Number 2, 2 - Dora Point Beach

“Good walking … furthern north along the coast…”

, , Tasmanian Beaches, ed., , Page , Number , Dora Point Beaches

“… a beautiful track, at times through muddy puddles…”

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Dora Point walk to Little Elephant

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:Little Elephant Picnic Area
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,200 m
Return distance:4,400 m
Comment:Head north on the Skeleton Bay Track to Little Elephant Picnic Area. Return same way or on the rocks.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 70, Number 29, 29 - Skeleton Bay to Dora Point

“… scenic rocky coastline…”

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 25, Number 2, 2 - Dora Point Beach

“Good walking … furthern north along the coast…”

, , Tasmanian Beaches, ed., , Page , Number , Dora Point Beaches

“… a beautiful track, at time through … ti-tree groves…”

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Granite Rock Point walk

Goal:Granite Rock Point
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:250 m
Return distance:500 m
Comment:Follow foot pad down to beach. Head south and climb rocks on point as far as desired. Return.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 93, Dora Point TAS

“Strong tidal currents flow through the entrance and maintain a deep tidal channel…”

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