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

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

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jQuery UI Touch Punch, used under the MIT License

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2017-08-15

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Fern Tree parking area

Nearest Road:Huon Rd
Nearest Town:Hobart
Locality:Hobart
Latitude:S 42° 55′ 20″
Longitude:E 147° 15′ 34″
Elevation:430 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Toilets:Flush
Shelter:Nearby
Comment:Park near the Fern Tree Tavern in the centre of the small town. Walks start in the gardens on the west side of Huon Rd.

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7 walks from Fern Tree parking area

Fern Tree Circuit walk to kunanyi (Mt Wellington)

Goal:Mt Wellington summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:14,400 m
Comment:To Radfords Track via Silver Falls. Continue to The Springs, Pinnacle + ZigZag track to top. Return via Junction Cabin, O'Gradys Falls, Bower Reserve

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 40, Number 6, 6 - Fern Tree to Mt Wellington

6 hours
“Public transport can be used to get to the start of the walk. (48 or 49 bus)”

Fern Tree to Neika on Pipeline Walk

Goal:Neika
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,500 m
Return distance:9,000 m

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 48, Number 18, Pipeline Track to St Crispins Well

2 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“A beautifully long flat and wellmade track.”

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Fern Tree Walk to Mt Wellington Summit

Goal:Mt Wellington summit
Grade:Very Steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:6,000 m
Return distance:12,000 m

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 22, Number 1, Fern-Tree - Mount Wellington

100 hours one way pickup
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Pipeline Walk to Waterworks Reserve

Goal:Waterworks Reserve
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:3,200 m
Return distance:6,400 m

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 44, Number 16, Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve

1 hour 30 minutes one way pickup
“A one-way downhill bushwalk on a well-graded track.”

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Silver Falls Walk, Wellington Park

Goal:Silver Falls
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:850 m
Return distance:1,700 m
Comment:Pipeline Track to Fern Tree Bower, then up Silver Falls Track to falls. Return same way.

References

Raelene and Rod Newell, 2006, Thirty-Five Walks to Waterfalls in Tasmania, 1st ed., Raelene and Rod Newell, PO Box 22, Kingston Beach, Tas 7050, Page 78, Number 30, Silver Falls

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Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 46, Number 17, Silver Falls

40 minutes retrace route
“A short and easy walk to a waterfall.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 22, Number 1, Fern-Tree - Mount Wellington

retrace route
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blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 24, Number 1, Silver Falls

45 minutes retrace route
“…a short and enjoyable stroll for walkers of any ability…”

Phoenix Group Co., 2013, Tasmania for Everyone, ed., Phoenix Group Co., Page , Number 15, Waterfalls:South West and Southern Tasmania

retrace route
“… the charming cascade of Silver Falls.”

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Sphinx Rock walk from Fern Tree

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This site is a list of walks, not a walking guide. Before undertaking any walk, consult the references below.

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Goal:Sphinx Rock
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,400 m
Return distance:6,800 m
Comment:From Fern Tree via Pipeline Track, Middle Track, Radfords Track, Lenah Valley Track to Sphynx.Return

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 25, Number 2, Fern Tree - Sphynx Rock

3 hours circuit
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St Crispins Well Walk from Ferntree

Goal:St Crispins Well
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:9,500 m
Return distance:19,000 m

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 48, Number 18, Pipeline Track to St Crispins Well

5 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“A beautifully long flat and wellmade track.”

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