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 1,843 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

Dolphin Sands parking

Latest walk

Dolphin Sands Beach Access

Latest change

Nine Mile Beach at Dolphin Sands

Updated on

2017-11-14

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.

Data Entry

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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Frenchmans Cap parking

Nearest Road:Lyell Highway
Nearest Town:Derwent Bridge
Locality:West
Latitude:S 42° 12′ 31″
Longitude:E 145° 58′ 45″
Elevation:390 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed

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3 walks from Frenchmans Cap parking

Franklin Footbridge walk

Goal:Footbridge over Franklin R
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:Take track down to the Franklin River. Cross bridge or not, as you prefer, and then return to car park

References

John Chapman, 2008, South West Tasmania, 5th ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 201, Frenchmans Cap

20 minutes retrace route
“Cross the river on the suspension bridge…”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Page 1, Number 3, Frenchmans Cap

“About 500 m in, along button grass plains, you will cross the beautiful Franklin River…”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Frenchmans Cap Walking Track

10 minutes retrace route
“A pleasant 5 minute stroll…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 96, Number 19, 19 - Loddon River

“Cross the River via the long suspension bridge”

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Franklin Hills 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:Franklin Hills
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,100 m
Return distance:8,200 m
Comment:Follow Frenchmans Cap walk as far as the Franklin Hills for a view of Frenchmans Cap. Return.

References

John Chapman, 2008, South West Tasmania, 5th ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 201, Frenchmans Cap

“…there is a view, weather-permitting, of Frenchmans Cap…”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Page 1, Number 3, Frenchmans Cap

“… views of Frenchmans Cap are seen, looming another 20km off in the distance.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 96, Number 19, 19 - Loddon River

3 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“Follow the first 4.1km of the walk to the view of Frenchmans Cap on the Franklin Hills…”

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Loddon River walk

Goal:Loddon River crossing
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:7,000 m
Return distance:14,000 m
Comment:Follow Frenchmans Cap walk as far as the Loddon River suspension bridge, then return as a day walk.

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 96, Number 19, 19 - Loddon River

5 hours retrace route
“There is some mud along this track so do not expect dry, clean boots at the end of the walk.”

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