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 1,870 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

Cressy Beach parking

Latest walk

Cressy Beach loop walk

Latest change

The beaches south of Swansea

Updated on

2017-12-08

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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Hardings Falls car park

Nearest Road:McKays Rd
Nearest Town:Avoca
Locality:East
Latitude:S 41° 50′ 47″
Longitude:E 148° 5′ 50″
Elevation:300 m
Management:Forestry Tasmania
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:Bush
Toilet Accessibility:No access
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:From Avoca, east on Royal George Rd, left into M Rd (McKays Rd). Forestry area, so take care not to take side roads - Falls reserve is marked on right.

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4 walks from Hardings Falls car park

Hardings Falls - walk to top of falls

Goal:Hardings Falls top
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:350 m
Return distance:700 m
Comment:Riverside Loop Track , take left turn at Y junction down to river above falls. Return same route.

References

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 154, Number 27, Hardings Falls

“… bedrock shelves and surrounding pools.”

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Hardings Falls Bicheno

“… a typical dry eucalypt forest…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 78, Number 33, 33 - Hardings Falls

“River Loop Track leads to top of falls.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 76, Number 32, 32 - Hardings Falls

“… a track that zigzags down to the top of the waterfall…”

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Hardings Falls Lookout walk

Goal:Hardings Falls Lookout
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:400 m
Return distance:800 m
Comment:Hardings Falls Track to Lookout. View down over gorge both upriver and downriver of falls. Return same way.

References

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 154, Number 27, Hardings Falls

“There are fallen logs to negotiate…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 78, Number 33, 33 - Hardings Falls

“A short walk on good tracks to a lookout and waterfall on a most attractive river.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 76, Number 32, 32 - Hardings Falls

“Take the 'Hilltop' fork to the right… Reach a lookout (in 5-10 minutes) perched well above the river”

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Hardings Falls: walk to base of falls

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:Hardings Falls base
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:750 m
Return distance:1,500 m
Comment:Follow track to Lookout, then rough steep track down, turn left to falls base. Return to lookout then follow circuit back via Riverside Loop.

References

2014, Cowirrie Commentary, Cowirrie, Number 14, Walking to Hardings Falls

2 hours 10 minutes circuit
“…the descent to the base of the falls was narrow, steep and covered in loose stones.”

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 28, Number 8, Hardings Falls

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 154, Number 27, Hardings Falls

1 hour circuit
“Steep and rocky section; some log obstacles”

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Hardings Falls Bicheno

40 minutes circuitretrace
“… the path is made up steps made of loose rock. Care must be taken…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 78, Number 33, 33 - Hardings Falls

“Take the 'Lookout and Base of Falls' track to the right.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 76, Number 32, 32 - Hardings Falls

“The path to the base of the falls continues over the nose of the lookout…”

Caedence Kuepper, 2015, Caedence Kuepper on Flickr, Flickr, Hardings Falls

1 hour circuitretrace
“… quite rocky and difficult in places…”

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Lower Hardings Falls walk

Goal:Lower Hardings Falls
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:700 m
Return distance:1,400 m
Comment:Follow track down to base of falls, but turn right to reach Lower Falls. View from top, or a difficult scramble to the bottom. Return.

References

Caedence Kuepper, 2015, Caedence Kuepper on Flickr, Flickr, Lower Hardings Falls

“A steep scramble form the end of the Hrdings Falls track brings you here.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 76, Number 32, 32 - Hardings Falls

“The path to the base of the falls continues over the nose of the lookout…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 78, Number 33, 33 - Hardings Falls

“Take the 'Lookout and Base of Falls' track to the right.”

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 154, Number 27, Hardings Falls

1 hour circuit
“Steep and rocky section; some log obstacles”

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 28, Number 8, Hardings Falls

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Hardings Falls Bicheno

40 minutes circuitretrace
“… the path is made up steps made of loose rock. Care must be taken…”

2014, Cowirrie Commentary, Cowirrie, Number 14, Walking to Hardings Falls

2 hours 10 minutes circuit
“…the descent to the base of the falls was narrow, steep and covered in loose stones.”

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