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

jQuery UI, used under the MIT License

jQuery UI Touch Punch, used under the MIT License

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2017-08-15

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Holwell Gorge north parking area

Nearest Road:Holwell Rd
Nearest Town:Beaconsfield
Locality:North
Latitude:S 41° 15′ 22″
Longitude:E 146° 46′ 26″
Elevation:200 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Water:Stream
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Turn west from Holwell Rd and drive to the picnic area at the end of the road.

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4 walks from Holwell Gorge north parking area

Holwell Falls - walk to main falls

Goal:Holwell Falls
Grade:Challenging
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Walk into the middle falls from the northern car park

References

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number 29, Holwell Falls Beaconsfield

4 hours retrace route
“Holwell Falls is the secnd waterfall accessible in the Holwell Gorge State Reserve…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Holwell Gorge

“… leads down to the river and the base of the second falls…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Holwell Gorge

“… tricky in mud…”

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Holwell Falls Walk - there and back to lower falls

Goal:Holwell Falls - base
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Access to within sight of the lower falls, but difficult and dangerous to get to the actual falls. No access past there. Do not try to do this.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 115, Number 35, Holwell Gorge

retrace route
“Forest and creek gorge”

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number 29, Holwell Falls Beaconsfield

retrace route
“… it is really just waterfall flowing down a slope. None the less, it is visually pleasing.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Holwell Gorge

“… more open and easily accessible, providing an excellent spot for a rest.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Holwell Gorge

“… gentler than the upper two falls…”

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Holwell Gorge short walk to bridge

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:Bridge over Andersons Creek
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:400 m
Return distance:800 m
Comment:A pleasant walk without steps to the Bridge over Anderson Creek.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 115, Number 35, Holwell Gorge

retrace route
“Forest and creek gorge”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Holwell Gorge

“Walk in to bridge over creek from northern car park”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Holwell Gorge

“Well-maintained walk down to bridge over creek.”

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number , Howell Gorge Falls

“The walk… is a little uninspiring…”

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number , Howell Gorge Falls

“… it is really just water flowing down a slope. None the less, it is visually pleasing.”

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Holwell Gorge Walk from north to south

Goal:Kerrisons Rd
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:3,500 m
Return distance:7,000 m
Comment:One way walk through the Gorge from north car park to south car park.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 115, Number 35, Holwell Gorge

3 hours retrace route
“Forest and creek gorge”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Holwell Gorge

3 hours retrace route
“Tricky in mud”

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number 30, Holwell Falls Beaconsfield

“Track closed”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Holwell Gorge

“… a gorge with three waterfalls and a range of vegetation…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Holwell Gorge

“… a gorge with three waterfalls and a range of vegetation…”

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