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 1,792 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

Upper Cam Falls parking

Latest walk

Winterbrook Rainforest Loop track end

Latest change

Updating Winterbrook

Updated on

2017-10-14

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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Holwell Gorge south parking area

Nearest Road:Kerrisons Rd
Nearest Town:Beaconsfield
Locality:North
Latitude:S 41° 16′ 36″
Longitude:E 146° 46′ 2″
Elevation:310 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:From Holwell Rd, turn into Kerrisons Rd, About 1km along there is a signpost to the right. This drivable track takes you to a secluded parking area.

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4 walks from Holwell Gorge south parking area

Andersons Creek walk in Holwell Gorge

Goal:Track junction to Top Falls
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:200 m
Return distance:400 m
Comment:The sign says 'for experienced walkers only' but the first section to the track junction to Top Falls is very gentle and pretty.

References

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

“Forest and creek gorge”

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

“… a range of vegetation from open forest to riverside manferns.”

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

“From the (southern) car park the walk winds through open forest into a ferny gully…”

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Holwell Gorge Walk from south to north

Goal:Holwell Rd car park
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 south car park to north car park.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, 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, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Holwell Gorge

“Tricky in mud”

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Holwell Falls Beaconsfield

“The land slippage (in 2013) also caused much damage to the tracks…”

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Holwell Falls Beaconsfield

“The area directly surrounding the waterfall is unsightly…”

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Holwell Gorge walk to South (Top) 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:Lookout to south falls
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:300 m
Return distance:600 m
Comment:Walk in from Kerrisons Rd to the Top (Southern) falls and return. A well graded and well built walk.

References

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

“Forest and creek gorge”

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

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

“From the car park the walk winds down through open forest …”

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Holwell Gorge walk to Top and Middle Falls

Goal:Holwell Gorge Middle Falls
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,200 m
Return distance:2,400 m
Comment:Walk in to Top Falls and then to the Middle Falls from Kerrisons Rd and then return.

References

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

“Forest and creek gorge”

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

“… arrives at a short branch at the top of the first falls.”

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

“The track here is very old and well dug into the hillside”

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