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.

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Jan Horton

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Michael Horton

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jQuery, used under the MIT License

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Gnomon car park

Nearest Road:Ironcliffe Rd
Nearest Town:Penguin
Locality:North West
Latitude:S 41° 10′ 36″
Longitude:E 146° 1′ 40″
Elevation:300 m
Road Surface:Narrow unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table

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9 walks from Gnomon car park

Ferndene via Mt Dial from Gnomon car park

Goal:Ferndene
Grade:Very Steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:6,600 m
Return distance:13,200 m
Comment:Up Mt Dial Track past Mt Gnomon and down the Ferndene Track from near Mt Dial.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 230, Number 74, Fernden - Mount Gnomen

“Suited to dry weather only”

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Ironcliffe Rd Walk from Gnomen Car Park

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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:Mount Duncan Car Park
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:Walk south on Ironcliffe road from Gnomen car park to Mt Duncan car park. Return. Pleasant fern walk. Good views to Mt Duncan and Dial Creek Valley.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 50, Number 19, Mount Duncan

“… the road narrows appreciably beyond the Gnomen car park.”

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Keddies Creek Circuit via Mt Dial and Dial Rd

Goal:Keddies Creek Ford
Grade:Very Steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:11,000 m
Comment:Tall Trees Track to Dial Rd. Up Keddies Creek Track, back Mt Dial Track.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 233, Number 75, Mount Gnomen - Keddies Creek

4 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Forest and steep hill climb”

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Mount Dial via Mount Gnomon and on northwards

Goal:Montgomery Road
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:7,500 m
Return distance:15,000 m
Comment:Gnomon carpark to Mt Gnomen, Mt Dial and Mt Montgomery to Montgomery Rd carpark

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 46, Number 17, Mount Gnomon and Mt Dial

3 hours one way pickup
“If transport arrangements permit this can be done as a one-way walk by continuing north.”

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Mount Dial via Mount Gnomon and return

Goal:Mount Dial summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Gnomon carpark to Mt Dial via Mt Gnomen and return

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 46, Number 17, Mount Gnomon and Mt Dial

3 hours retrace route
“These two peaks are almost level and only a short distance apart.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 227, Number 72, Mount Gnomen - Mount Dial

2 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“A narrow and relatively rocky ridge connects Mt Gnomen and Mt Dial.”

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Mount Duncan Summit from Gnomen Car Park

Goal:Mount Duncan summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,725 m
Return distance:7,500 m
Comment:From Gnomen car park, walk along Ironcliffe Rd (v. narrow and severely potholed) to Mt Duncan Car Park. Follow track to summit and return same way.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 50, Number 19, Mount Duncan

“Another attractive peak in this area.”

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Mount Gnomon Summit Walk

Goal:Mount Gnomon summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Gnomon carpark to Mt Gnomen and return

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 46, Number 17, Mount Gnomon and Mt Dial

“… an unfenced and quite spectacular lookout point.”

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Tall Trees long circuit via Mt Duncan car park

Goal:Mount Duncan car park
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:8,000 m
Comment:Gnomon car park up Gnomen to Tall Trees turnoff - down across Dial Rd, follow track to Mt Duncan car park. Walk back Ironcliffe Rd.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 227, Number 72, Mount Gnomen- Mount Dial

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Tall Trees small circuit walk

Goal:Dial Rd crossing
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:800 m
Comment:Start up Mt Gnomon, follow Tall Trees Track down to Dial Road and return to car park.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 233, Number 75, Mount Gnomen - Keddies Creek

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