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 1,671 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.

Data Entry

Jan Horton

Programming

Michael Horton

Maps

Google Maps JavaScript API

Components

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

Latest update

2017-08-21

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Narcissus Landing

Nearest Road:Lake St Clair Rd
Nearest Town:Derwent Bridge
Locality:Central Highlands
Latitude:S 42° 0′ 54″
Longitude:E 146° 6′ 12″
Elevation:730 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:No road
Car Park:Landing
Water:Stream
Toilets:Type uncertain
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Catch the ferry from Cynthia Bay to the north end of Lake St Clair. The landing there is the starting point for various walks in the area.
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Acropolis Walk

Goal:Acropolis
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:12,300 m
Return distance:24,600 m
Comment:24.6km 12 hours considered too long for one day walk for most people. Need long days to plan for this and a lot of experience.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 343, Number 99, Narcissus - The Acropolis

12 hours retrace route
“Just below the level of technical difficulty that would make it suitable only for rock climbers.”

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Labyrinth 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:Lake Elysia
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:11,300 m
Return distance:22,600 m
Comment:22.6km 11 hours considered too long for one day walk for most people.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 338, Number 98, Narcissus - The Labyrinth

11 hours retrace route
“Travel by boat to Narcissus Bay to start of walk”

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Narcissus Hut to Cynthia Bay walk

Goal:Cynthia Bay
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:16,200 m
Return distance:32,400 m
Comment:Take morning Ferry to Narcissus Bay. Walk back via lake shoreline section of Overland Track to Cynthia Bay.

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 92, Number 18, 18 - Narcissus Hut to Cynthia Bay

5 hours 30 minutes one way pickup
“The boat ride across Lake St Clair provides some fine views of the surrounding peaks”

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