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 1,609 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

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Michael Horton

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2017-05-22

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Mount Field Visitor Centre

Nearest Road:Gordon River Rd
Nearest Town:Westerway
Locality:South West
Latitude:S 42° 40′ 55″
Longitude:E 146° 43′ 1″
Elevation:160 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Parking at the visitor centre. Walk starts just to west of centre.

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5 walks from Mount Field Visitor Centre

Horseshoe Falls Walk

Goal:Horseshoe Falls
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,250 m
Return distance:2,500 m
Comment:From Russell Falls, climb steep path and stairway to Horseshoe Falls. Return or go on to Tall Trees

References

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 30, Number 9, Horseshoe Falls

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Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 62, Number 25, Russell Falls and Horshoe Falls

1 hour retrace route
“A short walk through dense rainforest on excellent trails to two very attractive waterfalls.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 74, Number 20, Russell Falls

retrace route
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blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 3, Number 1, Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls

2 hours circuitretrace
“10 minutes further past Russell Falls, via a steep track…”

Phoenix Group Co., 2013, Tasmania for Everyone, ed., Phoenix Group Co., Page , Number 11, Waterfalls:South West and Southern Tasmania

retrace route
“… a well-developed track that ascends past the top of Russell Falls.”

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number 32, Horseshoe falls - Mt Field National Park

45 minutes retrace route
“… meandering through some of Tasmania's best rainforest”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 64, Number 11, 11 - Russell and Lady Barron Falls

circuit
“…the main timbered track on the right… zig-zags to another track junction…”

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Horshoe Falls Circuit via Tall Trees Walk

Goal:Tall Timbers Walk
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:4,250 m
Comment:Russell Fall, Horseshoe Falls, Tall Trees Walk. Return via Lake Dobson Road

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 62, Number 25, Russell Falls and Horshoe Falls

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Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 74, Number 20, Russell Falls

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Lady Barron Falls Circuit

Goal:Lady Barron Falls
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:5,500 m
Comment:Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Tall Trees walk and Lady Barron Falls. Continue circuit walk back.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 14, Lady Barron Falls Circuit

20 minutes circuit
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Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 64, Number 26, Lady Barron Falls

3 hours circuit
“A medium-length, well-graded circular walk through forest and fern.”

blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 9, Number 1, Lady Barron Falls Circuit

2 hours circuit
“This circuit covers an amazing array of landscapes in only 6km.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 64, Number 11, 11 - Russell and Lady Barron Falls

2 hours 30 minutes circuit
“…the track starts climbing up a long timber stairway. This leads onto the crest of a broad spur.”

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Lady Barron from Russell Falls

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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:Lady Barron Falls
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,750 m
Return distance:7,500 m
Comment:Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Tall Trees walk and Lady Barron Falls. Return the same way.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 74, Number 20, Russell Falls

3 hours retrace route
“There is a circuit but these notes describe a more beautiful and easier option.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 64, Number 11, 11 - Russell and Lady Barron Falls

retrace route
“… the track sidles across numerous minor watercourses … through forest dominated by ferns…”

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Russell Falls Walk

Goal:Russell Falls
Grade:Flat
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:1,200 m
Comment:From visitor centre, follow path north to falls. Return on theeast side of the creek.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 15, Russell Falls

20 minutes circuit
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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 72, Number 28, Russell Falls

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Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Russell Falls

10 minutes
“You can return from the falls via the same track or …by crossing the bridge below the falls.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 62, Number 25, Russell Falls and Horshoe Falls

circuit
“A short walk through dense rainforest on excellent trails to … very attractive waterfall.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 74, Number 20, Russell Falls

circuit
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blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 3, Number 1, Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls

20 minutes circuit
“The path to the fall is sealed and suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.”

Phoenix Group Co., 2013, Tasmania for Everyone, ed., Phoenix Group Co., Page , Number 17, Waterfalls:South West and Southern Tasmania

retrace route
“The elegant Russell Falls…”

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number 68, Russell Falls - Mt Field National Park

20 minutes circuit
“… originally known as Brownings Falls…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 64, Number 11, 11 - Russell and Lady Barron Falls

30 minutes circuit
“While most visitors just visit Russell Falls, there is a good circuit walk… on Lady Barron Creek.”

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