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.

Data Entry

Jan Horton

Programming

Michael Horton

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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

2017-08-15

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Lake Margaret Power Station parking

Nearest Road:Lake Margaret Rd
Nearest Town:Lake Margaret
Locality:West
Latitude:S 42° 0′ 15″
Longitude:E 145° 32′ 32″
Elevation:340 m
Fee:No charge
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Lake Margaret road is 5km north of Queenstown on Murchison Highway. Follow winding gravel Rd to township, and park at northmost point near the foot of a steep vehicle access track to Boulder Hill.

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3 walks from Lake Margaret Power Station parking

Lake Margaret Walk from power station

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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:Lake Margaret dam wall
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Walk back past power station and then north over pipelines. Follow track that zigzags up hill beside power line, then track alongside pipeline to dam.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 38, Number 15, Mount Geike

retrace route
“… one of Tasmania's oldest working hydro-electric schemes”

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Mount Geike and Lake Margaret Circuit

Goal:Mount Geike summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:9,000 m
Comment:Follow 4WD track past Boulder Hill then west around Basin Lake. Cross country to Mt Geike. Return cross country to Lake Margaret and down pipelines.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 38, Number 15, Mount Geike

circuit
“Cross the creek at its point of entry into the lake…continue round lake shore… to dam.”

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Mount Geike Walk from Lake Margaret Power Station

Goal:Mount Geike summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,500 m
Return distance:9,000 m
Comment:Follow 4WD track up to near top of Boulder Hill then west and north of Basin Lake. 5km from township, head cross country to Mt Geike. Return.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 38, Number 15, Mount Geike

6 hours retrace route
“… medium distance though quite steep walk…”

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