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
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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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Stacks Bluff parking

Nearest Road:Storys Creek Rd
Nearest Town:Avoca
Locality:Fingal Valley
Latitude:S 41° 37′ 59″
Longitude:E 147° 43′ 27″
Elevation:760 m
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Side of road
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Entering Storys Creek from the south, take first gravel road on left past an old cricket pitch. Continue uphill and as far as the road is fit to drive.

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4 walks from Stacks Bluff parking

Lake Youl walk

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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 Youl
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:6,000 m
Return distance:12,000 m
Comment:Take Stacks Bluff route to top of scarp, then head towards centreof plateau to lake. Return

References

, , Fingal Valley, ed., Greater Esk Tourism Inc., Page , Number , Fingal Valley Walks

7 hours retrace route
“… head west towards the centre of the plateau and after about 2km the lake will come into view.”

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Stacks Bluff walk via Coal Falls

Goal:Stacks Bluff summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:7,000 m
Return distance:14,000 m
Comment:Follow track till it crosses Storys Creek. Follow creek up past Coal Falls to plateau. Follow edge of plateau west to summit. Return.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 82, Number 41, 41 - Stacks Bluff

6 hours retrace route
“A rough road on the western side of town, near the old oval, is the starting point.”

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Stacks Bluff Walk via Tranquil Tarn

Goal:Stacks Bluff summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,000 m
Return distance:8,000 m
Comment:Park and walk on up 4WD track to a pole/cairn. Start at cairn and pole, on well-worn track north. Then its cairns and orange tags on scree.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 46, Number 17, 17 - Stacks Bluff

6 hours
“… on a good day Mount Wellington is clearly visible far to the south.”

, , Fingal Valley, ed., Greater Esk Tourism Inc., Page , Number , Fingal Valley Walks

6 hours retrace route
“… it is better if a climber has a bit of experience seekingthe markers… to cover some rough ground.”

, , People and Other Strange Creatures, ed., , Page , Number , Stacks Bluff, Ben Lomond Plateau

retrace route
“…well marked with cairns and tape (although the start is notoriously difficult to find).”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 48, Number 18, 18- Stacks Bluff

6 hours
“… on a good day Mount Wellington is clearly visible far to the south.”

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Tranquil Tarn walk

Goal:Tranquil tarn
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,000 m
Return distance:8,000 m
Comment:Start on Stacks Bluff track, but veering right approaching the crags to tarn. Return.

References

, , Fingal Valley, ed., Greater Esk Tourism Inc., Page , Number , Fingal Valley Walks

4 hours retrace route
“This climb should not be attempted in wet or overcast conditions.”

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