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
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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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2017-08-15

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Liffey Falls car park

Nearest Road:Riversdale Rd
Nearest Town:Deloraine
Locality:Central Highlands
Latitude:S 41° 41′ 60″
Longitude:E 146° 45′ 33″
Elevation:550 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Forestry Tasmania
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Type uncertain
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:From the Lake Highway, turn into Riversdale Rd. Or from Liffey, take Bogan and Link Rds to Riverdale. Picnic area is at end of Riversdale Road.

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5 walks from Liffey Falls car park

Big Tree Walk (Liffey Forest Reserve)

Goal:Big tree near Liffey Falls
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:100 m
Return distance:200 m
Comment:Find path to Big tree from near the toilet block. It is an easy flat walk.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 2009, PWS Concessions - Walking Track List AS2156 classes 1 to 4, v3 ed., PWS, Page 1, Number , Forestry Tasmania Track Class 2

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Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 97, Number 28, Liffey Falls

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“…the Big Tree, which is well worth seeing.”

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., , Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, ed., Meander Valley Council, Page , Number 27, Stratose

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“… depicts the geological strata through which the swirling waters ... Liffey River have cut a path.”

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Liffey Falls Lookout Walk

Goal:Liffey Falls Lookout
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:300 m
Return distance:600 m
Comment:From upper car park to Lookout over the top of the falls. Return.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 97, Number 28, Liffey Falls

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Chris Bishop, 2015, Discover North West Tasmania, ed., westinlet@tassie.net.au, Page , Number , Liffey Falls

40 minutes retrace route
“… viewing points for upper falls and cascades”

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number 37, Liffey Falls - Liffey

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“… several viewing platforms showcasing different sections of Liffey River…”

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., , Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, ed., Meander Valley Council, Page , Number 27, Stratose

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“… depicts the geological strata through which the swirling waters ... Liffey River have cut a path.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 90, Number 39, 39 - Liffey Falls from Upstream

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“… the first of a series of lookouts extending out twards the river and providing excellent views.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 88, Number 38, 38 - Liffey Falls from Upstream

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“… can be viewed fro a walkway extending out onto the river.”

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Liffey Falls short walk to Liffy Falls creek

Goal:Liffey Falls Creek
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Walk on past the Lookout and continue gentle descent to Liffey Falls Creek. Return without going down the steps to falls base.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 97, Number 28, Liffey Falls

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“Walk to the track junction down to base of falls - before the steps”

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number 37, Liffey Falls - Liffey

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“Liffey Falls is encased in beautiful rainforest…”

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., , Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, ed., Meander Valley Council, Page , Number 27, Stratose

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“… depicts the geological strata through which the swirling waters ... Liffey River have cut a path.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 90, Number 39, 39 - Liffey Falls from Upstream

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“Fifteen minutes from the carpark, a junction is reached…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 88, Number 38, 38 - Liffey Falls from Upstream

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“… a junction is reached… with a wooden bridge…”

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Liffey Falls Walk (from main car park)

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:Liffy Falls -base
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:From upper car park to base of falls and return.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 90, Number 39, 39 -Liffey Falls from upstream

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Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 42, Liffey Falls

45 minutes retrace route
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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 36, Number 12, Liffey Falls

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Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 97, Number 28, Liffey Falls

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blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 6, Number 4, Liffey falls

45 minutes retrace route
“… easier access but neglects lower sections of Liffey River.”

Chris Bishop, 2015, Discover North West Tasmania, ed., westinlet@tassie.net.au, Page , Number , Liffey Falls

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“A steep descent allows access to the base of these majestic falls.”

, 2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, ed., Jubec Systems and Design, Page , Number 37, Liffey Falls - Liffey

50 minutes retrace route
“… a cascading waterfall, stepping itself down multiple tiers…”

Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., , Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, ed., Meander Valley Council, Page , Number 27, Stratose

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“… depicts the geological strata through which the swirling waters ... Liffey River have cut a path.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 88, Number 38, 38 - Liffey Falls from Upstream

1 hour retrace route
“The main faqlls are viewed from their base in an attractive setting.”

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Liffy Falls Walk down-river (west to east)

Goal:Bogan Rd car park
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:4,100 m
Return distance:8,200 m
Comment:One way walk from upper car park at the falls down to Bogan Rd car park via the falls.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 97, Number 28, Liffey Falls

1 hour 30 minutes one way pickup
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Collect from Deloraine Information Centre, Emu Bay Rd., , Sculptures of the Great Western Tiers - Kooparoona Niara, ed., Meander Valley Council, Page , Number 27, Stratose

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“… depicts the geological strata through which the swirling waters ... Liffey River have cut a path.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 90, Number 39, 39 -Liffey Falls from upstream

“… downstream via the old path to Gulf Rd.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 88, Number 38, 38 - Liffey Falls from Upstream

“… 15 minutes from the carpark a junction is reached…continues over the wooden bridge on the old path”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 92, Number 40, 40 -Liffey Falls from downstream

3 hours
“A gentle and scenic riverside walk to a series of picturesque waterfalls”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 90, Number 39, 39 - Liffey Falls from downstream

3 hours
“The track is well-made, dry underfoot and largely flat…”

, , Recent Information of track condition (as available), ed., Cowirrie, Page , Number , Downstream of Liffey Falls - April 2017

“The track has been re-aligned up the hill slope and out of the water. Good dry track, gentle grade”

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