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

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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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Lillico Beach Penguin parking

Nearest Road:Bass Highway
Nearest Town:Devonport
Locality:NW Coast
Latitude:S 41° 9′ 37″
Longitude:E 146° 18′ 10″
Elevation:10 m
Fee:No charge
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Parking area is at east end of Lillico Beach. Travellers heading west need to make a U-turn at Lillico Rd to reach it due to the divided highway.

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3 walks from Lillico Beach Penguin parking

Lillico Beach Access

Goal:Lillico Beach access
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:100 m
Return distance:200 m
Comment:Only access beach in daylight. Penguins come in at dusk and shouldnot be disturbed. Only access is via Penguin observatory, turning left on boardwalk.

References

, 2016, Wildcare, ed., Wildcare Incorporated, Page , Number , Friends of Lillico Penguins

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Lillico Beach to Don Sea Cave walk

Goal:Don Head Sea Cave gulch
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,500 m
Return distance:7,000 m
Comment:Walk along beach and round head on rocks. At about 3.5km there is a gulch into a sea cave. It is dangerous to cross unless sea is very low and flat.

References

Peter S. Manchester, 2010, Created From Chaos - a geological trail of 100 sites in Tasmania, 1 ed., Peter S. Manchester, Page 203, Number , … The Don Heads … "hot lava sea platforms"

“Allow several hours to explore and investicate, "rock hopping" towards Lillico's Coast Beach.”

Cowirrie, 2015, Walks known to Cowirrie and not yet sourced, ed., not published, Page , Number , Don Heads

“The gulch at about 3.5km in is dangerous and should not be attempted. Turn back from here.”

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Lillico Penguin Observatory

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:Lillico Beach Penguin Observatory
Grade:Flat
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:250 m
Comment:Boardwalk above sand dunes where penguins nest. Please be quiet at dusk as they come ashore.

References

Tania Horne, 2016, Think Tasmania.com, ed., , Page , Number , Little Penguins; Big Attraction in Tasmania - Mar 28, 2012

“.. An easy-to-get to and excellent spot to see these cute little critters…”

, 2016, Wildcare, ed., Wildcare Incorporated, Page , Number , Friends of Lillico Penguins

“…A steel mesh fence prevents the pengins straying onto the highway.”

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