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 1,671 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

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2017-08-21

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Devonport Surf Club parking area

Nearest Road:Bluff Rd
Nearest Town:Devonport
Locality:NW Coast
Latitude:S 41° 9′ 49″
Longitude:E 146° 21′ 22″
Elevation:5 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Parking near playground beside surf club at the foot of The Bluff.

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4 walks from Devonport Surf Club parking area

Bluff Road Park and Foreshore Walk

Goal:AikenheadPt
Grade:Flat
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:1,100 m
Return distance:2,200 m
Comment:Follow bike track east to the Vetnam War Memorial at the point. There is a short walk out to visit the 'Spirit of the Sea' on the breakwater.

References

, , Welcome to Devonport City Council, ed., Devonport City Council, Page , Number , Bluff Road Park and Foreshore Walk

18 minutes one way pickup
“Between William Street and Mersey River Breakwater car park”

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Mersey Bluff Beach access

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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:Mersey Bluff Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:40 m
Return distance:80 m
Comment:Easiest beach access is in front of the surf club.

References

Cowirrie, 2015, Walks known to Cowirrie and not yet sourced, ed., not published, Page , Number , Mersey Bluff Beach

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“Access to beach”

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Mersey Bluff BeachWalk

Goal:Mersey Bluff Beach
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,200 m
Return distance:0 m
Comment:Walk down to beach. Check out western end rocks and then eastern end rocks. Return.

References

Cowirrie, 2015, Walks known to Cowirrie and not yet sourced, ed., not published, Page , Number , Mersey Bluff Beach

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“Explore the beach”

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Mersey Bluff walk

Goal:Mersey Bluff Lighthouse
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:600 m
Return distance:1,200 m
Comment:From Surf Club follow bike path around the eastern edge of the Bluff to the lighthouse.

References

, , Welcome to Devonport City Council, ed., Devonport City Council, Page , Number , Mersey Bluff Beach and Headland Walk

22 minutes one way pickup
“Between the Surf Life Saving Club and the Lighthouse”

Jesse Aherne, 2016, Rotary Club of Devonport South East - pamphlet, ed., Rotary Club of Devonport South East, Page , Number 1, Mersey Bluff Area

“A 185 million year old headland of dolerite intrusive rock…”

, , Recent Information of track condition (as available), ed., Cowirrie, Page , Number , Mersey Bluff

“2016-07-02 Good order”

Peter S. Manchester, 2010, Created From Chaos - a geological trail of 100 sites in Tasmania, 1 ed., Peter S. Manchester, Page 202, Number , Created from Chaos - Tasmania's most diverse and observable geological trail

“Referred to here as 'Devonport Bluff'”

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