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
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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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2017-08-21

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Ida Bay Quarry parking

Nearest Road:South Lune Rd
Nearest Town:Ida Bay
Locality:South East
Latitude:S 43° 27′ 43″
Longitude:E 146° 51′ 35″
Elevation:110 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Narrow unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Just south of Ida Bay township turn right into South Lune Rd. Drive in 4km, then turn left uphill on Limestone Quarry Rd. Parking is on left 100m before the marked start of the track.

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4 walks from Ida Bay Quarry parking

Moonlight Ridge walk to Hill One

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:Hill One
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:9,000 m
Return distance:18,000 m
Comment:Follow Moonlight Ridge Track along old railway formation, over Mystery Creek and then up onto Moonlight Ridge. Take in the view from Hill One. Return.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 109, Number 57, 57 - Moonlight Ridge

8 hours retrace route
“The track is easier to follow upt he eastern flank of the first hill on Moonlight Ridge…”

website, , Bushwalk Australia, ed., , Page , Number , Moonlight Ridge Track

retrace route
“When I went through I got water from the pools on Hill One…”

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Moonlight Ridge walk to Hill Two

Goal:Hill Two
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:10,500 m
Return distance:21,000 m
Comment:Follow Moonlight Ridge Track along old railway formation, over Mystery Creek and then up onto Moonlight Ridge. Pass Hill One. Return from Hill Two.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 109, Number 57, 57 - Moonlight Ridge

10 hours retrace route
“The open summits offer tremendous views…”

website, , Bushwalk Australia, ed., , Page , Number , Moonlight Ridge Track

retrace route
“The fires have destroyed… the burnt sticks created lots of trip hazards.”

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Mystery Creek Cave walk

Goal:Mystery Creek Cave
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Old railway formation. Lyre birds common in area. Paddle Mystery Creek to reach quarry. Cave is east of quarry. Return. Do not go past cave entrance.

References

blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 35, Number 1, Mystery Creek Cave

2 hours retrace route
“… the initial cavern is quite safe to explore… glow worms and rock formations.”

Anne Nuss and Nell Tyson, 1987, Family Bush Walks in Tasmania's Huon Valley, ed., Rivendell Books, Page 56, Number 4, Mystery Creek Cave

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“… a relatively large walk-in cave with moderaley easy access”

Anne Nuss and Nell Tyson, 1987, Family Bush Walks in Tasmania's Huon Valley, ed., Rivendell Books, Page 56, Number 4, Mystery Creek Cave

1 hour retrace route
“… a level route folowing the course of the former Ida Bay tramway to the old ... limestone quarry.”

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Mystery Creek Walk

Goal:Mystery Creek
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Old railway formation to Mystery Creek (a long-deserted town site). Return before crossing creek. Lyre birds common along this route.

References

John Chapman, 2008, South West Tasmania, 5th ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 100, Number 5, Southern Ranges

45 minutes retrace route
“Follow the muddy old railway formation west …”

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