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 1,792 of an estimated 3,000 published bushwalks in Tasmania.

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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:

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  • 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.

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Latest car park

Upper Cam Falls parking

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Winterbrook Rainforest Loop track end

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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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Wineglass Bay car park

Nearest Road:Freycinet Drive
Nearest Town:Coles Bay
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 42° 8′ 45″
Longitude:E 148° 17′ 21″
Elevation:35 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Water:Tank
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Drive 32km north from Swansea or 12km south from Bicheno. Turn south through Coles Bay to the Visitor Centre and Ranger Station - well marked at the end of the road near Parsons Cove.

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17 walks from Wineglass Bay car park

Fisheries Beach access walk

Goal:Fisheries Beach
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Walk back car park access road to Malunna Rd (sharp left). Follow unsealed road west to boom gate. Right into Parsons Lane. Track over rocks to beach

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Fisheries

“…a 250m long strip of sand, bordered by a rock platform and reef to the west…”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 63, Number 4, 6 - Fisheries Beach

“A delightful little spot with a real 'away from it all' feel.”

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Fisheries Circuit Walk

Goal:West end Fisheries Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:2,000 m
Comment:Freycinet Drive to 'The Fisheries. Turn left on beach. Walkway to Parsons Lane. To end of Fisheries Beach. Up to Malunna Rd and walk back.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Parsons Cove

“Fisheries and Parsons Cove are two adjoining small beaches …”

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Hazards Beach and return via Wineglass Bay

Goal:Hazards Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,500 m
Return distance:9,000 m
Comment:Walk over saddle to Wineglass Bay. Isthmus Track to Hazards Beach. Relax on beach. Return same way.

References

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 66, Number 4, 8 - Hazards Beach

“Perfect beach for walking with good firm sand…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 170, Hazards Beach

“… named after the mountains, not because it is necessarily hazardous.”

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Hazards Beach walk via Wineglass Bay

Goal:Hazards Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:6,500 m
Return distance:13,000 m
Comment:Walk over saddle to Wineglass Bay.Isthmus Track to Hazards Beach. Walk left (SE)on beach to end, return by same route.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Hazards Beach

6 hours retrace route
“… following in the steps of Aboriginal people… numerous shell middens…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 23, Number 2, 2 - Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach

“Short unmarked side-tracks lead to views over the lagoon.”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 66, Number 4, 8 - Hazards Beach

“As attractive, in a different way, as its famous counterpart on the other side of the isthmus.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 170, Hazards Beach

“The 3km long southwest-facing beach is sheltered…”

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Malunna Creek walk

Goal:Malunna Creek
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,250 m
Return distance:2,500 m
Comment:Wineglass Bay Trac k then right into Hazards Beach Track for 1.25km. Turn back at stone bridge over Malunna Creek (3rd creek).

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 23, Number 2, 2 - Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach

“The creeks are small…in this low rainfall region”

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Malunna Quarry Circuit walk

Goal:Track junction
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:3,000 m
Comment:Walk back to Malunna Rd (sharp left). Follow west past 2 boomgates to quarry. Before quarry, left up sheet rock foot pad. Return Hazards Beach Track.

References

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 63, Number 4, 6 - Fisheries Beach

“… Walk up the hill behind the quarry where you can join the Hazards Beach walking track.”

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Malunna Quarry walk

Goal:Malunna Quarry
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Walk out from carpark, turn sharp left into Malunna Rd. Walk to the end (passing two boom gates) to quarry. Don't enter quarry. Rockfall dange. Return

References

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 63, Number 4, 6 - Fisheries Beach

“Please note : access to the quarry itself is prohibited”

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Mount Amos Rock 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:Mt Amos Rock
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:700 m
Return distance:1,400 m
Comment:Follow Mt Amos track for 700m till it turns sharply uphill. Follow short footpad to large rock expanse to take in the view across Coles Bay. Return.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Mount Amos

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“…this first section of the walk is easy going with only a slight uphill incline.”

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 26, Number 3, Mount Amos

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 144, Number 44, Mount Amos

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Mount Amos walk

Goal:Mount Amos summit
Grade:Challenging
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Steep walk/climb up Mt Amos to summit and return. Very slippery in wet conditions.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 144, Number 44, Mount Amos

3 hours retrace route
“Hill climb with coastal views”

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 26, Number 3, Mount Amos

4 hours retrace route
“Steep climbing route on smooth graine, extremely slippery when moist or wet, exposed…”

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3 hours retrace route
“The walk itself is short, demanding and extremely entertaining.”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Mount Amos

3 hours retrace route
“The track to the summit is steep and strenuous…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 112, Number 50, 50 - Mount Amos

3 hours retrace route
“… much of the track is a route (marked by paint) across rock outcrops.”

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Mount Freycinet walk

Goal:Mt Freycinet
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:12,000 m
Return distance:24,000 m
Comment:Follow route to Wineglass Bay. Walk along beach then follow track over Mt Graham and down to saddle. Ascend Mt Freycinet from south.Return same route

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 99, Number 51, 51 - Mount Freycinet

11 hours retrace route
“You will need to be extremely fit to complete this walk in one day.”

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Mount Graham Circuit

Goal:Mount Graham summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:29,500 m
Comment:Follow route to Wineglass Bay. Walk along Wineglass beach then follow track over Mt Graham. And down to Cooks Beach. Return up Hazards Beach track.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 152, Number 47, Wineglass Bay - Mount Graham

12 hours circuit
“Beaches, granite outcrops, coastal views and hill climb”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Freycinet Peninsula Circuit

13 hours 20 minutes circuit
“Walkers will need to be … carrying water…”

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Mount Mayson Summit

Goal:Mt Mayson Summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:This is listed as extremely difficult.

References

Louise Fairfax, Naturelover's Walks, Mount Mayson 24 July 2016

“… all the trial and error psycologically exhausting”

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Parsons Cove Beach Access

Goal:Parsons Cove
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:600 m
Return distance:1,200 m
Comment:Walk back to carpark entrance, then left into Freycinet Drive and walk into 'The Fisheries'. Continue down past houses then sharp right to beach

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Parsons Cove

“… a curving 200m long main beach… and a second pocket of sand… with an L-shaped rock jetty…”

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Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit

Goal:Hazards Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:11,000 m
Comment:Walk over saddle to Wineglass bay, across to Hazards Beach. Turn right onwards around the coast back to carpark.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, Website, Number 56, Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit

5 hours circuit
“… walk on the beach and paddle in the crystal clear waters.”

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 20, Number 2, Wineglass Bay To Hazards Beach Circuit

4 hours 30 minutes circuit
“A beautifully relaxing walk through natural bushalnd with interesting under-storey plants.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 148, Number 46, Wineglass Bay - Hazards Beach

4 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Beaches, granite outcrops and coastal heathland”

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5 hours circuit
“… picturesque little coves that are perfect for swimming…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 23, Number 2, 2 - Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach

3 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Hazards Beach is wide and long…easy walking on firm sand.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 110, Number 49, 49 - Wineglass Bay

4 hours 30 minutes circuit
“..then north past Lemana Lookout and around the base of Mt Mayson.”

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Wineglass Bay Beach and return

Goal:Wineglass Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Walk up to saddle on Wineglass Bay Track and then down to the beach. Return back over saddle to car park.

References

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2 hours retrace route
“… crystal blue waters and fine quartz sand…”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Wineglass Bay

2 hours retrace route
“… long white sandy beach…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 23, Number 2, 2 - Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach

2 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“… sweeping wineglass-shaped curve of white sand.”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 64, Number 4, 7 - Wineglass Bay Beach

“As you approach, the beach isn't visible through the bush, … you start to hear the thump of breakers”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Wineglass Bay

“The beach itself is 1.7km long…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 110, Number 49, 49 - Wineglass Bay

“Vegetation is thicker on the Wineglass Bay side of the hill…”

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Wineglass Bay Beach walk to Indigo Creek

Goal:Indigo Creek
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,250 m
Return distance:8,500 m
Comment:Wineglass Bay Track over saddle to beach and then beach walk to far end at Indigo Creek. Return same way.

References

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3 hours retrace route
“… lovely views back towards the Hazards…”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Wineglass Bay

2 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“… a 20 minute walk along the beach to its southern end…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 23, Number 2, 2 - Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach

“Follow the narrow beach … to its end where there is a camping area behind the beach.”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 64, Number 4, 7 - Wineglass Bay Beach

“… curving white sands into which your feet sink squeakily”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Wineglass Bay

“Indigo Creek occasionally drains across the more protected southern end of the beach…”

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Wineglass Bay Lookout

Goal:Wineglass Bay Lookout
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Walk up to saddle and then side track to Lookout. Return by parallel route following signs

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, Website, Number 55, Wineglass Bay Lookout

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“Steep uphill walk on a rocky, well-constructed track.”

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 20, Number 2, Wineglass Bay To Hazards Beach Circuit

“… view the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay with its crystal-clear waters.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 146, Number 45, Wineglass Bay

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“… fantastic views of Mount Freycinet and Wineglass Bay…”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Wineglass Bay Lookout

1 hour circuitretrace
“… take care on the downhill sections as the loose gravel surface can be slippery.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 23, Number 2, 2 - Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach

1 hour retrace route
“Turn left and follow the sidetrack 200m to Wineglass Bay Lookout.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 110, Number 49, 49 - Wineglass Bay

“… the saddle between Mount Amos (on the left) and Mount Mayson (on the right).”

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