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 1,642 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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Dove Lake bus stop

Nearest Road:Dove Lake Rd
Nearest Town:Cradle Mountain
Locality:Cradle Mountain
Latitude:S 41° 39′ 2″
Longitude:E 145° 57′ 41″
Elevation:930 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Bus shuttle service from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre

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16 walks from Dove Lake bus stop

Boat Shed Walk at Dove Lake

Goal:Boat Shed
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:400 m
Return distance:800 m
Comment:Follow track west and take left fork to boat shed on the shores of Dove Lake. Return same way.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 291, Number 86, Dove Lake Circuit (Lower)

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“… a shingled boat shed by the water, which is particularly photogenic.”

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Cradle Mountain Circuit via Lake Rodway

Goal:Lake Rodway
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:15,200 m
Comment:Over Hanson's Peak to Lake Rodway Track , return via OverlandTrack and down to Dove Lake from Marion's Lookout.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 309, Number 91, Cradle Mountain Circuit

8 hours circuit
“The most scenic parts fo the northern end of the National Park”

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Cradle Mountain Summit Circuit

Goal:Cradle Mountain Summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:13,000 m
Comment:From Dove Lake to Cradle Summit via Lake Lilla,Marions Lookout. Return via Face Track and Lake Wilks

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 32, Cradle Mountain Summit

8 hours retrace route
“Walkers can choose to walk a different track on their return trip”

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Crater Lake Circuit, returning via Lake Lilla Track

Goal:Crater Lake
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:6,000 m
Comment:Dove Lake to Wombat Pool and Crater Lake, Crater Falls out to Cradle Valley, to return via Lake Lilla Track

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 31, Crater Lake Circuit

2 hours circuit
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Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 66, Number 27, Lake Lilla and Wombat Pool

2 hours 30 minutes circuitretrace
“Particularly pleasant in the early morning with the sun glistening on the cobwebs n the buttongrass”

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Dove Lake High-level Circuit

Goal:Kitchen Hut
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:7,000 m
Comment:Dove Lake circuit via Hansons Peak, Face Track, and Marions Lookout

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 62, Number 25, Dove Lake High-level Circuit

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Dove Lake Loop Track Circuit

Goal:Ballroom Forest
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:5,700 m
Comment:Circuit around Dove Lake close to shoreline for most of the way

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 29, Dove Lake Circuit

2 hours circuit
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Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 62, Number 25, Dove Lake Circuit

2 hours 30 minutes circuit
“…a complete circuit of the lake without a hefty climb.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2003, Day Walks Tasmania, ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 164, Number 36,

2 hours circuit
“… an almost level walk around the lake.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 291, Number 86, Dove Lake Circuit (Lower)

2 hours circuit
“… arrows subtly aiming to get everyone moving clockwise to ease congestion on busy summer days”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Dove Lake Loop Track

2 hours circuit
“A great introductory walk to the park…”

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Dove Lake Upper Circuit

Goal:Lake Wilks
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:7,200 m
Comment:Dove Lake Circuit via Lake Wilks, Face track and Hansons Peak

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 294, Number 87, Dove Lake Circuit (Upper)

3 hours circuit
“… Lake Wilks, which is a glacier formed, hanging lake.”

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Glacier Rock Walk at Dove Lake

Goal:Glacier Rock
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:300 m
Return distance:600 m
Comment:Short walk to east of Dove Lake to Glacier Rock and return

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 291, Number 86, Dove Lake Circuit (Lower)

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“A gateway for access as great care needs to be taken if you walk on it.”

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Hansons Peak and Twisted Lakes Walk

Goal:Twisted Lakes
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:6,000 m
Comment:Lake Rodway Track over Hansons Peak to Twisted Lakes. Return via Twisted Lakes Track.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 64, Number 26, Hansons Peak and Twisted Lakes

3 hours 30 minutes
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Hansons Peak Walk

Goal:Hansons Peak summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:To Hansons Peak on Lake Rodway Track. Return same way.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 64, Number 26, Hansons Peak and Twisted Lakes

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Lake Lilla Walk from Dove Lake and return

Goal:Lake Lilla
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:750 m
Return distance:1,500 m
Comment:Dove Lake bus stop to Lake Lilla and return

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 66, Number 27, Lake Lilla and Wombat Pool

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“… the easters side of Lake Lilla through forest featuring King Billy pines.”

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Little Horn Walk via circuit of Dove Lake

Goal:Little Horn summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:8,000 m
Comment:Head out over Hansons Peak, along Face Track to Little Horn Track. Return back to Face Track, down Lake Wilks Track and the west side of Dove Lake Ct.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 26, Number 7, Little Horn

7 hours circuit
“…small cone that is the north-eastern extension of the Cradle Mountain massif.”

, 1009-2016, Tastracks - A comprehensive Guide to Tasmanian walking tracks, ed., , Page , Number , Little Horn Track 11 Dec 2011

“This short track is 200 m long and climbs 300m from the Face Track.”

website, , Bushwalk Australia, ed., , Page , Number , Little Horn 30October 2011

“… very steep, slightly overgrown, but easy to follow.”

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Marions Lookout Circuit via Wombat Pool

Goal:Marions Lookout
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:4,900 m
Comment:Dove Lake to Marions Lookout via Wombat Pool. Return down Marions Lookout Track to Dove Lake

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 315, Number 92, Lake Lilla - Wombat Pool

2 hours 30 minutes circuit
“a really special loop walk”

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Mount Campbell 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:Mount Campbell summit
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Lake Rodway Track from Dove Lake, then Mt Campbell track summit. Return same route

References

Bill Wilkinson, 1994, The Abels - Tasmania's Mountains over 1100m high, 1 ed., The Tasmanian Outdoors Collection, PO Box 224, Kings Meadows, Launceston, Tas 7249, Page 17, Number 1, The North - West

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“… summit reveals an expansive view.”

, , Rockmonkey Adventures, ed., , Page , Number , Campbell, Little Horn, Emmett (and Cradle again!)

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“Campbell summit cairn, and 'lonely huddle' of pines.”

Louise Fairfax, , Naturelover's Walks, ed., , Page , Number , Gussy Climbs Mt Campbell

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“It didn't seem too steep or too demanding or too long…”

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Truganini Point Walk at Dove Lake

Goal:Truganini Point
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Continue Past Glacier Rock to the little beach at Truganini Point. Return.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 291, Number 86, Dove Lake Circuit (Lower)

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“The vegetation is quite attractive and some rocks have glacial striations”

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Wombat Pool Walk

Goal:Wombat Pool
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:550 m
Return distance:1,100 m
Comment:From Dove Lake past Lake Lilla to Wombat Pool and return

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 66, Number 27, Lake Lilla and Wombat Pool

1 hour retrace route
“This small tarn is quite beautiful, with its pencil pines and reflections.”

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