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.

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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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2017-08-15

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Risdon Brook Dam parking area

Nearest Road:GrassTree Hill Rd
Nearest Town:Risdon
Locality:Hobart
Latitude:S 42° 48′ 20″
Longitude:E 147° 20′ 15″
Elevation:65 m
Fee:No charge
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Shelter:Shelter

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3 walks from Risdon Brook Dam parking area

Mount Direction (South)

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:Mount Direction (S) Summit
Grade:Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:The Mount Direction at Risdon Dam near Hobart.Walk in on west side of dam, then up Mt Direction Track. Return same way.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 28, Number 8, 8 - Mount Direction

3 hours retrace route
“The top is marked by a magnificent old circular cairn and a small communications station.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 33, Number 5, Mount Direction

retrace route
“Easy, but with a steep pinch”

blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 43, Number 1, Mount Direction

retrace route
“At the summit a large roick cairn and communications station can be found.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 24, Number 6, 6 - Mount Direction

3 hours retrace route
“A short, steep but satisfying climb”

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Mount Direction (South) plus dam circuit

Goal:Mount Direction (S) Summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:8,000 m
Comment:The Mount Direction at Risdon Dam near Hobart. Start along west side of dam on road, then up mountain. Return on east side of dam.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, ed., Explore Australia, Page 33, Number 5, Mount Direction

3 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Easy, but with a steep pinch”

blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 43, Number 1, Mount Direction

3 hours circuitretrace
“The views north from the summit are fantastic…”

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Risdon Brook Dam Circuit

Goal:Risdon Brook quarry
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:4,000 m

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 18, Number 3, 3 - Risdon Brook Dam

1 hour 30 minutes circuit
“a gentle walk around the edge of the Risdon Brook Reservoir.”

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