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 1,843 of an estimated 3,000 published bushwalks 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.

What are the latest additions?

Latest car park

Dolphin Sands parking

Latest walk

Dolphin Sands Beach Access

Latest change

Nine Mile Beach at Dolphin Sands

Updated on

2017-11-14

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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Sleepy Bay parking area

Nearest Road:Cape Tourville Rd
Nearest Town:Coles Bay
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 42° 8′ 0″
Longitude:E 148° 19′ 5″
Elevation:30 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Comment: Drive South from Coles Bay. Turn left just past Freycinet Lodge, then stop at the Sleepy Bay carpark.

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3 walks from Sleepy Bay parking area

Mount Parsons walk to summit

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:Summit of Mt Parsons
Grade:Challenging
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Walk to end of Sleepy Bay Track, cross little river. Start up track, following rock cairns marking the route to top.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 92, Number 40, 40 - Mount Parsons

3 hours retrace route
“At saddle, there are two cairned routes. The one to the right is a gentler gradient.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 92, Number 40, 40 - Mount Parsons

3 hours retrace route
“… careful attention must be paid to cairns and track markers”

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Sleepy Bay Walk down to shore

Goal:Sleepy Bay
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:Walk down (steps) to rocky foreshore. Return.

References

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 30, Number 4, Sleepy Bay to Bluestone Bay

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

10 minutes retrace route
“Gently Graded steps lead to the rocky shoreline…”

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Sleepy Bay walk to Little Gravelly Beach

Goal:Little Gravelly Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:125 m
Return distance:250 m
Comment:Continue right along the cliffs to a little beach. Several unfenced lookouts. Return same way.

References

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 30, Number 4, Sleepy Bay to Bluestone Bay

“Some beautifully sculpted pink granite boulders add interes….”

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

30 minutes retrace route
“… rough under foot in places and passes close to some high cliff tops.”

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 69, Number 4, 11 Sleepy Bay and adjacent cove

“… forests of kelp 5m from the shore…”

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