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 1,609 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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Hartz Mountains car park

Nearest Road:Hartz Rd
Nearest Town:Geeveston
Locality:Southern Forests
Latitude:S 43° 13′ 2″
Longitude:E 146° 46′ 14″
Elevation:850 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Stream
Toilets:Bush
Toilet Accessibility:Unknown
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Drive to the end of the Hartz Rd to parking area. Three tracks leave from here.

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13 walks from Hartz Mountains car park

Arthur Tarn walk

Goal:Arthur Tarn
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Follow track past Ladies Tarn. About 100m after track starts climb, take track left (south) to Arthur Lake. Return same way.

References

Mark Hanna, 2008, Walk the Huon, ed., , Page , Number , Mt Snowy and Arthur and Emily Tarns

“The correct way heads slightly east of south, climbing slightly. After a while, cairns will be found”

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Emily Tarn Circuit

Goal:Emily Tarn
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:11,000 m
Comment:Follow track to Hartz peak. Continue south to saddle to Mt Snowy, then down north to Emily Tarn. Follow track back past Arthur Tarn to rejoin track.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 106, Number 55, 55 - Hartz Peak

5 hours circuitretrace
“This track skirts Emily and Arthur Tarns before rejoining the main track near Ladies Tarn.”

Mark Hanna, 2008, Walk the Huon, ed., , Page , Number , Mt Snowy and Arthur and Emily Tarns

5 hours circuitretrace
“Of course, this walk can be done in reverse from the summit of Hartz peak.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 55, Number 9, 9 - Hartz Peak and Mt Snowy

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“From the saddle … follow the cairned pad north … to Emily Tarn.”

Anne Nuss and Nell Tyson, 1987, Family Bush Walks in Tasmania's Huon Valley, ed., Rivendell Books, Page 41, Number 3, 12 - Emily Tarn

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Geeves Memorial walk

Goal:Geeves Memorial plaque
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:400 m
Return distance:800 m
Comment:Start along the Hartz Peak Track. 400km along the track is the Geeves memorial. It is in a clump of bush to the side of the track. Return.

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 55, Number 9, 9 - Hartz Peak and Mt Snowy

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“On the left side of the track in a copse of trees is Geeves memorial.”

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Hartz Lake Walk

Goal:Hartz Lake
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,750 m
Return distance:7,500 m
Comment:Follow track to pass, then continue straight ahead on track down to Hartz Lake. Return same way.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 106, Number 55, 55 - Hartz Peak

retrace route
“… the better option for lunch in bad weather.”

Mark Hanna, 2008, Walk the Huon, ed., , Page , Number , Hartz Peak and Lake

retrace route
“The track is quite overgrown, especially close to the lake.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 55, Number 9, 9 - Hartz Peak and Mt Snowy

4 hours retrace route
“Medium. Follow the first 3.1km … to the saddle… then follow sidetrip down to Hartz Lake, return..”

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Hartz Pass Walk

Goal:Hartz Pass
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Continue on from Ladies Tarn up a steep climb to the pass with views to the west. Return.

References

blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 4, Number 1, Hartz Peak

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“The track climbs a steep but short ascent of roughly 100m to the saddle…”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Hartz Pass

3 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“You will need to be a reasonably fit walker”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 86, Number 37, 37 - Hartz Peak

retrace route
“… a short but steep climb up on to a saddle.”

Anne Nuss and Nell Tyson, 1987, Family Bush Walks in Tasmania's Huon Valley, ed., Rivendell Books, Page 39, Number 3, 11 - Lake Esperance

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“… you can get some very good views into the South West from the saddle itself.”

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Hartz Peak Summit Walk

Goal:Hartz Peak summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,700 m
Return distance:7,400 m
Comment:A well-marked track from car park to summit. Return same way.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 12, Hartz Peak Summit

5 hours retrace route
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blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 4, Number 1, Hartz Peak

4 hours retrace route
“There is a 400m climb over the entire 8km …”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Hartz Peak

5 hours retrace route
“… only for fit, experienced walkers, as it is a steep uphill climb…”

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 106, Number 55, 55 - Hartz Peak

4 hours retrace route
“… harsh and changeable weather conditions that occur all year round.”

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, ed., , Page , Number , Hartz Peak

5 hours retrace route
“The rock work from the junction with the Hartz Lake juncion saddle is very impressive…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 55, Number 9, 9 - Hartz Peak and Mt Snowy

4 hours retrace route
“One of the best alpine day walks in the state…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 86, Number 37, 37 - Hartz Peak

retrace route
“… only a very short distance of boulder scrambling at the top.”

Anne Nuss and Nell Tyson, 1987, Family Bush Walks in Tasmania's Huon Valley, ed., Rivendell Books, Page 39, Number 3, 10 - Hartz Peak

7 hours retrace route
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Ladies Tarn Walk

Goal:Ladies Tarn
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Start on Hartz Peak Track, past Lake Esperance to Ladies Tarn. Return same route.

References

blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 4, Number 1, Hartz Peak

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“… reaching Ladies Tarn on your right.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 55, Number 9, 9 - Hartz Peak and Mt Snowy

2 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“Easy. Follow the first 2.6 km of the walk to Ladies Tarn and return the same way.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 86, Number 37, 37 - Hartz Peak

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“The main track … skirts Ladies Tarn”

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Lake Esperance Walk

Goal:Lake Esperance
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,700 m
Return distance:3,400 m
Comment:Start on Hartz Peak Track, turning off right for Lake Esperance after 1.5km. Return same route.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 11, Lake Esperance Walk

2 hours retrace route
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blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 5, Number 1, Lake Esperance

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“… the glacier formed lakes edge where seats are available.”

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

2 hours retrace route
“… a memorial to Sydney and Arthur Geeves, who perished ... in 1897 in harsh blizzard conditions…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 55, Number 9, 9 - Hartz Peak and Mt Snowy

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“Easy. Follow the first 1.6km of the walk tl Lake esperence and return.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 86, Number 37, 37 - Hartz Peak

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“About 1.5km from the hut there is a signposted turnoff on the right leading to Lake Esperence…”

Anne Nuss and Nell Tyson, 1987, Family Bush Walks in Tasmania's Huon Valley, ed., Rivendell Books, Page 39, Number 3, 11 - Lake Esperance

2 hours retrace route
“It is a small picturesque lake in a glacial cirque and has open grassy areas on the foreshore…”

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Lake Osborne Walk

Goal:Lake Osborne
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:The track to the west leads to Lake Osborne and Lake Perry. Veer left for Lake Osborne at track junction.

References

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

40 minutes retrace route
“… picturesque glacial lake.”

, 2011, Walks Tasmania - A guide to Tasmania's Best Walks, ed., , Page , Number , Lake Osborne - Lake Perry

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“Walking anywhere in the park involves wet feet.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 84, Number 36, 36 - Lakes Osborne and Perry

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“.a very wet and boggy region … so keep to the tracks.”

Anne Nuss and Nell Tyson, 1987, Family Bush Walks in Tasmania's Huon Valley, ed., Rivendell Books, Page 38, Number 3, 9 - Lake Osborne

1 hour retrace route
“The track leads gently uphill for about a kilometre before reaching Lake Osborne”

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Lake Perry and Lake Osborne Walk

Goal:Lake Perry
Grade:Moderate
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:3,800 m
Comment:Take track for Lake Osborne, but veer right at junction for Lake Perry. On return to junction, visit Lake Osborne.

References

, 2011, Walks Tasmania - A guide to Tasmania's Best Walks, ed., , Page , Number , Lake Osborne - Lake Perry

2 hours retrace route
“Walking anywhere in the park involves wet feet.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 84, Number 36, 36 - Lakes Osborne and Perry

2 hours retrace route
“Both lakes are quite beautiful…”

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Mount Snowy walk

Goal:Mt Snowy summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,000 m
Return distance:10,000 m
Comment:Follow track past Ladies Tarn. About 100m after track starts climb, take track left (south) past Arthur and Emily tarn, up to saddle and on to summit.

References

Mark Hanna, 2008, Walk the Huon, ed., , Page , Number , Mt Snowy and Arthur and Emily Tarns

5 hours retrace route
“The climb to Mt Snowy is cairned from the saddle and is quite steep towards the top…”

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Mt Snowy Circuit

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For additional information about safe walking in Tasmania, go to the StepScape tab.

Goal:Mt Snowy summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:10,000 m
Comment:Track to Hartz Mt and on to Mt Snowy. Return via Emily and Arthur Tarns.

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 55, Number 9, 9 - Hartz Peak and Mt Snowy

5 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“There are numerous small rocky towers and the easiest route is to cross the scree slopes…”

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Old Hartz Track from Hartz Peak car park to Kermandie Falls car park one way

Goal:Kermandie Falls Car Park
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:14,000 m
Return distance:28,000 m
Comment:Follow track down to Bennetts Rd. Walk left (north) to continue track down past Kermandie Falls to parking area on

References

Denis, , Hiking South East Tasmania, ed., , Page , Number , Old Hartz Track

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“… it was much harder to stay upright going downhill…”

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