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 1,797 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
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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.

What are the latest additions?

Latest car park

Muirs Beach car park

Latest walk

Hepbourn Point Beach walk from Coles Bay

Latest change

Back on east coast beach walks - Hepbourn Point Beach

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2017-10-20

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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Myrtle Forest car park

Nearest Road:Myrtle Forest Rd
Nearest Town:Berriedale
Locality:Hobart
Latitude:S 42° 51′ 26″
Longitude:E 147° 9′ 52″
Elevation:550 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Narrow unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:From Collinsvale, continue on Collinsvale Rd, then south into Springdale Rd. South again into Myrtle Forest Rd and park at the end of the road before the barrier. Walk remaining 650m to picnic area.

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Collins Bonnet walk from Myrtle Forest

Goal:Collins Bonnet
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,200 m
Return distance:8,400 m
Comment:Walk up beside the creek and then south to Collins Bonnet. Return same way.

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 45, Number 7, 7 - Collinsvale Peaks

4 hours circuitretrace
“Rocky walking tracks lead from the fire trails to the summit of each mountain.”

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, Collins Bonnet 11 June 2013

5 hours retrace route
“Quite a stiff climb”

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Collins Cap walk

Goal:Collins Cap
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Up beside Myrtle Forest Creek on Myrtle Forest Track, then Collins Cap Track to summit. Return.

References

blank, 2015, Tastrails, blank, Page 34, Number 1, Collins Cap

4 hours retrace route
“… steep throughout… trail is well constructed…”

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 88, Number 44, 44 - Collins Cap

4 hours retrace route
“The main track crosses the creek twice…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 45, Number 7, 7 - Collinsvale Peaks

2 hours 30 minutes circuitretrace
“Rocky walking tracks lead from the fire trails to the summit of each mountain.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 46, Number 17, 17 - Collins Cap

4 hours retrace route
“A steepish climb on a well-marked track”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 42, Number 15, 15 - Collins Cap

4 hours retrace route
“The track must be followed around the right hand side of the hill.”

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Collinsvale Peaks

Goal:Trestle Mountain
Grade:Some steep
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:14,900 m
Comment:Circuit walk with three peaks. Suggested order is Collins Bonnet, Trestle Mountain, Collins Cap and back down to Myrtle Forest.

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 45, Number 7, 7 - Collinsvale Peaks

7 hours circuitretrace
“Rocky walking tracks lead from the fire trails to the summit of each mountain.”

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Myrtle Forest Falls Walk

Goal:Myrtle Forest Falls
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:600 m
Return distance:1,200 m
Comment:Waterfall on Myrtle Forest Creek. Walk into picnic area, and then lots of steps up beside falls. Return same way.

References

Raelene and Rod Newell, 2006, Thirty-Five Walks to Waterfalls in Tasmania, 1st ed., Raelene and Rod Newell, PO Box 22, Kingston Beach, Tas 7050, Page 54, Number 19, Myrtle Forest Falls

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Myrtle Forest Falls - Myrtle Forest

“… a lovely tiered waterfall within Myrtle Forest…”

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Myrtle Forest Fire Trail Circuit

Goal:Small rocky saddle
Grade:Some steep
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:6,000 m
Comment:Walk up beside creek . Right into East West Trail. Right at Collins Cap Trail. Right at Collins Cap Track. Left at Myrtle Forest Trail.

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 45, Number 7, 7 - Collinsvale Peaks

“The main climb ends when the track eanters heathland on an alpine plateau.”

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Myrtle Forest Picnic Ground 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:Picnic ground
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:700 m
Return distance:1,400 m
Comment:Walk in from car park past gate on well made road, suitable for wheels.

References

Greater Hobart Trails, Derwent Estuary Program, Myrtle Forest

“A 15 minute, gently sloping walk through native vegetation…”

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Myrtle Forest Trail walk

Goal:Old mill site on saddle
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:800 m
Return distance:1,600 m
Comment:Trail starts through gate below toilet block. Walk until saddle is reached. Return.

References

Cowirrie, 2015, Walks known to Cowirrie and not yet sourced, not published, Myrtle Forest Trail

“Overgrown old formed road to old timer mill site.”

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Trestle Mountain from Myrtle Forest

Goal:Trestle Mountain
Grade:Some steep
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:11,500 m
Comment:Head for Collins Bonnet initially, but skip that summit and use East West Trail to reach Trestle Mt. Return via Collins Cap Trail.

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 45, Number 7, 7 - Collinsvale Peaks

“A final short steep scramble north-east leads onto the rocky summit”

Denis, Hiking South East Tasmania, Trestle Mountain - Sunday 25th November 2012

5 hours retrace route
“This was a very enjoyable walk with fantastic views.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 44, Number 16, 16 - Trestle Mountain

5 hours retrace route
“This track is indistinct at times and there are many footpads.”

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