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

Maps

Google Maps JavaScript API

Components

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

Filter

Text
Attributes

Walk Distance

Tags Publications

Feedback

Send

Newdegate Cave car park

Nearest Road:Hastings Cave Rd
Nearest Town:Hastings
Locality:South
Latitude:S 43° 22′ 56″
Longitude:E 146° 50′ 31″
Elevation:140 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Unknown
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Unknown
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Drive past Hastings Hot springs and continue to the end of Hastings Cave Rd. Parking at the Caves track start.
Correct this information
Send

3 walks from Newdegate Cave car park

Mesa Creek walk

Goal:Large stump
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:At the last power pole before Caves car park, find old straight tramways track between two large old logs on SW side of road. Stop at cutting grass.

References

Anne Nuss and Nell Tyson, 1987, Family Bush Walks in Tasmania's Huon Valley, Rivendell Books, Page 55, Number 4, 18 - Mesa Creek Track - Hastings

40 minutes retrace route
“… a very easy beautiful walk which follows along an old timber sapling tramway.”

Tags

Newdegate Cave Tour

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:Cave tour
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:100 m
Return distance:200 m
Comment:A 200m walk to the cave. Entrance to the cave is only with guided tours - ticket available at the Thermal Springs Visitor Centre, 5km before cave.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Newdegate Cave

40 minutes retrace route
“… a guided tour of the magnifient Newdegate Cave.”

TourismTasmania, 2016, Discover Tasmania, Tourism Tasmania, Hastings Cavees State Reserve and Thermal Springs

“… one of the few dolomite caves in Australia.”

Bruce Elder, 2016, Aussie towns, Aussie Towns, Newdegate Cave

“… one of the great cave experiences of Australia”

Tania Horne, 2016, Think Tasmania.com, Newdegate Cave Tour

“… about 500 of the dreaded steps to negotiate…”

Tags

Newdegate Nature Walk

Goal:Cave gate
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:200 m
Return distance:400 m
Comment:For those who do not want to enter the cave, there is a pleasant walk to the cave entrance and return.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspX?base=4218

“… a short nature walk leads to the cave.”

Bruce Elder, 2016, Aussie towns, Aussie Towns, Newdegate Cave

“Along the short walk to the cave entrance are signs which recount the hardships …”

Tania Horne, 2016, Think Tasmania.com, Newdegate Cave Tour

“… signs detailing the accidental discovery of the caves by loggers…”

Tags