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 1,928 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

One Tree Point parking

Latest walk

Raspins Beach walk

Latest change

Updates on Mt Killiecrankie walks

Updated on

2018-05-10

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

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Michael Horton

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jQuery, used under the MIT License

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Penguin Lions Park parking at Surf Club Point

Nearest Road:Lions Park Rd
Nearest Town:Penguin
Locality:NW Coast
Latitude:S 41° 6′ 52″
Longitude:E 146° 4′ 32″
Elevation:5 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:In town centre of Penguin, where railway crosses Main Rd, turn towards the sea and follow railway on north side. Park is at the end of the narrow sealed road on Surf Club Point (no surf club though!)

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5 walks from Penguin Lions Park parking at Surf Club Point

Penguin Beach walk to Penguin Creek

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:Penguin Creek
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,600 m
Comment:Access Beach via stairs near Surf Club Point. Walk west to end of beach at Penguin Creek. Return. Best at low tide.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 1105, Penguin Beach Tas

“It is a steep, narrow, high tide beach grading into a mixture of intertidal low tide terrace & rock”

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Penguin to Three Sisters along shoreline

Goal:Three Sisters car park
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:7,500 m
Return distance:15,000 m
Comment:From Penguin following shoreline to the Three Sisters car park. Some steep rocks block access at high tide so care required.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 1106, Watcombe Beach Tas

“… bordered and fringed by extensive rock flats”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 1107, Watcombe (e) Beach Tas

“… fronted by 150m wide intertidal rock flats.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 1108, Tea Tree Point (w) Tas

“A narrow strip of grass, then the railway and road back the beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 1109, Penguin Point €

“… fronted by 100m wide intertidal rock flats which link at low tide to two small rock islets.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 1110, Three Sisters 1 Tas

“… fronted by 50m wide rock flats then a sandy bay floor”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 1111, Three Sisters 2 Tas

“… between Lodders Point and Goat Island”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 1112, Three Sisters 3 Tas

“… narrow strip of high tide sand and cobbles…”

Tania Horne, 2016, Think Tasmania.com, The Old Coast road: a scenic drive - Three Sisters

“… one often sees cormorants and sea eagles, as well as the thousands of gulls.”

Peter S. Manchester, 2010, Created From Chaos - a geological trail of 100 sites in Tasmania, 1 ed., Peter S. Manchester, Page 205, … Goat Island

“… known in geological circles as the "West Bank Chaos".”

Jesse Aherne, 2016, Rotary Club of Devonport South East - pamphlet, Rotary Club of Devonport South East, Number 4, Goat Island

“… resulting from enormous pressure and heat from the thrusting of 2 earth plates.”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Rock and beach walk Between Three Sisters and Penguin

“Not accessible at high tide or in rough conditions. Check tides and weather carefully.”

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Perry-Ling gardens walk

Goal:Penguin Silver Mine parking
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Sloping track to grassy path through Max Perry reserve. At eastern end, up to cross railway and road to footpath. Continue east past gardens to pickup

References

Duncan McDougall, 2016, Highway Traveller - your guide to towns on Australian Highways, Penguin Attractions - Perry-Ling Gardens

“The gardens run parallel with Main Street and the railway line for approximately one kilometre.”

Tania Horne, 2016, Think Tasmania.com, The Old Coast Road: a scenic drive - Ling Perry Gardens, Penguin

“in spring… a visual splendour of beautiful roadside gardens…”

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Watcombe Beach Access

Goal:Watcombe Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:100 m
Return distance:200 m
Comment:Take cement path around picnic shelter and then down sloping path to reach beach access steps. Return same way

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 1106, Watcombe Beach Tas

“… lies on the easter side of Surf Club Point…”

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Watcombe Beach walk

Goal:East end Watcombe Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:750 m
Comment:Walk down sloping path. Continue on grass (Max Perry Reserve) to end of beach. Walk down to beach and return to access path.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 1106, Watcombe Beach Tas

“… a 50m wide sandy low tide bar, bordered and bringed by extensive rock flats…”

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