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 1,666 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
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.

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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2017-08-15

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Low Head Pilot Station parking

Nearest Road:Low Head Rd
Nearest Town:George Town
Locality:North
Latitude:S 41° 3′ 53″
Longitude:E 146° 47′ 44″
Elevation:10 m
Fee:No charge
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Drive up Low Head Rd. Pilot Station is on the left before you get to the lighthouse (white buildings with red roofs surrounded by lawns). It is also the north end of the sealed Kanamaluka Track.

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6 walks from Low Head Pilot Station parking

Kanamaluka Trail from north to south

Goal:Windmill Point
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:6,500 m
Return distance:13,000 m
Comment:Follow Kanamaluka Trail from Pilot Station to Windmill Point. If tide is out, beach walking is a pleasant alternative in places.

References

John Dawson, 2014, Tassie rambler… not all those who wander, are lost, ed., , Page , Number , George Town to Low Head (The Kanamaluka Trail)

retrace route
“…plenty of points of interest along the way…”

Walker Designs, 2014, Provincial Tamar Website, ed., George Town Municipality, Page , Number , Kanamaluka Trail - George Town to Low Head

one way pickup
“The kanamaluka Trail is enjoyed for walking and cycling…”

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Low Head Big Circuit

Goal:East Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:4,500 m
Comment:From Pilot Station up road to Penguin Rookery Walk. Then follow coast round to East Beach. Then East Beach Rd and back to Pilot Station.

References

Cowirrie, 2015, Walks known to Cowirrie and not yet sourced, ed., not published, Page , Number , Low Head Circuit

circuit
“No coastal access from Pilot Station to Penguin Walk - restricted penguin area.”

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Pilot Station Museum (Low Head)

Goal:Museum
Grade:Flat
Type:No defined route
One-way distance:150 m
Comment:Explore the Museum (Entry fee). A comprehensive history of the pilot station and the ships it served.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Low Head Light Station and Pilot Station

no defined route
“… transferred to the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service in 1998.”

, , One-off references, ed., , Page , Number , Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum

no defined route
“The museum was founded by employees of the Port of Launceston Authority.”

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Pilot Station Walk (Low Head)

Goal:Explore historic site
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:No defined route
One-way distance:750 m
Comment:Park near café and museum. Walk around the site to check out the historic artifacts and buildings. Houses are leased out, so do not enter those.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Low Head Light Station and Pilot Station

no defined route
“… the earliest surviving pilot buildings in Australia.”

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Pilots Bay Beach Access

Goal:Pilots Bay Beach
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:250 m
Return distance:500 m
Comment:Park near café and museum where there are facilities, then walk east back to the beach which is near the entrance gate.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number , Low Head Light Station and Pilot Station

no defined route
“… a great diversity of 19th centruy maritime buildings…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number , Pilots Bay

no defined route
“… a narrow, low energy beach sheltered by the boundary point and shallow rock flats…”

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Pilots Bay Beach Walk

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:Cordell Point
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Park near café and museum. Walk back east to access beach just south of Pilot Station gate. Walk to south end of beach and rockhop to Cordell Point.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number , Pilots Bay

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“… shallow rock flats that dominate the southern half of the bay…”

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