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 1,679 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.

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Jan Horton

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Michael Horton

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2017-08-24

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Policemans Point parking

Nearest Road:Policemans Point Rd
Nearest Town:St Helens
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 41° 3′ 45″
Longitude:E 148° 17′ 33″
Elevation:5 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Take Ansons Bay Rd north from St Helens, then NE on Policemans Point Rd (South Ansons Rd) to the end.

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7 walks from Policemans Point parking

Bay of Fires walk from Policemans Point to The Gardens

Goal:The Gardens car park
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:13,000 m
Return distance:26,000 m
Comment:In wet weather there may be outflow to cross at Gardens Lagoon, but mostly the bar is closed. Walk south along coast to The Gardens.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4008, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Mid Section (Policemans Point)

“… numerous campsites amongst the trees, many with beach access”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4002, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Southern Section

“The road terminates at private land at The Gardens”

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Jacks Lookout Beach walk

Goal:Jacks Lookout Beach - southern end
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,000 m
Return distance:10,000 m
Comment:Pebbly Beach. Continue on over rocks with high tide beach. Return at end of rocks.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 61, Jacks Lookout Tas

“… high tide sand beach fronted by 100m wide rock flats…”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4008, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Mid Section (Policemans Point)

“… numerous campsites amongst the trees, many with beach access”

, , Bushwalking in Tasmania, ed., Photodiary of a Nomad, Page , Number , Bay of Fires Walk

one way pickup
“… a long ledge of clinking plates and stones…”

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Pebbly Beach walk to Jacks Lookout Creek

Goal:Jacks Lookout Creek
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,000 m
Return distance:8,000 m
Comment:Walk out to point and then south along beach and then over rocks to

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 60, Pebbly Beach Tas

“… a curving 300m long sand and pebble beach… Jacks Lookout Creek drains onto the rocks …”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4008, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Mid Section (Policemans Point)

“… numerous campsites amongst the trees, many with beach access”

, , Bushwalking in Tasmania, ed., Photodiary of a Nomad, Page , Number , Bay of Fires Walk

one way pickup
“… jumbles of big water=rounded basalt stones.”

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Policemans Point (South) Beach walk

Goal:South Policemans Beach - lagoon outlet
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,750 m
Return distance:3,500 m
Comment:Walk out to the point, then south past the little sandy point to the lagoon outlet. Return

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 59, Policemans Point(S) Tas

“… curves for 500 m south of the point to a sandy foreland…”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4008, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Mid Section (Policemans Point)

“… numerous campsites amongst the trees, many with beach access”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 22, Number 1, Policemans Point Conservation Area Beach

“Exposed shoreline with moderately high waves…”

, , Bushwalking in Tasmania, ed., Photodiary of a Nomad, Page , Number , Bay of Fires Walk

one way pickup
“… firm sand highway…”

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Policemans Point beach access

Goal:Policemans Point Beach
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:200 m
Return distance:400 m
Comment:Follow track east to start of beach. Return same way or along inlet sand if the tide is out.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4008, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Mid Section (Policemans Point)

“… numerous campsites amongst the trees, many with beach access”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 22, Number 1, Policemans Point Conservation Area Beach

“White sandy banks bordering the south side of Ansons Bay Lagoon Heads…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 58, Policemans Point Tas

“… southern boundary to Ansons Bay inlet.”

, , Bushwalking in Tasmania, ed., Photodiary of a Nomad, Page , Number , Bay of Fires Walk

one way pickup
“''' path alongside the shore of Ansons Bay.”

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Policemans Point 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:Policemans Point Beach
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Walk out to point then south along beach to the little sandy point. Return

References

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 22, Number 1, Policemans Point Conservation Area Beach

“Exposed shoreline with moderately high waves…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 58, Policemans Point Tas

“… curves for 500 m south of the point to a sandy foreland…”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4008, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Mid Section (Policemans Point)

“… numerous campsites amongst the trees, many with beach access”

, , Bushwalking in Tasmania, ed., Photodiary of a Nomad, Page , Number , Bay of Fires Walk

one way pickup
“… firm sand highway…”

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Policemans Point walk

Goal:Policemans Point
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:Follow track east to beach. Continue east along beach to the point. Return.

References

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 22, Number 1, Policemans Point Conservation Area Beach

“White sandy banks bordering the south side of Ansons Bay Lagoon Heads…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, ed., Surf Life Saving Australia, Page , Number 58, Policemans Point Tas

“… a rock-tied sandy point…”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , Parks and Wildlife Services Website, ed., P&WS, Page , Number 4008, Bay of Fires Conservation Area Mid Section (Policemans Point)

“… numerous campsites amongst the trees, many with beach access”

, , Bushwalking in Tasmania, ed., Photodiary of a Nomad, Page , Number , Bay of Fires Walk

one way pickup
“''' path alongside the shore of Ansons Bay.”

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