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
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

Muirs Beach car park

Latest walk

Hepbourn Point Beach walk from Coles Bay

Latest change

Back on east coast beach walks - Hepbourn Point Beach

Updated on

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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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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Quamby Bluff parking at Fairy Glen

Nearest Road:Lake Highway
Nearest Town:Deloraine
Locality:Central Highlands
Latitude:S 41° 39′ 34″
Longitude:E 146° 43′ 21″
Elevation:730 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Parking is east side of Lakes Highway, 100m north of track start. Room for 7 vehicles if everyone parks with care. Note that this is a popular walk and first in may block late arrivals. Please be nice

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3 walks from Quamby Bluff parking at Fairy Glen

Quamby Bluff short walk to pond

Goal:Pond on Quamby Bluff Track
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Walk 1 m in on the 'Fairy Glen Track, first on a fenced road between farmland, then a gently rising forest walk to a pond. Nice picnic spot on grass.

References

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Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 101, Number 29, Quamby Bluff

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 92, Number 40, 40 - Quamby Bluff

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 94, Number 41, 41 - Quamby Bluff

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Quamby Bluff Walk from Fairy Glen

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:Quamby Bluff summit trig point
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Follow track from the start on Highland Lakes Rd. Once on top, the track continues for another 500m to the north side of the mountain. Return same way

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 94, Number 41, 41 - Quamby Bluff

5 hours retrace route
“A wonderful climb, steep by rewarding, with fantastic views…”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 101, Number 29, Quamby Bluff

4 hours retrace route
“Forest, rock scree, cliffs and exposed alpine tops”

blank, 2015, Tastrails, blank, Page 2, Number 4, Quamby Bluff

4 hours retrace route
“… the challenging 500m climb to the summit… is definitely well rewarded.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 92, Number 40, 40 - Quamby Bluff

5 hours retrace route
“It is worth crossing to the western extremity of the plateau for the views…”

Rockmonkey Adventures, Quamby Bluff - 25 Aug 2012

4 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“… a short and little bit sharp (comparatively speaking) climb onto the plateau”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Quamby Bluff 29Apr2017

“Work crew replacing very steep section with rock steps to get to the summit plateau.”

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Quamby Bluff walk to start of boulderfield

Goal:Quamby Bluff BoulderField
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Stay in fenced road access to bush, then follow track 1.5km to start of boulder field Turn back when walking becomes clambering, at your convenience

References

blank, 2015, Tastrails, blank, Page 2, Number 4, Quamby Bluff

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 101, Number 29, Quamby Bluff

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 92, Number 40, 40 - Quamby Bluff

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 94, Number 41, 41 - Quamby Bluff

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