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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Parsons Track parking area

Nearest Road:ParsonsRd
Nearest Town:Mole Creek
Locality:Central Highlands
Latitude:S 41° 37′ 28″
Longitude:E 146° 25′ 28″
Elevation:0 m
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Side of road
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Turn left at end of Parsons Rd and park on verge of old wheeltrack route which is Parsons Track.

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5 walks from Parsons Track parking area

Parsons Track to Haberles Hut

Goal:Haberles Hut
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,200 m
Return distance:8,400 m
Comment:Follow Parsons Track up The Little Grunter and to the foot of the Big Grunter. Take side track to the right to reach hut. Return.

References

Brenda Bourne, , Mole Creek and Chudleigh, ed., Website, Page , Number , Parsons Track

5 hours retrace route
“… well hidden from the main track… reached via a 100m side track which is signposted.”

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Parsons Track to Hills Logging Hut

Goal:Hills Logging Hut
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,700 m
Return distance:5,200 m
Comment:Follow Parsons Track uphill to the hut. A nice picnic area, and shelter. Return.

References

Brenda Bourne, , Mole Creek and Chudleigh, ed., Website, Page , Number , Parsons Track

2 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“… an old skidway … and you can see how it functioned…”

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Parsons Track to Loftys Lookout

Goal:Loftys Lookout
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,200 m
Return distance:6,400 m
Comment:Follow Parsons Track past Hills Logging Hut and Norms Spring to where the view opens out over the valley before the next bend to the left. Return

References

Brenda Bourne, , Mole Creek and Chudleigh, ed., Website, Page , Number , Parsons Track

3 hours retrace route
“… a great view out over the How farm…”

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Parsons Track to Sandstone Rock

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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:Sandstone Rock
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,600 m
Return distance:9,200 m
Comment:Follow Parsons Track to Sandstone Rock at the top of the Big Grunter. Return.

References

Brenda Bourne, , Mole Creek and Chudleigh, ed., Website, Page , Number , Parsons Track

7 hours retrace route
“… a huge rock which is visible below the top of the Tiers from Mole Creek…”

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Parsons Track to the Plateau

Goal:Edge of Plateau
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,200 m
Return distance:10,400 m
Comment:Follow Pasons Track past Sandstone Rock up to the plateau at the edge of the WHA. Climb rocky hill 200m to the west of track for best view.

References

Brenda Bourne, , Mole Creek and Chudleigh, ed., Website, Page , Number , Parsons Track

8 hours retrace route
“… on a clear day, you will see to… Mt Ossa … as well as Port Sorell.”

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