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 1,766 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

Wandella Ave parking at Taroona

Latest walk

Milles Track Lookout from The Sprtings

Latest change

Added Milles Track Lookout from The Springs.

Updated on

2017-09-22

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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Cape Raoul parking area

Nearest Road:Stormlea Rd
Nearest Town:Nubeena
Locality:Tasman Peninsula
Latitude:S 43° 11′ 43″
Longitude:E 147° 46′ 38″
Elevation:220 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Side of road
Water:Dry
Toilets:Type uncertain
Toilet Accessibility:Unknown
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:On the Tasman Peninsula take the B37 to Stormlea Rd and drive about 9km to the end where there is a signposted car park.

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6 walks from Cape Raoul parking area

Cape Raoul Walk

Goal:Cape Raoul
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,000 m
Return distance:10,000 m
Comment:Cape Raoul Track , keeping left at junction. Follow cliff top to the Cape. Return.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, Website, Number 6, Cape Raoul track

5 hours circuit

Peter and Shirley Storey, 1996, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 47, Number 27, Cape Raoul

5 hours retrace route
“Grade - medium”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 47, Number 11, Cape Raoul

6 hours retrace route
“Coastal cliffs and heathland”

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5 hours retrace route
“Offering some of the most spectacular coastal lookouts in Tasmania…”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Cape Raoul

5 hours retrace route
“The initial section of the track crosses private land…”

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 95, Number 49, 49 - Cape Raoul

6 hours retrace route
“… the track follows the cliff edge to finally overlook the dramatic rock columns …”

Denis, Hiking South East Tasmania, Cape Raoul - Sunday 8th May 2011

4 hours 35 minutes retrace route
“This is a stunning walk with fantastic coastal scenery…”

Karen Meredith, Walking the Tasman Peninsula 2011, Number 11, Walk 11 - Cape Raoul 20-5-2011

5 hours retrace route
“… features stupendous cliffs, and none of them have the slightests fall protection.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 36, Number 5, 5 - Cape Raoul

5 hours retrace route
“A seal colony near the end of the cape can normally be seen…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 86, Number 37, 37 - Cape Raoul

5 hours retrace route
“Near the end it traverses very open ground…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 86, Number 37, 37 - Cape Raoul

6 hours retrace route
“A very scenic walk with spectacular cliffs and coastal scenery”

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Raoul Bay Lookout Walk

Goal:Raoul Bay Lookout
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,300 m
Return distance:4,600 m
Comment:Cape Raoul Track. Take left turn at track junction and continue along to lookout over cliffs. Return

References

Peter and Shirley Storey, 1996, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 26, Number 14, Raul Bay Lookout

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“Grade - easy”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 47, Number 11, Cape Raoul

“spectacular outlook on a cliff rim some 420m above sea level”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 36, Number 5, 5 - Cape Raoul

2 hours retrace route
“The track climbs gentrly through very open forest to Raoul Bay Lookout”

Karen Meredith, Walking the Tasman Peninsula 2011, Number 11, Walk 11 - Cape Raoul 20-5-2011

“… there are some very spectacular views to be had from this vantage point…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 86, Number 37, 37 - Cape Raoul

“… a cliff-top lookout providing terrific views…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 86, Number 37, 37 - Cape Raoul

“… the drop is considerable and there are no fences or railings”

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Shipstern Bluff Circuit

Goal:Shipstern Bluff
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:10,000 m
Comment:Walk back north on road to farm gate with sign to Tunnel Bay and Shipstern Bluff. Follow directions on signs to sea. Return via Tunnel Bay Track .

References

Bushwalking in Tasmania, Photodiary of a Nomad, Bonus:Shipstern Bluff Circuit

“… following a wide and well-formed track…”

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Shipstern Bluff Lookout

Goal:Shipstern Lookout
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Cape Raoul Track, then right to Tunnel BayTrack to Lookout on edge of cliff. Return. (If steep descent, you have gone too far.)

References

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4 hours retrace route
“… a fantastic view of Shipstern and the nearby capes, including Cape Raoul.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 88, Number 38, 38 - Shipstern Bluff

“The track gently winds around the hillside and emerges from the forest at a cliff-top lookout.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 88, Number 38, 38 - Shipstern Bluff

“From here there is a clear view of Shipstern Bluff…”

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Shipstern Bluff 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:Shipstern Bluff
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,500 m
Return distance:9,000 m
Comment:Cape Raoul Track then Tunnel Bay Track to right, Shipstern Bluff 4Wheel drive track. Can be combined with the walk to Tunnel Bay. 10km total walk.

References

Peter and Shirley Storey, 1996, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 49, Number 28, Shipstern Bluff (Flat Rock) and Tunnel Bay

“Grade - medium”

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4 hours retrace route
“Things can get rather hectic at the base of Shipstern Bluff…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 88, Number 38, 38 - Shipstern Bluff

“… after crossing some large boulders, gives acces to an extensive shore platform.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 88, Number 38, 38 - Shipstern Bluff

“… great care must be taken if the tide is high or if there is a rough sea running.”

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Tunnel Bay Walk

Goal:Tunnel Bay
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,100 m
Return distance:10,200 m
Comment:Cape Raoul Track, then right to Tunnel Bay Track to Bay and return. Can be combined with the walk to Shipstern Bluff

References

Peter and Shirley Storey, 1996, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 49, Number 28, Shipstern Bluff (Flat Rock) and Tunnel Bay

“Grade - medium”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 51, Number 12, Raoul Vie - Tunnel Bay

5 hours retrace route
“The bay is quite wild and unsafe for swimming.”

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4 hours retrace route
“… a rocky cove with some explorable tunnel formations in the cliffs.”

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