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 1,541 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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jQuery, used under the MIT License

jQuery CSV, used under the MIT License

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2017-03-30

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Basin Road car park

Nearest Road:Basin Rd
Nearest Town:Launceston
Locality:North
Latitude:S 41° 26′ 46″
Longitude:E 147° 7′ 20″
Elevation:40 m
Fee:Parking fee
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Note parking fee, or park further back on the road and walk in. There is an inclinator to help those of limited mobility to descend to the Basin area.

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12 walks from Basin Road car park

Alexandra Lookout walk (as part of First Basin Circuit)

Goal:Alexandra Lookout
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:185 m
Return distance:370 m
Comment:Time and distance is in addition to the First Basin Circuit.Turn left over bridge (Signposted)

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 16, Number 2, 2 - Cataract Gorge Lookouts

5 minutes
“… short climb from the western end of the suspension bridge…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 16, Number 2, 2 - Cataract Gorge Lookouts

5 minutes circuit
“… excellent view of First Basin,t he bridge and…”

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Cataract Gorge Lookouts Circuit

Goal:Eagle Eyrie
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:1,800 m
Comment:Cross suspension bridge. Keep left for Alexandra Lookout, then Cataract Lookout. Eagles Eyrie track is behind chairlift station.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 16, Number 2, 2 - Cataract Gorge Lookouts

1 hour 10 minutes circuit
“A range of short walks…to lookouts with impressive views of First Basin.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 16, Number 2, 2 - Cataract Gorge Lookouts

“One or several can be combined with the more gentle circuit of First Basin”

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Cataract Lookout walk (as part of First Basin Circuit)

Goal:Cataract Lookout
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:300 m
Return distance:600 m
Comment:Time and distance is in addition to the First Basin Circuit. Cross bridge, turn left, then second left. (Signposted)

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 16, Number 2, 2 - Cataract Gorge Lookouts

20 minutes
“This vantage point is both higher and further downstream…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 16, Number 2, 2 - Cataract Gorge Lookouts

20 minutes circuit
“… head west along side a small stream before climbing steeply to the south.”

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Cataract Walk

Goal:Kings Bridge
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m

References

Launceston City Council, 2009, Trails in and around Launceston, ed., Launceston City Council - now out of print, Page 7, Number 3, Cataract Walk

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Circuit of First Basin

Goal:First Basin
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:900 m
Comment:Wheelchairs recommended to access northern side via Cliff Ground car park off Gorge Rd.

References

Launceston City Council, 2009, Trails in and around Launceston, ed., Launceston City Council - now out of print, Page , Number , First Basin

15 minutes circuit
“Largely flat walk crossed the Alexandra Suspension Bridge.”

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Duck Reach Trail

Goal:Duck Reach Power Station
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:4,500 m

References

Launceston City Council, 2009, Trails in and around Launceston, ed., Launceston City Council - now out of print, Page 10, Number 6, Duck Reach Trail

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First Basin Walk to Duck Reach

Goal:Duck Reach car park
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:2,250 m
Return distance:4,500 m
Comment:Track along inside of Gorge, with look-out over Second Basin

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 14, Number 1, 1 - First Basin to Duck Reach

2 hours retrace route
“Scenic river views and pleasant picnic areas.”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, , 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, ed., Website, Page , Number 40, Duck Reach

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
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Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 14, Number 1, 1 - First Basin to Duck Reach

2 hours retrace route
“… an old and particularly attractive track…”

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First Basin Walk to Second Basin Lookout

Goal:Second Basin Lookout
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Track along cliff face but well fenced. Great views

References

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

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First Basin circuit walk to Kings Bridge

Goal:Kings Bridge
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:2,700 m
Comment:Northern walk is sealed and relatively flat, southern side is a steep gravel walk with steps

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 18, Number 3, 3 - First Basin to Kings Bridge

1 hour circuit
“Good views and tranquil bushland close to the heart of Launceston.”

, , Hikespeak, ed., , Page , Number , Zig-Zag Track, Cataract Walk, and Bridge Walk Loop in Cataract Reserve

“The circuit travels along the Gorge and around First Basin…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 18, Number 3, 3 - First Basin to Kings Bridge

1 hour circuit
“A short but varied walk along the banks of the South Esk River through Cataract Gorge.”

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First Basin Loop Walk

Goal:Lookout down Cataract Gorge
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:900 m

References

Launceston City Council, 2009, Trails in and around Launceston, ed., Launceston City Council - now out of print, Page 9, Number 5, First Basin Loop

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Snake Gully 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:Snake Gully
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:4,000 m
Comment:Open bushland

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 24, Number 6, 6 - Snake Gully

1 hour 30 minutes circuit
“Pleasant bushland with pelentiful wildlife enroute and an unusual ambience in the gully itself.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 24, Number 6, 6 - Snake Gully

1 hour 30 minutes circuit
“… an unusual ambience in the gully itself.”

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Zigzag Walk

Goal:Kings Bridge
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:From the Basin Travelator, follow track east on the southern side of the Gorge. Come out near Penny Royal for pickup in their car park.

References

Launceston City Council, 2009, Trails in and around Launceston, ed., Launceston City Council - now out of print, Page 8, Number 4, Zigzag Track

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