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

Components

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

Latest update

2017-08-15

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Mount Barrow Summit parking

Nearest Road:Mt Barrow Rd
Nearest Town:Nunamara
Locality:North East
Latitude:S 41° 22′ 43″
Longitude:E 147° 25′ 31″
Elevation:1,300 m
Road Surface:Narrow unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:The very narrow hairpin road up Mt Barrow is not for the faint hearted, with many blind corners and few places to pass oncoming traffic.

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3 walks from Mount Barrow Summit parking

Mount Barrow Summit walk via scree slope

Goal:Mount Barrow summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Walk around the compound near the car park. Follow road to flying fox base. Continue straight ahead till scree slope, then climb the scree to summit.

References

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

retrace route
“The long way round now the steps are closed off.”

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Mount Barrow Summit Walk via steps

Goal:Mount Barrow summit
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:700 m
Return distance:1,400 m
Comment:The walk up the steps past the towers is no longer available as private property. It is listed as a building site - so keep out.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 40, Number 14, 14 - Mount Barrow

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“A short but spectacular traverse along the rocky ridge top.”

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South Barrow Summit 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:South Barrow Summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:From car park walk west on road past barrier round to South Arthur. Past to right of building, rejoin road up to tower. Rock hop to summit. Return.

References

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

retrace route
“Walk road to South Barrow”

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