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.

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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Duck Reach car park

Nearest Road:Corin St
Nearest Town:Launceston
Locality:North
Latitude:S 41° 27′ 36″
Longitude:E 147° 6′ 45″
Elevation:100 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Follow Corin St to northern end. Then continue on narrow sealed road down to car park overlooking old power station. With large vehicles, leave at bus parking turnaround. Walk down track below road.

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4 walks from Duck Reach car park

Corin Street Lookout

Goal:View of Duck Reach Power Station
Grade:Flat
Type:No defined route
One-way distance:10 m
Comment:View power station from above and the old staff cottages behind car park

References

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

5 minutes no defined route
“The lookout provides good views down into the Gorge.”

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Duck Reach Power Station Walk from Corin St

Goal:Duck Reach Power Station musem
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:350 m
Return distance:700 m
Comment:Cross river on swing bridge to explore decommissioned power station. Return.

References

Recent Information of track condition (as available), Cowirrie, Warning of access restrictions

“There is no level access to the old power station. There are steep steps on both sides of the gorge.”

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

30 minutes retrace route
“The power station can be reached from Corin Street if time does not allow the full Gorge walk.”

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

30 minutes retrace route
“The power station can be reached from Corin Street if time does not allow the full Gorge walk.”

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First Basin walk from Duck reach

Goal:First Basin car park
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:2,250 m
Return distance:4,500 m
Comment:Follow track on south side of Gorge to First Basin. Do not cross bridge. Car park is behind east end of chair lift.

References

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

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, 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.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, 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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South Esk Circuit from Duck Reach to First Basin

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:Alexandra Bridge
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:6,000 m
Comment:Cross bridge. Climb steps. Right into Reedy Gully Tk. Right at Snake Gully. Right at First Basin to cross bridge. Right intto First Basin Tk to return

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area - Activities

“Map of walking tracks”

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