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 1,870 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

Cressy Beach parking

Latest walk

Cressy Beach loop walk

Latest change

The beaches south of Swansea

Updated on

2017-12-08

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

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Shaw St parking, Swansea

Nearest Road:Shaw St
Nearest Town:Swansea
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 42° 6′ 58″
Longitude:E 148° 4′ 18″
Elevation:5 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:On the northern fringes of Swansea the Bark Mill is on the western side of the Tasman Hwy. Nearly opposite is Shaw St. Drive to end to the parking area.

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5 walks from Shaw St parking, Swansea

Jubilee Beach from north to south

Goal:Swansea jetty
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:1,200 m
Return distance:2,400 m
Comment:From Shaw St parking, walk north to beach, then south around bluff and along beach to jetty end.

References

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 78, Number 5, 2 Jubilee Beach

“… calm water conditions so safe, gentle swimming… though seagrass deposits tend to get washed up.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 194, Swansea Caravan Park Tas

“backed by 10m high grassy bluffs above the western end of Nine Mile Beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 195, Jubilee Beach Tas

“… one of Swansea's main beaches… adjacent to the main jetty and boat ramp.”

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Meredith River mouth from Shaw St

Goal:Meredith River mouth
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:Walk north on track to beach, then continue on beach to river mouth. Return on beach or via bush track.

References

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 77, Number 5, 1 - Nine Mile Beach

“… turn down Shaw St. Beach and car park are 500m.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 192, Nine Mile Beach Tas

“… curving for 13.1 km from sandy Point Bagot to the entrance to Great Swanport…”

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Nine Mile Beach access from Shaw St, Swansea

Goal:Nine Mile Beach, west end
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:100 m
Return distance:200 m
Comment:Walk north on track to beach. Return

References

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 77, Number 5, 1 - Nine Mile Beach

“… turn down Shaw St. Beach and car park are 500m.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 192, Nine Mile Beach Tas

“… curving for 13.1 km from sandy Point Bagot to the entrance to Great Swanport…”

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Nine Mile Beach walk from west to east

Goal:Bagot Pt end of 9Mile Beach
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:13,100 m
Return distance:26,200 m
Comment:Start at the Shaw St car park at Swansea and walk to eastern end of Nine Mile Beach at Bagot Point.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 192, Nine Mile Beach Tas

“… curving for 13.1 km from sandy Point Bagot to the entrance to Great Swanport…”

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Swansea Beach walk from north to south

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:Schouten boat ramp
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:3,200 m
Return distance:6,400 m
Comment:From the Shaw St car park, walk north down to beach then south around the foreshore and beaches of Swansea to the Schouten boat ramp for pickup

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 194, Swansea Caravan Park Tas

“backed by 10m high grassy bluffs above the western end of Nine Mile Beach…”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 195, Jubilee Beach Tas

“… one of Swansea's main beaches… adjacent to the main jetty and boat ramp.”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 79, Number 5, 3 Waterloo Beach

“Sea grass beds close to the shoreline towards its southern end”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 196, Waterloo Beach Tas

“… often calm with seagrass covering the beach”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 80, Number 5, 4 Schouten Beach

“Narrow shore with a strip of shingle above the beach.”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 197, Schouten House Beach Tas

“the main swimming and surfing beach at Swansea.”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, Website, Number 57, Loon.tite.ter.mair.re.le.hoin.er.

“… stunning coastal scenery”

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