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 1,626 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
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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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2017-06-21

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The Springs car park

Nearest Road:Pinnacle Rd
Nearest Town:Hobart
Locality:Kunanyi/Mt Wellington
Latitude:S 42° 54′ 55″
Longitude:E 147° 14′ 55″
Elevation:695 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Mt Wellington Trust
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Unknown
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Continue south on Davey St past Southern Outlet.Becomes Huon Rd. Continue climb on Huon Rd To Fern Tree. Sharp turn up to Mt Wellington. Park at The Springs picnic area 4500m up Pinnacle Rd.

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Lenah Valley Walk

Goal:Lenah Valley Rd picnic area
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:6,500 m
Return distance:13,000 m

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 58, Number 23, Lenah Valley Track

2 hours 30 minutes one way pickup
“A one-way downhill walk through pleasant open bush.”

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Myrtle Gully Track from The Springs

Goal:Old Farm Road
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:5,500 m
Return distance:11,000 m
Comment:From the Springs, Lenah Valley Track to Junction Cabin. Old Farm Trail then Myrtle Gully Track to car park

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 32, Number 10, 10 - Myrtle Gully to Cascades

2 hours 30 minutes one way pickup
“…downhill walk through myrtle forest with mosses and cascades…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 38, Number 13, 13 - Myrtle Gully to Cascades

2 hours 30 minutes one way pickup
“… this is quite a steep descent and may be slippery after rain.”

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Octopus Tree loop from The Springs

Goal:Octopus Tree
Grade:Moderate
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:5,000 m
Comment:Lenah Valley Track, down past Sphinx Rock to Octopus Tree. Back north to junction with Lenah Valley Track. Return to The Springs.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 42, Number 15, 15 - Octopus Tree

2 hours circuitretrace
“… a sign pointing to the Octopus Tree just off to the left of the track.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 36, Number 12, 12 - Octopus Tree

2 hours circuitretrace
“… turn right on the track marked 'To Shoobridge Track via Sphinx Rock'.”

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Organ Pipes Circuit Walk

Goal:The Chalet
Grade:Some steep
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:9,000 m
Comment:Pinnacle Track, Organ Pipes Track to Chalet. Old Hobartian, Hunter, Lenah Valley Tracks to Springs.

References

blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 31, Number 1, Organ Pipes Circuit

4 hours circuit
“The circuit can be comfortably completed in either direction.”

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Pinnacle, Organ Pipes, Sawmill, Lenah Valley circuit walk

Goal:Sphinx Rock
Grade:Long climb
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:4,500 m
Comment:Take Pinnacle Track, Organ Pipes Track, Sawmill Track to Sphinx Rock. Return to The Springs on Lenah Valley Track

References

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, ed., , Page , Number , Wellington Pinnacle Sawmill Circuit - 2017

3 hours circuit
“Reasonable track though rocky underfoot at times.”

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Sphinx Rock walk from The Springs

Goal:Sphinx Rock
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,250 m
Return distance:2,500 m
Comment:Follow the signs from The Springs to Lenah Valley track to Sphinx Rock. Retrace route.

References

blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 18, Number 1, Sphinx Rock

1 hour retrace route
“… great views of Mt Wellington, Hobart and the eastern shore…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 36, Number 12, 12 - Octopus Tree

retrace route
“The first stretch of the track is very level as it follows the contours…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 42, Number 15, 15 - Octopus Tree

retrace route
“… a signed turnoff to the right to the top of Sphinx Rock (watch young children here).”

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The Springs to Strickland Ave via Radfords, Woods, Rivulet Tk

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:Strickland Ave picnic area
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:3,500 m
Return distance:7,000 m
Comment:Radford Monument, Rocky Whelans Cave, Ogradys Falls Strickland Falls

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 54, Number 21, Springs to Strickland Avenue

2 hours one way pickup
“A one-way downhill walk along easy tracks.”

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Wellington Falls from Neika

Goal:Wellington Falls
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,500 m
Return distance:11,000 m
Comment:Waterfall on North-West Bay river

References

Raelene and Rod Newell, 2006, Thirty-Five Walks to Waterfalls in Tasmania, 1st ed., Raelene and Rod Newell, PO Box 22, Kingston Beach, Tas 7050, Page 90, Number 36, Wellington Falls

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Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 92, Number 47, 47 - Wellington Falls

7 hours retrace route
“A long but level walk culminating in a short climb to the ridge top to view Wellington Falls…”

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ZigZag Walk up Mt Wellington from The Springs

Goal:Mount Wellington summit
Grade:Very Steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:3,500 m
Return distance:7,000 m
Comment:Start at The Springs. Take Pinnacle Track. At Y-junction veer Left onto Zig Zag Track to summit.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 50, Number 19, The Zig-Zag Track

4 hours retrace route
“An exhilarating walk from The Springs to the Pinnacle, and/or vice versa.”

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