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.

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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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2017-08-15

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Big Bend car parking

Nearest Road:Pinnacle Rd
Nearest Town:Hobart
Locality:Hobart
Latitude:S 42° 53′ 7″
Longitude:E 147° 13′ 19″
Elevation:1,100 m
Fee:No charge
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Side of road
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Do not block the boom gate to the fire trail. Park on inside of bend in the parking area and walk to boom gate on upper side of bend, of cross road to start of Lost World track.

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Collins Bonnet walk

Goal:Collins Bonnet
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:7,500 m
Return distance:15,000 m
Comment:Follow Big Bend Fire Trail about 1.8km. Turn left onto Collins Cap Track. Continue generally westward then at track junction go south for summit.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 90, Number 46, 46 - Collins Bonnet

6 hours retrace route
“A relatively level walk in the region west of Mt Wellington…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 40, Number 14, 14 -Collins Bonnet

6 hours retrace route
“A high altitude walk along th backboneof the Wellington Range to Collings Bonnet…”

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Lost World from Big Bend

Goal:Lost World
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:From Big Bend down Lost World Track to Lost World and return.

References

blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 20, Number 1, Old Hobartian Track

1 hour retrace route
“Pinnacle Rd is a further 30 minutes stee hike”

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Mount Connection walk

Goal:Mt Connection
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,500 m
Return distance:9,000 m
Comment:Follow Big Bend Fire Trail about 1.8km. Turn left onto Collins Cap Track. Continue past north side fo Mt Connection. Turn left at summit track.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, , Day Walks in Tasmania, ed., Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 90, Number 46, 46 - Collins Bonnet

retrace route
“… the side trip to the summit … is a short jaunt from the highest point in the track.”

website, , Bushwalk Australia, ed., , Page , Number , Mt Connection

2 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“Quite a nice walk all up…”

Peter Franklin, 2013, Bushwalk Track Notes, ed., , Page , Number , Mt Connection

4 hours retrace route
“The summit area of Connection,however, is well worth visiting in its own right.”

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Tom Thumb 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:Tom Thumb summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,750 m
Return distance:7,500 m

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 56, Number 22, Tom Thumb

4 hours retrace route
“A high Altitude walk… with a short but satisfying scramble (without track) to a pleasing summit.”

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