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 1,533 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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2017-03-24

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Tail Race car park

Nearest Road:West Tamar Hwy
Nearest Town:Launceston
Locality:North
Latitude:S 41° 25′ 17″
Longitude:E 147° 6′ 52″
Elevation:5 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Water:Mains tap
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Split highway, so if coming from city, take first turn right past the power station and return to park entrance opposite power station.

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4 walks from Tail Race car park

Tailrace boardwalk

Goal:Lookout over Tamar
Grade:Flat
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:200 m
Return distance:400 m
Comment:Join compacted gravel track near toilets and walk northward out to the point. Return along boardwalk beside river and back to start. No steps.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 26, Number 7, 7 - Tailrace Wetlands and West Tamar Walk

10 minutes retrace route
“Features include a small wetlands boardwalk”

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West Tamar Walk from Tailrace Park

Goal:Tamar Rowing Club
Grade:Flat
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Start near toilets and take track south to Tamar Rowing Club.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 26, Number 7, 7 - Tailrace Wetlands and West Tamar Walk

“Note that the southern area can be inundated at times of flood tides.”

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West Tamar Circuit Walk from Tailrace Park

Goal:Tamar Rowing Club
Grade:Flat
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:5,000 m
Comment:Follow waterside track to Rowing Club. Start on boardwalk to the point, then head south to Tamar Rowing Club. Return on loop tracks where available.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 26, Number 7, 7 - Tailrace Wetlands and West Tamar Walk

1 hour 30 minutes circuitretrace
“A flat and very peaceful riverside walk.”

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West Tamar Walk to start of paperbark forest.

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:Paperbark forest
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,100 m
Return distance:4,200 m
Comment:The southern end can be flooded at particularly high tides so turn back here if it is wet. Mostly a good firm rubble surface.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 26, Number 7, 7 - Tailrace wetlands and West Tamar Walk

1 hour 30 minutes circuit
“A flat and peaceful riverside walk.”

Launceston City Council, 2009, Trails in and around Launceston, ed., Launceston City Council - now out of print, Page 6, Number 2, Tailrace wetlands and West Tamar Walk

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