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 1,769 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

TipTop Track parking

Latest walk

Zig Zag Track at Goat Hills

Latest change

Completed 'Greater Hobart Trails'

Updated on

2017-09-25

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

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Michael Horton

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Google Maps JavaScript API

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jQuery, used under the MIT License

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jQuery UI, used under the MIT License

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Chauncy Vale car park

Nearest Road:Chauncy Vale Rd
Nearest Town:Bagdad
Locality:Midlands
Latitude:S 42° 36′ 48″
Longitude:E 147° 15′ 40″
Elevation:210 m
Fee:Entry fee
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Narrow unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Water:Tank
Toilets:Bush
Toilet Accessibility:No access
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:From Midland Highway, drive down Chauncy Vale Road to the end. Continue to parking area.

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5 walks from Chauncy Vale car park

Chauncy Vale Caves Walk

Goal:Chauncy Vale Caves
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:2,000 m
Comment:Take Browns Caves Track to explore caves, then steep descent to creek. Return to car, or continue to Guvys Lagoon before returning.

References

2014, Cowirrie Commentary, Cowirrie, Number 1, Walking in Chauncy Vale

2 hours 30 minutes circuit
“A private conservation area…”

2015, Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary, Page 1, Map of Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary

“… one of the oldest private conservation areas in Tasmania.”

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2 hours circuit
“Browns Caves stretch for 200m and are made up of many small caves, most of which are accessible.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 50, Number 19, 19 - Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary

1 hour circuit
“Chauncy Vale is a reserve managed by the Southern Midlands Council”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 48, Number 18, 19 - Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary

1 hour circuit
“… several more levels of caves exist further uphill and a green arrow points up towards them.”

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Chauncy Vale Old Road Walk to Guvys Lagoon

Goal:Guvys Lagoon
Grade:Flat
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:2,000 m
Comment:Follow Browns Caves Creek on Old Road, then left onto Flat Rock track to Guvys Lagoon loop track. Return.

References

2015, Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary, Page 1, Map of Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary

“… one of the oldest private conservation areas in Tasmania.”

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 174, Number 32, Chauncy Vale to Flat Rock Lookout

“You will note Eve's Bath (a bath-shaped rock formation in the creek) on your right.”

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“Guvys Lagoon is a fantastic spot for birdwatching.”

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Chauncy Vale to Flat Rock Lookout Walk

Goal:Flat Rock Western Lookout
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,500 m
Return distance:11,000 m
Comment:Old Road Track till Flat Rock track heads left. Blue tapes to Flat Rock Lookout, but a map is useful. Return same way.

References

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 174, Number 32, Chauncy Vale to Flat Rock Lookout

5 hours retrace route
“…panoramic and little known views of Tasmania's Southern Midlands …”

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Chauncy Vale Winter Walk

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This site is a list of walks, not a walking guide. Before undertaking any walk, consult the references below.

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Goal:Hillside
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:1,200 m
Comment:Start on Caves track, then take fork to right (Winter Walk) which loops round back to car park.

References

2015, Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary, Page 1, Map of Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary

“… one of the oldest private conservation areas in Tasmania.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 50, Number 19, 19 - Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary

“… a pleasant 15-20 minute walk back to the car park.”

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Old Road walk at Chauncy Vale

Goal:Caves Track junction
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Follow creek upstream on Old Road Track to junction with Caves Track. Return same way, calling in at Eve's Bath on creek (small sign on track).

References

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“… Eve's Bath… an idyllic spot to watch the water cascade by…”

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