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 1,671 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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Mount Wellington/Kunyani Summit

Nearest Road:Pinnacle Rd
Nearest Town:Hobart
Locality:Hobart
Latitude:S 42° 53′ 44″
Longitude:E 147° 14′ 15″
Elevation:1,265 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Wellington Trust
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Toilets:Flush
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Davey St to Huon Rd to Pillinger Drive to Pinnacle Rd. Park at the summit car park.

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9 walks from Mount Wellington/Kunyani Summit

Ice House Circuit walk on Mt Wellington

Goal:Ice House Ruins
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:7,000 m
Comment:From summit, head out on ZigZag track and then South Wellington Track, Ice House Track, PinnacleTrack, ZigZag Track back to top.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 40, Number 14, 14 - Wellington Skyline and Smiths Monument

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“… heading east and downhill on the Ice House Tack.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 34, Number 11, 11 - Wellington Skyline and Smiths Monument

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“… a aseries of ice house sites (only the uppermost ruin is clearly evident)”

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Pinnacle Summit walk

Goal:Summit of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:60 m
Return distance:120 m
Comment:Follow track to rocks with Trig on top. Return same way, or continue on path to reach the Western Lookout track.

References

, , Hikespeak, ed., , Page , Number , Pinnacles Boardwalk and Summit Trig on Mount Wellington in Wellington Park - 2014

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“Hoist yourself up to the trig and enjoy 360-degree views at the top.”

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Pinnacles Boardwalk

Goal:Pinnacles Lookout
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:160 m
Return distance:320 m
Comment:Walk down past the Observation Shelter to the two lookouts. Return same way.

References

, , Hikespeak, ed., , Page , Number , Pinnacles Boardwalk and Summit Trig on Mount Wellington in Wellington Park - 2014

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“Walk back to where the loop began and cross the road to Pinnacles Boardwalk…”

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Pinnacles Observation Shelter walk

Goal:Observation Shelter
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:60 m
Return distance:120 m
Comment:Walk down to Observation Shelter. A protected spot to take in the view and learn something of what you can see.

References

, , Hikespeak, ed., , Page , Number , Pinnacles Boardwalk and Summit Trig on Mount Wellington in Wellington Park - 2014

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“… which has a large glass front overlooking Hobart…”

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Pinnacles Western Lookout walk

Goal:Pinnacles Western Lookout
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:55 m
Return distance:110 m
Comment:At western side of parking circle, find boardwalk heading west to observation platform with view to the 'back' of the mountain.

References

, , Hikespeak, ed., , Page , Number , Pinnacles Boardwalk and Summit Trig on Mount Wellington in Wellington Park 2014

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“Hoist yourself up to the trig and enjoy 360-degree views at the top.”

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Rocking Stone walk on Mt Wellington

Goal:Rocking Stone
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,600 m
Return distance:3,200 m
Comment:From summit, head out on ZigZag track and then South Wellington Track. At sigh, turn left for Rocking Stone. Return same way

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 40, Number 14, 14 - Wellington Skyline and Smiths Monument

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“… to the Rocking Stone, turn left at a signpost where the main route drops off the ridge…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 34, Number 11, 11 - Wellington Skyline and Smiths Monument

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“… turning left a the point where the main route drops off the ridge...”

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Smiths Monument walk

Goal:Smiths Monument
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,800 m
Return distance:5,600 m
Comment:South Wellington Track from Summit Car Park, then Smiths Monument Track. Return

References

blank, 2015, Tastrails, ed., blank, Page 15, Number 1, Smiths Monument

2 hours retrace route
“… a faint trail of markers crossing open snow gum forests.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 34, Number 11, 11 - Wellington Skyline and Smiths Monument

3 hours retrace route
“John Smith's painted stone is protected by sacking…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 40, Number 14, 14 - Wellington Skyline and Smiths Monument

3 hours retrace route
“… the first 100m or so of the ZigZag Track before branching right cross country ... the metal stakes”

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South Wellington walk on Mt Wellington

Goal:South Wellington
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:From summit, head out on ZigZag track and then South Wellington Track. At 3-way junction, take 4th route marked by cairns to South Wellington summit.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, More Family Walks around Hobart (Fully Revised), ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 40, Number 14, 14 - Wellington Skyline and Smiths Monument

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“…continuing south following rough cairns to South Wellington…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, More Family Walks around Hobart, ed., Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 34, Number 11, 11 - Wellington Skyline and Smiths Monument

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“… scrambling over the dolerite around the Devil's Gulch…”

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ZigZag Walk down Mt Wellington to The Springs

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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:The Springs
Grade:Very Steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:3,500 m
Return distance:7,000 m
Comment:From summit, head SW on ZigZag Track , South Wellington Track. At junction, veer left to stay on ZigZag. Keep downhill on Pinnacle Track to Springs.

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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