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 1,981 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

Whaleback Lookout car park

Latest walk

Whaleback Lookout walk

Latest change

Added Whaleback Lookout walk (on Pieman Rd)

Updated on

2019-05-09

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.

Data Entry

Jan Horton

Programming

Michael Horton

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Google Maps JavaScript API

Components

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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Franklin River car park

Nearest Road:Lyall Hwy
Nearest Town:Queenstown
Locality:West
Latitude:S 42° 12′ 55″
Longitude:E 146° 1′ 12″
Elevation:380 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Stream
Toilets:Bush
Toilet Accessibility:Unknown
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Beside Lyell Highway, beside bridge over Franklin River.

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2 walks from Franklin River car park

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.

Franklin River Nature Trail

Goal:Surprise River
Grade:Flat
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:1,000 m
Comment:The circuit walk starts at the car park. It has a good surface, suitable for most wheels.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, Website, Number 22, Franklin River Nature Trail

25 minutes circuit

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 198, Number 61, Franklin River

30 minutes circuit
“… a quite short but beautiful nature trail”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Page 5, Number 3, Franklin River Nature Trail

30 minutes circuit
“… the trail passes two rivers; the Franklin River and the Surprise River.”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Franklin River Nature Trail

“A one-kilometre, easy grade nature trail…”

John and Monica Chapman, 2019, Short Walks Southern Tasmania, 1st ed., John Chapman, Page 86, Number 28, Franklin River

30 minutes circuit
“… a picnic area and a nature trail winding its way along the river…”

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Franklin River viewing spot

Goal:Steps to river
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:0 m
Return distance:0 m
Comment:Start circuit, keeping to right at junctions till you find steps down to river. Return at this point if you just want a short walk.

References

John and Monica Chapman, 2019, Short Walks Southern Tasmania, 1st ed., John Chapman, Page 86, Number 28, Franklin River

“Turn right onto a side track. Steps lead down onto the banks of the Franklin River.”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 60 Great Short Walks Tasmania, Website, Number 22, Franklin River Nature Trail

“Plan a rest stop here and enjoy the tranquility of water and rainforest”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Page 5, Number 3, Franklin River Nature Trail

“Meandering through lush temperate rainforest populated with stunning myrtle and sassafras trees…”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 198, Number 61, Franklin River

“It is great to just sit by the river under the myrtles for a while and enjoy the surrounds.”

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