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 2,161 of an estimated 3,000 published bushwalks in Tasmania.

StepScape is also available as an app for iPhone and iPad.

Read about what the StepScape app does differently from this website.

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

Not the Minnow Falls Lookout parking

Latest walk

Calcified Forest to Caves Creek circuit

Latest change

Corrected times and distances for Point Lesueur and Redwater Creek Falls.

Updated on

2022-06-22

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 guide 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

Maps

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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Guide Falls Upper Car Park

Nearest Road:West Ridgley Rd
Nearest Town:Ridgley
Locality:North West
Latitude:S 41° 9′ 28″
Longitude:E 145° 48′ 16″
Elevation:190 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Stream
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:Unknown
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:From Burnie drive south on Ridgley Hwy to Ridgley. Just south of township turn west into West Ridgley Rd. Falls turn-off on south side at about 2.5km. Drive in about 250m and park near toilet block.

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2 walks from Guide Falls Upper 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.

Guide Falls - Walk to top

Goal:Top of Guide Falls
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:100 m
Return distance:200 m
Comment:Follow cement path down from upper carpark then left to river above top of falls.

References

Chris Bishop, Discover NorthWest Tasmania, westinlet@tassie.net.au, Guide Falls

“An easy walking track to the base of the two-tiered falls…”

John and Monica Chapman, Short Walks Northern Tasmania, John Chapman, Page 78, Number 26, 26 Guide Falls

“… continue 30m further to a second lookout with a downstream view.”

Peter S. Manchester, Created From Chaos - a geological trail of 100 sites in Tasmania, 1 ed., Peter S. Manchester, Page 221, ...Guide Falls, Ridgley

“The Guide Falls were formed about 30Ma to 36 Ma by a series of lava flows…”

Craig Doumouras, Waterfalls of Tasmania - Waterfalls for the Family - Vol. 2, Craig Doumouras, Page 12, Number 1, Guide falls, Ridgley

“Park near the roundabout at the end of the road.”

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Guide Falls Viewing Platform

Goal:View of Guide Falls
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:100 m
Return distance:200 m
Comment:Follow cement path down to viewing platform above falls and return.

References

Chris Bishop, Discover NorthWest Tasmania, westinlet@tassie.net.au, Guide Falls

“The road continues to the top of the falls and the viewing platform.”

John and Monica Chapman, Short Walks Northern Tasmania, John Chapman, Page 78, Number 26, 26 Guide Falls

“A viewing platform perched on the edge of the cliff which looks upstream.”

Peter S. Manchester, Created From Chaos - a geological trail of 100 sites in Tasmania, 1 ed., Peter S. Manchester, Page 221, ...Guide Falls, Ridgley

“The Guide Falls descending over faulted basalts with polygonal jointing.”

Craig Doumouras, Waterfalls of Tasmania - Waterfalls for the Family - Vol. 2, Craig Doumouras, Page 12, Number 1, Guide falls, Ridgley

“A short concrete path leads to a few viewing areas for the waterfall”

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