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 2,007 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

Morgan Rd parking

Latest walk

Ronny Creek back to park entrance on boardwalk

Latest change

Added boardwalk in Cradle Valley and many new references

Updated on

2019-08-13

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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jQuery, used under the MIT License

jQuery CSV, used under the MIT License

jQuery UI, used under the MIT License

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Mathinna Falls car park

Nearest Road:Mathinna Falls Rd
Nearest Town:Mathinna
Locality:North East
Latitude:S 41° 24′ 17″
Longitude:E 147° 53′ 50″
Elevation:370 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Rough track
Car Park:Rough
Water:Stream
Toilets:Bush
Toilet Accessibility:No access
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:North from Mathinna, across river, right into Mathinna Falls Rd,left at next junction. Fairly rough Forestry Rd 6km, Left into narrow rough access road, another 1 km. Well signposted.

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3 walks from Mathinna Falls 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.

Mathinna Falls Short walk

Goal:End of smooth track
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:Easy flat walk along creek, with some boardwalk. Turn back when track becomes rocky.

References

John and Monica Chapman, 2019, Short Walks Northern Tasmania, John Chapman, Page 31, Number 7, 7 Mathinna Falls

“No view of the falls, but a pleasant walk all the same.”

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Mathinna Falls Walk

Goal:Foot of Mathinna Falls
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:750 m
Return distance:1,500 m
Comment:Short walk to base of waterfall on Delvin Creek. Track continues up to higher waterfalls but not recommended.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2008, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 52, Number 20, 20 - Mathinna Falls

30 minutes retrace route
“A short easy walk through attractive forest to a magnificent waterfall.”

Raelene and Rod Newell, 2006, Thirty-Five Walks to Waterfalls in Tasmania, 1st ed., Raelene and Rod Newell, PO Box 22, Kingston Beach, Tas 7050, Page 46, Number 15, Mathinna Falls

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Mathinna Falls - Mathinna

15 minutes retrace route
“Unsealed road, not well maintained”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1992, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 54, Number 21, 21 - Mathinna Falls

30 minutes retrace route
“The waterfall drops in tiers from the neight of the valley and is quite a spectacle.”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Mathinna Falls 07Oct17

“Last 1km access road has been updated but several slippery muddy patches still”

Michael Horton, Cowirrie, Vimeo, Mathinna Falls 2017-10-07

Caedence Kuepper, 2015, Caedence Kuepper on Flickr, Flickr, Mathinna Falls

“A steep hike to all four sections of the massive Mathinna Falls…”

John and Monica Chapman, 2019, Short Walks Northern Tasmania, John Chapman, Page 31, Number 7, 7 Mathinna Falls

1 hour retrace route
“An easy 1 km return walk of 30 minutes through mixed forest”

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Mathinna Falls walk to old weir

Goal:Old weir
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:470 m
Return distance:940 m
Comment:Walk to the new blue sign pointing right to falls. Follow track behind sign to the site of the old weir. Return. Take care if stepping on boardwalk.

References

John and Monica Chapman, 2019, Short Walks Northern Tasmania, John Chapman, Page 31, Number 7, 7 Mathinna Falls

“A non-official off track foot pad to Delvin Creek to see the old weir.”

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