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 2,212 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.


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

Mount Saddleback 4WD parking

Latest walk

Mount Saddleback Track by 4WD

Latest change

Added 2WD and 4WD parking options for Mount Saddleback.

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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.

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Jan Horton


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

jQuery UI Touch Punch, used under the MIT License



Nelson Falls car park

Nearest Road:Lyall Highway
Nearest Town:Queenstown
Latitude:S 42° 6′ 14″
Longitude:E 145° 44′ 10″
Elevation:330 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Sealed
Toilet Accessibility:Wheelchair
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Parking is beside the Lyell Highway just to the west of the bridge over the Nelson River.

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1 walk from Nelson Falls car park


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.

Nelson Falls Nature Trail Walk

Goal:Nelson Falls
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:700 m
Return distance:1,400 m
Comment:Follow track up to the viewing platform by the waterfall on the Nelson River. Return by the partial circuit as marked.


Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks & Wildlife Service Website - Explore our Parks, P&WS, Number 24, Nelson Falls

20 minutes retrace route
“A delightful short walk from the Lyell Highway,,, the falls are always a wonderful sight.”

Graham Barker, Roaming Down Under, Graham Barker, Nelson Falls

20 minutes retrace route
“The waterfall can be gloriously noisy at times, and is pleasing to the eye.”

John and Monica Chapman, Short Walks Southern Tasmania, 1st ed., John Chapman, Page 30, Number 30, Nelson Falls

20 minutes circuit retrace
“Either track can be followed as they soon rejoin”

West Coast Council - Walks, West Coast Council, Page 7, Number 1, Nelson Falls

20 minutes retrace route
“The falls are especially spectacular after heavy rain”

TasTrails, TasTrails, Page 2, Number 8, Nelson Falls - 8 Apr 2014

30 minutes retrace route
“… Nelson Falls are impressive in all seasons…”

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Nelson Falls - east of Queenstown

20 minutes retrace route
“…… access to Nelson Falls is very easy, with only a few steps along the way…”