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 2,211 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

Porkys parking

Latest walk

Grassy Wharf walk

Latest change

Finished adding walks from King Island Maritime Trail

Updated on

2022-07-19

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

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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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Yellow Rock Beach parking

Nearest Road:North Yellow Rock Rd
Nearest Town:Currie
Locality:King Island
Latitude:S 39° 41′ 59″
Longitude:E 143° 53′ 32″
Elevation:10 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Drive north from Currie 27k on North Rd to Yambacoona cross roads. Left into North Yellow Rock Rd. After about 4km, road turns right over river. After 750m, turn left to parking area by lagoon.

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4 walks from Yellow Rock Beach parking

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.

Coopers Bluff from Yellow Rock Beach walk

Goal:Coopers Bluff
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Walk on west past the Shannon Wreck to Coopers Bluff to take in the view of Quarantine Bay. Return.

References

King Island Maritime trails, Maritime Trails - Shannon 1906

“The riverboat that went down to the sea”

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 95, Number 29, Yellow Rock Beach to Coopers Bluff

“Walking out to Coopers Bluff from Yellow Beach is an easy affair - great views of Christmas and New Year Islands.”

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 98, Number 30, Yellow Rock Beach Walk

“… over a large sand dune, with some extensive forest and scrub.”

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Shannon Shipwreck Walk

Goal:Shannon Shipwreck
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:From parking area by lagoon, take foot pad downstream and over sandhill to beach. Walk to west along beach about 300m to see wreck.

References

King Island Maritime trails, Maritime Trails - Shannon 1906

“The riverboat that went down to the sea”

King Island - Things to Do - Island Trails, King Island Tourism, Page 1, Number 2, Shannon Shipwreck Trail

40 minutes retrace route
“The boiler of the Shannon Shipwreck is partially buried at the shoreline”

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 98, Number 30, Yellow Rock Beach Walk

“On a low tide, the boiler of the Shannon will be visible, some 300m to the west.”

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Yellow Rock Beach walk

Goal:North end of Yellow Rock Beach
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:9,000 m
Return distance:18,000 m
Comment:Yellow Rock Beach is 9km one way to the northeast. Turn back when you wish and return to the car park. Or arrange a pickup at Springs Rd.

References

King Island Maritime trails, Maritime Trails - Shannon 1906

“The riverboat that went down to the sea”

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 98, Number 30, Yellow Rock Beach Walk

“A high tide and strong inshore winds ay prevent you crossing the creek, so consider a walk to the north as far as you wish (it is 9km to the end!).”

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Yellow Rock Lookout walk

Goal:Lookout over lagoon
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:200 m
Return distance:400 m
Comment:From parking area by lagoon, take foot pad to right of car park up to lookout on top of sandhill. There is a picnic seat to enjoy the view. Return.

References

King Island Maritime trails, Maritime Trails - Shannon 1906

“The riverboat that went down to the sea”

King Island - Things to Do - Island Trails, King Island Tourism, Page 1, Number 2, Shannon Shipwreck Trail

“A walk to the picnic seat at the lookout is highly recommended. Steps lead up to the lookout.”

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 98, Number 30, Yellow Rock Beach Walk

“… over a large sand dune, with some extensive forest and scrub.”

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