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 2,121 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
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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

Bangor North Bay parking

Latest walk

North West Bay River walk at Neika

Latest change

Adding references from Di's Walk a Month - 2012

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2020-07-03

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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Cape Queen Elizabeth parking

Nearest Road:Bruny Island Main Road
Nearest Town:Great Bay
Locality:Bruny Island
Latitude:S 43° 13′ 49″
Longitude:E 147° 22′ 47″
Elevation:10 m
Fee:No charge
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Side of road
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:About 3km north of The Neck, and just north of the airstrip on the Main Road. Sign indicates Cape QE and Moorina Bay.

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5 walks from Cape Queen Elizabeth parking

Cape Queen Elizabeth Walk from Main Road

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.

Goal:Cape Queen Elizabeth
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:6,250 m
Return distance:12,500 m
Comment:Walk along edge of Landing Ground then between Big and Little Lagoon to Mars Bluff, Miles Beach and the Cape. Return

References

Hillary Cane, Bill Erickson, Bec & John Davis, Mike & Anne Briggs, 1998, Bruny Island - A Guide for Walkers, 2nd ed., Grundys Point Press, Tasmania, Page 5

Bruny Island - Attractions and Accommodation, Number 3, Cape Queen Elizabeth

3 hours retrace route
“… coastal heathland, spectacular views…”

Nick Dotson, 2016, Welcome to Bruny Island, Bruny Island Accommodation Services, Great Bay: Cape Queen Elizabeth

3 hours retrace route
“This walk is within the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Page 2, Number 2, Cape Queen Elizabeth - July 10, 2014

4 hours retrace route
“Stunningly secluded beaches and unique rock formations.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Miles Beach

“Those who wish can continue on to Cape Queen Elizabeth by climbing up the eastern end of the beach..”

Andrew Bain, 2017, Walks in Nature - Tasmania, Hardie Grant Travel, Number 21, 21 - Cape Queen Elizabeth

“Empty beaches, a sea arch and caves feature on an enticing island walk.”

2011, Tracks and Trails in Kingborough, Kingborough Council, Number 37, 37 - Cape Queen Elizabeth Track

“Sheer, unfenced sea cliffs at the Cape.”

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Church Hill Walk from Main Road

Goal:Church Hill Summit
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,000 m
Return distance:10,000 m
Comment:Veer north on 4WD track from Mars Bluff. Access to ruins of St Peters Church (a further 1 km from summit) only with permission of land holders.

References

Hillary Cane, Bill Erickson, Bec & John Davis, Mike & Anne Briggs, 1998, Bruny Island - A Guide for Walkers, 2nd ed., Grundys Point Press, Tasmania, Page 6

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Miles Beach

“Here the four-wheel-drive track swings north (inland) towards Church Hill…”

2011, Tracks and Trails in Kingborough, Kingborough Council, Number 37, 37 - Cape Queen Elizabeth Track

“Narrow Bush track and beach walk.”

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Mars Bluff Walk from Main Road

Goal:Mars Bluff summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:Walk along edge of Landing ground from Main Road, between Big and Little Lagoons and to the Bluff. Walk round it at low tide to explore rocks. Return.

References

Hillary Cane, Bill Erickson, Bec & John Davis, Mike & Anne Briggs, 1998, Bruny Island - A Guide for Walkers, 2nd ed., Grundys Point Press, Tasmania, Page 5

Nick Dotson, 2016, Welcome to Bruny Island, Bruny Island Accommodation Services, Great Bay: Cape Queen Elizabeth

“… steeply ascening Mars Bluff for great views across The Neck”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Page 2, Number 2, Cape Queen Elizabeth - July 10, 2014

“At low tide the trail leads round the coast below Mars Bluff…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Miles Beach

“The climb up the bluff is short steep and sandy…”

Andrew Bain, 2017, Walks in Nature - Tasmania, Hardie Grant Travel, Number 21, 21 - Cape Queen Elizabeth

“The disused 4WD track curls around Big Lagoon before approaching the base of Mars Bluff.”

2011, Tracks and Trails in Kingborough, Kingborough Council, Number 37, 37 - Cape Queen Elizabeth Track

“Narrow Bush track and beach walk.”

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Miles Beach access from Main Road

Goal:Miles Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,500 m
Return distance:7,000 m
Comment:Walk along edge of Landing ground from Main Road, between Big and Little Lagoons and to the Bluff. Continue down to Miles Beach on foot track. Return.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Miles Beach

“… a very pleasant foot track that descends gently through low scrub then more steeply into the dunes”

Andrew Bain, 2017, Walks in Nature - Tasmania, Hardie Grant Travel, Number 21, 21 - Cape Queen Elizabeth

“Pass the rainbow-like sea arch to Miles Beach.”

Andrew Bain, 2017, Walks in Nature - Tasmania, Hardie Grant Travel, Number 21, 21 - Cape Queen Elizabeth

“… follow Miles Beach to its end. Turn back as track starts steep climp up to the Cape.”

2011, Tracks and Trails in Kingborough, Kingborough Council, Number 37, 37 - Cape Queen Elizabeth Track

“Narrow Bush track and beach walk.”

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Miles Beach walk from Main Road

Goal:Eastern end of Miles Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,500 m
Return distance:9,000 m
Comment:Take track for Cape Queen Elizabeth until you reach Miles Beach. Walk to end of Cape and return same way.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Miles Beach

“Explore this beautiful beach”

2011, Tracks and Trails in Kingborough, Kingborough Council, Number 37, 37 - Cape Queen Elizabeth Track

“Narrow Bush track and beach walk.”

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