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.

Data Entry

Jan Horton


Michael Horton


Google Maps JavaScript API


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



Old Convict Rd parking

Nearest Road:Tasman Highway
Nearest Town:Orford
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 42° 33′ 24″
Longitude:E 147° 52′ 16″
Elevation:5 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Side of road
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:In Orford, on the west side of the Tasman Highway directly north of the Prosser River Bridge. There is an ornate freestone sign so big that it is easy to miss. Park where you can - no formal parking.

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1 walk from Old Convict Rd parking

Old Convict Road walk at Orford


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:Probation station ruins
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Park at end of sealed section. Walk west along the Old Convict Road to ruins and return. There is a continuation of the track, but it is overgrown.


Matt Williams, Tasmania,, Old Convict Road

“The road is built into the steep banks of the river. The probation station is now a ruin…”

TasTrails, TasTrails, Page 6, Number 2, Old Convict Road - 30 Jan 2014

1 hour retrace route
“… highlights rugged examples of convict manual labour and structural ingenuity.”

David Leaman, Walk into History in Southern Tasmania, 1 ed., Leaman Geophysics, Page 169, Number 42, Walk 42 - Through Paradise

2 hours retrace route
“Remains of several buildings can be found”