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 2,123 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

Growling Swallet F8 East gate parking

Latest walk

Growling Swallet walk from Florentine Rd

Latest change

Adding references from Di's Walk a Month - 2011

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2020-07-06

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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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Walls of Jerusalem car parking

Nearest Road:Mersey Forest Rd
Nearest Town:Sheffield
Locality:Central Highlands
Latitude:S 41° 46′ 34″
Longitude:E 146° 14′ 5″
Elevation:700 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Narrow unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table

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10 walks from Walls of Jerusalem car parking

Damascus Gate Walk via Trappers Hut

Goal:Damascus Gate
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:8,700 m
Return distance:17,400 m
Comment:Up hill past Trappers Hut and on through Herods Gate to Damascus Gate. Return same way.

References

Brenda Bourne, Mole Creek and Chudleigh, Website, Walls of Jerusalem

9 hours retrace route
“… higher, craggy hills…”

Andrew Bain, 2017, Walks in Nature - Tasmania, Hardie Grant Travel, Number 1, 01 - Walls of Jerusalem

“Detour from main path down to Pool of Bethesda.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Number 6, Walls of Jerusalem - May 12, 2015

“Damascus Gate is the saddle between Solomons Throne and The Temple.”

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Dixons Kingdom Hut walk via Trappers Hut

Goal:Dixons Kingdom Hut
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:10,000 m
Return distance:20,000 m
Comment:Up hill past Trappers Hut and on through to Damascus Gate and on to Dixons Kingdom Hut. Return same way.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 69, Number 32, 32 - Walls of Jerusalem

“A less energetic alternative is … Dixons Kingdom.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Number 6, Walls of Jerusalem - May 12, 2015

“… the exceptionally beautiful pine forest of Dixons Kingdom…”

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Herods Gate walk via Trappers Hut

Goal:Herods Gate
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:6,500 m
Return distance:13,000 m
Comment:Up hill past Trappers Hut and on to Herods Gate. Return same way.

References

Brenda Bourne, Mole Creek and Chudleigh, Website, Walls of Jerusalem

6 hours retrace route
“… through Herods Gates…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 137, Number 29, Mt Jerusalem

“… one of the great views in this area.”

Andrew Bain, 2017, Walks in Nature - Tasmania, Hardie Grant Travel, Number 1, 01 - Walls of Jerusalem

“From the campsite at Wild Dog Creek there's a short climb to Herod's Gate.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Number 6, Walls of Jerusalem - May 12, 2015

“From the campsite at Wild Dog Creek, there is a short 600m climb to Herods Gate…”

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Lake Salome walk via Trappers Hut

Goal:Lake Salome
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:7,200 m
Return distance:14,400 m
Comment:Up hill past Trappers Hut and on through Herods Gate to Lake Salome. Return same way.

References

Brenda Bourne, Mole Creek and Chudleigh, Website, Walls of Jerusalem

8 hours retrace route
“There are landmarks along the way for those wanting a shorter walk…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 137, Number 29, Mt Jerusalem

5 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“… a reasonable aim for many walkers.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Number 6, Walls of Jerusalem - May 12, 2015

“Once past the Gate, Lake Salome is skirted for 500m…”

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Mount Jerusalem walk via Trappers Hut

Goal:Mt Jerusalem summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:12,000 m
Return distance:24,000 m
Comment:Up hill past Trappers Hut, on through Damascus Gate. Continue straight ahead past Dixons Kingdom hut and on to Mt Jerusalem.

References

Brenda Bourne, Mole Creek and Chudleigh, Website, Walls of Jerusalem

12 hours retrace route

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 137, Number 29, Mt Jerusalem

9 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“… extensive track work now provides dry footing through this area.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Number 6, Walls of Jerusalem - May 12, 2015

“From the campsite at Wild Dog Creek, it is a 5 hour return ascent of Mt Jerusalem (13km).”

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Pool of Bethesda walk via Trappers Hut

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This site is a list of walks, not a walking guide. Before undertaking any walk, consult the references below.

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Goal:Pool of Bethesda
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:8,200 m
Return distance:16,400 m
Comment:Up hill past Trappers Hut, on through Herods Gate, past Lake Salome and side track left to Pool of Bethesday. Return same way.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 69, Number 32, 32 - Walls of Jerusalem

“A less energetic alternative is … the Pool of Bethesda…”

Andrew Bain, 2017, Walks in Nature - Tasmania, Hardie Grant Travel, Number 1, 01 - Walls of Jerusalem

“Detour from main path down to Pool of Bethesda.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Number 6, Walls of Jerusalem - May 12, 2015

“… an idyllic lake surrounded by ancient pencil pines.”

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Solomons Jewels Walk via Trappers Hut

Goal:Solomons Jewels
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,000 m
Return distance:10,000 m
Comment:To Solomons Jewels via Trappers Hut and return

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 240, Number 78, Walls of Jerusalem

“These tiny lakes are surrounded by mossy vegetation, pencil pines and snow gum.”

Brenda Bourne, Mole Creek and Chudleigh, Website, Walls of Jerusalem

4 hours retrace route
“Thousands of lakes…”

Andrew Bain, 2017, Walks in Nature - Tasmania, Hardie Grant Travel, Number 1, 01 - Walls of Jerusalem

“Meander through a maze of alpine tarns known as Solomon's Jewels.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Number 6, Walls of Jerusalem - May 12, 2015

“… the track winds its way past many stunnign mountain tarns known as Solomons Jewels.”

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Solomons Throne walk via Trappers Hut

Goal:Solomons Throne summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:9,500 m
Return distance:19,000 m
Comment:Uphill past Trappers Hut, on to Damascus Gate. Take track right to climb Solomons Throne. Return same way.

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 137, Number 29, Mt Jerusalem

“… an excellent view over the valleys of the Walls of Jerusalem.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Number 6, Walls of Jerusalem - May 12, 2015

“From the campsite at Wild Dog Creek, it is an 8km return ascent of Solonons Throne.).”

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The Temple walk via Trappers Hut

Goal:The Temple summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:10,000 m
Return distance:20,000 m
Comment:Uphill past Trappers Hut and on through to Damascus Gate. Turn left for the Temple. Return.

References

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Number 6, Walls of Jerusalem - May 12, 2015

“Whatever the choice, the experience is incredible”

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Trappers Hut walk at Walls of Jerusalem

Goal:Trappers Hut
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:Walk up to Trappers Hut and return

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 240, Number 78, Walls of Jerusalem

“The hut is a bit dilapidated but proves as an invaluable refuge in bad weather”

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 69, Number 32, 32 - Walls of Jerusalem

2 hours retrace route
“… it climbs steadily uphill for one hour to Trappers Hut.”

Brenda Bourne, Mole Creek and Chudleigh, Website, Walls of Jerusalem

2 hours retrace route
“The track climbs steeply at first…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 137, Number 29, Mt Jerusalem

“… display panels inside describe the hut's history.”

Andrew Bain, 2017, Walks in Nature - Tasmania, Hardie Grant Travel, Number 1, 01 - Walls of Jerusalem

“… ascending almost 600m to Trapper's Hut.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Number 6, Walls of Jerusalem - May 12, 2015

“For the first 2.5 km the trail steadily climbs 500m up a well defined track to … Trappers Hut.”

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