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 2,007 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
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

Morgan Rd parking

Latest walk

Ronny Creek back to park entrance on boardwalk

Latest change

Added boardwalk in Cradle Valley and many new references

Updated on

2019-08-13

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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Jan Horton

Programming

Michael Horton

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Google Maps JavaScript API

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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

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Mount Direction (North) car park

Nearest Road:Dalrymple Rd
Nearest Town:Launceston
Locality:North
Latitude:S 41° 14′ 32″
Longitude:E 147° 1′ 3″
Elevation:125 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:Turn north east off East Tamar Highway about 600m north of Signal Station Tavern, and just south of Hillwood Rd intersection. The car park is about 150m, just past intersection with Signal Lane.

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3 walks from Mount Direction (North) car park

Mount Direction Railway Bridge short walk

Goal:Walking bridge over railway line
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:300 m
Return distance:600 m
Comment:Follow boardwalk across swamp then footpad up to railway bridge. This is a working railway line and an interesting 'leg-stretch' for children.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Mt Direction Historic Site

“The bridge has steps on approach side.”

website, Bushwalk Australia, Mt Direction? (East Tamar)

“It's board walk to start with for a short bit then a very easy going gravel path”

John and Monica Chapman, 2019, Short Walks Northern Tasmania, John Chapman, Page 45, Number 13, 13 Mt Direction

“Follow the wide boardwalk … the track soon starts climbing gently … to a walk bridge across railway.”

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Mount Direction Signal Station short walk

Goal:Stone seat
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Follow boardwalk across swamp then footpad over railway bridge. Continue to stone seat at sharp turn left as track gets steeper. Enjoy view. Return

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Mt Direction Historic Site

“The bridge has steps on approach side.”

website, Bushwalk Australia, Mt Direction? (East Tamar)

“It's board walk to start with for a short bit then a very easy going gravel path”

John and Monica Chapman, 2019, Short Walks Northern Tasmania, John Chapman, Page 45, Number 13, 13 Mt Direction

“Cross the bridge and continue climbing steadily eastwards in very open forest.”

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Mount Direction Signal Station Walk (near GeorgeTown)

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:Ruins of old signal station
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,850 m
Return distance:3,700 m
Comment:Follow boardwalk across swamp then footpad up to railway bridge. Track is clearly formed but no signs. At top, from ruins, follow signs to well.

References

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Services Website, P&WS, Mt Direction Historic Site

30 minutes retrace route
“You will need to walk to the summit - it is a relatively short walk of about 1.5km…”

website, Bushwalk Australia, Mt Direction? (East Tamar)

“Mt Direction is a bit more of a hill than a mountain… ideal for little kids.”

John and Monica Chapman, 2019, Short Walks Northern Tasmania, John Chapman, Page 45, Number 13, 13 Mt Direction

2 hours retrace route
“A walking track provides access to restored semaphore station and historic ruins on summit.”

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