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 2,006 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

Corrected the '60 Great Short Walks' references

Updated on

2019-12-08

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

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Michael Horton

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Three Thumbs track start parking

Nearest Road:Three Thumbs Rd
Nearest Town:Orford
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 42° 36′ 25″
Longitude:E 147° 52′ 39″
Elevation:380 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Side of road
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Track start is on the sharp bend 500m before the picnic area. May be easier to continue to picnic area and walk back.

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3 walks from Three Thumbs track start parking

Three Thumbs Circuit Walk via Forest Track

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:Forest Track Junction
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:3,900 m
Comment:Circuit walk over three conjoined summits for wide views over the East Coast. Return by Forest Track

References

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 86, Number 14, The Three Thumbs

2 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Rocky bush track under tree canopy.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 179, Number 54, Three Thumbs

1 hour 45 minutes circuit
“Coastal views”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Page 2, Number 2, Three Thumbs Track

2 hours circuit
“The initial climb off the road is the steepest of the trail.”

Di, Di's Walk a Month, Three Thumbs, Orford

2 hours circuit
“Unfortunately the trees around the summit have grown and tend to obscure the view.”

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 93, Number 48, 48 - Three Thumbs

2 hours circuit
“… each 'thumb' provides and increasingly better view than its predecessor.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 108, Number 48, 48 - Three Thumbs

2 hours circuit
“A pleasant way to tackle the walk ist to along the ridge tops and return by the forest.”

John and Monica Chapman, 2019, Short Walks Southern Tasmania, 1st ed., John Chapman, Page 36, Number 9, Three Thumbs

2 hours circuitretrace
“Part of the track crosses shattered dolerite rocks. Take care on the loose stones”

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Three Thumbs Circuit walk via Long Gully

Goal:Long Gully
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:8,600 m
Comment:Walking out via forestry tracks and back over The Thumbs.

References

Denis, Hiking South East Tasmania, Three Thumbs Circuit

4 hours 6 minutes circuit

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Three Thumbs Ridgeline Walk

Goal:Third Thumb
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:4,000 m
Comment:Walk to Third Thumb along ridgeline and return via same route.

References

John and Monica Chapman, 2019, Short Walks Southern Tasmania, 1st ed., John Chapman, Page 36, Number 9, Three Thumbs

2 hours circuitretrace
“Part of the track crosses shattered dolerite rocks. Take care on the loose stones”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 1994, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 108, Number 48, 48 - Three Thumbs

2 hours circuit
“A pleasant way to tackle the walk ist to along the ridge tops and return by the forest.”

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 93, Number 48, 48 - Three Thumbs

2 hours circuit
“… each 'thumb' provides and increasingly better view than its predecessor.”

Di, Di's Walk a Month, Three Thumbs, Orford

2 hours circuit
“Unfortunately the trees around the summit have grown and tend to obscure the view.”

2015, Tastrails, TasTrails, Page 2, Number 2, Three Thumbs Track

2 hours retrace route
“The initial climb off the road is the steepest of the trail.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 179, Number 54, Three Thumbs

1 hour 45 minutes circuit
“Coastal views”

Ingrid Roberts, 2013, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, 10 Apollo St, Warriewood, NSW 2102, Page 86, Number 14, The Three Thumbs

2 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Rocky bush track under tree canopy.”

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