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 2,153 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.

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

Not the Minnow Falls Lookout parking

Latest walk

Minnow Falls mid-plateau via New Track

Latest change

Corrections to walks from Lisdillon Saltworks at Little Swanport Conservation Area

Updated on

2021-11-05

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

Programming

Michael Horton

Maps

Google Maps JavaScript API

Components

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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Dip Falls car park

Nearest Road:Dip Falls Rd
Nearest Town:Stanley
Locality:North West
Latitude:S 41° 2′ 6″
Longitude:E 145° 22′ 38″
Elevation:210 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Sustainable Timber Tasmania
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Unknown
Toilets:Flush
Toilet Accessibility:Unknown
Shelter:Shelter
Picnic Table:Picnic table
Comment:From Bass Hwy, turn south onto Mawbanna Rd just east of Black River. This becomes Dip Falls Rd from the falls. (Do NOT take 'Dip Rd'

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3 walks from Dip Falls car park

Big Tree Walk (Dip River) from Dip Falls

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:Big tree near Dip Falls
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,100 m
Return distance:2,200 m
Comment:Walk along Dip Falls Rd, over bridge then left into Rabalga Rd to car park on left. Walk to big tree and Fallen Giant is on right. Return

References

Chris Bishop, Discover NorthWest Tasmania, westinlet@tassie.net.au, Dip Falls

“The Big Tree is a couple fo kilomtres further on”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 24, Number 6, Dip Falls

45 minutes retrace route
“… a 400 year old stringybark of exceptional girth.”

Cowirrie Commentary, Cowirrie, Number 15, Walking to Dip Falls

50 minutes retrace route

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Dip Falls Viewing Platform Walk

Goal:Walk across bridge to a lookout over the Dip Falls
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:160 m
Return distance:320 m
Comment:Cross Bridge and turn right at sign to falls lookout. Walk is wheelchair friendly.

References

Chris Bishop, Discover NorthWest Tasmania, westinlet@tassie.net.au, Dip Falls

“The track to the accessible viewing platform is beyond the falls”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 24, Number 6, Dip Falls

“… spectacular view of the falls from above.”

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Dip Falls

“… along road across bridge… lookout with spectacular view of the upper falls.”

Craig Doumouras, Waterfalls of Tasmania - Waterfalls for the Family - Vol. 2, Craig Doumouras, Page 16, Number 1, Dip Falls - Mawbana

“… cross the bridge that spans the Dip River. The Lookout is well signed and the access to it is easily recognisable”

Michael Horton, Cowirrie, Vimeo, Dip falls 2014-11-24

“A ten minute return walk leads to a viewing platform and a 30 minute walk leads to the base …”

Cowirrie Commentary, Cowirrie, Number 15, Walking to Dip Falls

10 minutes retrace route
“acessible from a short level track”

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Dip Falls Walk to base of falls

Goal:Track down to base of Dip Falls
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:250 m
Return distance:500 m
Comment:A newly-constructed staircase down to the eastern side of the falls.

References

Chris Bishop, Discover NorthWest Tasmania, westinlet@tassie.net.au, Dip Falls

“152 steep steps descend to the bottom of the cubic-basalt formed falls…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 24, Number 6, Dip Falls

“… concrete steps with a handrail all the way.”

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Dip Falls

30 minutes retrace route
“… to reach the base of the waterfallo, a 152 step (and rather awkward staircase is provided…”

Michael Horton, Cowirrie, Vimeo, Dip falls 2014-11-24

“A ten minute return walk leads to a viewing platform and a 30 minute walk leads to the base …”

Craig Doumouras, Waterfalls of Tasmania - Waterfalls for the Family - Vol. 2, Craig Doumouras, Page 16, Number 1, Dip Falls Mawbana

30 minutes retrace route
“The main track descends down 207 steps, leading directly to the lower viewing platform.”

Cowirrie Commentary, Cowirrie, Number 15, Walking to Dip Falls

30 minutes retrace route
“a long and steep flight of stairs”

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