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 2,015 of an estimated 3,000 published bushwalks in Tasmania.


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

Sumac Lookout parking

Latest walk

Sumac Lookout walk

Latest change

Cross-checked list of references (currently 196 references i use but not all complete as yet)

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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 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.

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



Walk Distance

Tags Publications



Fossil Cove Parking

Nearest Road:Fossil Cove Drive
Nearest Town:Blackmans Bay
Latitude:S 43° 1′ 17″
Longitude:E 147° 19′ 37″
Elevation:90 m
Fee:No charge
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Side of road
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Tinderbox Rd and Fossil Cove Drive. Park at turnaround beside track heading south.

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1 walk from Fossil Cove Parking

Fossil Cove walk


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:Fossil Cove
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:500 m
Return distance:1,000 m
Comment:A lot of steps steadily down to the cove. At low tide, a rock archway accessed the next beach.


Di, Di's Walk a Month, Tinderbox Hill and Fossil Cove - August 2014

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“… we came across a council sign saying no-one was to proceed beyond this point as it was private…”

Tasmanian Beaches, Tasmania's Tinderbox Beaches: Exploring Fossil Cove June 7, 2016

“It's a short walk from the bottom of a cul de sac at the top of the cliffs…”