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 2,150 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

Billy Brown Falls 2WD parking

Latest walk

Billy Brown Falls Wallk from 2WD car park

Latest change

Started entering Waterfalls of Tasmania Vol. 2

Updated on

2021-09-15

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

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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

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jQuery UI Touch Punch, used under the MIT License

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Holwell Gorge north parking area

Nearest Road:Holwell Rd
Nearest Town:Beaconsfield
Locality:North
Latitude:S 41° 15′ 22″
Longitude:E 146° 46′ 26″
Elevation:200 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Narrow unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Turn west from Holwell Rd at sign for Reserve. Park at turnaround at track end.

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4 walks from Holwell Gorge north parking area

Holwell First Falls walk from northern car park

Goal:Holwell First Falls
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,000 m
Return distance:2,000 m
Comment:Walk down gentle slope to creek, over brige, then footpad along creek bank to First Falls. Return

References

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Holwell Falls Beaconsfield

“… it is really just waterfall flowing down a slope. None the less, it is visually pleasing.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Holwell Gorge

“… more open and easily accessible, providing an excellent spot for a rest.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Holwell Gorge

“… gentler than the upper two falls…”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 115, Number 35, Holwell Gorge

“Forest and creek gorge”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Holwell Gorge 2 April 2018

“Car park sign - 'Experienced bushwalkers only' but track is now repaired as far as First Falls.”

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Holwell Gorge short walk to bridge at start of gorge

Goal:Bridge over Andersons Creek
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:400 m
Return distance:800 m
Comment:A pleasant descending walk without steps to the Bridge over Anderson Creek at the start of the Gorge. But gentle up coming back!

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Holwell Gorge

“Walk in to bridge over creek from northern car park”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Holwell Gorge

“Well-maintained walk down to bridge over creek.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 115, Number 35, Holwell Gorge

“Forest and creek gorge”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Holwell Gorge 2 April 2018

“Car park sign says 'For experienced bushwalkers only ' but track is OK as as far as First Falls”

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Howell Gorge Falls

“The walk… is a little uninspiring…”

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Holwell Gorge Walk from north to south

Goal:Kerrisons Rd car park
Grade:Challenging
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:4,000 m
Return distance:8,000 m
Comment:One way walk through the Gorge from north car park to south car park. Landslips, flood debris, walk in creek.

References

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Holwell Falls Beaconsfield

“Extremely difficult”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Holwell Gorge

3 hours retrace route
“Tricky in mud”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Holwell Gorge

“… a gorge with three waterfalls and a range of vegetation…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Holwell Gorge

“… a gorge with three waterfalls and a range of vegetation…”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 115, Number 35, Holwell Gorge

3 hours retrace route
“Forest and creek gorge”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Holwell Gorge 2 Apr 18

“Access from north end to First Falls has been repaired. Remainder still flood-damaged”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Holwell Gorge 2 Apr 18

“Through track only for very experienced bushwalkers”

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Holwell Gorge Falls

“Extremely difficult”

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Holwell Gorge walk past First Falls to Second 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:Holwell Falls
Grade:Challenging
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:Walk past First Falls from northern car park. Only for experience bushwalkers past First Falls.

References

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Holwell Falls Beaconsfield

4 hours retrace route
“... the second waterfall accessible in the Holwell Gorge State Reserve…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Holwell Gorge

“… leads down to the river and the base of the second falls…”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks around Launceston & Northeast Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, Page 80, Number 34, 34 - Holwell Gorge

“… tricky in mud…”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Holwell Gorge 02 April 2018

“The track has been repaired to First Falls. Beyond that, only safe for very experienced bushwalkers”

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Holwell Gorge Falls

“Extremely difficult”

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