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 1,966 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

Trowutta Arch parking

Latest walk

Trowutta Arch beyond the viewing platform

Latest change

Trowutta Arch

Updated on

2018-10-09

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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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

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Kings Rd car parking

Nearest Road:Kings Rd
Nearest Town:Sheffield
Locality:North West
Latitude:S 41° 26′ 45″
Longitude:E 146° 16′ 31″
Elevation:400 m
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Drive south on Kings Rd to near end - small car park on left, and marked track at end of road.

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4 walks from Kings Rd car parking

Mount Roland cliff base walk from Kings Rd

Goal:Ravine entrance
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,400 m
Return distance:2,800 m
Comment:From Kings Rd walk on Face Track to foot of Mt Roland cliffs. Return before it gets steep.

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 248, Number 80, Claude Road - Mount Roland

“You need to clamber up boulders…Be careful not to dislodge rocks, thereby possibly injuring anyone”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Walk to Mt Roland

“Turn back once the boulders become too difficult.”

Bill Wilkinson, 1994, The Abels - Tasmania's Mountains over 1100m high, 1 ed., The Tasmanian Outdoors Collection, PO Box 224, Kings Meadows, Launceston, Tas 7249, Page 66, Number 1, Mt Roland

“… start lies 1.3km along Kings Rd., from Claude Rd.”

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Mount Roland Summit walk from Kings Rd

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:Mount Roland Summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,200 m
Return distance:6,400 m
Comment:From Kings Rd to Mt Roland summit and back on Face Track

References

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 2008, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 248, Number 80, Claude Road - Mount Roland

3 hours 30 minutes retrace route
“You need to clamber up boulders…Be careful not to dislodge rocks, thereby possibly injuring anyone”

Walks on Mt Roland (Signs at parking areas), Mt Roland from Kings Road (Face Track)

5 hours retrace route
“Strenuous - 3 to 5 hours return”

Bill Wilkinson, 1994, The Abels - Tasmania's Mountains over 1100m high, 1 ed., The Tasmanian Outdoors Collection, PO Box 224, Kings Meadows, Launceston, Tas 7249, Page 66, Number 1, Mt Roland

“… approach from the north through a steep cleft in the cliffs.”

Impart Media, Kentish - Tasmania's Outdoor Art Gallery, Kentish Visitor Information Centre, Mount Roland

5 hours retrace route
“This track is not recommended as it is potentially dangerous, steep and awkward.”

Brenda Bourne, Mole Creek and Chudleigh, Website, Mt Roland Walk Tracks

4 hours retrace route
“a steeper and more difficult 6.5km track to the summit from Kings Rd”

Sheffield Visitor Information Centre, Sheffield Tasmania, Sheffield Visitor Information Centre, Mt Roland Face Walk

5 hours retrace route
“The track turns into a steep mountain climb”

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Mount Roland through walk via Face Track to ONeills Rd

Goal:O'Neills Rd via Mount Roland Summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:11,200 m
Return distance:22,400 m
Comment:From Kings Rd to Mt Roland summit and down to O'Neills Rd

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 80, Number 34, Mount Roland

8 hours retrace route
“A one-way option for those who can arrange transport at each end”

Bill Wilkinson, 1994, The Abels - Tasmania's Mountains over 1100m high, 1 ed., The Tasmanian Outdoors Collection, PO Box 224, Kings Meadows, Launceston, Tas 7249, Page 66, Number 1, Mt Roland

“The foot track commences 20m from the car park…”

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Walk across Mt Roland, Vandyke and Mt Claude from Kings Rd to Round Mountain Lookout

Goal:Round Mountain Lookout
Grade:Challenging
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:20,000 m
Comment:Very steep rough climb from Kings Road to Mt Roland, then across the top to Round Mountain Lookout.

References

Paul Ma, 2014, Mountain Views, Mt Roland, Mt Vandyke, Mt Claude Lookout, Tas, Australia

“… Well defined track to the summit, called Face Track… pretty straightforward.”

Louise Fairfax, Naturelover's Walks, Mt Claude Apr 2016

“Mt Claude is one of the trickier mountains…”

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