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.

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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
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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

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Trowutta Arch

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2018-10-23

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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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O'Neills Creek car park

Nearest Road:O'Neills Rd
Nearest Town:Gowrie Park
Locality:North West
Latitude:S 41° 28′ 24″
Longitude:E 146° 13′ 30″
Elevation:300 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:From Sheffield, drive south on Claude Rd. Left into O'Neills Rd at Gowrie Park. About 900 m to parking area on right. There is a registration booth just up track.

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12 walks from O'Neills Creek car park

Fossey Creek walk at start of O'Neills Track

Goal:Fossey Creek crossing
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:800 m
Return distance:1,600 m
Comment:Start along O'Neills Track. 100m sealed then left into good narrow vehicle track to Fossey Creek crossing at start of rainforest. Pleasant short walk.

References

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 133, Number 28, Mt Roland and Mt Vandyke

“Nice short easy walk for very small children. Even a stroller in good weather.”

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Minnow Falls Walk via O'Neills Track

Goal:Minnow Falls Lookout
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:8,500 m
Return distance:17,000 m
Comment:O'Neills Rd via Roland Track to saddle. Left toward Mt Roland then right into footpad on ridge beside Minnow River. Stop at Lookout Rock. Return

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 82, Number 35, Minnow Falls Lookout

7 hours retrace route
“…there is no easy way to get a good view of the falls…”

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Mount Claude Walk from O'Neills Rd

Goal:Mount Claude summit base
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:6,000 m
Return distance:12,000 m
Comment:O'Neills Rd to foot of Mt Claude summit rocks. Return same way

References

Walks on Mt Roland (Signs at parking areas), Mt Claude from O'Neills Rd

4 hours retrace route
“Strenuous - 4-6 hours return”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Mt Claude from O'Neills Rd

“Traverse is extremely steep on scarp”

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

“Mt Claude is one of the trickier mountains…”

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Mount Claude Traverse from O'Neills Rd

Goal:Round Mountain Lookout
Grade:Challenging
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:9,000 m
Comment:Follow access road past boom gate to towers. Continue past Mt Claude bearing left at junction to O'Neall Rd.

References

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Mt Claude Traverse

“Very steep uphill section”

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

“Mt Claude is one of the trickier mountains…”

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Mount Roland Summit via O'Neills Track

Goal:Mount Roland Summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:8,000 m
Return distance:16,000 m
Comment:O'Neills Rd to Mt Roland summit. Return same way

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

Walks on Mt Roland (Signs at parking areas), O'Neills to Mt Roland

6 hours retrace route
“Fairly Strenuous - 4 to 6 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

“The 3.5 hour climb is rewarded with some excellent views of Northern Tasmania…”

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

6 hours retrace route
“The track rises gently across the plateau…”

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

6 hours retrace route
“At the summit you can enjoy spectacular 360 degree views…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 133, Number 28, Mt Roland and Mt Vandyke

6 hours retrace route
“Do not attempt to climb to the top if unsure on rocks”

Rockmonkey Adventures, Roland and Vandyke:12 November 2013

“The road went on for a bit over 4km… before turning into steps, then the usual kind of dirt/rock …”

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Mount Roland through walk via Face Track from O'Neills Rd

Goal:Kings 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 O'Neills Rd to Mt Roland summit and down to Kings 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 longer, more interesting track approaches from the west”

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Mount Vandyke Circuit via O'Neills Track and Mt Claude Traverse back to O'Neills Rd

Goal:Track junction
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:12,000 m
Comment:O'Neills Track to Mt Vandyke Track to Mt Vandyke summit and return.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 2007, Family Walks in Northwest Tasmania, Hillside Publishing, 326 Murray St, Hobart, 7000, Page 84, Number 36, Mount Vandyke

6 hours circuit
“An exciting circuit over and under Mt Van Dyke”

Stephen and Karen Smith, Alltrails, AllTrails, Mt Vandyke

2 hours 30 minutes circuitretrace

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 133, Number 28, Mt Roland and Mt Vandyke

4 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Medium-Hard. The summit of Mt Vandyke is located 100m south of the track.”

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Mount Vandyke Walk via O'Neills Track

Goal:Mount Vandyke Summit
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:7,000 m
Return distance:14,000 m
Comment:O'Neills Track to Mt Vandyke Track to Mt Vandyke summit and return.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 23, Number 6, Mount Vandyke

6 hours retrace route
“It is a moderately tricky scramble to the top and needs to be approached with some caution.”

Walks on Mt Roland (Signs at parking areas), Mt Van Dyke from O'Neills Rd

4 hours retrace route
“Strenuous - 3 to 4 hours”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 133, Number 28, Mt Roland and Mt Vandyke

“Turn Back at Summit. Return.”

Rockmonkey Adventures, Roland and Vandyke:12 November 2013

“… there's a very mossy rock marking the high point…”

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Mt Vandyke Traverse from O'Neills Rd

Goal:Round Mountain Lookout
Grade:Challenging
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:15,000 m
Comment:Walk up O'Neills Track to top junction past steps. Right onto Vandyke Track, Keep left at junction to Mt Claude Track. Continue to Round Mountain LO.

References

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Mt Van Dyke Traverse

“A challenging walk”

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O'Neills Creek Bridge via O'Neills Track

Goal:Bridge on O'Neills Creek
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:From O'Neills Rd car park via O'Neills Track to O'Neills Creek Bridge. Return before steps start.

References

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

1 hour retrace route
“It is pleasant walking, crossing a number of creeks”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, O'Neills Track

“Walking nearly all gently uphill on well-made fire track.”

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

2 hours retrace route
“… a log bridge that crosses O'Neills Creek. The trail becomes a narrow track and starts to steepen.”

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

“The walk begins in forest and has a moderate incline, folliwng a 4WD track for the first section”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, 2012, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman PO Box 5042, Laburnum, Vic 3130, Page 133, Number 28, Mt Roland and Mt Vandyke

“Continue climbing gradually to the end of the road at O'Neills Creek.”

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O'Neills Creek Nature Trail to Picnic Grounds

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Goal:Picnic Grounds
Grade:Flat
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:900 m
Return distance:1,800 m
Comment:At downhill end of carpark, cross road. Old track leads into bush to bridge over creek. Track to picnic area. Toilets up steps by Rodeo Grounds.

References

Impart Media, Kentish - Tasmania's Outdoor Art Gallery, Kentish Visitor Information Centre, O'Neills Creek Picnic Reserve and Walking Trails

15 minutes one way pickup
“… creek is host to the iridescent dragonfly, frogs, yabbies, freshwater crayfish and platypus.”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, O'Neill's Creek Track

“One log bridge with one handrail and an old log bridge with no handrail. Supervise small children.”

Sheffield Visitor Information Centre, Sheffield Tasmania, Sheffield Visitor Information Centre, O'Neills Creek Nature Trail

15 minutes one way pickup
“O'Neills Creek flows into the Dasher River”

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Reggies Falls via O'Neills Track

Goal:Reggies Falls
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5,000 m
Return distance:10,000 m
Comment:From O'Neills Rd car park to T junction at saddle. Right into Vandyke Track till O'Neills Creek. Falls are 50m downstream. Return.

References

2015, Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Reggies Falls

7 hours circuitretrace
“…the very top of the waterfall… some enchanting rock formations with gorgeous tanin-stained pools.”

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