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
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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

Billy Brown Falls 2WD parking

Latest walk

Billy Brown Falls Wallk from 2WD car park

Latest change

Update on Slide Track conditions.

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2021-05-05

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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 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.

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Waterfall Bay parking area

Nearest Road:Waterfall Bay Rd
Nearest Town:Eaglehawk Neck
Locality:Tasman Peninsula
Latitude:S 43° 3′ 28″
Longitude:E 147° 56′ 50″
Elevation:75 m
Fee:Parks Pass
Management:National Park
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:From Arthur Hwy, take Blowhole Rd south of Eaglehawk Neck. Right into Waterfall Bay Rd. Parking is at the end of the road, overlooking Waterfall Bay.

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10 walks from Waterfall Bay parking area

Camp Falls Walk

Goal:Waterfall Bay
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,300 m
Return distance:2,600 m
Comment:South on the Tasman Coastal Trail to the junction with Waterfall Bluff Track beside Camp Falls. Return

References

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, About Camp Falls

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“… a small waterfall that is easily accessible from the trail.”

Raelene and Rod Newell, Thirty-Five Walks to Waterfalls in Tasmania, 1st ed., Raelene and Rod Newell, Page 14, Number 4, Camp Falls

Peter and Shirley Storey, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 20, Number 10, Camp Falls and Waterfall Bluff

“Grade - easy”

Ingrid Roberts, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, Page 100, Number 17, Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bluff

“… a delightful small waterfall below a small bush camp.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 53, Number 13, Tasman Arch - Waterfall Bluff

“Camp Falls is the uppermost of the waterfalls. The spot is within damp ferny forest.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman, Page 27, Number 3, Waterfall Bay and Tatnells Hill

“… descends the eastern sid eof the creek passing Csmp Falls…”

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Clemes Peak Walk

Goal:Clemes Peak
Grade:Some steep
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:6,300 m
Comment:South on Tasman Coastal Trail past Camp Falls. Left into Clemes Peak Track, over summit and down southern side to rejoin track back to Camp Falls etc.

References

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, More Family Walks around Hobart, Fully revised ed., Hillside Publishing, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Clemes Peak

4 hours circuit retrace
“… times are very variable on such steep terrain.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, More Family Walks around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, Page 82, Number 35, 35 - Clemes Peak

4 hours circuit retrace
“It is certainly a steep track but it is fairly clear and well defined until very close to the top…”

Peter and Shirley Storey, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 35, Number 20, Clemes Peak and Tatnells Hill

“Grade - medium”

Karen Meredith, Walking the Tasman Peninsula 2011, Walk No. 9 - Waterfall Bay to Clemes Peak 10-3-2011

4 hours circuit retrace
“The climb is quite relentless and I found it fairly tough going…”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 56, Number 14, Waterfall Bay - Clemes Peak

3 hours 30 minutes circuit
“From Clemes Peak a panorma extends along much of the coast.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman, Page 27, Number 3, Waterfall Bay and Tatnells Hill

“Clemes Peak provides good views of the coast.”

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Patersons Arch Walk from Waterfall Bay

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Goal:Patersons Arch
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:600 m
Return distance:1,200 m
Comment:Walk north from Waterfall Bay car park to Pattersons Arch and return

References

Ingrid Roberts, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, Page 100, Number 17, Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bluff

“… a lookout towards the spectacular Patterson Arch”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 53, Number 13, Tasman Arch - Waterfall Bluff

“Patersons Arch is the most interesting geological feature”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman, Page 27, Number 3, Waterfall Bay and Tatnells Hill

“Patersons Arch is a large sea cave that has cut through a high rocky point…”

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Shower Falls Walk

Goal:Waterfall Bay
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Tasman Trail to Camp Falls. Follow creek down to Shower Falls. Return - as creek drops over cliff.

References

Ingrid Roberts, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, Page 100, Number 17, Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bluff

1 hour 45 minutes retrace route
“You can actually walk behind these falls.”

Raelene and Rod Newell, Thirty-Five Walks to Waterfalls in Tasmania, 1st ed., Raelene and Rod Newell, Page 76, Number 29, Shower Falls

Waterfalls of Tasmania, Jubec Systems and Design, Shower Falls

2 hours retrace route
“Some scrambling and negotiating of the terrain is needed to reach the base of the waterfall.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 53, Number 13, Tasman Arch - Waterfall Bluff

“… a quite ferny track to pass under a rock overhang behind the falling water of shower falls.”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman, Page 27, Number 3, Waterfall Bay and Tatnells Hill

“The track passes behind Shower Falls…”

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Tatnells Hill Walk

Goal:Tatnells Hill
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:3,000 m
Return distance:6,000 m
Comment:Follow Tasman Coastal Trail around the bay, past Camp Falls and then south along gully to Tatnells Hill. Return same route.

References

Peter and Shirley Storey, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 35, Number 20, Clemes Peak and Tatnells Hill

“Grade - medium”

Di, Di's Walk a Month, Di, Page 8, Number 2012, Early August 2012 - Tatnells Hill

“The track climbed steadily and fairly steeply up the valley…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman, Page 27, Number 3, Waterfall Bay and Tatnells Hill

“Tatnells Hill provides fine views across much of the Tasman Peninsula…”

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Waterfall Bay Lookout

Goal:Waterfall Bay Lookout
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:5 m
Return distance:10 m
Comment:The views from the Waterfall Bay car park is excellent, so worth a visit even with little mobility.

References

Peter and Shirley Storey, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 12, Number 2, Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bay

5 minutes no walking
“Grade - family”

Ingrid Roberts, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, Page 100, Number 17, Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bluff

“There are two lookouts at the Waterfall Bay car park.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 53, Number 13, Tasman Arch - Waterfall Bluff

“There are three more good lookouts on the cliff-rimmed bay at the road end.”

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Waterfall Bay to Devils Kitchen Walk

Goal:Devils Kitchen
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Walking north from Waterfall Bay car park to Devils Kitchen car park along cliff top track.

References

Ingrid Roberts, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, Page 100, Number 17, Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bay

1 hour 30 minutes retrace route
“… some truly stunning coastal scenery.”

Peter and Shirley Storey, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 12, Number 2, Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bay

2 hours retrace route
“Grade - family”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 53, Number 13, Tasman Arch - Waterfall Bluff

“… via the rim of the high sea cliffs”

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Waterfall Bay to Fortescue Bay Walk

Goal:Fortescue Bay
Grade:Some steep
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:17,000 m
Comment:South from Waterfall Bay on track to Fortescue Bay via Bivouac Bay and Canoe Bay.

References

Peter and Shirley Storey, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 40, Number 23, Fortescue Bay to Waterfall Bay

8 hours one way pickup
“Grade - medium”

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, Parks & Wildlife Service Website - Explore our Parks, P&WS, Tasman Coastal Trail

8 hours one way pickup
“This walk will require a car shuffle”

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, Page 97, Number 50, 50 - Waterfall Bay

8 hours one way pickup
“… follow ridge tops from Tatnells Hill … to Dolomieu Point…”

TasTrails, TasTrails, Page 7, Number 3, Waterfall Bay to Fortescue Bay - January 7, 2014

7 hours one way pickup
“This walk is nothing short of amazing.”

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Waterfall Bay Track Lookout

Goal:Waterfall Bay Track Lookout
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:100 m
Return distance:200 m
Comment:Very short walk from car park to lookout on start of the Waterfall Bay Track.

References

Ingrid Roberts, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, Page 100, Number 17, Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bluff

“… a spectacular look into Waterfall Bay”

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Waterfall Bluff Walk

Goal:Waterfall Bluff summit
Grade:Some steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,500 m
Return distance:3,000 m
Comment:Tasman Trail then Waterfall Bluff Track. Take care near cliff edge. Turn back as track heads south.

References

Peter and Shirley Storey, Peninsula Tracks - 35 walks in and around the proposed Tasman National Park, 1st ed., Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Page 20, Number 10, Camp Falls and Waterfall Bluff

2 hours retrace route
“Grade - easy”

Ingrid Roberts, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, Page 100, Number 17, Devils Kitchen to Waterfall Bluff

1 hour 45 minutes retrace route
“Take care to not lose your footing, particularly in high winds.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 53, Number 13, Tasman Arch - Waterfall Bluff

“… a superb vista south along the coastal cliffs to Cape Hauy…”

John Chapman and Monica Chapman, Day Walks Tasmania, 2 ed., John Chapman, Page 27, Number 3, Waterfall Bay and Tatnells Hill

“… provides a magnificent view south of the nearby coast…”

Raelene and Rod Newell, Thirty-Five Walks to Waterfalls in Tasmania, 1st ed., Raelene and Rod Newell, Page 88, Number 35, Waterfall Bluff

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