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

2018-10-23

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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jQuery, used under the MIT License

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Round Mountain Lookout (Mt Claude)

Nearest Road:Olivers Rd
Nearest Town:Gowrie Park
Locality:North West
Latitude:S 41° 29′ 14″
Longitude:E 146° 10′ 6″
Elevation:670 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Sealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Lookout on Olivers Rd overlooking Round Mountain. Access to Mt Roland walks.

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8 walks from Round Mountain Lookout (Mt Claude)

Mount Claude from Round Mountain Lookout

Goal:Mount Claude summit
Grade:Some Very Steep
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,000 m
Return distance:4,000 m
Comment:Round Mt Lookout to summit rocks of Mt Claude. Return same way

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 21, Number 5, Mount Claude

1 hour retrace route
“…conglomerate rock is very slippery when wet.”

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

“Mt Claude is one of the trickier mountains…”

website, Bushwalk Australia, Mt Claude

“… conglomerate is slippery when wet, which it was…”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Mt Claude

“Summit of Mt Claude is difficult/dangerous. It is still worth walking to nearly the top.”

Walks on Mt Roland (Signs at parking areas), Mt Claude from Olivers Rd

2 hours retrace route
“Moderate - 2 hour return.”

Rockmonkey Adventures, Mersey Crag, Turrana Bluff and Mt Claude: 11 November 2013

3 hours retrace route
“I was shocked at how much of a scramble Claude actually was.”

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Mount Claude Traverse to O'Neills Rd

Goal:O'Neills Rd
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 downhill section”

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

“Mt Claude is one of the trickier mountains…”

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Mt Claude Lookout from Round Mountain Lookout

Goal:Lookout near Mt Claude
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:2,500 m
Return distance:5,000 m
Comment:From Road Mountain Lookout walk up service road (past boomgate) to the end. Continue on foot track to 'Lookout' sign to left. Keep left to lookout.

References

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Mt Claude

“This is last communication tower - no need to climb rocks to get view”

Bushwalking in Tasmania, Photodiary of a Nomad, Mt Claude

“A peak is reached by a short side trip”

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Mt Claude Track from Round Mountain Lookout

Goal:End of vehicle road
Grade:Long climb
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:1,600 m
Return distance:3,200 m
Comment:Walk up access road past boomgate. Continue to end of road (at tower enclosure), or turn back as desired. Good views everywhere.

References

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Mt Claude

“Road access to the communication towers. Steep but clear walking. Turn back anywhere as desired.”

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Mt Vandyke Traverse to O'Neills Rd

Goal:O'Neills Rd
Grade:Challenging
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:15,000 m
Comment:Follow access road through boom gate and on past Mt Claude. Right at fork to Mt Vandyke, left down O'Neill Track to car park.

References

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

“A challenging walk”

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Round Mountain Lookout

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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:Parking area with views
Grade:Flat
Type:No defined route
One-way distance:50 m
Comment:Large carpark at lookout site. Wide views to north and west.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 21, Number 5, Mount Claude

“… drive up through hairpin turns to Round Mountain Lookout…”

Pete, Travel with Pete - Walking in Australia and Beyone, The drive to Cradle Mountain

“Closeup views of Mount Roland from Round Mountain Lookout”

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

Goal:Kings Rd car park
Grade:Challenging
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:20,000 m
Comment:Route of the Triple Top footrace from Round Mountain lookout to Kings Road .

References

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

“A very challenging walk finishing with the steep Face Track.”

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

“Mt Claude is one of the trickier mountains…”

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Weeks Creek Gorge Lookout walk

Goal:Lookout over Gorge
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:50 m
Return distance:100 m
Comment:South end of parking area, locate footpad up and around large boulder. Well defined track zigzags down to viewing site over gorge. No safety fence.

References

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, The Gloucester Walk, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Page 21, Number 5, Mount Claude

“… drive up through hairpin turns to Round Mountain Lookout…”

Cowirrie - report from recent visit, Cowirrie, Weeks Creek Gorge

“foot pad up around big rock, then keep left at track junction, down to viewing rock.”

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