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 2,211 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

Porkys parking

Latest walk

Grassy Wharf walk

Latest change

Finished adding walks from King Island Maritime Trail

Updated on

2022-07-19

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

Maps

Google Maps JavaScript API

Components

jQuery, used under the MIT License

jQuery CSV, used under the MIT License

jQuery UI, used under the MIT License

jQuery UI Touch Punch, used under the MIT License

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Sea Elephant Bay Blowhole parking

Nearest Road:Blowhole Rd
Nearest Town:Currie
Locality:King Island
Latitude:S 39° 51′ 28″
Longitude:E 144° 6′ 37″
Elevation:5 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Rough
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:From Currie drive to Naracoopa and then north on Fraser Rd for 3km. Take right fork into Sea Elephant Rd for 5km. Right into Blowhole Rd and drive to the end to park (2km).

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5 walks from Sea Elephant Bay Blowhole parking

Blowhole Beach walk north to rocky prominence

Goal:Blowhole Beach rocky prominence
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:600 m
Return distance:1,200 m
Comment:Walk north on Blowhole beach 600m to 'rocky prominence' though sand may cover it. It creek is flowing out to sea, do not try to cross it. Return.

References

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 81, Number 23, Sea Elephant Bay Blowhole

“The northern 'point' or prominence about one kiloetre north of the blowhole is a pleasant goal for a walk.”

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Cowper Point walk from Blowhole Rd and back again

Goal:Cowper Point
Grade:Flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:4,000 m
Return distance:8,000 m
Comment:Walk north on Blowhole Beach to Cowper Point (just past Councillor Island and 4WD beach access.) Turn back before Sea Elephant River outlet.

References

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 119, Number 38, The Blowhole to Cowper Bluff

2 hours retrace route
“The more challenging part of this walk is the approach to Point Cowper andits massive sand dunes…”

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 81, Number 23, Sea Elephant Bay Blowhole

2 hours retrace route
“It is an easy matter to walk northward along the beach, towards Cowper Point.”

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Fraser Beach northern access

Goal:Fraser Beach
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:200 m
Return distance:400 m
Comment:Park at end of Blowhole Rd and walk down track to blowhole, or with 4WD try driving to second car park by blowhole. Walk down track to beach. Return.

References

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 81, Number 23, Sea Elephant Bay Blowhole

“The walk to the blowhole and beach is only a few metres.”

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Sea Elephant Bay Blowhole Beach access walk

Goal:Blowhole Beach
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:50 m
Return distance:100 m
Comment:From end of Blowhole Rd walk down to Blowhole Beach if there is access across Blowhole Creek. If Creek is flowing out to sea, do not try to cross.

References

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 115, Number 37, Naracoopa to the Blowhole

“Before leaving the area, be sure to investigate Blowhole Creek.”

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 81, Number 23, Sea Elephant Bay Blowhole

“The creek dioes not always flow into the sea and it is an easy matter to walk northward along the beach.”

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Sea Elephant Bay Blowhole walk

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:Blowhole
Grade:Fairly flat
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:150 m
Return distance:300 m
Comment:Park at end of Blowhole Rd and walk down track to blowhole, or with 4WD try driving to second car park. Return same way.

References

Ken Martin, Walks of King Island, 2 ed., Bas Publishing Pty Ltd, Page 81, Number 23, Sea Elephant Bay Blowhole

15 minutes retrace route
“The Blowhole is a small outcrop of sandstone that juts out into the Bay.”

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