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 2,145 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

Cameron Inlet parking

Latest walk

Tower Hill Junction walk

Latest change

Testing Stepscape iOS App in October 2020

Updated on

2020-09-29

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.

Data Entry

Jan Horton

Programming

Michael Horton

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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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Spiky Beach parking area

Nearest Road:Spiky Beach Rd
Nearest Town:Swansea
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 42° 11′ 10″
Longitude:E 148° 4′ 1″
Elevation:15 m
Fee:No charge
Management:Local council
Road Surface:Unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:From the Tasman Hwy, about 9km south of Swansea near Spiky Bridge. Turn east on Spikey Beach Rd and park in parking area at end.

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5 walks from Spiky Beach parking area

Bulwarks from Spiky Beach to Kelvedon Beach

Goal:Kelvedon Beach parking area
Grade:Moderate
Type:One way pickup
One-way distance:3,500 m
Return distance:7,000 m
Comment:Walk south along Spiky beaches then if accessible coast above The Bulwarks to Dwarf Point. South along Kelvedon Beach to car park near southern end.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 209, Kelvedon Beach Tas

“Two smaller streams and Kelvedon Creek back the beach.”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 82, Number 5, 8 Kelvedon Beach

“Rocky headland to explore to the north”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 208, Dwarf Point Tas

“.. The sloping 50m wide Dwarf Point”

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 206, Spiky Beach Tas

“A short walking track leads from the carpark to the beach”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 82, Number 5, 7 Spikey Beaches

“Three sandy coves interspersed with rocky outcrops on the shore and in the water…”

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Haystack Rock walk

Goal:Haystack Rock
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:400 m
Return distance:800 m
Comment:Walk to beach on track then on sand and over rocks to south end of South Spiky Beach, to point opposite Haystack Rock. Return

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 206, Spiky Beach Tas

“A short walking track leads from the carpark to the beach”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 82, Number 5, 7 Spikey Beaches

“The more adventurous can venture further out round the rock headlands”

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Spiky Beach Access 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:Spiky Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:150 m
Return distance:300 m
Comment:Follow northern track from lower carpark down to beach.

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 206, Spiky Beach Tas

“A short walking track leads from the carpark to the beach”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 82, Number 5, 7 Spikey Beaches

“Three sandy coves interspersed with rocky outcrops on the shore and in the water…”

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Spiky Beach walk

Goal:North end of Spiky Beach
Grade:Moderate
Type:CircuitRetrace
One-way distance:500 m
Comment:Loop walk to both end of beach and return

References

Nano Solutions, 2016, Beachsafe, Surf Life Saving Australia, Number 206, Spiky Beach Tas

“A short walking track leads from the carpark to the beach”

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 82, Number 5, 7 Spikey Beaches

“Three sandy coves interspersed with rocky outcrops on the shore and in the water…”

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Spiky Beach walk to Spiky Bridge

Goal:Spiky Bridge
Grade:Moderate
Type:Retrace route
One-way distance:250 m
Return distance:500 m
Comment:From lower car park follow footpad through trees and along fence beside gorge then back to highway. Cross road with care to Spiky Bridge. Return.

References

Marianne Robertson, 2008, From Petal Point to Cockle Creek - a Beach Explorers Guide to the East Coast of Tasmania, 1 ed., marianne.robertson@gmail.com, Page 82, Number 5, 7 Spikey Beaches

“There is a foot track from the car park up and across the highway to the Spiky Bridge”

Geoff Richie, On the Convict Trail, Geoff Richie, The Spikey Bridge 1 May 2013

“The Spiky Bridge is part of the old convict coach road…”

Tania Horne, 2016, Think Tasmania.com, Spiky Bridge: Sneaky Tasmanian Convicts Aug 26, 2011

“But you could easily miss the turnoff to the carpark …”

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