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
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

Billy Brown Falls 2WD parking

Latest walk

Billy Brown Falls Wallk from 2WD car park

Latest change

Cross-checking walk times and distances.

Updated on

2021-04-12

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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Three Thumbs track start parking

Nearest Road:Three Thumbs Rd
Nearest Town:Orford
Locality:East Coast
Latitude:S 42° 36′ 29″
Longitude:E 147° 52′ 42″
Elevation:385 m
Fee:No charge
Management:P&WS
Road Surface:Narrow unsealed
Car Park:Good unsealed
Water:Dry
Toilets:None
Toilet Accessibility:No toilet
Shelter:None
Picnic Table:No table
Comment:Track start is on the sharp bend 500m before the picnic area. Park 100m south of bend in cut off section of forestry road.

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3 walks from Three Thumbs track start parking

Three Thumbs Circuit Walk via Forest Track

Goal:Forest Track Junction
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:3,900 m
Comment:Circuit walk over three conjoined summits for wide views over the East Coast. Return by Forest Track

References

Di, Di's Walk a Month, Di, Page 9, Number 2012, 1 Sept 2012 - Three Thumbs, Orford

2 hours circuit
“The Forest Walk route took the same amount of time as the Ridgeline Walk”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, Page 108, Number 48, 48 - Three Thumbs

2 hours circuit
“A pleasant way to tackle the walk ist to along the ridge tops and return by the forest.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 179, Number 54, Three Thumbs

1 hour 45 minutes circuit
“Coastal views”

Ingrid Roberts, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, Page 86, Number 14, The Three Thumbs

2 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Rocky bush track under tree canopy.”

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, Page 93, Number 48, 48 - Three Thumbs

2 hours circuit
“… each 'thumb' provides and increasingly better view than its predecessor.”

John and Monica Chapman, Short Walks Southern Tasmania, 1st ed., John Chapman, Page 36, Number 9, Three Thumbs

2 hours circuit retrace
“Part of the track crosses shattered dolerite rocks. Take care on the loose stones”

TasTrails, TasTrails, Page 2, Number 4, Three Thumbs Track

2 hours circuit
“The initial climb off the road is the steepest of the trail.”

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Three Thumbs Circuit walk via Long Gully

Goal:Long Gully
Grade:Moderate
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:8,600 m
Comment:Walking out via forestry tracks and back over The Thumbs.

References

Denis, Hiking South East Tasmania, Three Thumbs Circuit

4 hours 6 minutes circuit

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Three Thumbs Ridgeline 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:Third Thumb
Grade:Some steep
Type:Circuit
One-way distance:4,000 m
Comment:Walk to Third Thumb along ridgeline and return via same route.

References

Di, Di's Walk a Month, Di, Number 2012, 1 Sept 2012 - Three Thumbs, Orford

2 hours circuit
“Unfortunately the trees around the summit have grown and tend to obscure the view.”

Jan Hardy & Bert Elson, 50 Family Walks in and around Hobart, Hillside Publishing, Page 108, Number 48, 48 - Three Thumbs

2 hours circuit
“A pleasant way to tackle the walk ist to along the ridge tops and return by the forest.”

Tyrone Thomas & Andrew Close, 100 Walks in Tasmania, Explore Australia, Page 179, Number 54, Three Thumbs

1 hour 45 minutes circuit
“Coastal views”

Ingrid Roberts, Best Bush, Coast and Village Walks of South East Tasmania, Woodslane Press Pty Ltd, Page 86, Number 14, The Three Thumbs

2 hours 30 minutes circuit
“Rocky bush track under tree canopy.”

Mark Dickenson, Chris Howard, Greg Rubock, Day Walks in Tasmania, Envirobook, Page 93, Number 48, 48 - Three Thumbs

2 hours circuit
“… each 'thumb' provides and increasingly better view than its predecessor.”

John and Monica Chapman, Short Walks Southern Tasmania, 1st ed., John Chapman, Page 36, Number 9, Three Thumbs

2 hours circuit retrace
“Part of the track crosses shattered dolerite rocks. Take care on the loose stones”

Matt Williams, Tasmania, Tasmania.com, Three Thumbs Track

“… the sharp climb to the first thumb's ridge… lasts for about 50m and is the most difficult part …”

TasTrails, TasTrails, Page 2, Number 4, Three Thumbs Track

2 hours retrace route
“The initial climb off the road is the steepest of the trail.”

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