The Steppes Stones are something we came across purely by chance.  We were returning from our weekend at Ulverstone River Retreat, and chose to take the Lakes Highway.  The road through the Central Highlands of Tasmania makes for an interesting drive.  There’s many opportunities to stop for short walks or just view the unique terrain, flora and fauna.

Steppes Stones - Central Wombat Sculpture
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A wombat features as the central piece of the Steppes Stones bronze sculptures

Steppes Stones: Bronze Sculptures in the State Reserve

About 35kms north of Bothwell, is one place worth particular attention.  Just south of the Interlaken turnoff and part of the Steppes State Reserve there’s a simple timber roadside sign that would be easy enough to ignore.  The sign reads “Steppes Sculptures” and marks a bizarre attraction.

Steppes Stones - Steppes State Reserve
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This nondescript signs marks the entrance to the carpark leading to Steppes Stones

A short distance from the sign (marking the entrance to a carpark) is a circle of stone plinths adorned with bronze sculptures.  Looking like some sort of bush grotto… just like a scene from Survivor!

Steppes Stones - Bush Grotto
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A bizarre bush grotto featuring Stephen Walker bronze sculptures

Stephen Walker, Distinguished Tasmanian Sculptor

Stephen Walker is the artist responsible for the Steppes Stones.  The work reflects some of the wildlife and history of the Central Highlands.  The bronze sculptures on the Hobart waterfront, as well as the Southern Right Whale at Cockle Creek in the far south of Tassie, are also by Stephen Walker.

Steppes Stones - Hobart Waterfront Bronze Sculptures
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Bronze sculptures on the Hobart waterfront, also by Tasmanian artist Stephen Walker

Steppes Historic Site

If you do stop to inspect Steppes Stones, be sure to allow enough time to appreciate everything on offer.  Unfortunately, we didn’t realise this until later, but a walking path through the state reserve leads to the Steppes Historic Site.  Apparently, the 19th Century Steppes Homestead, with bake house and other outbuildings, is a pleasant place for a bush picnic.

Steppes Stones - Bronze Sculptures
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The Steppes Stones: a collection of bronze sculptures by Stephen Walker

We must have been so shocked to find the Steppes Stones, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, that we didn’t see any sign or path leading to the homestead, and I’m bitterly disappointed about that.  Hopefully we’ve now saved you from making the same mistake.

Steppes Stones - Stephen Walker Plaque
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A plaque marks the work of Stephen Walker, but nothing for the walk to Steppes Homestead?

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