Perched on the edge of the Great Western Tiers, Meander Falls makes for an impressive day walk in all seasons. The 10km, 4-hour return walk climbs through stunning cool temperate rainforests along the edge of the Meander River before reaching the 130m high waterfall, cascading over two tiers.
For walkers willing to brave the winter conditions, you may be rewarded by witnessing the falls freezing completely!
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|From Launceston, take the Bass Highway southwest through to Deloraine. As you pass through Deloraine, take the Highland Lakes Road and continue for 10km before reaching Meander. From Meander, take Huntsmans Road 7km to meet Meander Falls Road. The Meander Falls track begins from the Meander Falls carpark area 3km further.|
Starting from the Meander Falls carpark, the trail heads south-westerly along the edge of the Meander River. After an initial flat introduction, the trail begins the 480m climb necessary to reach the falls above. Large rocks and buttress roots make up many of the stairs through the cool temperate forests.
30 minutes in, the bridge over Staggs Creek is crossed, and the Dicksons Track turnoff is passed soon after as the trail continues to climb. The forest becomes denser, and sassafras and myrtles begin to dominate. On clear days, light filtering through the canopy casts dancing shadows on the mossy forest floor.
For the next hour, the trail continues its journey along the southern bank of the Meander River, with the lush myrtles forest becoming ever more sensational. Occasionally, the access to the river presents itself, offering up ideal spots to rest and catch your breath.
Views of the Great Western Tiers are achieved next, with Meander Crag (1265m) appearing above the treeline to the west. Soon after, Bastion Bluff (1370m) and Meander Falls cascading over the top are spotted in the distance.
Eventually, the track flattens out, and a relaxed stroll guides your way to the base of Meander Falls. The Split Rock turnoff is passed before a rest area just shy of the falls is reached.
Views of the tiered waterfall cascading down the harsh rock face are presented here through King Billy and Celery Top pines. The pool at the base of the falls, surrounded by the beautiful pines, is reached via the track below. An alternative, hard-graded rock scramble to the upper second is available to the left. From here, satisfying views across the Meander Forest Reserve are achieved.
Return to the trailhead via the same route.
Map for illustrative purposes only. Base map supplied by Land Information System Tasmania.