The Meander Falls and Split Rock Tracks are hidden gems offering quintessential Tasmiania scenery without the crowds, and were one of the highlights of my trip to Tasmania in 2019.
This relatively unknown circuit walk to Meander Falls ended up being the highlight of my trip to Tasmania in 2019. Perhaps not quite as spectacular as the walks we did in Cradle Mountain National Park, it nevertheless provided a remote and impressive bushwalking experience that exceeded expectations (which I have now built up for you! 🙂 ) . And despite walking on a weekend, we met just one or two groups along the way, so it remains underappreciated. Lucky for us at least. Expect beautiful forest and rivers, impressive waterfalls, cliffs, and boulders galore. Very Tasmanian. Track notes at the end.
Meander Falls and Split Rock Track: The Scenery
We didn’t originally have track notes for this walk, but heard about it from a couple we met up Mt Roland. It’s seemingly not well publicised, but we ended up getting a printed sheet of track notes from the visitor centre at Deloraine, which is the closest major town (and where we were staying).
It’s straightforward enough: from the car park (in the map below) follow the Meander Falls Track to view the falls, then if you like, continue up the sparsely marked track to the boulder field for great views over the Upper Meander Valley. (I believe you can in fact climb all the way to the top of the escarpment, but Sophia wasn’t up for that so I stopped to take photos and then returned).
From the falls, back track a while (maybe just 10 to 15 minutes) until you see a sign post for the Split Rock Track (which you should have seen on the way up), and turn left. This track crosses the Upper Meander River, then rises up through an extensive boulder field – the route is marked by cairns. The route eventually enters heath vegetation on a saddle, where it is a bit indistinct, but descends back through boulders again (more cairns; where I took the rainbow pictures), to eventually re-enter forest on the other side of the saddle. During this section the impressive cliffs of Bastion Bluff are on your left.
Continue through the forest and keep right at a junction to view Split Rock Falls and and later Shower Cave Falls. If you don’t keep right then you will instead pass through Split Rock to join the same track, but the falls are impressive in real life, (better than my photos), so I recommend visiting them. Continue on down the track to eventually cross the Meander River and return to the car park. (The Split Rock Track is labelled as the Cleft Rock Track in the Google Map below).