Meander Falls and Split Rock Circuit

6 h to 7 h

7.8 km
circuit

↑ 659 m
↓ -659 m

Hard track
Starting from the carpark area at the end of Meander Falls Road, Meander Forest Reserve, this walk takes you on a circuit past Meander Falls and Split Rock Falls, via the Meander Falls and Split Rock Falls tracks. Located in the heart of the Great Western Tiers is Meander Falls, a large waterfall in the alpine regions of the Meander River that drops 130 metres over two tiers. Following the river upstream, the walk takes in a wide range of vegetation types as you climb through ancient temperate rainforest and up into the sub-alpine Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Return via the signposted Split Rock Track that descends and crosses the Meander River before traversing a large scree field, passing by a number of picturesque waterfalls. The track is quite rocky with lots of tree roots, uneven terrain and steep sections. During winter months there can be snow and mud on the track, and sections of the falls can freeze and form large icicles. Walkers should be prepared for changing weather conditions at higher elevations, but will be rewarded with stunning views along the length of the track. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Meander Falls Track & Meander Falls Road (-41.7225341,146.5456015)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bass Highway, 1
  • Turn on to then drive for 630 m
  • Turn slight left onto Bowerbank Link, A5 and drive for another 700 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Meander Valley Road, A5 and drive for another 2.2 km
  • Turn left onto East Parade, A5 and drive for another 7 km
  • Continue onto Meander Road, C167 and drive for another 18.2 km
  • Turn left onto Meander Falls Road and drive for another 1.4 km
  • Turn right onto Meander Falls Road and drive for another 1.8 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the end of Meander Falls Road(keeping the road to your back), head straight along the Meander Falls Track, keeping the river to your right. Stay on the designated track and follow the river to your right to continue along Meander Falls and Split Rock Circuit(clockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Meander Falls Track & Meander Falls Road Start heading along Meander Falls Track (a walking track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. The side trip to Meander River and Falls, very much worth the time. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 3.8 km (at the intersection of Split Rock Falls Track (alt route) & Meander Falls Track) turn right, to head along Split Rock Falls Track (alt route).
The starting point of an alternate route. A longer alternative route visiting Cleft Rock Falls and Shower Cave Falls. To take the alternate route turn right here. Details below.
After another 2.4 km continue straight.
After another 500 m continue straight, to head along Split Rock Falls Track (alt route).
After another 870 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to the Huntsman Hide-away. There's also a toilet nearby. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 75 m turn right, to head along Split Rock Falls Track (alt route).
After another 40 m come to the end.

The side trip to Meander River and Falls, very much worth the time.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Meander Falls Track & Split Rock Falls Track (alt route) Start heading along Meander Falls Track (a walking track).
After another 400 m (at the intersection of Meander Falls Track & Top of Meander Falls Track) turn right, to head along Meander Falls Track.
Continue another 35 m to find Meander Falls at the end.
About 145 m past the end is "Meander Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 440 m to the main route.

A longer alternative route visiting Cleft Rock Falls and Shower Cave Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Split Rock Falls Track (alt route).
After 490 m pass the "Cleft Rock Falls" (25 m on your right).
After another 125 m pass the "Shower Cave Falls" (20 m on your right).
After another 275 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

An optional side trip taking you to the Huntsman Hide-away. There's also a toilet nearby.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 35 m come to the "Huntsman Hide-away" (25 m on your left).
After another 20 m come to a toilet.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 55 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Meander Falls and Split Rock Circuit


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 7.8 km
Time 6 h to 7 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Hut: There is one 7.7 km (plus an extra 35 m along side route) from the start.

Toilet: There is one 7.7 km (plus an extra 70 m along side route) from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Hut
7.7 kmHuntsman Hide-away
Toilet
7.7 km[toilet]
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