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Meander Falls Sat. 23rd June 2018

Meander Falls at this time of year can be spectacular because of winter rains, or a frozen wonder, as they were when Boots N' All went there 2 years ago. Either way, they are well worth a visit. From the car park (altitude 600m), the track, following the course of the Meander River, heads south for 1.5 km before continuing west for a further 3 km. During this time, the track climbs steeply for much of the distance, reaching 1100 metres altitude by the time the base of the falls is reached. Some further clambering to the middle of the falls might be possible. Return will be by the same route for the first 2.5 km, with a detour to a slightly higher track that goes past the base of Dixon's Track and a memorial to two bushwalkers who died in the area some years ago, finishing on an old logging road back to the car park.
The walk is rated medium due to the steep and at times rough nature of the track, and the possibility of cold and wet conditions. It should be suitable for energetic, resilient and experienced older children, but please consult with walk leader.

Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone Phil Dawson on 0417 527 511 or email pidasms@gmail.com to book in by Thurs. evening. The departure time is 8:00 am from Door of Hope car park. Alternative meeting place: Deloraine 8:30 am. Check with leader for meeting spot. If you wish to meet with the group at any other place, please arrange with the leader.  Please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of departure time. However, you still need to contact the walk leader, if intending to walk. The leader should be notified of any other people you intend to bring along. Please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of departure time.

To access this area from northern Tasmania: From Launceston, head towards Deloraine on the Bass Highway (50 km) and take the first (eastern) turn from the highway into Deloraine. Continue into the town and turn left immediately before the bridge (meeting place - see above).
From Deloraine, head south along the "Lake Highway" - now Highland Lakes Rd. (but the first bit may be called Meander Rd!). Make sure you stay on Meander Rd and go straight ahead (DON'T turn left) at 7 km from Deloraine, where there is a signposted junction for Highland Lakes Rd. Continue a further 9 km to Meander and continue through the town. After about 6 km, the road swings right. About 2.5 km further, the road turns south and crosses the first of the new bridges (Smoko Creek), followed shortly by the 2nd bridge which takes you across the Meander R. Less than 3 km further, you will reach the Meander Falls car park and the beginning of the  walking track.

Warnings:
  The following codes [from our 2018 walks calendar] apply:
     S    Steep incline for at least part of the way
     M    Marshy or muddy sections be prepared to walk with wet feet.
    E     Exposed alpine conditions ; can be dangerous in poor weather if not adequately equipped.

Walkers are advised to wear strong shoes or boots. You should always carry wet weather gear as well as warm clothing including gloves and beanies in case of sudden weather changes. The destination of this walk is above 1000 metres altitude, and can be very exposed if the weather turns bad. Be prepared!
Winter bushwalking can be dangerous in poor weather if not adequately equipped; see http://bootsnall.sutas.org.au/Pages/Equipment_Safety.htm for some guidelines.

Map details for Meander Falls area:
1:100000 map is Meander (Tasmap 8214) and 1:25000 map is Pillans (Tasmap 4437)
Map references:
Short ref. n/a
Meander Falls:
Zone      Easting        Northing   
55G      4 59 098    53 79 784  

No peakbagger points will be visited on this walk. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger's Guide (2000 revision) which can be downloaded (Excel) from http://tastracks.webs.com/peakbaggers.htm  The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.

GPX version of the track: Click here to download. Google Earth version of the track: Click here to download.
Right-click on the file and save target as to a location of your choice. (Suggest you click the Last modified at top to sort by date to get the most recent at top to find the file for the next walk).