Short Walks in Tasmania
The Meander Valley and Great Western Tiers is known as the Short Walks Capital of Tasmania.
The majestic alpine plateau of the Great Western Tiers hosts thousands of lakes, tarns and waterways that cascade over 700m down into the lush rainforest valleys of the Meander Valley.
There are literally thousands of tracks old and new to explore, where you will encounter spectacular waterfalls, unique rainforest flora and an abundance of wildlife including wild platypus, echidna, Tasmanian devils, wallabies, wombats, wedge tail and white bellied sea eagles. There are walks to suit all abilities, but it's not all about the bush.
Walk through the historic and beautiful villages in the Meander Valley and absorb the Georgian and convict built architecture, from the historic houses of Carrick & Hadspen or Westbury with the Village Green, Hawthorn Hedges often described as more English than England.
Stroll around the riverbank in Deloraine and explore the cultural and sculpture trails, enjoy locally produced ice cream, cider or some of the fantastic locally grown produce in one of the many cafes, pubs and restaurants in the area.
If you want the chance to spot a wild platypus, keep an eye on the Meander River that runs through the centre of Deloraine. There is an active and healthy population of Platypus in the river and there are free guided tours running most evenings all year round.
We've selected a few of the best walks for you to enjoy and encourage you to stay a while in the Meander Valley. It's a great centrally located base to explore Northern Tasmania and in our opinion is the best scenic route to Cradle Mountain. If you're heading to Cradle, take the road from Deloraine, through Chudleigh & Mole Creek. You'll pass beautiful Salmon, Truffle & Honey farms, wineries, micro breweries and cafes, also a wildlife park & Tasmanian Devil research centre - Ignore your SatNav and take this route to Cradle Mountain - you won't be disappointed. ( Keep an eye out for the Tasmanian Tigers in Mole Creek ! )
We hope to see you soon 🙂