Short Walks in Tasmania
Meander Valley and Great Western Tiers is known as the Short Walks Capital of Tasmania.
The majestic alpine plateau of the iconic Great Western Tiers, Kooparoona Niara, World Heritage area provides natural, incredible lakes, tarns and waterways that cascade over 700m down into the lush rainforest valleys of the Meander Valley region.
There are many winding, unique tracks to explore throughout the expansive mountain forest areas, where you will encounter spectacular waterfalls, stunning views, unique rainforest flora and an abundance of wildlife including wild platypus, echidna, Tasmanian devils, wallabies, wombats, wedge tail and white bellied sea eagles. The various public walks are suitable to all different abilities of varying degrees, but it's not all about the forest day walks.
Walk through the historic and beautiful villages in Meander Valley and absorb the Georgian and convict built architecture, from the historic houses of Hadspen, Carrick & 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 free guided tours running most evenings all year round via Cycles at The Empire Hotel. Deloraine also hosts street art in form of delightful and attractive sculptures reflecting local stories scattered on both sides of the main street.
For more information on our regional Short Walks and for a full guide go to this website www.greatwesterntiers.net.au or call into the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre, Emu Bay Road, Deloraine for your hard copy, maps and guides.
Meander Valley is a 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 can call in to sample local produce at 41 degrees south Salmon, Truffle & Honey farms, wineries, micro breweries and cafes, also Trowunna Wildlife Park & Tasmanian Devil research centre and the iconic Mole Creek Caves - 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 🙂