Meander Forest Reserve is
a comfortable hours drive from either Launceston or Devonport.
Deloraine is half way between Launceston and Devonport. Meander is
15 kilometres south of Deloraine with the reserve a further 10
kilometres further on. The road passed the Meander irrigation dam - Lake Huntsman. The new lake is a very scenic addition to
the area. A new picnic area has been constructed overlooking the
lake. The Chasm Falls track commences at the end of Smoko Road
which is just inside the reserve. The road is well signposted.
The tracks to Smoko Falls and Mother Cummings Peak (south) as well as
Charlie Nutting Cave also commence here. (we have since learned
that it is Charlie Nutting Camp) The Smoko Falls track is
just to the right of the car park although the sign points the other
way. Despite two visits to the area we were unaware the track was
there as it is almost concealed! The latter tracks are not
signposted although the old track to Smoko Falls and Mother Cummings Peak can be accessed
from the Chasm Falls track. Chasm Falls track goes on to Zig Zag
Rock. We will return here.
Deloraine is a very busy
country town servicing a wide country community. There are ample
restaurants and cafes as well as a post office and 3 hotels.
Meander is a very small town with a good general store with basic but
very good quality snacks.