Meander River (Tasmania)

The Meander River is a major perennial river located in the central northern region of Tasmania, Australia. Until the founding of Westbury in the early 1820s the river was known as The Western River.[3]

The Western River
The Meander, flowing through the Deloraine Green
Location of the Meander River mouth in Tasmania
RegionCentral Highlands (Tasmania), Northern Tasmania
SettlementsMeander, Deloraine
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Western Tiers
  elevation1,300 m (4,300 ft)
MouthSouth Esk River
41°30′29″S 147°03′12″E
129 m (423 ft)
Length112 km (70 mi)
Basin size1,600 km2 (620 sq mi)
Basin features
River systemSouth Esk River
  rightWestern Creek, Quamby Brook, Liffey River
ReservoirsLake Huntsman

Location and features

The Meander River rises in the Great Western Tiers and flows past its namesake town, Meander, through the major regional town of Deloraine, then eastward, where it flows into the South Esk River near Hadspen.[2] From source to mouth, the river is joined by fourteen tributaries including the Liffey River and descends 930 metres (3,050 ft) over its 112-kilometre (70 mi) course.[1]

The damming of the river in 2007 created the artificial reservoir Lake Huntsman. The Meander Hydro Dam provides both electricity and water to the region, and is the second dam on the Meander River.


The Meander is a popular trout fishing stream holding brown trout.[4] The World Fly Fishing Championships organized by the International Confederation of Sport Fishing has selected the Meander as one its venues for the 2019 championships to be held in Tasmania.[5]

See also


  1. "Map of Meander, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  2. "Environmental management Goals for Tasmania Surface Waters; Meander River Catchment". Department for Primary Industries, Water and Environment. Government of Tasmania. May 2004.
  3. von Stieglitz, K R (1946). Then and now in old Westbury; with notes on Exton, Hagley and Carrick. Launceston: Telegraph Printery. p. 5.
  4. Gilmore, Don. Trout Fishing Guide to Tasmania. Launceston: Telegraph Printery. p. 92. ISBN 095859905X.
  5. "News-World Championships of Fly Fishing 2019". The Racehorse Inn. Retrieved 11 April 2017.

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