Meander River (Tasmania)

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The Western River
The Meander, flowing through the Deloraine Green
Country Australia
State Tasmania
Regions Central Highlands (Tasmania), Northern Tasmania
Part of South Esk River
 - right Western Creek, Quamby Brook, Liffey River
Settlements Meander, Deloraine
Source Great Western Tiers
 - elevation 1,300 m (4,265 ft)
Mouth South Esk River
 - location Hadspen
 - elevation 129 m (423 ft)
 - coordinates 41°30′29″S 147°03′12″E / 41.50806°S 147.05333°E / -41.50806; 147.05333Coordinates: 41°30′29″S 147°03′12″E / 41.50806°S 147.05333°E / -41.50806; 147.05333
Length 112 km (70 mi)
Basin 1,600 km2 (618 sq mi)
Reservoirs Lake Huntsman
Meander River (Tasmania) is located in Tasmania
Meander River (Tasmania)
Location of the Meander River mouth in Tasmania
Wikimedia Commons: 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]

Location and features[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Map of Meander, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "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 April 11, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Meander River, Tasmania at Wikimedia Commons