Meander Valley in Tasmania

Map of the Meander Valley district

Served by the meander valley council, the Meander Valley in northern Tasmania includes the mountains of the Great Western Tiers and the Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area, as well as extensive forests and productive farmland.

Blackwood Park
Blackwood Park, at the foot of the Great Western Tiers. The Meander Valley is a great choice for a tree change.
© Tourism Tasmania and Geoffrey Lea

Residential areas in the Meander Valley include the historic towns of Deloraine and Westbury. Prospect Vale, a suburb of Launceston and home to the country club resort with its impressive international-standard golf course, and the centres of Hadspen and Carrick, are a short drive from the Launceston CBD. This diversity affords a wide range of business and lifestyle opportunities.

Residents enjoy varied recreational possibilities, including team sports, fly fishing, trail-riding, bushwalking and cycling. The Meander Valley is a paradise for tree changers.

The district is known for its vitality and creativity, its artists and its craft. This has led to the development of two of the largest events in Tasmania – Agfest and the Deloraine Craft Fair – which attract visitors from interstate and overseas. Many artisans and professionals have settled in the Meander Valley.

From the Meander Valley there is easy access to wilderness and recreational parks. The Mole Creek Karst National Park and large parts of the Cradle Mountain National Park, the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and the Central Plateau Conservation Area are within the Meander Valley district.

Blackstone Heights

Population: 1,200

An attractive suburb approximately 10 to 15 minutes from the Launceston CBD. Blackstone Heights is a prestige area with many homes having water and rural views. Shops, schools and medical facilities are just five minutes’ away at Prospect.

Hadspen

Population: 1,850

Situated ten minutes’ drive from Launceston, Hadspen is an out of town option for those who want peace and privacy coupled with proximity to the Launceston CBD. Hadspen is a close-knit community with shops, schools and a direct freeway link to the city. A mix of rural homes and suburban-style newer homes, Hadspen is a popular alternative to city living for both young families and retirees.

Deloraine

Population: 2,170

Set against the backdrop of the Great Western Tiers, Deloraine is a historically interesting and attractive town located on the banks of the Meander River, about 30 minutes by car from the recreational and commercial facilities of Launceston and Devonport. It has been classified by the National Trust as a town of historical significance. The surrounding area of the Meander Valley is used for mixed farming and dairying.

(See distances by road chart.)

Meander

Population: 300

Meander is a small rural settlement beneath the Great Western Tiers, 25 kilometres south of Deloraine. The village is set amongst some of Tasmania’s most beautiful scenery, especially in winter when the mountains are dusted with snow. The Meander River flows through the middle of the town.

Westbury

Population: 1,300

Located on the Bass Highway 34 kilometres from Launceston, Westbury has a strong Irish heritage but seems to have stepped out of the English countryside. Westbury is a classified historic town with a village green, tree-lined streets, courtyards and stables, elegant inns and many beautiful old buildings. This quiet part of the Meander Valley has homes and rural properties on five-acre lots with good views of the mountains.

Mole Creek

Population: 300

Mole Creek is a small rural area in the Meander Valley situated about 15 minutes’ drive west of Deloraine. It has the backdrop of the Great Western Tiers. The easy access to several of Tasmania’s national parks, including Cradle Mountain, attracts visitors and there is accommodation and local restaurants and cafes catering to a wide range of tastes. Mole Creek has a small shopping centre and a school.

Bracknell

Population: 360

Bracknell is a small farming community in the Meander Valley, 35 kilometres south-west of Launceston and 14 kilometres south-west of Hadspen. The town is nestled under the Great Western Tiers and Dry’s Bluff, and has a general store, newsagent, hotel, roadhouse, post office and a primary school. The World Heritage protected Liffey Falls are 20 kilometres away. There are large dairy farms in the area as well as sheep and beef cattle farms. Peas are grown here and poppy fields are a distinctive feature.

Meander Valley brochure cover

The meander valley brochure (pdf 870kb) is produced for those considering business opportunities in the Meander Valley district. It also contains general information about the region.