Meander State Forest
Lower Chasm Falls is a small and beautiful waterfall situated on Smoko Creek, in the Meander State Forest, approximately 14kms from the township of Meander. The area along Smoko Creek consists of many cascades, wiith Smoko Falls, Middle Chasm Falls, and Chasm Falls situated nearby.
Access to the waterfalls is via the Meander State Forest along old, unsealed forestry roads. This section is is really only suitable for 4WD vehicles, however, a standard car can be used if the roads are dry.. The road abruptly ends due to a bridge being washed away, and the remainder of the trip must be done on foot.
The Hike itself takes approximately 1 hour by foot, with the first part of the journey involving crossing the river by foot. There are various rocks that could be stepped on to cross over, though these tend to be very slippery. At the time of writing, a fallen tree can be used to cross over the river. Once you cross to the other side of the river, the walk to Chasm Falls continues on the disued vehicle track. The walk is a steady uphill walk that takes approximately 25 minutes until you reach a clearing in the forest. At this juncture there is signage which points you along various paths to take for different hikes. By following the reflective markers on trees, as well as the pink ribbons tied to branches at various intervals, the track narrows considerably, zig-zagging itself through scrub. About 20 minutes later, you will reach your destination.
The track is overgrown in places, and is not well maintained, due to the bridges being washed out. Care must be taken to follow reflectors, and ribbons on trees to guide you.
|Land Tenure||Conservation Area|
|Land Feature Name||Meander Conservation Area||Tasmap||4240 Cethana|
|GPS Coordinates||-41.696117 , 146.529867|
|Road Access||Sealed Road to Meander, and then 14kms of unsealed Road to Meander State Forest Reserve|
|Walking Time||1 hour 30 minutes return|
|Grade of Walk||Moderate uphill hike most of the way. A river will need to be crossed by foot.|