Split Rock Falls

Quamby BluffGPS Coords: -41.7272, 146.5321
Land Tenure: Conservation Area

Tasmap Reference: 4638 Quamby Bluff

Updated on 08 Nov 2022

Split Rock Falls (Also known as Cleft Rock Falls)
© 2015 - 2024 Photography: Craig Doumouras

Grade 4 Hike
Suitable for experienced hikers only.

6km's3 hours returnRough track, many obstacles Sign posted

Generally distinct without major modification to the ground. Encounters with fallen debris and other obstacles are likely.

Dogs are not allowed
Drones are not allowed
Unknown if accessible with a caravan
Unknown if accessible with a campervan or RV
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About Split Rock Falls

Meander State Forest is a wonderful destination for hikers, and is home to a number of waterfalls situated on various hiking tracks. The Split Rock Track is a stunning walking trail that leads to Split Rock Falls, and Shower Cave Falls. Both Waterfalls are best viewed in wetter months, however the hiking track is magnificent all year round.

Driving to Meander Valley Forest

In late 2015, the Tasmanian State Government allocated funds to replace bridges in and around Meander State Forest that had previously been washed away. The new bridges made it possible for vehicles to drive directly to the Meander Falls carpark once again. To reach the carpark area, you must drive to Deloraine, and then head towards Meander. Signage along the roads will guide you in the direction you must go. The road will eventually become unsealed, and as you enter into the forest, signs will continue to guide you to your destination.

Once at the carpark, there are noticeboards with maps of the area, and various tracks you can hike upon. The Split Rock Track is signed as 1.5 hours return.

The Hike

The hike commences by crossing a suspension bridge over the river and then walking along the trail ahead. There are no signs along the track, and care needs to be taken to spot metallic markers on trees to guide you in the correct direction. Ribbons tied to trees also assist in guiding you along the path. The walk is almost constantly uphill, and though not incredibly difficult to walk, does require a reasonable fitness level. The track itself is laced with ferns or various varieties, with the larger ferns forming a canopy over you. It's an incredibly pretty walk.

Eventually the climb peaks at the so-called Split Rock, and the hike to the waterfalls heads left from here. Huge rock formations and caves line the walk from here, as well as a thin, unnamed waterfall just past Split Rock. Soon afterwords, you will come to another unnamed waterfall, this being more of a cascading-style falls, just before Shower Cave Falls. Shower Cave Falls are often mistaken for Split Rock Falls, however, to reach the real Split Rock Falls continue on the rough trail uphill past Shower Cave Falls, and soon after you will arrive at Split Rock Falls. On maps, Split Rock Falls are marked as Cleft Rock Falls, however the name Split Rock is marked on signs on the track and appears more in common usage. 

Split Rock Falls is a delight to see even in low flow, but is best seen in winter and spring.
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