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In the Mount Puzzler Forest Reserve near Fingal in Tasmania’s east is Meadstone Falls, a large waterfall flowing along St Pauls River. Meadstone Falls drops into a natural pool surrounded with large rocky cliffs on each side. Upstream from the waterfall are other natural pools ideal for swimming, which can be easily accessed from the track.
How to get to Meadstone Falls
From Fingal, drive towards St. Marys, and turn right onto Valley Road. Valley Road is an unsealed road used by Foresty Tasmania, and is usually in pretty good condition for much of the drive. Drive along Valley Road for about 20kms, taking special care not to drive down some of the newer roads that have been built from this one (a GPS is highly recommended as the correct road is often not clear). As you near the Meadstone Falls Carpark, the road becomes narrow and rough with overgrown vegetation encroaching on the road, and as a result should not be driven in a 2WD vehicle. The road eventually comes to a barricade to prevent further vehicle access, due to a damaged bridge a short distance further along the road. At this point your hike begins.
From the bridge, it is a 2.5km hike along the old road to the original trailhead for the falls. The original track is in surprisingly good condition given the lack of usage it receives, and the walk to the falls is a very pleasant hike through dry sclerophyll forest, eventually coming to a lookout across from the falls after a steepish final descent. An alternate track also provides access to the river a few hundred metres upstream of the waterfall, and if the water level isn’t too high it is possible to walk through the wide river bed itself all the way to the top of the falls.
For more information on this trail, visit Waterfalls of Tasmania