River emerges from Lake Meander in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area 1300 metres above sea level, before tumbling over the lip of Bastion Bluff as Meander Falls and zig-zagging beneath old growth native pine. Its powerful water has polished bedrock, and ripped entire banks away during floods.

Further north the river forms the backbone of the creative community of Deloraine, where it is home to platypus, swan, ducks, water fowl, native hens, eel, trout, and the odd rooster to name a few. Local artists have adorned its banks with sculptures and mosaics. Dogs and their people walk it daily, runners run, and on Sundays the river supports a team of dragon boaters called the Deloraine Flames.