Nestled in the Meander Valley at the gateway to the World Heritage listed Tasmanian Wilderness, Driftwater is perfectly positioned as a base for accessing this magnificent fly-fishery.

With its extensive and diverse waterways, clear mountain lakes, pristine rivers and streams it is home to prolific insect hatches and an abundance of Brown, Brook and Rainbow Trout.

Drifting in handcrafted wooden drift boats throughout stunning scenery with a rod in your hand, your journey will be a unique and unforgettable one.

The Meander Valley also offers other activities such as hiking, cycling, golf, a variety of arts and crafts as well as great food and wine. It is perfect for couples, groups and its close proximity to major cities also makes it a great destination for corporate getaways.

  • Season: from August to June
  • Bamboo Rods (or split cane rods) were very popular from 1870 to 1950
  • Macquarie River is renowned for prolific Red and Black Spinner hatches
  • Drift boats are perfect for fly fishing, they allow access to huge expanses of fishable water
  • Fly fishing is seeing a significant rise in female participation in Australia

With stunning views over the Meander Valley, Driftwater's century old homestead has been purposely renovated to accommodate our guests – both fishing and non-fishing alike.

The property's rural setting and magnificent gardens create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, conveniently located near the town of Deloraine. Your hosts, Karen and Peter, who are both qualified guides, will design a bespoke fly fishing journey to suit your requirements and experience levels.

Driftwater offers contemporary accommodation in a stylish, comfortable environment. Their professional yet relaxed hospitality and wonderful locally-sourced food and wine create a perfect environment for both anglers and non-anglers.

The accommodation suites offer the choice of queen or single beds with en-suite bathroom, luxury towels, hairdryer, a complete range of toiletries, heating, iPod docking radio alarm clock for those early mornings, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe for your valuables.


  • Fully-equipped laundry available for your use
  • Free wireless internet throughout the premises
  • Easy access for those with compromised mobility
  • A magnificent library of fishing-related books, magazines and DVD
  • A fly-tying vice and full range of materials available for your use


  • Continental Breakfast is included in your tariff comprising home-made muesli and other cereals, poached or fresh fruits - including raspberries from the Driftwater garden in season - and fresh, locally-sourced yoghurt.
    Toast is served with home-made jams and marmalades (made with fruits from the Driftwood orchards!) when in season.
    Cooked breakfast is available on request using local free-range eggs and Meander Valley grown bacon.
  • Lunch for our fishing guests can be served by the river or lake and packed as a picnic for our non-fishing guests.
  • A gourmet two-course dinner is served nightly for those on all inclusive packages or at additional cost.

Karen has been at the forefront of promoting the joys of fly fishing to women in Australia, providing tuition and workshops in addition to her guiding business at Driftwater. In a female friendly environment, her continual education on entomology, selecting and tying flies, reading the water and understanding Trout habitat provides the perfect platform for women looking to try their hand at fly fishing.

Catering for individuals, couples and small groups for a single day or a whole week, they have it covered. This includes catering for the beginning angler or the more advanced, with all-inclusive accommodation packages.

Whether wading the lowland rivers, polaroiding the highland lakes, targeting mayfly feeders or early morning tailing Trout on traditional bamboo rods, the options are endless.

A full range of fishing equipment is available for your use, including waders, boots, rods, reels and a variety of bamboo fly-rods.

Guided Days

Karen and Peter have two hand-made wooden drift boats, each one accommodating two anglers and one guide. The drift boats have been imported from Montana USA and have been finely hand-crafted using quality American timbers by Jason Cajune of Montana Boatbuilders. These and are possibly the only boats of their kind in Australia. Their fly fishing specific design gives them great stability and an ability to drift quietly even in exceptionally shallow water, making them a joy to fish from. Ideal for covering large expanses of fishable water, the boats are also suited to accommodate those with compromised mobility.

The guiding days can be planned to either use the drift boats or to go wade-fishing on local rivers or up in the Highland Lakes.


  • Mersey River – wade-fishing
  • Meander River - wade-fishing
  • Four Springs Lake – either half or full day drift with option to do some shore based fishing as well
  • Brumby’s Creek - either half or full day drift
  • Macquarie River - full day drift
  • Highland Lakes can include Penstock Lagoon and Little Pine Lagoon which are both suitable for drifting or any of the 19 Lagoons such as Ada Lagoon and Lake Kay.

A typical day would be from 8:30am through until 6:00pm. However, early mornings and evenings can be arranged depending on the angler’s requirements.

Driftwater have a full range of Simms waders and boots for clients to use and can also supply rain jackets, hats and Polaroids if required. A variety of rods and reels are available for guests use, ranging from Sage 4wt and 6wt, Bamboo and Tenkara outfits.

As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, we will provide you with a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly fishing guide prior to your departure.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.



  • With the earliest domestic flight arriving into Launceston around 9:00am, we can arrange for same-day fishing or commence the following day once you have settled in.
  • Driftwater is ideally located in Deloraine, close to the Meander River and many of Tasmania's great rivers and lakes. It’s ideally located approximately a thirty-five-minute drive from either Launceston airport or Devonport ferry terminal.

Departing Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane, Fly Odyssey staff can organise and host corporate groups with Driftwater and have you on the water the same day. For groups looking to combine business with fly fishing we can provide tailored 1-on-1 fly fishing tuition both on and off the river at Driftwater homestead. All the gear is supplied and tied, to ensure your guests or staff get to experience the ultimate fly fishing experience. Includes airport transfers, photography, personal host, and accommodation at the Driftwater, 35mins from Launceston. in the Meander Valley. We cater to any level of dining you require and can also include Golf, Tennis and a range of outdoor activities.

Price on Application.


Contact: Mat McHugh
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