The County Tyrone driver was on course for third only to be penalised more than a minute on Saturday night for cutting a corner illegally.
The penalty dropped Meeke’s Citroen DS3 behind Mikko Hirvonen, but he moved back into fourth this morning to head the Finn’s Ford Fiesta RS by 9.6sec.
Sébastien Ogier led Volkswagen’s first podium clean sweep as the German squad secured its second consecutive FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers’ title down under.
The Frenchman held off Jari-Matti Latvala in a tense final leg to win the three-day gravel event in New South Wales by 6.8sec in a Polo R. Andreas Mikkelsen completed the podium lockout in third, a further 1min 11.2sec behind.
Ogier’s 22nd career win, and his sixth of the season, moved him closer to a second consecutive drivers’ title.