The trailhead of Montezuma Falls. Photo by Author.
Near the quiet little town of Rosebery on Tasmania's West Coast lies one of the most impressive waterfalls you will ever see. It's the one and only Montezuma Falls. The falls are Tasmania's largest single drop waterfall standing tall at an impressive 104 metres and is a must see for any nature or waterfall lover. The area surrounding is rich in both railway and mining history and the trail itself is what once was the historic North-East Dundas Tramway.
The historic North East Dundas Tramway lines the trail to the base of Montezuma Falls.
The track is very well maintained, spaced out & almost completely flat with only a couple of minimal inclines. For the keen hiker and pup, you can bring your dog along with you but just be sure that they are on a leash. You're looking at an approximately 8km return trip (or 2 - 3 hours walk) but being a grade 2 hike means it is quite easy and suitable for most ages to complete. The walk can get a little muddy after heavy rain and creeks do run adjacent to the track, so be sure to keep an eye on little ones or anyone who may be unsteady.
The Montezuma Falls trail is part of the Mountain Bike Trail.
The walk begins from Williamsford along the old tramway through the thickly forested West Coast country. Whilst on the walk, keep an eye on your natural surroundings, you'll be spoilt with Sassafras, Leatherwood, Myrtle, Giant Tree Ferns & eye-catching Fungi!
Before you reach the base of the waterfall, take a wander out onto the suspension bridge, which will give you a phenomenal perspective of Montezuma Falls and is a must-do photo opportunity. Once you've taken the falls in, to return to your car, simply turn back and follow the way you came in.
The Suspension Bridge will give you a wonderful perspective of Montezuma Falls
The impressive drop of Montezuma Falls. Photo by Author.
To get to Montezuma Falls you will need to head to Williamsford Road in Rosebery, Tasmania. The drive in is along a gravel road but 2WDs will have no issues accessing the carpark and track. Rosebery is approximately a 4.5 hour drive from Hobart, 2.5 hours from Launceston and the nearest big town, being Strahan, is around 1.5 hours away.
As always, please respect the environment and trail. Tasmania Parks & Wildlife does a wonderful job at maintaining these beautiful areas for us all but it is on everyone to pass it on to the next in a state that we all can enjoy.
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