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Review of Montezuma Falls

Montezuma Falls
Tasmania, Australia
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Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Tumbling from a height of more than 100 meters, this is Tasmania's highest waterfall, which can only be reached by four-wheel drive or hike.
Moonee Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

So I was a day late. From Queenstown I putted along, stopping momentarily at the Henty Glacial Reserve. It’s amazing to see those conglomerates that 300 million years ago were the scrapings of a glacier yet now they’re on high in the western mountains of Tasmania.
Finally wound my way to Montezuma Falls carpark. I’d been there before but didn’t get to do the walk so I was really keen this time. As for the weather, most would have assessed it as perfect, but I really wanted totally overcast for rainforest photography. Too much contrast makes it so hard; still, I hope you enjoy some of the images.
It’s a straight flat 3 hour return walk along an old tramway, built to retrieve ore from the many mines in the area. At times boggy it’s no surprise as you constantly hear the roar of the river in a steep canyon far below and the trail has many flows that sometimes disappear underground, at other times cross beneath the boardwalk and often just splash onto the trail.
You have to be careful not to stub your toes on old spikes and sleepers but the beauty of the moss covered myrtle, tree ferns and hard water-ferns are a constant distraction.
I went down all bar one of the side tracks, looking for different photos and occasionally succeeding, before I made Montezuma. They promised much, from writings and personal anecdotes from friends, and they delivered in spades. It’s a massive drop from above and the trail delivers you to the best viewing point at the base. After you’re sated here you can take the precarious swinging bridge (no more than two adults and a child at a time please and not for those with vertigo problems) across the raging waters for a different aspect entirely.
Leaning out over the wire to get some shots is guaranteed to thrill. It was when I was about to return that I met Connie. She was from Westernport Bay and she was all smiles while her husband, who was acrophobic, wouldn’t cross the bridge but kept bobbing up and down between the bushes like a duck at a shooting gallery, apparently concerned for her welfare.
I had my slightly small hiking boots on and on the return leg my muscles were aching trying to compensate but I made it and drove into nearby Rosebery where there’s a motorhome friendly carpark.

Visited November 2011
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Whyalla, Australia
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“The tallest waterfall in Tasmania”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

This is well worth the walk. We took our lunch, about an hour's walk to the falls for a great view, walk across the suspension bridge and enjoy the remoteness.
These falls are well sign-posted and a pleasant walk from the carpark. It is not a difficult walk, toilet facilities are at the carpark, no others along the walk.

Visited April 2011
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