• Length: 19.5km

  • Duration: 6hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Williamsford 

  • End: Melba Flats

  • Closest Town: Williamsford 

  • Location: Tasmania

  • Distance from state capital: 296km

  • State: TAS

Summary

This trail features the 105m high Montezuma Falls. Traversing lush rainforest with leatherwood, myrtle and sassafras, the trail follows the route of the former North East Dundas Tramway which ran from Zeehan to Williamsford. Williamsford was once a busy mining town but is now slowly being reclaimed by the bush.

105 M high Montezuma Falls
Lush rainforest with Leatherwood, Myrtle, Sassafras
Williamsford mining ton ruins

the start of the trail is well marked at Williamsford. After 500m, a tack on the right leads to the original tramway formation. The trail then descends gently to the Montezuma Falls. Just before the falls, look for an old mining adit driven into the exposed rockface to your left. Soon after you will hear he falls cascading ove rthe rocky tiers. To get to the falls, follow a track to the left just before the bridge. TRake extra care as it can be wet and slippery.

A 50m long curved trestle bridge once once carried the railway over the creek and past the Montezuma Falls. A new steel suspension bridge now allows trail users to cross the valley. Remains of the original timber bridge can still be sen on the other side of the creek. From the falls either return to Williamsford the same way or cross the footbridge and continue to Melba Flats 14 Km away.

Notes

  • Williamsford to Melba Flats
  • Zeehan Area, 296km from Hobart
  • Surface – Compacted earth, Fine gravel
  • Terrain – Hilly

For more information and a location map please visit RailTrails Australia.