Montezuma Falls is a 10.7km, grade 2 Return hike located in West Coast Range Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 2.5hrs to complete.
The Montezuma Falls are the highest in Tasmania and are truly spectacular and well worth the visit. They are certainly amongst the most spectacular waterfalls in Australia. The walk is along a path originally used for trams, and is therefore pretty well flat and an easy grade. The bush is very beautiful as well.
Walking from Williamsford, the track is almost entirely through pleasant and open park-like rainforest. This includes leatherwood, myrtle, sassafras, giant tree ferns and eye-catching fungi.
You’re sure to get close to several different birds along the way, notably White’s thrush, which is a medium-sized and speckled brown and white ground dwelling bird. It forages quietly on the rainforest floor and, when disturbed, flies only a short distance before settling again, enabling you to get a second look.
When you arrive at the falls there is a short track to the left to view the base, or you can take the swing bridge. Both viewpoints are worth taking and provide spectacular views. Once you have finished gasping at the falls, return along the same way you came.
If you are in the area you should not miss these falls. They are well worth travelling to as a day trip from Cradle Mountain or Strahan/Queenstown.
From Queenstown head north on A10 towards Rosebery for roughly 50km. A couple of km before Rosebery take the right turn to Williamsford, Montezuma Falls is sign posted here. Follow this road for roughly 6km to reach the carpark. The road is mostly gravel.
- Bring a rain jacket, as the spray from the falls is considerable.
- Try time it for a rainy day, it is worth it.
Max elevation: 389 m
Min elevation: 263 m
Total climbing: 748 m
Total descent: -748 m