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A little known waterfall around a kilometre off the Montezuma Falls Track, Svengali Falls is a pleasant cascading falls with a drop of approximately 15 metres, albeit with some of this height obscured by a number of logs piled at the base of the falls. The reason for this complete lack of notoriety is the high difficulty in accessing the waterfall, requiring a bushwhack up the unnamed creek starting from a bridge along Montezuma Falls Track.
To access Svengali Falls, follow the North East Dundas Tramway for approximately 20 minutes from the carpark until you arrive at the unnamed Svengali Falls creek, located just after a larger bridge over Bather Creek characterised by a remaining bridge from the old tramway running parallel to the newer construction. The topographic maps have incorrectly marked the location of this bridge, placing it about 150 metres downstream of its true location, which makes it appear that to reach Svengali Falls you should head upstream from the larger bridge rather than the smaller one less than 50 metres further on. Carrying a GPS will ensure you arrive at the correct location to begin the walk upstream.
Initially the creek walk is not too difficult, and passes a couple of tunnels drilled by former mining operations, however the going quickly becomes harder as the banks around the creek become steeper and the creek itself gets choked with mossy, often rotted logs that need to be negotiated. In several locations it is tempting to get around these logs by climbing the banks, however the steepness and slipperiness of them means that the easiest and safest route is always directly through the creek itself. For this reason, the walk should not be attempted when the water level is high. Eventually, Svengali Falls comes into view up ahead, however to get up close to the waterfall there is an intermediate 3-4 metre high waterfall that has to be climbed around. The best way to get past this obstacle is by scaling the right bank from slightly downstream and heading around above the cascade, but it is still extremely steep and potentially dangerous if care is not taken, as the banks remain very steep and it would not be hard to slip and have a very nasty fall. Once around the cascade, however, it is only a short walk upstream to reach the base of Svengali Falls.
For more information on this trail, visit Waterfalls of Tasmania