Montezuma Falls is an easy walk through magnificent Tasmania rainforest, following a route of the historic North East Dundas Tramway. At 104m high, Montezuma Falls are one of the highest and most spectacular waterfalls in Tasmania, especially after heavy rain which is common in the area. The track takes the walker to the base of the falls. The track takes you almost entirely through pleasant and open park-like a rainforest, that includes leatherwood, myrtle, sassafras, giant tree ferns, and large fungi. A mineral survey undertaken in 1890 showed the falls know known as Montezuma Falls, marked as Osbourne Falls. Montezuma was the name of the last Aztec emperor of Mexico (1466-1520). In Tasmania, his name appears to have originally been applied to a mining company, the Montezuma Silver Mining Company formed in 1891.
Montezuma Falls Bushwalk at a glance:
- 3 Hours Return
- Easy walk through the rainforest
- Picnic, toilet facilities, and shops located in nearby Rosebery
- Heavy rain can occur in any month, so be prepared with adequate clothing for the conditions
- Dogs welcome but must be kept on a leash
- Bicycles are permitted; the Montezuma Falls track is suited to mountain bikes
If you look carefully, you might get close to several different species of birds along the walk. Of note common on this track is White’s thrush, a medium-size, speckled brown and white ground-dwelling bird. It forages quietly on the rainforest floor and when disturbed flies a short distance before settling again.