Montezuma Falls, Tasmania
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:3 March 2017
At Montezuma's Falls you see over a hundred metres of cascading water, enveloped by miles of lush rainforest, and experienced by means of a specially designed walking track that brings you some of the best views of Tasmania’s West Coast Range.
Average Winter Temp: 12°C
Average Summer Temp: 20°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Palawa people
A visit to Montezuma Falls will leave you with an enchanting mix of memories. Not only will you cross Tasmania’s highest waterfall off your must-see list, you’ll also blend in with a beautiful natural collage of myrtles, sassafras, leatherwood and giant ferns, the rich variety of birds who nest amongst them, and the endless blue skies that watch over them.
A journey to Montezuma Falls typically begins at Williamsford, a couple of kilometres south of the village of Rosebery. From here one embarks on the Montezuma Falls Track, an easy 3-hour walk that meanders through the surrounding rainforest, following what was once the North East Dundas Tramway, and culminating at the base of the falls. The entire track offers excellent opportunities for bird watching, nature and landscape photography, picnicking, and even journeying in time through the rail and mining history of the region.
Head to Montezuma Falls any time of the year. The village of Rosebery serves as a great base for your forays into the scenic delights of the West Coast Range, while also offering shopping and picnicking opportunities. Opt for the easy Montezuma Falls Track from the Williamsford car park if you prefer the leisurely route, and for the longer, slightly more challenging routes from Melba Flats or Zeehan if you’re in the mood for a little more adventure.
Attractions & Activities:
- Bird Watching
- Four Wheel Drives
- (Former) North East Dundas Tramway
- Mining History
- Historic Suspension Bridge
- Melba Flats
Rosebery Cabin & Tourist Park
A 15-minute drive north of Williamsford car park – where the Montezuma Falls Track begins – Rosebery Cabin & Tourist Park is a good base from which to explore the area around the falls, as well as sights like Mt. Murchison, Stitt Falls and Lake Johnston. The camping area is equipped with all amenities, including modern toilets, showers, a Laundromat, barbecues, and Wi-Fi on request. In addition to this, the property is pet-friendly and has additional accommodation options in the form of cabins.
Management to be contacted for tariffs.
Zeehan Bush Camp and Caravan Park
An extremely popular camping area in Zeehan, about a 40 minute drive from Montezuma Falls, this caravan park has an idyllic hillside setting, with shady trees and bushland all around. The well-managed property is fully equipped with all sorts of facilities including powered and unpowered caravan sites, camp fire facilities, a camp lounge and kitchen, an indoor wood burning fireplace, free Wi-Fi, and free gas barbecues. Pets are welcome.
$24/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites
$33/night for 2 persons, powered sites
(Cabins, on-site caravans and motorhomes are also available.)
Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain, TAS
Located on the edge of the scenic, world heritage listed Cradle Mountain, about an hour’s drive from Montezuma Falls, this caravan park is a preferred option for tourists exploring the Tasmanian West Coast. The property is fittingly set amid wilderness and fresh mountain air, and is a great base from which to set out on hiking trails every morning. Facilities here include a camp kitchen with BBQs and pizza ovens, modern toilets and showers along with children’s bathrooms, laundry facilities, internet access, and kiosks dispensing hiking equipment.
$36/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites
$50/night for 2 persons, powered sites
(Extended stay discounts are available. Villas and cabins are also available.)
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
Tasmania has a number of low cost camping options. You can get yourself a yearly national park pass for $60 and set up camp in any of the nature reserves around Montezuma Falls. If you’re open to a one-and-a-half-hour drive to the falls, you can consider the O’Neills Creek in Gowrie Park near Mt. Roland, where parking a caravan for a night costs $5. Alternatively, you can explore the area around Murchison Dam, where a number of picnic spots and lakeside campgrounds can serve you well for short stays.