- Off Road Driving
Montezuma Falls is Tasmania’s highest waterfall, located near Rosebery on the state’s west coast. Rosebery is a 90-minute drive south of Burnie (125 kilometres).
The track to the Falls begins at Williamsford, two kilometres south of Rosebery. This easy, three-hour return walk along a level track takes you right to the base of the 104 metre Falls through pleasant park-like rainforest including leatherwood, myrtle, sassafras and giant tree ferns. You may see native wildlife along the way, including several species of birds. The track follows the historic route of the former North East Dundas Tramway right to the base of Montezuma Falls. The creek immediately below the falls was once spanned by a wooden trestle bridge, 160 feet long and 50 feet high. Today derelict pieces of timber, moss-covered concrete piers and rusty bolts are the only remains of this bridge. The name Montezuma comes from the last Aztec emperor of Mexico (1466-1520). In Tasmania, his name appears to have originally been applied to the Montezuma Silver Mining Company, which was formed in 1891 and held leases on the northern slopes of Mt. Dundas. Facilities at nearby Rosebery include picnic facilities, shops and toilets.