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Exploring Tasmania’s waterfalls

Exploring Tasmania’s waterfalls

There’s something magical about a waterfall, and Tasmania is home to some absolute stunners. Usually hidden at the end of a steep track surrounded by ferny undergrowth and moss-covered rocks, seeing and hearing a waterfall cascading from above can captivate our senses and bring us back to nature.

Waterfall Bay

Waterfall Bay is not your typical waterfall. Located on the Turrakana/Tasman Peninsula, about 90 minutes south-east of Hobart, you’ll be greeted to the sight of looming clifftops over the edge of the Tasman Sea instead of rainforests and trees on your journey to these falls.

Before beginning your hike to the waterfall, take some snaps of the remarkable Tasman Arch, a natural land bridge formed from a collapsed sea cave. After this, start your journey from the Devils Kitchen car park and head along the Waterfall Bay track high above the thundering sea. Along the way, be sure to stop at Patterson’s Arch, another ancient rocky arch topped by weathered coastal shrubs, which towers over the Tasman Sea.

Walk a little beyond Patterson’s Arch and you’ll see the unique view of Waterfall Bay, a kaleidoscope of natural textures beginning with vast, green bushland, and dropping into the sharp cliff face and down to the deep blue of the ocean. It is here that you will see the namesake waterfall of the bay that plunges into the sea below. But be warned: it is not always visible, as its flow is fed by rainfall. So, if you visit during sunnier weather, you might just catch a glimpse of water shining on the rocks.

The return walk from Devils Kitchen will take about 1.5 hours, and is around 3.4 kilometres. If you fancy a longer walk, consider taking the Tasman Coastal Trail to Fortescue Bay, which is around eight hours at 19 kilometres one way. This hike is graded at level 4, and is recommended for experienced hikers.

Montezuma Falls

The mighty 104-metre Montezuma Falls is Tasmania’s highest waterfall. Close to the town of Rosebery, around a 2.5-hour drive from Devonport, the Montezuma Falls got its moniker from the silver mining company of the same name.

The falls are accessed via the former North East Dundas Tramway, which is now a relatively flat walking trail that is also popular for mountain biking and four-wheel driving. Hiking to the falls will take around three hours at 11.5 kilometres return, and is graded at level 2. Be sure to wear proper hiking boots, as the trail is known to become quite muddy and slippery, especially after wet weather.

Engulfed by gorgeous native rainforest, you’ll stroll past myrtle, sassafras and leatherwood trees, and be greeted by many native birds. You’ll also spot an old mineshaft entrance, a nod to the trail’s mining history.

Once you arrive, the falls can best be viewed from a narrow suspension bridge located among the trees, where you’ll be sure to get some incredible photos. Continue further down the track and you’ll reach the base of the falls, where you can appreciate the full height of Montezuma’s magnificent beauty.

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Pictured: Montezuma Falls. Image (C) Flow Mountain Bike

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