At 105 metres, Montezuma Falls is Tasmania's highest falls. To
access the falls, follow the Montezuma Falls Trail traversing lush
rainforest with leatherwood, myrtle and sassafras. This trail follows
the former North East Dundas Tramway which ran from Zeehan to
Williamsford, once a busy mining town but now slowly being reclaimed by
High on the slopes of Mount Owen, above the town of Queenstown is
the remnants of the mining town of Gormanston. It was built as a mining
company town in 1881. Normanston was at its peak in 1901, when it had a
population of 1,760 and had a local government authority based in its
town. Today there are only a handful of families still living in this
historic mining town.
The Kutikina Cave (formerly Fraser Cave) was discovered 30 years ago
by Dr Kevin Kiernan. Until 1977 it had been assumed by most that the
interior of southwest Tasmania was so rugged that Aborigines had not
occupied it either at the time of European settlement or during the
last Ice Age. But the Aborigines lived in the Kuti Kina 15-20,000 years
ago and the limestone cave is a bank-vault of treasure.
Kutikina (Fraser) is one of the richest archaeoelogical sites ever
found, not only in Tasmania but in Australia as a whole. A quarter of a
million bone fragments together with 75,000 stone tools were found in
the excavation area and are thought to represent only 1% of the
artefact bearing deposit at this site.
On the way in from Hobart, you'll pass Lake Burbury, created in the
early 1990s as part of Tasmania's Hydro Electric scheme. Lake Burbury
is one of Tasmania's best trout fishing spots. The view of the lake
from the top of Mt Owen is breathtaking.