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 the bush.
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.