Continuing north east for a further 15 minutes to the start of Montezuma Falls track. After a quick group briefing, we aired down and begun the journey to the falls.
This track lived up to its reputation for being one of the most scenic tracks in Tasmania.
With a number of first timers to the track, we were eager to see what awaited us and it wasn’t long before the first real deep bog hole of the day greeted us.
The guys in the Amarok joking around, backed up into a very deep hole hoping the Hilux will follow. So, in went the Hilux on Yokohama’s G003 and was instantly stopped by very large logs under the surface. The whole team lined the hole as the Hilux was recovered by the Prado.
With loads of washouts and some great climbs out of creek crossings, it was easy to see why the Montezuma Falls track is among the most popular in the state. The track was picturesque from start to finish. It took us 2 hours in the wet and over 14.5Km along the North-East Dundas Tramway to make it to the falls.
All of that rain also meant for a really impressive Montezuma Falls. After a quick lunch at the cars we took off down the track on foot to the base of the falls. Due to the lookout being on the other side of the valley, a suspension bridge has been built for those coming in on the 4WD track to cross. Montezuma was heaving with water and such an amazing sight, even for those that have been here before.
On return we had two options, back the way we came or via the Ring River track.
Montezuma Falls track is classed easy-medium, other than a couple of big washouts it’s a technical track but it’s fairly easy. The Ring River track has a class of extreme grade 4WD track only. A minimum of two well equipped 4WD’S, with dangerous possible life-threatening river crossings after heavy rain. Considering the weather, we just had, we thought it was the right idea in returning along the Dundas Tramway and the way we came.
All vehicles and tyres performed very well on the tracks conditions, while the only causality was the General Tires fitted on the V6 Amarok with a pinched sidewall. Andrew of ARB Hobart, one of the more aggressive drivers of the group was really having a crack when he clipped a large rock on the way out of a bog hole. Once the hole was repaired, we were on our way to exiting the track just before the sun went down.
Back in Strahan we teed up a high-pressure hydrant & hose from Huon Aquaculture and washed the trucks down before the next day of adventures. The crew got together for a few frothies and dinner at a local restaurant, The Bushman Café. A juvenile Tasmanian King Crab was the star of the show, however the Chef, who shares the same name was a great laugh at the end of the night. Steve, a two-hat Michelin restaurant owner from Sydney now runs The Bushman in Strahan with an awesome menu, local craft beers on tap and great atmosphere.