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    by iandsmith Written Dec 23, 2011

    Next trip: After recuperation I thought I’d duck down and see Stitt Falls; after all they’re right below the carpark, you can hear them roaring......or so I thought.
    I only had my sandals on and what I thought would be an easy 100 metres was turning into a nightmare as I plunged on through the narrow boggy trail trying desperately not to dirty my clean feet. After what seemed an eternity I broke out next to a football field and wondered where to next.
    Spotting a bridge I determined that must be it and wandered over. It wasn’t, but two locals walking their dogs laughed when I told them where I’d come from and said they’d taken that trail the first time they’d moved here but never again. “You just go across the bridge, up the road and turn right down the main road and you’re back at the park”. Mmm, it’s all very easy when you know how.
    They also said the falls were a few minutes further down, past the footy field so I wandered down beneath the spectacular railway bridge and finally saw what turned out to be an excellent drop with bucket loads of water cascading over.
    At some time it looked like someone’s clothesline had been caught in the torrent with a line and a couple of clothing items scattered far below on the cliffs. No wonder they hadn’t retrieved them.

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    by iandsmith Written Feb 25, 2011

    At times this drive is spectacular and the waters of the dams, either Murchison or Reece, are never that far away from you while the mountain backdrop is on the other side.

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    by iandsmith Updated Feb 25, 2011

    Rosebery has other claims to fame, however modest or obscure they may be.
    •The "highest" post code in Tasmania,
    •Australia's steepest golf course,
    •Tasmania's highest rainfall on nearby Mount Read
    •Mount Black is the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere with trees at its summit.
    •Tasmania's highest waterfall - Montezuma Falls, accessed either by walking along the old tram route, by self-drive or by a 4WD tour.
    •Stitt Falls is reached in about a 30 minute walk through rain forest, starting at Stitt Park in the heart of Rosebery.
    Stitt Park is a lovely spot to stop. There are toilets, picnic facilities, a nice rose garden and views over the Stitt River.

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    by iandsmith Written Dec 26, 2011

    Favorite thing: Finally wound my way to Montezuma Falls carpark late in the same year. I’d been there before (see things to do tips) but didn’t get to do the walk so I was really keen this time. As for the weather, most would have assessed it as perfect, but I really wanted totally overcast for rainforest photography. Too much contrast makes it so hard; still, I hope you enjoy some of the images.
    It’s a straight flat 3 hour return walk along an old tramway, built to retrieve ore from the many mines in the area. At times it's boggy which is no surprise as you constantly hear the roar of the river in a steep canyon far below and the trail has manysmall flows that sometimes disappear underground, at other times cross beneath the boardwalk and often just splash onto the trail.
    You have to be careful not to bang your toes on old spikes and sleepers but the beauty of the moss covered myrtle, tree ferns and hard water-ferns are a constant distraction.
    I went down most of the side tracks, looking for different photos and occasionally succeeding, before I made Montezuma. They promised much, from writings and personal anecdotes from friends, and they delivered. It’s a massive drop from above and the trail delivers you to the best point of view at the base. After you’re sated here you can take the precarious swinging bridge (no more than two adults and a child at a time please and not for those with vertigo problems) across the splashing waters for a different aspect entirely.

    Fondest memory: Leaning out over the wire to get some shots is guaranteed to thrill. It was when I was about to return that I met Connie. She was from Westernport Bay in Victoria and she was all smiles while her husband, who was acrophobic, wouldn’t cross the bridge but kept bobbing up and down between the bushes like a duck at a shooting gallery, apparently concerned for her welfare.
    I had my slightly small hiking boots on and on the return leg my muscles were aching trying to compensate but I made it and drove into nearby Rosebery where there’s a motorhome friendly carpark.

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    Panorama from the wall of Reece Dam

    by iandsmith Written Feb 25, 2011

    Favorite thing: Gold was found in the area in 1893, zinc and lead in 1894 and copper in 1897. The Emu Bay Railway from Burnie reached Rosebery in 1899, and it has operated as a mining town since around 1905, yielding ore with an estimated value of AUD8 billion.

    Fondest memory: There's a need for power and water in this part of the world and that has been supplied by the big dams that can be found hereabouts.
    The Murchison and Reece both hold back large bodies of water and there are places you can go fishing on them.

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    One of the arty shops

    by iandsmith Written Feb 25, 2011

    Favorite thing: You cannot fail to notice that Rosebery is a mining community – the mine dominates the small townscape. And yet Rosebery has an unexpected visual appeal, held so close by the folds of the surrounding hills. This has attracted some people of artistic persuasion and, in a couple of places, you can see their handiwork.

    Fondest memory: Pasminco Mine conducts tours above and below ground. For a view from higher up, drive the scenic loop and take your camera.

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