Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston

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In a region characterized by natural beauty, Cataract Gorge Reserve sits as one of Tasmania's most magnificent features. The South Esk River carved the gorge and left behind a verdant landscape. Ride the world's longest single-span chairlift, which stretches a total of 457 m (1,499 ft) and features one span with a length of 308 m (1,010 ft). Walk around the colorful and immaculately landscaped gardens, admire majestic peacocks, or swim in the pool beneath the bright South Australian sun. The Gorge Restaurant and Basin Cafe both serve fresh fare. Put Cataract Gorge Reserve at the forefront of your travel plans using our Launceston trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Great walk along the Gorge very level on one side very steep on the other great scenery and rock formations , the suspension bridge was great fun in the windy weather but a very enjoyable 40 Minute wa...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Beautiful spot - take the cataract walk both ways; avoid walking the google maps way unless you want to walk in the burbs!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    About 2kms walk from city centre and then 3km walk from the entrance. Is an easy walk for all ages. Absolutley stunning also a restaurant and small cafe at the end of the walk. A must when visiting La...  more »
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  • A must to visit if in Launceston. Startling, majestic scenery. Nice easy 1km tarmac stroll to the tourist bit (chair lift, cafe etc.), then a good variety of more challenging walks beyond. We did a loop out on the North side, back on the South, via the old power station. This is the right way round to do it, because you go DOWN the 100's of steps to get to the power station. We didn't bother with the chair lift or the cafe.
  • Loved this place for the lovely views, nice children's play area, Swimming pool with different depths suited for all ages, stunning views of lush green grassland followed by crystal blue pool followed by natural rock pool. They also have a chair lift ride which is very goes very slowly accross the park giving you time to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Gorge (may be boring for many though). A cafe with breakfast, lunch and snacks option is available. We ordered garlic bread and potato wedges which were decent. Will go here again for: 1. Amazing swimming pool 2. Wonderful views
  • What a beautiful place with great views! Place for locals and tourists. At the cafe the breakfast was delicious - tried the smoked salmon eggs benedict. Coffees were nice. Friendly and efficient service. They also have a nice gift shop with plenty of gift choices.
  • Shocking discovery! Didn't think there was much in launceston by way of touristy allure, but this is great. There's a cable car (which questionable security mechanisms, but adds to the fun) that rides over the gorge and the view is unmatched. On a sunny day - this place is fabulous. There's a cafe on either side of the cable car and even an Olympic sized pool. Semi random. Beautiful peacocks run wild and will try to steal food off your plate and pimp their babies to get it. Beware!
  • Today we went to Cataract Gorge it was amazing. The staff were friendly and very Informative on info of the park. The Inclinator was a good way to view and take photos of different levels. The chair lift is very nice and the longest and tallest chairlift in the world, the views for the chairlift were magnificent! Massive shoutout to the lady in office selling tickets for her knowledge and friendliness. Thank very much. :-) Michael Visited April 2017

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