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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Cataract Gorge Reserve and many more Launceston attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Launceston trip planner.
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  • We spent some time strolling around the lovely grounds at Cataract Gorge. It was most interesting to see the peacocks.  more »
  • Enjoy the chair lift and leisure stroll on a very warm summer day. Also see cute baby peacocks following their mummy. It looks like it is a favourite place for locals to come for a swim. Glad to find ...  more »
  • The circuit, this is offered, is very nice but in parts very steep and only with good Footwear to walk. The tide, which is reflected in the Tamar River brings special appeal. And who expected many kilometres from the mouth Sea Lion rocks of a Gorge. Tip for water lovers: take bathing suit, in summer you may well relax in the natural pools.
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  • Beautiful place for walks and commune with nature. Lots of tame peacocks near the Cafe rotunda area. The make peacocks put on a very good show for the girls walking about with their baby chicks. Saw a wild echidna that was obviously used to people gawking at and taking photos of it up close. Cafe has the best ever chunky pies! Good views from all the lookouts. Give yourself lots of time to enjoy the walks and scenery.
  • What a great asset for Launceston. Beautiful grassed area, contrasted by the brilliant blue water of the swimming pool and the Tamar River. A great picnic area and cafe either side of the gorge. Visitors have a selection of walks to choose from, ample photo opportunities from the lookouts, the chairlift or the Alexandra Suspension Bridge. A must see if visiting Launceston. Would suggest you allow a minimum of 3 hours. For the more adventurous wanting to explore a little further afield, would highly recommend both the Duck Reach Power Station circular walk and the King’s Bridge circular walk.
  • Amazing place to take your family and kids! I especially loved the innumerable wallabies and peacocks. The park is very well mantained and offers bars and gazebos to rest, as well as various options to walk around the gorge. Great experience all around!l
  • Great day out for family. Chairlift for fun. Peacocks, short and longish walks, free public pool. Cafe and play equipment. Highly recommend on a fine day
  • such a lovely place to hang out, go for a swim, or even have a picnic! there isn't much shade from the sun, so if it's a hot day, the grass patch is very warm. The views from the walk is great.

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Many visitors to Launceston choose to settle into one of the area's spacious rental apartments, which offer large rooms and plenty of privacy. Equally comfortable, the city's centrally located four-star hotels include onsite restaurants and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and satellite channels. A less expensive alternative, Launceston's inns provide a convenient base for backpackers and causal travelers arriving without prior reservations. If you want something atmospheric and historical, look for guesthouses located in well-preserved Georgian and Victorian buildings. 
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