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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  • I grew up five minutes' walk from the Gorge, and now over 50 years later it is still a natural wonderland. One can walk around the many winding paths, or just sit and absorb the green vitality. Yester...  more »
  • Lovely location with a variety of walks, scenic chair lifts and places to relax. Well worth a look. Toilet facilities and cafe also available.  more »
  • Full facilities such as toilets etc, disability access, cafe, pool, and a restaurant. Hours of tracks to explore for any ability, and a chair lift for those that enjoy an arial view. Very clpse to the...  more »
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  • Incredible local feature- within minutes you can step out of modern day suburbia and back into a Victorian gardens wonderland. The walks up either side of the gorge have stunning scenery (the north-western side is much flatter) and the river is raw and powerful when the snows are in melt. A must-see if you're visiting in Launceston.
  • 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.
  • Love this place. Great walks, swimming and just relaxing. Love breakfast at the cafe.
  • Considering that it's not far away from the residential area, it's a really nice and quiet place to head to - especially towards the end of the day. The Scenic Chair Lift is amazing (go for the one-way option though, and then walk your way back).
  • 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

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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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