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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  • So close to the CBD and yet it felt a world away. Easy parking and great for a number of short easy going and scenic walks. We only spent a couple of hours here undertaking some of the walks and enjoy...  more »
  • A very scenic little spot and a nice way to spend an hour or two, away from the bustle of town. In winter it is a delight and the recent upgrade near the chair lift station had made for a nice little ...  more »
  • So close to the city of Launceston, but like you're in the wilderness. Amazing natural treasure filled with pleasures of water and bush settings. Summer very busy, nice eateries and the peacocks are b...  more »
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  • A must see in Launceston, provided the weather is good. We visited on a hot summer day. It is a wonderful family friendly location. Children will have great time in the pool, as will adults. The chairlift provides scenic views of the gorge and reserve.
  • This is a really great reserve to check out while in Launceston. The best way to experience the reserve is from above: there is an amazing chairlift experience the park offers to travel from one end of the reserve to another. Breathtaking views over the water, make sure you pick a sunny day with a breeze. The paths below are well designed and offers a relaxing nature stroll for park goes to appreciate the gardens that surround. I really enjoyed the visit as a tourist; would absolutely be over the moon to be able to come here as I please if I were a local. A++
  • Whether you're after a dip in the pool, a run around the track, a hike or a leisurely walk, Cataract Gorge Reserve has you covered. With so many things to do in nature right at Launcestons doorstep it's hard to give this place a miss. The place is absolutely gorgeous, photos don't do it justice. Locals might think we're weird but it's amazing that this gem is so close to the city! Added bonus to this place is that it's teeming with wildlife, plenty of Wallabies and peacocks on site to give that great photo opportunity. But please don't bother them!
  • Have been living in Australia, Melbourne all my life and I have travelled all over Australia many times over. This place is my favourite place to visit out of any other I have been to. Picturesque views, amazing walks and hikes, even a public swimming pool that's open all hours. Absolutely a must visit. Keep a few hours aside it's absolutely brilliant and beautiful. Highly recommended
  • Nice place to walk around and take in the sights. Good facilities and the chairlift was fun. Very pretty except for the pool built in the 30's, it really spoils the whole thing. That's just my opinion though. Parking was $5 all day.
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