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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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  • This attraction presents enjoyable classic attractions for the family: chairlift which is worth paying for, for the good views, suspension bridge, and plenty of freely roaming peacocks add to the ambi...  more »
  • We walked from Peppers Seaport to Gorge & return in 2 hours. Could spend a whole day there - it's fantastic. Saw wallabies & peacocks, did the circle round the cafe & left by same path we entered. The...  more »
  • We just took the short walk round the First Basin which took us across the Alexandra Suspension Bridge and up Alexandra Lookout - easy. Lovely views and the gorge is beautiful! There are longer walks ...  more »
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  • Amazing scenery and awesome outdoor location for some relaxing downtime. Abundant wildlife, great nature walks and all only five minutes from the city centre. A must do in Launceston!
  • Nice area for a walk, a bit overhyped compared to other Tasmanian beauties (e.g cradle mountain)
  • The chair lift was a good experience, the walks and hike around are suited for most people. Easy as well as skilled. The restaurants do serve good food. Loved the hike to duck reach power station.
  • This is a must visit if you come to Launceston. The cataract gorge is a unique part of the world. With the public pool, cafe and playground it's great for the family. Walking tracks go everywhere and the scenery is great with lots to explore. 5 mins from the CBD.
  • Best reason to visit Launceston as a tourist. Amazing gorge, the rushing water is intense, and you can walk along either side of the gorge, one easier and one more difficult. There is a very old pedestrian suspension bridge for crossing from one side to the other, and cable cars can take you across as well. There is a public swimming pool at the base that may potentially be closed due to flooding. Wild peacocks walk around and can be seen hanging around the area.