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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  • A must to visit location. Our visit was only for a couple of hours or so with time permitting. Its worth visiting for much longer periods for picnics or dining at the restaurant or cafe and strolling ...  more »
  • But my partner did and thouroughly enjoyec. The photos he took were amazing. The reserve pezceful has a dining option and lots of stairs....  more »
  • Beautiful walks around the Cataract Gorge,some easy and others more challenging. A must to visit if you are in Launceston  more »
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  • Fantastic place! Guides weren’t full of knowledge, but they were helpful! First basin loop was a great entry level walk for little kids, included going over the bridge, but only too 30 mins tops. Finished off with a swim in the pristine pool which was perfect for the kids with a toddler shallow side and a deep proper swim side. Parents had a go on the chairlift which they enjoyed. Well done for having such a brilliant resource!
  • So not what I expected but a beautiful way to spend the day. There is a pool at the edge of the gorge where you can swim or you can swim in the gorge. Chairlift that is reasonably priced to get from one side to the other and the meal we had at the cafe was delicious. All in all it was good food, beautiful weather and scenery to enjoy right in the heart of Launceston. A MUST visit!!
  • A real gem near Launceston. We did several walks here, took the seat lift and enjoyed the scenery. There is a beautiful park with a public BBQ, swimming pool, and a cafe/restaurant. You can see many beautiful peacocks through the entire place. We enjoyed the day to the fullest here!
  • The only thing I didn’t like about this place was its name. I renamed it Cataract Canyon for the duration of my trip and had a 5 star time!! (It’s very pretty with lovely walks and great facilities)
  • 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.

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