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 drove to the reserve and parked at the car park. Then we took a walk around the reserve, walked along the paths, crossed the suspension bridge. You can also use the scenic chairlift for some aerial...  more »
  • The legend of the first long ropeway, and the veritable king of the bridge is also the case, disappointments outweigh expectations. These three points to the park's environment and animals, clean, sanitary, and harmonious
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  • I heard so much about this gorge that I had to check it out and I wasn’t disappointed. I walked the zigzag trail towards the first basin. The park is beautiful with the chair lifts. I walked the suspe...  more »
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  • This place was beautiful from the pool to view and walk. We purchased a chairlift seat to take us up and did a quick walk to check it out. I could imagine this would be a nice place to take a swim as there is a pool , but it was quite cold the time of year we went. I would recommend friends and family to stop by here if they do come down to Launceston.
  • Unexpected tranquility in Launceston We weren't expecting to do much in Launceston but on research, was suggested to go here. You wouldn't think such a place existed in Launceston but here we are. Next to the town. It's not huge, but it's large enough for you to spend a couple of hours in. Trails, walkways, the bridge. Caters to people of varying levels of fitness. Tasmania is full of pleasant surprises and this was one of them.
  • What a beautiful place. Fantastic trails that can take you throughout the gorge. With absolutely stunning peacocks and joeys all around, you are sure to get a show from the animals. We visited as the sun was going down and it was just gorgeous. Very highly recommended as a place to take the family.
  • This is my favourite place to come for a walk. If you're around awhile, I recommend trying all the tracks. Plenty of stairs to get a sweat up, beautiful scenery. There's peacocks and little wallaby things. Potteroos maybe they're called. A must see if you are in Launceston... it's crazy a place this amazing is so close to town. There is a restaurant and swimming pool in the summer with showers and change rooms available. Some nice eating places too! Enjoy!
  • There's lots to discover from the various walks available. You may even see wildlife or two. There's a small playground, a cafe and ample space in the open and covered, for a quick picnic or to spend the day. When open, there is even a swimming pool available for use. There are lots of toilets but they are located only in one spot under the cafe. The ride on the gondola is highly recommend and reasonably priced. You can see the view of the gorge from above that is not normally visible from the ground. I especially love traveling over the tree tops, different view taking photos of the lovely trees around the place. I reckon the best time to visit is the last month if autumn when the leaves have changed colours and some have fallen on the ground. The colours above and on the ground are spectacular. In any case, if you have just enough coins for fifteen minutes or a whole day, the Cataract Gorge has lots to offer you as an individual, a group or as a family.

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