Cataract Gorge ReserveCurrently Open
- Address: 74-90 Basin Rd, West Launceston TAS 7250, Australia
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +61-363315915
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Park, Family And Kids
Cataract Gorge Reserve - Review
On approach, you’ll find the Basin Cafe, and a cottage filled with paintings and photographs of the surrounding landscape. There is also a swimming pool at this location. Right next to it is the Gorge Scenic Chairlift. The 457 meter chairlift that takes you over the Cataract Gorge and Basin has the the longest chairlift single span in the world. Below, you’ll see the waters of the South Esk River filling the First Basin, the cliffs of the gorge rising in front, and the best bird’s eye view the region has to offer. The ride is slow and leisurely, and safe for kids. Alternatively you can cross the river via footbridge.
At the end of the chairlift you will find the Gorge Restaurant if you want to refuel. There is also a small funicular railway called the Inclinator, which is a really helpful way to get around for the mobility impaired. The Cataract Walk is a pathway along the top of a cliff face. At one end of this walk is the 1867 suspension bridge known as King’s Bridge. Look for the Victorian garden near the Cliff grounds.
Going upstream you’ll find the historic Duck Reach Power Station, now an Interpretation Centre, which is technically a separate attraction. Expect to see a peacocks strutting around in the bushlands.
Cataract Gorge Reserve Information
- Check the attraction website for a map of the whole basin.
Cataract Gorge Reserve Ticket Prices
Gorge Scenic Chairlift (two way)
- Adults AUD15.00
- Seniors & Pensioners AUD12.00
- 15 years & Under AUD10.00
Cataract Gorge Reserve Hours
Gorge Scenic Chairlift:
- Winter (June - July): 9:00 am - 4.30 pm
- Spring and Autumn ( August - November, March - May): 9:00 am - 5.00 pm
- Summer (December - February): 9:00 am- 5.30 pm
How To reach Cataract Gorge Reserve by Public Transport
- Drive, cycle or take a taxi to the Gorge Scenic Chairlift.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Cataract Gorge Reserve
95% of people who visit Launceston include Cataract Gorge Reserve in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
36.92% of people start their Cataract Gorge Reserve visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Cataract Gorge Reserve
94.13% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Cataract Gorge Reserve
Cataract Gorge Reserve Trips
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Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston Reviews
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.