Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston

Cataract Gorge Reserve - A Quick Overview


Address: Gorge Scenic Chairlift, Cataract Gorge Reserve, 69 Basin Rd, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia

Phone: +61-363315915

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

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About Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston

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 Opening and Closing 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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Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston Reviews

  • 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!

  • Beautiful place for walks and commune with nature. Lots of tame peacocks near the Cafe rotunda area. The make peacocks put on a very good show for the girls walking about with their baby chicks. Saw a wild echidna that was obviously used to people gawking at and taking photos of it up close. Cafe has the best ever chunky pies! Good views from all the lookouts. Give yourself lots of time to enjoy the walks and scenery.

  • 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.

  • A very beautiful place in Launceston with a brilliant view and lots of great activities. Most of all the fresh water swimming was fabulous. The cable car was a good ride but a little bit too much $$ for the short distance. Good experience though.

  • Amazing place to take your family and kids! I especially loved the innumerable wallabies and peacocks. The park is very well mantained and offers bars and gazebos to rest, as well as various options to walk around the gorge. Great experience all around!l

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