Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston
About Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston
Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston - Address, Phone Number
Address: Gorge Scenic Chairlift, Cataract Gorge Reserve, 69 Basin Rd, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia
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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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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.
Excellent park and facilities close to the centre of town. No public transport options to get there or back - which is very disappointing given its proximity to the city.
The reserve is nice. Went on the chair lift and it was a bit slow but still enjoyed it. The cafe was ok. The baby peacocks come up to you and might steal some of your food when your not looking. It would be better though if the other kids would stop chasing the peacocks.
Much better than i expected. Lovely walk, gorgeous scenery. Chairlifts were pricey for what it was but a must.
Incredible local feature- within minutes you can step out of modern day suburbia and back into a Victorian gardens wonderland. The walks up either side of the gorge have stunning scenery (the north-western side is much flatter) and the river is raw and powerful when the snows are in melt. A must-see if you're visiting in Launceston.
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