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
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.
- Check the attraction website for a map of the whole basin.
Gorge Scenic Chairlift (two way)
- Adults AUD15.00
- Seniors & Pensioners AUD12.00
- 15 years & Under AUD10.00
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
- Drive, cycle or take a taxi to the Gorge Scenic Chairlift.
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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
Quite a beautiful place for a walk. Took the seat lifts up and down which offers a good view of the gorge and the whole park. The speed of the ride was a bit too slow though. There were wild peacocks and some walks in the whole park. Parking were ample as well.
Nice place to walk around and take in the sights. Good facilities and the chairlift was fun. Very pretty are except for the pool built in the 30's, it really spoils the whole thing. That's just my opinion though. Parking was $5 all day.
Great place to walk/hike around with beautiful gardens. The Cataract walk was short and nice. The Reedy Gully/Snake Gully tracks from the power station weren't as nice as the Duck Reach trail track. We purchased the chairlift and that was actually really nice (and the lady selling the tickets was sort friendly!). If you purchase a return chairlift ticket, you also get a souvenir postcard as your ticket! Definitely worth stopping by.
Loved the experience, views and hike. It wasn't exactly a warm day when we visited but we stilled loved taking the chairlift to see the views from a height and then hike up along the gorge and take lots of awesome photos. The staff were also friendly and loved the visit.
Serene place with a beautiful landscape. Great place to go for a walk while taking in the natural beauty the place has to offer. Plenty of Wallabies and Peacocks to see