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The Cataract Gorge Reserve


Cataract Gorge, a versatile haven for recreation, invites visitors to swim, walk, run, dine, connect with nature, and unwind. Starting from the First Basin, an intricate network of walking and hiking trails guides explorers through gardens, wilderness, and panoramic lookouts.

Accessed via the inclinator, the venue boasts a restaurant/cafe, shop, kiosk, First Basin lawns, swimming pools, as well as convenient amenities like toilets and shower facilities.

Known locally as 'The Gorge,' Cataract Gorge Reserve is a distinctive natural marvel, conveniently located just a two-minute drive or a short 15-minute stroll from the heart of Launceston. Embark on a scenic walk along the Tamar River into 'The Gorge,' where a pathway along the 1890s cliff face offers stunning views of the South Esk River.

Spanning 'The Gorge' is the historic Kings Bridge, skillfully floated into place in 1867. On the southern side lies the First Basin, featuring a swimming pool, playground, BBQ areas, toilets, and changerooms, all surrounded by natural bushland. In contrast, the shaded northern side, known as the Cliff Grounds, showcases a Victorian garden where ferns and exotic plants create a wilderness enhanced by art. The area includes a restaurant, kiosk, rolling lawns, a rotunda, a pub with a scenic view, a footbridge, a chairlift across the river, peacocks in the trees, and wallabies at dusk.

The Cataract Gorge is the perfect weekend activity for the whole family, which will become an unforgettable memory for all.

Location: 74-90 Basin Road, West Launceston

74-90 Basin Road, West Launceston
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