For a cheap day out and regardless of weather conditions, the Cataract Gorge is a beautiful spot for a day trip with something for all ages. Being in the heart of Launceston, finding the Cataract Gorge is easy and parking for the day is fairly cheap, so there's no need to worry about too many out of pocket expenses.
Along with being surrounded by natural beauty, the shape of the gorge basin encourages people to congregate in the one area meaning that there's a sense of safety and community among your fellow tourists that have decided to come and pay a visit.
During the winter months, you're still able to explore the many walking trails that are all rated as light to moderate in terms of difficulty, or you could find a comfy spot in a cafe and take in the views over a warm drink and hearty meal. In addition to this, the Visitor Centre is also worth calling into for some extra ideas as well as to learn a bit of history regarding the gorge, where you can also view pictures of when the gorge basin has previously flooded.
Next door to the visitor centre, you will also find the starting point for the chairlift ride that will take you to the other side of the gorge basin where you will be treated to more cafes, as well as impressive peacocks that live in the surrounding gardens. The chairlift is great for capturing some panoramic views of the gorge and it also boasts as being the longest single chairlift span in the world. The cost of riding the chairlift is $12 one way or $15 return and there's a slight discount for both concession and child tickets.
As for the summer months, there's even more activities to be done that include swimming in the gorge... I guess you can do this in the winter if you're feeling brave. Or for little ones and those that may not want to take a dip in the gorge, there's a man made swimming pool on the grass embankment next to the gorge itself.
The public facilities at the gorge basin are well equipped with access to toilets and showers, as well as being disability friendly. So whether you want to visit for an hour, or pack a picnic and spend the whole day there, Cataract Gorge is a definite must, which is sure to impress.