If you're in Launceston, don't pass up the opportunity to visit Cataract Gorge, which depending on your personal walking pace, is about a 15-25min walk from the heart of Launeston. It is the perfect place to spend a lovely couple of hours, taking in the scenic gorge, enjoy a short hike, jump on the world's longest single span chairlift, swim (yes, there is even a pool there!), or just head to the Basin cafe or Gorge restaurant for a relaxing afternoon with a view.
Panoramic View of Cataract Gorge
Within the compound is Alexandra Suspension Bridge, which you will have to pass through on your hike around the Gorge, great views from this bridge too. There are a number of walks around Cataract Gorge, so you can easily spend a whole afternoon there. Great photo opportunities around the Gorge with some walks taking you to scenic vantage points.
Overhead view of Cataract George
The walks are not excessively strenuous walks, my parents in their late sixties managed the walk comfortably, and we crossed paths with many older folks enjoying a walk around the Gorge. With tracks going around the Gorge, you literally get 360 degree views of the entire area.
Panoramic view of the Gorge from ground level
It's a great place to bring the family for a day. Lots of kids were swimming in the pool, while others were relaxing or having picnics on the lush green lawns.
View of Cataract Gorge from entrance
The chairlift at Cataract Gorge spans 308 metres and is believed to be the longest single chairlift span in the world.
You can opt for a 1 way ride or a return pass. In my opinion, it was a fairly easy walk around the Gorge, so I would suggest taking a one way pass if you just wanted to experience riding the chairlift. Below is a link showing the chairlift rates.
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Chairlift ride - towards Gorge Entrance/Restaurant
Overall, a great place to get some exercise, enjoy the sights and see some wildlife. There were many peacocks and peahens near the cafe, and I was lucky enough to get a shot of one of them showing off their beauty!
Peacock at Cataract Gorge showing off it's beauty
Definitely a place to put on your agenda if you're in Launceston!