Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston, Tasmania

Just a 15 minute walk from the city centre of Launceston lies the amazing natural oasis of Cataract Gorge and First Basin.

“Launceston’s own piece of wilderness just 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Here you’ll find walking and hiking trails, the world’s longest single span chairlift, swimming pool, restaurant, kiosk, cafe peacocks and wildlife, beautiful gardens, suspension bridge, inclinator for easy access, Interpretation Centre and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views.”

Launceston Cataract Gorge

First Basin at Cataract Gorge

The earliest recorded visit was in 1804 by settler, William Collins and early development to the area was started in the late 1800s by the Launceston City and Suburbs Improvement Association.

In 1985, Launceston became the first city south of the Equator to be lit with electricity in 1985 with the opening of a turbine-driven power station further down the river at Duck Reach (you can visit  the old building on the Duck Reach Walk- click here to find out more).

Power Station at Duck Reach

Cataract Gorge is a great place for all, with a swimming pool, beautiful gardens to sit in, many walking trails and a cafe and a restaurant to have a bite to eat.

OPENING HOURS: 9:00am daily; closes 4:30pm in Winter, 5:00pm in Autumn and Spring and between 5:30 and 6:00pm in Summer.

ADMISSION COST: Free of charge


Fares Across
Ride one way-only
(across or back)
Across & Back 
Ride to Cliff Grounds Reserve
(visit Cataract Gorge) & Ride Back

Adults $12.00 $15.00
(Seniors & Pensioners)
$10.00 $12.00
(15 years & Under)
$8.00 $10.00

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