Holidays in Cataract Gorge

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Cataract Gorge

Swim in a tranquil basin fed by tumbling mountain-spring waters, fly over the water on a chairlift and stroll around the gardens fringed with stunning native forest.

Cataract Gorge is a pocket of wilderness and a heritage oasis in Launceston city. The reserve is a local favourite for relaxing and recreation, with its stunning natural scenery and excellent facilities. Take in the views of pristine mountain waters tumbling into the First Basin against the gorge’s backdrop of dolerite crags and she-oak trees while you explore the vast grounds or swim in the pool. See a heritage suspension bridge and learn about the 19th-century hydroelectric power station.

There are several walking routes into Cataract Gorge. Wind through bushland trails or stroll alongside the South Esk River, listening as the sounds of the city are replaced by the sound of flowing water and rustling leaves. Stop at the various viewpoints that look out into the vast sweep of waterfront wilderness.

The large clearing at the heart of the gorge is known as the First Basin. Snap photos of the large grassy bank by the water, framed by dolerite cliffs and craggy forested hilltops. This area has children’s playground equipment and a large swimming pool, which provides a safe swimming alternative for families. If you want to take the plunge into the brisk waters of the basin, be sure to take care as the waters here are not patrolled by lifeguards and are extremely deep.

The world’s longest single-span chairlift soars across the basin, presenting fantastic views. Nearby both chairlift stations, you’ll find kiosks selling snacks, as well as restaurants nestled in the greenery. Explore the pretty Victorian gardens on the north banks. Spot wallabies bounding through the bush or the showy plumage of the gorge’s resident peacocks.

Stroll around the bushland trails to see the Alexandra Suspension Bridge and the heritage rotunda. Follow the cliff’s-edge trail to reach the Duck Reach Power Station, which has an interpretive display that explains the hydroelectric scheme that was put in place in the late 1800s with the building of the Trevallyn Dam.

Cataract Gorge is free to enter at any time of the day. A metered parking lot is located on the southern side. Alternatively, take the pleasant 15-minute walk from central Launceston to reach the gorge.

228 Cheap Hotels Near Cataract Gorge

Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments
Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments
3.5 out of 5
147 Paterson Street, Launceston, TAS
The price is AU$136 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Located in Launceston CBD, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Penny Royal Adventures and Launceston College. Royal Park and Queen Victoria Museum are also ...
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"Great exterior, lots of character, but hard bed and noisy as we were above the pub. Super friendly and Professional!"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2022

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Peppers Silo Hotel
Peppers Silo Hotel
4.5 out of 5
89-91 Lindsay Street, Invermay, TAS
The price is AU$274 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Invermay, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Tasmania - Inveresk, Launceston Tramway Museum, and 1842 Gallery. Queen Victoria ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (515 reviews)
"Nice hotel, handy location (in industrial area) if you have a car. Standard room isn’t any better than a good 4 star but you are still paying 5 star prices. My room was advertised on Expedia for $100 less during my stay which was disappointing."

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2022

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
4.5 out of 5
29 Cameron Street, Launceston, TAS
The price is AU$148 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
Located in Launceston CBD, this luxury hotel is steps away from City Park Radio Museum, Design Centre of Tasmania and Princess Theatre. Albert Hall Convention ...
4/5 Very Good! (987 reviews)
"Very Covid safe check in. Corporate Hotel built in 1989 but updated. Large King Room with seperate luggage room and spacious clothes hanging area. Good value. Need more power points!"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2022

Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
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Launceston Backpackers - Hostel
Launceston Backpackers - Hostel
1 out of 5
103 Canning Street Street, Launceston, TAS
The price is AU$52 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
4.5 out of 5
29 Cameron Street, Launceston, TAS
The price is AU$148 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
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Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments
Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments
3.5 out of 5
147 Paterson Street, Launceston, TAS
The price is AU$136 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
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Art Hotel on York
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The price is AU$129 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
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