Cataract Gorge Reserve
Cataract Gorge Reserve
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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  • catkid3
    Victoria, Australia156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views so close to the CBD
    If you're a wildlife fan I recommend visiting first thing in the morning - there were plenty of wallabies and birds when I arrived around 9am, as well as hardy any people. Plenty of clean toileting facilities and most of the general paths around the reserve are gentle or moderate slopes. Would definitely visit again and dedicate more than 3 hours to explore as there's so much to see. Parking is plentiful and is roughly $2 an hour.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Laurel T
    Sydney, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful natural wonder
    It is great to walk around this amazing place. Families love it, couples love it and walkers love it. Entry is free too! so you don't have to spend money. If you want to spend money, you can take the chairlift (only $20) or eat in one of the 2 restaurants (at tourist prices of course)
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Tvg12345
    Newcastle, Australia13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super Awesome
    Spectacular location very peaceful and pretty.Staff are extremely welcoming and helpful. You can get an idea of the place in 1 hour if you are short on time otherwise you can literally spend all day.Easy walks for littlw kids and joyul park and great amenities. Perfect for walks with teens too. I think it is one if the best locations in Tassie a must do if you are visiting Launceston
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Mandy Coombs
    North Petherton, United Kingdom1,206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Gorge with great facilities
    Lovely gorge, with great facilities. The chairlift looked great, although we chose to do the zig zag walk which is not for the faint hearted. The walk was pretty tough going & we were hoping to do a loop but hadn’t realised one side of the gorge was closed due to a rock fall, so we had to back via the zig zag track! Great place not far out of town with great recreational facilities (picnic area, cafe, plunge pool)
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Darren_Walley
    Plymouth, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just WOW !!
    A hidden gem, beautiful scenery and a great place to walk and relax. Go solo, with family or friends and relax. I had a great time, the park team that I met were very friendy. Fantastic day out and a must visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 4, 2023
  • wombatdavid
    Hobart, Australia2,619 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely reserve
    We walked from the Silo carpark to the gorge and back. Note at present that the easier walk on the right side of the river is shut due rock fall. You can take the left side (Zig Zag track) which is harder. It is a lovely reserve and you can walk on the suspension bridge and see peacocks. Take your swimmers if you want to swim.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Liisa and Dave B
    Adelaide, Australia4,104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best place to visit in Launceston
    WOW! We came here not expecting such an amazing reserve. We hiked seven kilometres along the track which varied in Scenic views and gradience. Hard to believe that this massive reserve is around 10 minutes out of Launceston city. The chairlift was a must! Toilets are located in two different spots. There is a cafe though we didn’t go there as we were so captivated by all that the reserve has to offer in views. We saw wallabies and peacocks. 🦚 There are many varieties of trees. Extremely well kept premises. Highly recommend this place if in Launceston. Update: Returned two years later and hiked the Gorge in reverse this time. Afterwards we stopped at the cafe for coffee. Loved spending a good part of the day here- Great hike with beautiful views!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • GinnyToh
    Singapore, Singapore278 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and interesting place
    Located within the residential area. You’ll come to a big carpark just at the entrance. Note: You need to find the parking machine to buy the parking ticket. The ticket needs to be displayed on yr vehicle. The ticket counter for the chair lift is near the entrance. You can either buy one way or two way ticket. We chose to buy one way up and walked back via the suspension bridge. (Abt 15mins) In the middle of the reserve, you’ll find a big swimming pool and a kids playground by the side. For those up for adventure, take a dive and swim in the gorge. There are showers/ changing rooms available. There’s also a cafe located within the reserve.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 16, 2023
  • Selana
    Australia46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    An absolute must visit when in Launceston. Just a short drive from the city. The lady at the ticket booth provided exceptional customer service. I suggest walking the gorge first, then catching the chair lift back. Sight seeing was fantastic
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 29, 2023
  • Rochelle F
    Randolph, New Jersey1,126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see if visiting Launceston
    The Gorge is located right outside the city Center. We drove there as the Gorge walk from town is closed due to rock slide until perhaps March. There are various trails to walk, a chairlift, restaurant. There is a huge pool next to the gorge also. We hiked up to cataract lookout, walked across the suspension bridge and walked the trail to Sentinel lookout. We then had a picnic and watched the various peacocks. There is a family or more of them with babies (2 weeks old), as well as wallabys. It was a really lovely day spent here
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 16, 2024
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Mellieha, Malta257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
What an amazing place this is. We had a morning to kill before our flight back to Melbourne and chose this place. Parking is plentiful (metered) and close to the entrance. The staff, as everywhere, were friendly and helpful. The area is free to walk around and there is a delightful chairlift which costs about $12 return. There is abundant wildlife, including peacocks and wallabies. Lots of clean toilets and a great cafe with lovely cakes. We could easily have spent longer here and can thoroughly recommend it for people of all ages, including children. The walks are well-signposted.
Written April 15, 2020
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Ptanau
Melbourne, Australia112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
You can either walk from the city or drive to car park near either basin.
Would recommend parking near the first basin then take the cable car one way and walk back.
Parking is not that expensive.
Plenty of other walks you could do to other lookout points
Written March 7, 2020
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Barry C
Cottesloe, Australia4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
Took our kids here in the morning before departing for airport. Kids are 9 and 7 and had a blast. Outside of parking, museum is free and kids easily spent 2 to 3 hours enjoying themselves. The interactive exhibits are very cool. Largest Thylacine (tasmanian tiger) exhibit I've found so far!
Written February 26, 2021
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KM1000
Brisbane112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Very popular place for locals and the car park was very busy. Free to enter but you have to pay for the chairlift which was not cheap at $13 one way. We did the walk over the suspension bridge and around the lake. Restaurant was very busy with a 40 minute wait for food but you can take a picnic.
Written January 9, 2021
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Ute L
Cairns, Australia179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
If your staying in Launceston walk or drive, you won't be dissapointed. Plenty of interesting walks. The suspension bridge is a must as is the chair lift. Lots of clean toilets and a great cafe and food. Short drive from the city of Launceston paid parking, $4 for the 2 hours. There’s a free swimming pool. And a lots on walks. Do not forget your camera.
Written January 8, 2021
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paul_pru_skittles
Singapore, Singapore408 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
........unless using the pool/kiddies play park or eating here. best to take the 2-way "skyway" rather than taking the walk thru the gorge. lots of parking - buy a ticket, as wardens here are vigilant - and the attraction is reasonably priced. once you get into the main part of the gorge you are pretty sheltered from the winds that are blowing quite fiercely at the entrance area
Written February 10, 2020
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Vanessa
Sydney, Australia403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
What a beautiful place in Launceston. 15 min walk from the CBD but they do have paid parking onsite. Haven't visiting the Gorge in 15-20 years but it's still just as beautiful. There is a sit down cafe, takeaway cafe, toilets, swimming pool, paths and a scenic chairlift (for a fee) onsite. The paths are flat and easily walked and wheelchair friendly. Big grassy area that I can imagine would be busy with BBQ's and picnics on the weekend by locals. The peacocks walking around were beautiful also. A great place to visit on a sunny day.
Written April 15, 2021
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,675 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
My wife and I spent Christmas Day here and really enjoyed our time. I think it's worthy of its title of being the number 1 attraction in Launceston. It's a large public space for picnics and/or swimming. Here are a few of my thoughts.

* It's free to enter

* You can walk here from the city centre

* It has the worlds longest single span chairlift which you can take either one way ($13) or both ways ($15).

* There is a picturesque but somewhat chilly pool.

* The Alexandra Suspension Bridge is located here, connecting the two sides of the gorge to each other.

* There are free BBQ's available.

* There are plenty of hiking trails you could considering taking to make this into a full day. One such hiking trail leads to the Duck Reach power station. Had I had more time I would've considered doing this.

* There is a huge ozone hole above Tasmania so even though it might be cold wear sunscreen so you don't get sunburnt (like me).

Overall a really good attraction worth visiting for couples or families.
Written January 11, 2021
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tastony2
Hobart, Australia206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
It must be one of the wonders of the world. Especially noteworthy to visit when the adjacent Cataract Gorge is in flood. The lawns are well manicured and in the summer season the 2 pools are a delight. Moreover, many people choose to try the gorge waters itself. Given the reserve is in a large basin it is a steep walk down into the recreation area itself but a travellator is available to assist. A well sited restaurant is available that has a great outlook. Paid parking is available and the attraction is also serviced by a city bus. The ideal visit option is to be able to walk through the gorge over a suspension bridge and then alongside the Esk River that runs through the gorge.
The highlight of a visit also is to try the longest chairlift in the Southern Hemisphere that runs directly over the main basin itself.
Written September 21, 2021
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Sandra M
Brisbane, Australia73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Great walk, very picturesque..... great views
Take the Cable Car whilst there
Thoroughly recommend the Cataract Gorge for anyone visiting Launceston
Very easy reach of the city...
Next to Penny Royal Theme park and some great restaurants such as Stillwater
Written January 11, 2021
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