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Cataract Gorge Reserve
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Reviewed September 5, 2010

Absolutely beautiful garden surroundings, this place is a must visit when in Launeston. The Gorge also has a chairlift that will take you over across the gushing river and once on the otherside you can stroll back through the wonderful pathways. Otherwise you can be more adventurous and visit the information centre for more difficult treks in the area. This place is absolutely amazing and definitely one of the things you need to tick off your list of things to do in Launceston.

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Reviewed June 20, 2010

If you come to visit Launceston and don't come to the Gorge, frankly, you are an idiot.
If time is short, drive in but the ideal way to visit, time permitting, is to walk from the CBD.
15 minutes will take you from the CBD to the enterance of the Gorge via Seaport and Richie's Mill (houses Stillwater, best restaurant in Launceston). From the enterance you have two choices
1. Zig Zag track on the left side (looking inwards) of the gorge. 1 kilometre of up and down trail. Difficult if you are elderly or unfit. Takes you directly to the First Basin side of the Gorge which is a grassy open area with a swimming pool and children's playground. (Launceston's "beach")
2. Gorge walk on the right side. Easy 1km sealed path which leads to the lush Cliff Grounds side of the Gorge with its damp green vegetation, lovely European trees and peacocks.

Regardless of which side of the Gorge you come into, you can get to the other side in three ways
1 low roman bridge over the basin
2 Higher suspension bridge a couple of minutes further on
3 chairlift (paid)
Any option is equally good.

If you are keen on more walking, you can continue on the the Duck reach Power Station (oldest in the Southern hemisphere), otherwise, stop for a coffee and cake. There are cafes on either side as well as a nice restaurant on the Cliff Grounds side.

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Reviewed June 1, 2010

This is a must for anyone who is looking for the sleepy charm of Tasmania. An iconic and beautiful strolls from the leafy streets of Launceston. I hope all visitors to this part of the world get to witness this site!

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Reviewed April 26, 2010

This is such a lovely little area that I would have liked to spend more time walking in. It was getting late in the day so we caught the chairlift across, wandered around the short track to the suspension bridge and back to the park for a play on the swings etc. Would be the perfect place for a visit to the cafe but again, it was late in the day. Well worth a visit for a few hours.

Thank Carolyn A
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Reviewed March 5, 2010

I drove there but it was so amazing to feel like you're in the mountains but only 5 mins drive from the city. The round trip hike can take 2-3 hours but you can also hang out by the water, pool or snack shop or take the gondola to a look out point. Plenty of parking! A suspension bridge, river, lake and rocks made this hike worth it!

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