Located just 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Launceston, Cataract Gorge Reserve is where pristine wilderness brushes the urban city. The stunning site offers outdoor distractions like walking and hiking paths, lookouts, gardens, a swimming pool, local wildlife, a suspension bridge and chair lift, as well as a restaurant and cafe – complete with resident peacocks.

Cataract Gorge offers stunning vistas with plunging cliffs on the riverbanks of the South Esk as it enters the Tamar River, set among a wildlife reserve. Known locally as ‘The Gorge’, it’s a favourite spot for families, rock climbers and visitors and floodlit at night. Take the 1km path along the cliff face and over Kings Bridge suspension bridge looking down at the South Esk River. On the southern side is the First Basin, which contains a free swimming pool (open from November to March) and bushland. The northern side or Cliff Grounds Reserve includes a Victorian garden of ferns and exotic plants as well as picnic lawns, a pub and other dining spots

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