Cataract Gorge Tours

28 Reviews
Launceston’s ruggedly beautiful Cataract Gorge is a popular highlight for visitors, combining dramatic natural landscapes and Victorian-era landscaping right on the edge of the city.

The reserve is surrounded by wild natural parklands, and near-vertical cliffs soar alongside the South Esk River as it enters the Tamar River.

Hikers and rock climbers head here to follow picturesque walking trails along the gorge’s northern bank, and the open-air swimming pool becomes a mini lido in summer, surrounded by beach umbrellas and sunbathers.

With picnic grounds, restaurant, kiosk, cafe, wandering peacocks, scenic lookouts, a lofty suspension bridge and walking trails, you can easily spend a day here. At night the gorge is beautifully floodlit, and a chairlift whisks visitors over the river to West Launceston.

Before Launceston’s hydro dam was completed in 1955, the waters here were channeled to create electricity, with the power station at Duck Reach upriver from the suspension bridge. Now decommissioned, the building serves as a museum. A visit reveals the story of Launceston’s early days and the Duck Reach power plant.

Practical Info

Cataract Gorge is a 10-minute stroll west of central Launceston.

Just walk along Bridge Road from the city center and you’ll come to the Cataract Walk trail winding along next to the South Esk River, leading to the chairlift station and restaurant.
Location
Address: 69 Basin Road, Launceston 7250, Australia
clock-o
Hours: Open 9am - dusk
Read More

2 Tours & Activities to Experience

times
icon-filterFilter
Clear all
Select Dates
Sort by:Default

Guided Canoe Tour on Launceston's Tamar River

Glide along the Tamar River toward Cataract Gorge on a scenic 75-minute canoe tour from Launceston. Use your feet to drive the pedal-powered canoe, and follow your guide along the North Esk River and Tamar with your hands free to steer and snap photos. Admire the North Esk waterfront, waft under the King’s Bridge, and paddle along the lower Cataract Gorge to admire the rugged cliffs and forested slopes and watch for wildlife. Choose a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule. Numbers are limited for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
From
US$32,87
See Details
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
From
US$32,87

Australia Multi-City Attractions Pass

The Australia Multi-City Attractions Pass allows you to visit top attractions throughout Australia at a great savings. Choose from five, seven or ten tickets to be loaded onto a smartcard, which you then use for easy entry to the best attractions in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and destinations throughout Tasmania. You have an entire three months to use your tickets from the date of card activation. Use your tickets all in one city, or spread them over as many cities as you like, and save up to 40% on regular admission prices.
  • Duration: 90 days
From
US$145,34
See Details
  • Duration: 90 days
From
US$145,34


mobile_o
Having trouble booking online?
(888) 651-9785
Call (888) 651-9785