Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania

Cataract Gorge in Launceston, TasmaniaCataract Gorge is home to the Alexandra suspension bridge and is one of the top things to do in this corner of Tasmania. Both locals and tourists love to visit Cataract Gorge because of its attractive landscape and easy access from Launceston city centre.

On a typical day, you can find walkers, runners, plus plenty of people relaxing and enjoying themselves.

Not only is Cataract Gorge is the perfect place to stop off but also a great addition to any Tasmanian road trip.

Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania


The earliest recorded European visitor was William Collins way back in the year 1804.

Later in the century, volunteers set about building the King’s Bridge-Cataract path in the 1890s. The path conveniently runs along the north bank and allows visitors to easily walk around the Gorge.

Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania

Launceston City Council also built nearby Duck Reach Power Station in the late 1800’s to supply electricity to the city

However, it was washed away in the floods of 1929 – the worst flooding in Tasmania’s history. The station was eventually rebuilt and continued to power Launceston for many years. It was in operation until it was replaced by the Trevallyn Dam in 1955.

It is now an interpretive museum.

Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania

Cataract Gorge

Erosion caused by the meeting point of two faults created the basin as it is today. At a maximum of 36 metres in depth, the basin is also very deep.

The area is vulnerable to flooding which has happened as recently as 2016.

Apart from the beauty, one of the great things is the entry to Cataract Gorge is free. Plus once inside there are various things to keep you occupied, such as a swimming pool, the infamous chairlift, two cafés, a pedestrian Inclinator.

There is also plenty of open space for picnicking.

Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania

The chairlift has a total span of 457 metres long and is quoted as being the longest single-span chairlift in the world.

Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania

Beyond the entrance, there are numerous pathways to stroll along, allowing you a closer look at the various wildlife.

Cataract Gorge is an interesting place to spend a few hours or an afternoon. Just make sure you bring a camera as there’s plenty of photo opportunities.

Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania

Cataract Gorge Points

  • Great for a few hours or an afternoon
  • Close to Launceston city centre
  • Entry is free (parking & chairlift are extra)
  • Bring a camera as there’s plenty of good photos opportunities

Location & Contact Details

Address: 74-90 Basin Rd, Launceston, TAS, 7250, Australia.

Entry is free but if you want to use the chairlift its $15 return for adults.

Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania

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Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania

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Barry Sproston
Barry is a traveller and expat who spends most of his time between Asia and Australia. He has spent 12 months training at a Gung Fu school learning Wing Chun. Explored the island of Taiwan by scooter more than once. Been tricked into eating raw horse meat sushi in Japan. Even tried to overcome the fear of heights by bungee jumping in Thailand. One day he plans to open a guesthouse.
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