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Cataract Gorge Reserve - Cities, Towns and Localities
The settler William Collins was to describe the Gorge’s natural beauty as unsurpassed in the world, when he first explored it in 1804. Today, the reserve has evolved, combining a community vision that offers a place of drama, romance and rest. A favourite place with locals and enjoyed by the many visitors to the reserve, it offers a place to enjoy all year round.

First Basin on the southern side of Cataract Gorge Reserve.

The First Basin on the southern side features a swimming pool and an area surrounded by bushland. This area is very popular in summer. In contrast to this the Cliff Grounds on the northern side is a shady Victorian garden, where the wilderness is laced with ferns, exotic plants, trees and peacocks.

These two areas are divided by the South Esk River, which can be crossed either by the well-established path where an original ford crossed the South Esk, or on the basin chairlift, which contains the longest single span in the world. We suggest visitors take the chairlift across and then walk back to enjoy the reserve from both the air and the ground.

The Cataract Gorge Reserve has many walking trails and lookouts. There is the spectacular King’s Bridge-Cataract Walk, a path which clings to the Cliff face of the Gorge. Built in the 1890s for the benefit of the citizens of Launceston, it became a very popular promenade in Victorian times. The path offers great views of the dolerite columns along the cliffs and during winter the an exciting way to watch the furious flooding pace of the river.

The Duck Reach trail leads through a natural landscape past the Second Basin and close to the remains of Duck River Power Station. This was the first municipal hydro-electric power station in Australia.

There is a kiosk, tea-rooms, restaurant and interpretational centre. Pick up the free brochure The Cataract Gorge Reserve, which is a guide to the area, its walks, trails and history.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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