April 1, 2023

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The Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania

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The Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania

How to make a great trip in Tasmania? Start from Launceston and end it at Hobart and the best way of having the Tassie experience is by self-drive tour. Hence, you wouldn’t want to miss the beauty within the island.

I landed at the Launceston Airport in late afternoon after transiting at the Melbourne International Airport. There I was joined by other media representatives from Singapore, China and Hong Kong. Yes, it was a media trip and one of the biggest I have participated.

The first pit stop was the Cataract Gorge Reserve in Launceston, northern Tasmania.

The Cataract Gorge is a river gorge in Launceston, northern Tasmania, Australia and is one of the region’s premier tourist attractions. It is found at the lower section of the South Esk River. The earliest known European visitor to the site was William Collins, who discovered its entrance in 1804. – Wikipedia.org

Did you know that they have the World Longest Single Chairlift World Longest Single Chairlift? We wrote an article a few weeks go and you still can read about it at World Longest Single Chairlift at Launceston’s Basin Chairlift, Tasmania. The chairlift, built in 1972, has a total span of 457 m (1,499 ft).

There is a swimming pool near the Cataract Gorge Basin. It looks unreal having a pool beside the basin. 
There is restaurant at the Cataract Gorge Basin by the name of The Basin Café and it has the best view of the Cataract Gorge Basin.

That’s me on the most right with Malaysian Discover Tasmania winners and Singapore blogger MelChoi.com

It was a sunny afternoon, bright and shine for a short walk. Short walks are extremely popular in Tasmania and there are dozens of recommended short walks within the island. One of the popular ones is the Enchanted Walk which you can read it about it at The Enchanted Walk at Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania 

There are a few short walks in Cataract Gorge Reserve. There are pathways and signage everywhere so it was easy to walk around.

A view from the pathway, you can see the whole area and also the swimming pool from here. 

We spotted a couple swimming in the river. It was a hot day indeed.


Another panoramic view from the pathway, picture is taken with Samsung NX-11 Panoramic mode. Camera nowadays do wonders. 
We went to the Alexandra Bridge which was opened by Lady Edeline Strickland on November 29th 1904.

The beautiful suspension bridge hanged on top of the flowing South Esk River.

Fret not, even though it is more than 100 years old, the bridge is still intact and like new.

The calm South Esk river.

Another picture of Alexandra Bridge and South Esk River.

We didn’t walk far as we have limited time as we were rushing to check in to our hotel.

The chairlift on top with the South Esk river below.

The walk is approx 20 minute and the pathway is around the basin. There is no difficulty in this walk, very easy and no risk.

The Cataract Gorge Reserve is one of the places that you can picnic and enjoy the beauty of the basin. Not forgetting you can also dipping into the swimming pool during summer. There are a few walks in the area and you can try venture all of them. We will welcome feedbacks from your own experience.

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