Cataract Gorge – Launceston

After a delayed start, Heather and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary with a trip to Tasmania – Our wedding Anniversary was in November 2004 but due to Heather being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis earlier in November, we delayed out trip until April 2005.

We started with a flight from Melbourne to Launceston on the 15th April and the next day spent time exploring Launceston and its surrounds.

The Cataract Gorge Reserve on the South Esk River is a unique natural formation just minutes from central Launceston.

The Gorge has walking tracks, swimming pool, the world’s longest single-span chairlift, a restaurant, cafe, a suspension bridge and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. Peacocks and native wildlife add to the experience.

On the southern side of the river is First Basin, featuring a swimming pool and an open area surrounded by bushland. This part of the Gorge is popular with locals for picnics and barbecues.

On the shady northern side, known as the Cliff Grounds, is a Victorian garden with ferns and exotic plants. Relax on the rolling lawns, take shade under the rotunda and enjoy lunch with a view from the restaurant.

We caught the chair lift from the carpark which took us to the Cliff Grounds and the Restaurant and Cafe – the view looking over the basin allowed us a great view of the bridge that goes over the South Esk River.

Photo Information

  • 16th April 2005 – 11:34am
  • Canon IXUS i
  • f 5.6 – 1/125

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