All you need to know about Launceston’s Cataract Gorge

Soak up the sun at this lush park just minutes from the city centre

The scenic Cataract Gorge with pool in Launceston
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If we told you there was an urban park where you could swim, relax with roaming peacocks and take a chairlift over a river, what would you say? That it’s too good to be true? Well that’s where you’re wrong friends, because Cataract Gorge in Launceston has all this and so much more. 

Cataract Gorge is located just a few minutes from downtown Launceston. One minute you’re in a bustling city and the next you’re standing next to a raging river flanked by hills and an abundance of parkland to keep you entertained for hours.

On one side of the river you can take a dip in the incredibly scenic swimming pool that’s surrounded by bushland, while looking out at views over the gorge. The other side is home to a Victorian-era garden with exotic plants and roaming peacocks. To get between, you can simply walk across the swaying suspension bridge or take the world’s longest single span chairlift across the river.  

To top it all off there are quality cafes and restaurants on either side, with an abundance of walking tracks in between, so you won’t ever want to leave this hidden oasis. 

All you need to know about Cataract Gorge

Where: It’s a two minute drive from Launceston, click here for directions
When: Always open, however pool and chairlift times differ
Cost: Free, but chairlift will cost extra