Walk into this natural oasis right on Launceston's doorstep
Walk Cataract Gorge launches in 2018 with its first one hour walk The Jewel of Launceston, which combines the best that Cataract Gorge has to offer. Groups are welcome, and tour times can be arranged to suit. Keep an eye out for other walks in the future, or contact me to create a group tour that meets your specific needs or interests.
The Jewel of Launceston
Hear about the balance between society and nature, and experience the stunning Cataract Gorge, the living jewel in Launceston’s crown.
Not only will you see and hear the Launceston Gorge, but you’ll also taste, smell and touch it!
We'll walk into the Gorge and across First Basin, with six stops along the way, before finishing near Basin Cottage, which allows you to explore further at your leisure after the tour.
See the unique flora, and native and exotic fauna of the Cataract Gorge Reserve
Learn about the geological formation of the Gorge and First Basin
Experience a tasting of the predominate vegetation in the Gorge
Hear about European exploration into the gorge
Find out about the transformation into the picturesque grounds of today
Leave with a true understanding of why this really is the living jewel of Launceston!
Duration: Approximately 1 hour.
An average level of fitness is required.
There are just a few steps along the entire walk (these can be avoided for anyone with limited mobility), and a slight gradient in a couple of spots.
Departs: 10.30am daily – plus additional times on demand (updated here).
Starts: at Kings Bridge, northern end near the old ticketbooth (the ticketbooth is easy to spot).
Ends: at First Basin, leaving you close by other activities to explore and see more of the Cataract Gorge Reserve if your timetable permits.
Price: $22 per person.
How to get there: Kings Bridge is an easy stroll from the city centre. Walking time from the CBD is approximately 15-20 minutes. Depending on the location of your accommodation it could be as little as a ten minute walk.
The most direct access is walking west along Paterson Street, which turns into Bridge Road. Cross the bridge to the northern end, and look for the old ticketbooth. Or from the waterfront, take the Alexandra Walk from Seaport, continue past Royal Park, and then along Ritchies Mill Walk. Here you’ll meet Bridge Road. Cross the bridge to the northern end, and look for the old ticketbooth.
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You will most definitely want your camera handy to capture the breathtaking scenery! And perhaps ‘the selfie’ of your entire Tasmanian holiday.
Although a one hour walk sounds like a short time, it’s a good idea to bring some water with you.
Please protect yourself from the weather, especially the sun. Cover up with clothing and a hat, and sunscreen. The tour will operate in all weather (as long as it’s safe to do so), so please dress accordingly.
This is not a hike into the wilderness, so please come along in any comfortable clothing, and flat comfortable footwear.
You may want to have your credit card or a little cash on hand, as there are other activities to enjoy – including the Gorge Scenic Chairlift, the Basin Café, and the Gorge Restaurant.