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near Hobart Airport
WINTER SPECIALS FROM $89 Dbl
1 & 2
Launceston's Cataract Gorge extends from the mouth of the South Esk river at King's Bridge and winds it's way up the river to the Trevallyn hydro electric dam 5 kilometres upstream. About a 15 minute easy walk from the bridge is the First Basin. On the north side of the river is well constructed path that clings to the sheer rock face of the gorge. There is a hiking track on the southern side of the gorge. The track climbs very steeply to the top of the gorge. The track is also accessible from several suburban streets of West Launceston. There is also a hiking track on the northern side of the gorge adjacent to the houses of Trevallyn.
The first basin is a very popular swimming venue during warm summer days. The reserve known as the Cliff Grounds are on the northern side of the basin. Peacocks and wallabies freely roam the reserve. There is a first class restaurant and a kiosk in the grounds. On the southern side of the basin is a 50 metre swimming pool which includes a full length wading pool for young children. There are lawns, change rooms and another kiosk. There is a chair lift connecting the two sides of the basin.
Launceston's Cataract Gorge in flood, from the Zig Zag hiking track.
A warm summer day at the first basin pool.
The view from near the restaurant in the Cliff Grounds.
The city centre can be seen at the end of the valley.