National Parks / Natural World
Cataract Gorge and First Basin Chairlift West Launceston
Where is it at?
Cataract Gorge and First Basin Chairlift
75 Gorge Road
Tel: 03 6331 5915
They can be access by Trevallyn or Gorge Road. The car park only has about 12 spaces and accessed by a winding and steep road.
Alternatively you can walk from the northern side of Kings Bridge to Cliff Grounds.
Where are we going today?
Just because you might be in a city, doesn't mean there is incredible natural wonders and nature to experience close by. We mean, REALLY close by.
Cataract Gorge is only a 15 minute walk from the city centre. That's right - 15 minute WALK! Amazing!
Cataract Gorge is Launceston's own little piece of wilderness and so much more than just a park. Grab those walking shoes and get out onto the many walking and hiking trails.
Feeling the heat? Cool down in their swimming pool, so don't forget your swimmers! (And of course, hat and sunscreen!)
Want to see the beautiful gardens from above? Take a ride on the longest single span chairlift...wait for it...in the WORLD! Pretty impressive!
The chairlift spans across 457 metres. One terminal building is at the First Basin, and the trip ends at the Cliff Grounds side. Parents, don't worry. It was designed with complete safety in mind, and seats all come with a safety bar. The chairlifts move at a slow speed too, so all ages will love the relaxing experience. It also gives you time to frame up that perfect photo!
While the First Basin on the southern side has the swimming pool, if you want a bit more shade then head to the northern side, which is called the Cliff Grounds. Here a beautiful Victorian garden has been created with exotic plants and ferns. There are rolling lawns, a rotunda, as well as a fun chairlift across the river.
If you are in need of some refreshments, they have a restaurant and a pub (with a view of course!) As you sip on your refreshing drinks you might spot the wallabies peeking their heads out at dusk, or the colourful peacocks in the trees!
Cataract Gorge is really a little bit of urban paradise, and a great nature based escape for your family day out!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsChairlift return $15
- ChildrenChairlift return $10 (Under 15)
- Free Under: 3 years, must be carried on chairlift.
When can we go?
From 9am. Closing: Winter at 4.30pm; Spring and Autumn 5pm; Summer 5.30pm to 6pm.
365 days a year
The Gorge Restaurant is offers the finest produce with a log fire setting, option lunch and dinner (closed Mondays, and closed for dinner Sundays)
For something a little less formal, the Basin Cafe is on the West Launceston side of Cataract Gorge. Here you can grab breakfast, lunch, morning tea and also afternoon tea. Open 7 days a week.
There is also a kiosk for light snacks and drinks. Something for all tastes!.
Any Top Tips?
When getting off the chairs, make sure the person on the left gets off to the left, then wait for the chair to pass and then proceed to the exit. Safety first! The person on the right, must get off to the right and may proceed directly to the exit, which is situated to the right hand side of the platform..
Can I get one of those?
The Basin Cafe has a souvenir shop! .
What people are saying?
by Robert Byrne
I liked it so much I stayed. Just a short walk from the city and you are in a wilderness. Great walking tracks for all fitness levels. Peacocks, wallabies and more wildlife.
by James Hopkins
What's not to like? Great walks and scenery, good food outlets, the pool and of course no visit to Launceston is complete without a ride on the chairlift
by Rob Hamilton
This is the best spot in Launceston and one of my favourites anywhere. There are lots of different options for walks, and a couple of cafes and playgrounds. When it's hot you can swim in the pool or First Basin. Ideally start at the city end and walk up the gorge from there, but otherwise there's parking on both sides.
by Remy Virgo
Go. Seriously. Just go. You have to see this place.
The amount of time and effort sunk into this place has really paid off!
by pommie Red
fantastic place to visit, try the cable lift its a great ride and brilliant views.