gorgeous gorge

Last Sunday, we ventured to Launceston to catch up with our friends from Darwin. We spent a glorious spring morning at Cataract Gorge, a unique, natural formation close to the city centre.

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Cataract Gorge Reserve covers 192 hectares at the lower section of the South Esk River.

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The nesting swans have a spectacular home.

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There are many walking tracks and lookouts offering fabulous views.

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The Alexandra Suspension Bridge was built in 1940 to connect the two sides of the river.

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A short pause midway rewarded us with a great view upstream.

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The chairlift is a relaxing way to travel from First Basin to the Cliff Grounds. Built in 1972, it is the longest single-span chairlift in the world

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and presents a different perspective from above.

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The swimming pool, presumably empty for winter maintenance, is a very popular place in the warmer months.

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The Cliff Grounds are serene, with sweeping lawns and variant displays of colour radiating from the many azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and exotic plants

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as well as ferns bursting forth with new fronds.

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The Gorge Restaurant showcases Tasmania’s finest produce and wines

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while the kiosk offers casual dining and the perfect terrace to enjoy a beverage.

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The resident peacocks turn up in some surprising places.

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Some are happy to quietly display their magnificent plumage

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others feel the need to show off

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and the girls just get on with it.

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The wallabies are a little more bashful, especially with baby on board.

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Don’t miss the experience of Cataract Gorge when you next visit Launceston.

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10 thoughts on “gorgeous gorge

  1. I love this spot in Launceston, it is beautiful and well looked after. So glad you had what looks like an amazing day out ๐Ÿ™‚ beautiful colors and photos Kathy – loving reading all of your posts ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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  2. Are you under the employ of Tasmanian Tourism?! Fantastic…and all I thought was that Tasmania was cold, had lots of trees, a big rivery thing and you two!
    Enjoy.x

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