Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin (Launceston)#4 in Best Things To Do in Tasmania
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Staying in Launceston in northeastern Tasmania? Then you'll want to add the Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin to your itinerary. Situated less than 3 miles from downtown Launceston, this natural wonder is brimming with fun pursuits, from hiking trails to a swimming pool to the world's longest single-span chairlift. You'll also find a suspension bridge that links the South Esk River's banks.
Previous visitors raved about this attraction's "beautiful" views and abundant activities and amenities, adding that it's a great option for families. Must-dos include walking across the suspension bridge, watching the property's resident peacocks, having a picnic lunch and riding the chairlift (for a fee). To make the most of your time here (while saving a little money), some travelers suggest opting for a one-way chairlift ride across the gorge and walking back.
The Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin is free to visit, but to ride the chairlift, adults will be charged 12 Australian dollars ($9.50) for one-way rides or AU$15 (less than $12) for round-trip tickets. Rides for kids 15 and younger cost AU$8 to AU$10 (or between $6 and $8). The chairlift is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30, 5, 5:30 or 6 p.m., depending on the season, but the gorge itself is accessible 24 hours a day. To get to the property, you can walk from the city center, take a Metro bus to the Cambridge St/Brougham St stop or drive. A small parking lot, plus other facilities like restrooms, a restaurant, a cafe and a museum, are also available on-site. For more information, visit the attraction's website.
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