Cataract Gorge in Launceston is one of our favourite places to visit in Tasmania. A reserve close to the centre of town, one of the highlights is the Basin Chairlift. The cakes from the Basin Cafe aren’t too bad, either!
Basin Chairlift, Launceston
The chairlift was built in 1972. And now Launceston Tasmania can claim to have the longest single chairlift span in the world – the 308-metre central section. The entire length of the chairlift ride actually stretches to 457 metres.
Tasmania, as usual: providing spectacular photographic opportunities.
Starting from the First Basin as we did, you can break the journey at the Cliff Grounds. There’s lovely gardens, walkways, a restaurant and views over the river. And lots of peacocks! They are very tame and not camera shy at all.
Basin Cafe, Launceston
During our last visit, the grounds were completely flooded. The pool had even been submerged.
There is a lovely view from the Basin Cafe. You can see feet dangling into view as riders pass over the top on the chairlift. And you have a great vantage point over the grounds of the Cataract Gorge from the picture windows.
And of course: at a cafe tourism hot-spot like The Gorge, there must be souvenirs! You can buy a little reminder of your visit to Launceston. They even stock some of the Handmade Tasmanian rock candy from Sweet-As.
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