Cataract Gorge

This is a great and popular reserve 15 minutes from Launceston city centre (and two minutes drive from my house...or one hour walking up and down the hills with the wheelchair 😂). 

Cataract Gorge is home to many walking/running trails, a swimming pool, a restaurant & cafe, a chairlift and a suspension bridge with awesome views. There is also lots of wildlife including wandering peacocks and wallabies. Unfortunately, despite definitely being worth the visit - as we have found, not much of the Gorge can be explored by wheelchair.

The first basin, which is home to the swimming pool, cafe, playground and some good views, is a pretty nice spot to relax and is fairly wheelchair accessible. If you park at the Cataract Gorge's own carpark (for a fee), from here you can easily walk along a sealed path to their lift. Personally, I find this lift (or inclinator as it's properly known as) fairly difficult to operate and navigate with a wheelchair, however Dad never seems to have a problem!! This inclinator takes you down to the first basin.

We have tried a couple of walks from here...the only one that is probably manageable if you have a fit and capable wheelchair pusher is...to the right of the swimming pool - over the Gorge and follow the path round to the Suspension Bridge, over the bridge, turn left and make your way back to the first basin. This is a fairly short walk on a well formed path but very steep in places. 

Alternatively, we would recommend just enjoying a beverage at the cafe and watch the going-ons and the wildlife!!

Leaving the first basin back to the carpark via the main road is pretty steep...but personally I find that easier than getting back into the lift...my dad however would say different!!

Dogs are not allowed. 

Cataract Gorge
First Basin
Just after the Suspension Bridge
First Basin
 

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