Cataract Gorge

sights / Parks & gardens

Cataract Gorge information

swimming pool admission free, chairlift one-way adult/child $12/8, return $15/10
Opening hours
9am-dusk, swimming pool Nov-Mar, chairlift 9am-dusk
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Lonely Planet review

A 10-minute walk west of the city is the fabulous Cataract Gorge. Surrounded by a wildlife reserve, near-vertical basalt cliffs crowd the banks of the South Esk River as it enters the Tamar. During the day, teens plunge into the river and rock-climbers defy gravity; at night the floodlit cliffs take on a shifty, shadow-strewn countenance.

Walking tracks on either side of the gorge lead from Kings Bridge up to First Basin , where there's a swimming pool , picnic grounds, a quality restaurant with resident peacocks, and trails leading to vista-packed lookouts. Both a suspension bridge and a chairlift sail across First Basin. A walking track (45 minutes one way) leads further up the gorge to Second Basin and the old Duck Reach power station. On hot summer days the gorge and swimming pool take on a beachlike scene.