Cataract Gorge

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Cataract Gorge: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Launceston: 4-Hour Batman Bridge Luncheon Cruise

    1. Launceston: 4-Hour Batman Bridge Luncheon Cruise

    Cruise into the magical Cataract Gorge and through Launceston's riverfront precinct, heading north past Tamar Island, historical buildings, churches, pubs, and significant homesteads. You can sample the rich diversity of life as you cruise past quaint riverfront communities, vineyards and farms, to the notable Batman Bridge. Tamer Valley is steeped with romance and studded with tales of bushrangers, explorers, and gold diggers. Australia's longest navigable estuarine river, it has many natural coves and protected inlets that provide a sanctuary for thousands of native water birds that can only be seen on the river. All cruises depart from and return to Home Point Cruise Terminal, which is a taxi ride only 5 minutes from most CBD accommodations. Home Point is a pleasant 15 minute walk from the city center, and guests are kindly asked to be at the cruise terminal 30 minutes prior to depa...

    It was very scenic. The Captain was knowledgeable and fun. Food, cheese and wine delicious. Hostess friendly and effeccient

  • Launceston: 50-Minute Cataract Gorge Cruise

    2. Launceston: 50-Minute Cataract Gorge Cruise

    After departing from the terminal, you will cruise past the historical Kings Wharf, Seaport, and Launceston's delightful riverfront precinct. The highlight of the experience is then cruising into Launceston's spectacular Cataract Gorge, as you engage the Lady Launceton's unique silent electric drive function. You can view the sheer cliffs from your comfortable seating, appreciate the unobstructed views on the multi-award winning 1890's style vessel. Whilst aboard the Lady Launceston, you can also enjoy the skipper's captivating commentary which surrounds the history and folklore of this fascinating area.

    Alistair was incredibly engaging, knowledgeable about all our locations and provided some interesting insights into the history of Launceston, it’s rivers and surrounding areas. My only complaint was that we couldn’t spend more time with him. Thank you for a fantastic day!

  • Launceston: 2.5-Hour Morning or Afternoon Discovery Cruise

    3. Launceston: 2.5-Hour Morning or Afternoon Discovery Cruise

    Cruise into the magical Cataract Gorge and through Launceston's riverfront precinct. You will head north past Tamar Island, observing historical buildings such as the St. Mathias Church and the Rosevears Pub. Throughout your tour, you will enjoy morning tea, a fresh fruit selection, local wine,  and a beer tasting. You will experience a relaxed variety of life as you cruise past charming riverfront communities, vineyards and farms, and onward to the historical Rosevears and Windemere districts. This fascinating collection of history, fauna, and people at work, rest, and play makes an absorbing narrative which will touch, intrigue and inspire. This tour will provide you with the best vantage point to view the Tamar Valley. At the conclusion of your scenic and relaxing cruise, you will be returned to your point of origin.

    An enjoyable and informative cruise along the beautiful Tamar river, whilst enjoying complimentary beverages and treats. Highly recommended.

  • Launceston: Cataract Gorge Walking Tour

    4. Launceston: Cataract Gorge Walking Tour

    Meet your guide and start crossing the historic Kings Bridge and heading into the heart of the Cataract Gorge. During the 2.5-hour walking component of the tour, discover one of Tasmania's most visited tourist attractions on foot. From your expert guide, find out how the Gorge was the original lifeblood of Launceston for much of the city’s early life and how today, it holds the very same importance. Learn about the most-loved picnic rocks through the years and how thousands would flock for swimming races. Then, wander back to your starting point at Stillwater Restaurant via the iconic Zig Zag Track. Upgrade your tour to include an award-winning 2-course lunch at one of the best restaurants in Launceston by picking the relevant option when booking.

    Nick, our guide, was enthusiastic and knowledgable. Not working to a script he was able to inform with his array of local knowledge. What would have been an pleasant walk in a unique location was made all the better when overlaid with the historical perspective and context.

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What people are saying about Cataract Gorge

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 93 reviews

Great experience! Our guide knew so many facts about the past and present that even my nanna didn’t know and she’s local, we were taken down all three rivers and told the history, I had a 2 and 4 year old in tow who also loved the boats and animals we passed while we got to listen to the history loved it

Alistair was incredibly engaging, knowledgeable about all our locations and provided some interesting insights into the history of Launceston, it’s rivers and surrounding areas. My only complaint was that we couldn’t spend more time with him. Thank you for a fantastic day!

Was a great little ride on the boat. Tour guide was helpful and nice and have some interesting facts about the area. Will be returning with the kids next time.

The Captain was so friendly, entertaining and full of historical information. So thrilled to finally enjoy this cruise.

Very informative tour to see the beautiful Cataract Gorge.