Only a 15-minute walk from Launceston’s city centre, Cataract Gorge is a patch of bushland, cliffs, and a 36-metre deep natural swimming hole fed by the Esk River. There’s so much to do, it’s hard to know where to start! In summer swim in the free 50-metre swimming pool, hike upriver to the ruins of the power station at Duck Reach or take a ride on the world’s longest single span chairlift. Explore the Cliff Grounds, a beautiful landscaped Victorian garden containing ferns and exotic plants and more peacocks than you can poke a stick at. Don’t forget a stroll along the 1940s built suspension bridge. Once that’s done, take a break at the Gorge Kiosk, attached to the Gorge Restaurant. It’s very much a kiosk, and to me, there’s something unappealing about paying the same money for food that is served on plastic plates. A Devonshire Tea deserves better – teaware thank you very much! The tough scones served at room temperature aren’t particularly appealing; they simply don’t taste good, and are more dry than moist. There are a couple of Yarra Valley jam sachets (a raspberry and a strawberry), and a massive dollop of thick cream that tastes more like Nestle reduced cream from a can, as opposed to double thick dollop cream.
Tea: A Twinings tea bag served in either a regular or large takeaway cup.
Overall: Enjoy kiosk food alongside a plethora of wandering peacocks.
Location: Gorge Restaurant, 74 Gorge Rd, Trevallyn TAS 7250 Ph: 03 6331 3330 launcestoncataractgorge.com.au
Reviewed October, 2017