You simply cannot visit Launceston without a visit to Cataract Gorge. We last visited in 2003 and also went upstream of the the South Esk River to see the historic and disused hydro electric Duck Reach power station.
It is a wonderful recreational space and scenic place. So many failed photos, but here is the pick of the bunch. As you can see, we are high off the valley floor.
The chairlift takes you across the floor of the valley to the far side where there is a cafe and lovely gardens.
There are various walking trails and this bridge is only for pedestrians.
We are off, on the chairlift to the other side. R and A were in the chair in front of me. I was on my own and took the photos. T stayed on the ground.
You can walk back into Launceston using the cliff side walkway.
Not a lot of water flowing today, but as you can see in this photo, the whole area was underwater when the river flooded in 2016, including the pool. Margaret took some great photos of the floods in Launceston.
I don't believe we used the chairlift when we were last there 15 years ago but walked like these folk.
T had a good therapeutic swing and fought off kiddies who wanted to swing while snapping us with her phone.
An inclinator, or cog, or rack and pinion lift up and down the side of the gorge. I don't think that was here the last time we were here, but back then we had no need of it. It was appreciated for this visit. We helped some rather confused Indian born tourists with getting back up to the top.
The cafe on the far side of the gorge. Can you see the peahens on the ground?
And one on the cafe roof.
Two tame wallabies were on this far side of the valley.
Can you imagine what this bank of rhododendrons look like when in flower? They must be nearly 20 metres tall.
Who gets to live up there?
Strange kind of pine tree as we dismounted from the chair lift.
Finally a peacock rather than a peahen, but where is its display? The cute bare topped guy in the next peacock photo was so out of focus, I just deleted the photo. He was rather nice looking, smooth, muscular, long haired blonde and displaying his body for all to see. Ok, I have settled now. He was a show off pony.
But here is a photo I prepared earlier, of a peacock in Cataract Gorge back in 2003 when we were last in Launceston.
Yes, delayed flights the next morning. A made us toast for breakfast as T had to go to work. Although the fog on the lowlands of the airport was not nearly as thick as it was higher up where we were, it was the fog in Melbourne that totally screwed up Jetstar flights with its just in time commercial model.