Posted by: danielfee | February 26, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 02-26-2012

Launceston, Tasmania

Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city but its pace is that of a big country town. One of the main attractions is the gorgeous Cataract Gorge. Just a 10 minute walk to the west of the city center you will find two walking tracks, one either side of the gorge. The track along the northern side is an easy, heavily travelled trail that leads back to the First Basin where you will find a swimming pool, picnic grounds and an a’ la carte restaurant. This is also the trailhead for the trails leading up to the Cataract and Eagle Eyrie Lookouts. At the First Basin you can take the 10 minute chairlift on the world’s longest single span lift. Or you can cross the basin of the swinging Alexandra Suspension Bridge. The Zig Zag Track on the south side of the gorge has some steep climbs as it passes along the cliff tops, but it provides you with some great views of Launceston. In the photo above are the Kings Bridge in the foreground and the Paterson Bridge behind it, both crossing over the Tamar River.

Cataract Gorge

 

Alexandra Suspension Bridge

 

World's longest single span chairlift

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