Tasmania Road Trip: Cataract Gorge & Touret House

As we had arrived relatively early in the evening, we decided to go on a little walk up the Cataract Gorge.

It was only about 15 minutes from our B&B.

The Cataract Gorge is the river gorge of the South Esk River, and is one of the northern Tasmania’s premier tourist attractions.

Along the water, a pathway was built  in the 1890s and runs along the north bank of the Cataract Gorge.

There’s a lovely park with ferns and rare plants among huge trees, a café, barbecue places and free ranging peacocks.

Below, the river widens into a huge basin, with a swimming pool.

An old suspension bridge spans the water, and the worlds longest single-span chair lift – with 308 meters!

We didn’t go all the way up, as that would have been too long a hike.

But we enjoyed the nice walk after spending so much time in the car.

The Touret House

Our accommodation for the night was The Turret House, one of Launceston’s most iconic heritage properties.

The Turret House is a beautiful Queen Anne style home built in 1902 by prominent Launceston retailer, George McKinlay.

He build it on this spot as he could watch his cargo ships arrive on the river.

It features a verandah, decorative cornices, quirky staircases, beautiful ceilings, fireplaces…

And, of course, its famous turret which overlooks Launceston and the confluence of the North Esk and Tamar Rivers.​

Our hosts, lovely Jenny and Ken Davey, are both 5th generation Tasmanians.

They gave us a number of tips on what to do in Launceston.