Launceston’s Cataract Gorge Reserve is a cliff-enclosed gorge overlooking the South Esk River.

Peacocks display their stunning plumage and freely roam the grounds, close to Launceston’s CBD.

When in flood, water plummets through the natural canyon and adventure seekers can be viewed navigating the white water from the elevated cliff paths. Usually, the water forms a serene basin that Launceston residents flock to in summer in the absence of a local beach.

Entry is free. The Gorge has a chairlift, suspension bridge, restaurant, swimming pool and an array of picturesque walking and running trails.

Images: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett, iSky Aerial Photography, Pete Harmsen, Poon Wai Nang, Jarrad Seng.