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Cataract Gorge – Natures Fury.

G’day

Most Aussies would be aware of the deluge that Mother Nature unleashed on the Australian eastern seaboard in early June, where it seemed no city or town was spared along a 2000km (1250m mile) stretch of coast line.

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and everything in between copped a hammering from a weather system that brought with it high winds, heavy rain and flash flooding.

The state of Tasmania a further 460km (285 miles) south across Bass Strait wasn’t spared either, with many of the places we’d visited totally inundated with what has been called a once in 100 year flood event. Places including Latrobe, Deloraine, Forth and parts of Launceston to name just a few. (Link to ABC News Australia site)

I thought I’d share some of the photos from our visit to The Cataract Gorge near Launceston in March and a video of what the city and surrounds endured during the flooding that occurred on June 8, 2016.

As mentioned in this post, The Pillion and I stayed at a B&B about 2km (1 mile) from Cataract Gorge. Fortunately the B&B was not affected by the floodwaters, as it is on high ground.

For a bit of background, Launceston is at the junction of the Cataract Gorge, Tamar and North Esk Rivers and flows north to Port Dalrymple, on the north coast of Tasmania where it empties into Bass Strait.

The convergence of three waterways makes this a perfect place for flooding as the video below shows.

You should be able to determine the locations in the stills to those in the video. Take note of the basin at the 1:00 minute mark in the video, there is (was?) a swimming pool at the top right hand corner of the basin, just down from the green building.

Thanks to Red Barron Drone Images for allowing me to use their YouTube clip.

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Tamar River - Launceston

Tamar River – Launceston (Looking North)

North Esk River - Launceston

North Esk River – Launceston (Looking West)

Cataract Gorge - Launceston (Looking East Towards Launceston)

Cataract Gorge – Launceston (Looking East Towards Launceston)

Cataract Gorge - Launceston (Looking East Away From Launceston)

Cataract Gorge – Launceston (Looking East Away From Launceston)

Cataract Gorge Reserve - About 2km ( 1 Mile) From Where We Were Staying

Cataract Gorge Reserve – About 2km ( 1 Mile) From Where We Were Staying

CataractGorge012

Cataract Gorge Reserve – Longest Single Span Chairlift In The World

Cataract Gorge Reserve

Cataract Gorge Reserve

Cataract Gorge Reserve - Alexander Suspension Bridge

Cataract Gorge Reserve – Alexander Suspension Bridge

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13 responses

  1. Beautiful pictures, thanks for the share.

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    June 23, 2016 at 6:31 AM

  2. Wow, the amount of water in the flooding is unreal. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and the video for comparison.

    We’d not heard of the storm or flooding. The USA likes to keep us in the dark and our news is pretty much censored so we don’t see what is happening in the rest of the world. We rely on the interweb and blogging buddies to keep us informed.

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    June 23, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    • From what I’ve heard that flood was the worst since 1929. It would have been something to see in person I think, something that would stay with you for a long time

      It’s the same here with censorship, one person owns the lot and has a huge influence on what, and how things are reported – not a good thing in my view.

      It’s getting harder and harder to find honest, unbiased reporting.

      Thanks for stopping by

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      June 23, 2016 at 10:51 AM

  3. LB

    I’d love to ride on the chairlift!
    Looks like a great place to visit.

    Liked by 1 person

    June 27, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    • That chairlift was good fun, and wasn’t that expensive for a return trip in the scheme of things. There’s a cafe at the end which has some nice tucker too

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      June 27, 2016 at 2:20 PM

  4. I have wonderful memories of the chairlift ride across Cataract Gorge. Such a great place.

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    June 28, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    • Yep I hear you. I have a few good photos of The Pillion and I on that chairlift with the gorge as the back drop I’ll never forget any of our trip to the Apple isle.

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      June 28, 2016 at 7:34 PM

      • Yeah, I bet. It’s a brilliant place. Cold though! 🙂

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        June 28, 2016 at 7:43 PM

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  6. Cataract Gorge is a beautiful spot isn’t it. Amazing video

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    June 29, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    • Kinda glad we weren’t there for the floods and you r right, it is a beautiful spot.

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      June 29, 2016 at 10:57 PM

  7. There were more floods in July 2016 when I visited!

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    October 1, 2016 at 7:30 AM

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