Cataract Gorge – Natures Fury.
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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