Wallaby Walkabout Tours provides three guided walking tours that have a focus on Launceston’s iconic Cataract Gorge.
The Cataract Gorge walking tour, which begins at the Basin Cottage, is a 2.5 hour easy walk around the First Basin/Picnic Grounds areas.
The Zig Zag Tour is a 3 hour walking tour that starts at the Bridge St entrance to the Zig Zag Track. It then winds its way up to the top of the cliffs taking in some of the notable sites along the way, including the ‘Hydro House’ and the magnificent views of the mountains. The walk then proceeds down into the First Basin area and then loops over to finish in the Picnic Grounds.
The Waddamanna Tour is a full day guided walking tour that begins by going through parts of the Cataract Gorge and then takes in the bushland of the Trevallyn Reserve. As you walk through the bush you will find out about Aboriginal sites in the area before stopping for a bbq lunch and a cultural session where you can create your own mementos.
All tours will show you how to identify natural bush foods/resources and highlight Aboriginal cultural connections to the areas visited.
From $30 to $120
Each of the tours showcase Aboriginal cultural connections to country and highlight bush foods/resources that are available in each of the areas. There is also information about the history of Launceston and the Gorge.
The two tours that focus on the Cataract Gorge areas of the First Basin and Picnic grounds are designed to cater to people who have a limited amount of time but want to utilize it and gain the most enjoyable and informative experiences possible.
The Cataract Gorge Tour is designed for those who are of average fitness and can do a reasonably easy stroll (one short hill climb involved) and ideal for families.
The Zig Zag Tour is designed for those with no mobility or fitness issues and involves one steep climb, although time is taken and regular stops are made.
The Waddamanna Tour is designed for those who are able to do some moderate bush walking over reasonably easy terrain. It is a full day tour (min. 6 hours) but does have at least 90 minutes for lunch and a cultural workshop session where you will work with natural resources to make either clap sticks or do painting with natural ochres.