One of Launceston’s Most Popular Tourism Walks to Remain Closed Until 2024

One of Launceston’s Most Popular Tourism Walks to Remain Closed Until 2024

One of Launceston’s most popular walking tracks remains closed until early 2024. The 1-km Cataract Walk closed in late June due to a privately-owned retaining wall at a property collapsing, causing various safety threats to the community.  

Both the Cataract Walk and Trevallyn Steps track have been closed to minimize any potential risk to members of the public. In order to optimise safety, the Council installed six tilt sensors on selected areas of the wall in July, which confirm that the wall is continuing to move. This movement shows that a complete failure could possibly occur at any given time without any warning, hence, the walk will remain closed until the Council are certain that there is no potential risk to the public.  

Many travellers have expressed their admiration of the walk and its beauty, as well as how magical and rare it is to have such a great tourist attraction not far from the city.  

“It’s so amazing to have cataract gorge so close to the city. Lovely easy walk on right side of the gorge. A harder walk is on the left-hand side, the zig zag walk. We loved the walk and were told its all lit up at night too.” Said a Melbourne tourist on a review page.  

“A delightful easy trail that runs along the inside of the gorge beginning at a beautiful bridge and finishing in the park. While only 15-20 min in length it is a great way to see the beautiful rock formations and view thee natural landscapes.” Another wrote.  

Due to the strong tourist attraction, it is no wonder that the council are eager to get the walk back up and running (or walking as such).  

Although other beloved walking tracks remain open around the Cataract Gorge area, the council has officially announced the actioning of the collapsed wall along the Cataract, and how much they are prepared to spend demonstrates just how important this walk is to the public and to tourists.  

As Launceston Mayor, Matthew Garwood said, the Cataract Walk was a vital link to one of the state’s most popular visitor drawcards, and the Council is prioritizing its re-opening. 

$1 million has been set aside by the Launceston Council from the Annual Budget for the repairs. A contractor has been appointed the task of removing the bluestone retaining wall, which is expected to commence in the coming weeks. The Council do, however, suspect that the overall costs of the repairs will be less than amount once all costs have been finalised.  

As Mayor Garwood states, the safety of the public is above all first priority.  

“Our priority at all times is the safety of our community,” he said. 

“We know that the wall is going to fail completely at some point. If it did fail without our intervention, the costs to the Council and our community to make the walkway safe again would be too large, not only financially but also accessibility-wise.”  

“The Council has, therefore, decided to act immediately, and will seek to work with the property owners to have the work undertaken as quickly as possible.”  

“Due to the logistical challenges, Council are intending to take advantage of the drier conditions to remove the retaining wall and will also look to re-purpose the bluestone from the wall, for use in other community projects around  the city — a thrifty solution for a significant saving to the Council.” 

 ”The City of Launceston has taken a lead role in resolving this infrastructure issue to safely enable the re-opening of the Cataract Walk to the public, given its popularity with recreational users and its importance to the city’s visitor economy.” 

“We continue to ask for the community’s patience as we get this important infrastructure project underway.” 

“We will be pulling out all stops to complete the work as quickly as practicable.” 

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