Duck Reach and Kings Bridge Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 6.7km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Basin Carpark

  • End: Basin Carpark

  • Closest Town: West Launceston

  • Location: Cataract Gorge Reserve

  • Distance from state capital: 199km

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -41.446185

  • Longitude: 147.122614

Trail Access

Bitumen Road
Easy Access
2WD Vehicle
Ample Parking
Toilet Facilities
Drinking Water
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Table
BBQ Facilities

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

Gravel Path
Trail Markers
Drinking Water
Swimming Spots

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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Duck Reach and Kings Bridge is a 6.7km, grade 3 Return hike located in Cataract Gorge Reserve Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.


Follow the South Esk River from Launceston’s famous Cataract Gorge to the historic Duck Reach power station. This walk will generally suit groups with children.


Work on the Duck Reach Power Station began in 1855 but it wasn’t until 1895 that the turbines began to power the new electric streetlights.

The station was destroyed by floods in 1929 and rebuilt the following year. It continued to operate until 1956. Today an interpretation centre provides a history of the station.


Launceston Tamar and the North

Getting there

Park in Basin Road, West Launceston. Then follow the path into the Cataract Gorge grounds where you’ll find the Great Short Walks sign. Alternatively, you can walk to the Gorge from the Kings Bridge (near the Penny Royal complex) and join the Duck Reach track at the suspension bridge in the Gorge grounds. Allow 20 minutes to walk to the Duck Reach track from Kings Bridge.


Toilets, picnic facilities, kiosk, drinking water, swimming pool and change rooms in the Cataract Gorge ground.

There are some short uphill sections and approximately 190 steps each way. (The walk can be done one way if you arrange to have a car collect you from the track exit at Corin Street, above Duck Reach.)

Supervise children, hazardous cliffs, unprotected track edges, flowing waters.

Pets, bicycles and skateboards are not permitted.


Total distance: 6712 m
Max elevation: 99 m
Min elevation: 17 m
Total climbing: 432 m
Total descent: -433 m

For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania