Zig Zag Track


An historic trail that links the Kings Bridge to the First Basin, with
a series of zig–zags that climb high above the Cataract Gorge
Reserve. Popular with runners, this Trail has been described as
‘testing the lungs of travellers’, but the views from the track are
well worth the effort.

Picnic Facilities
Public Transport
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Start at the Cataract Gorge carpark: 74-90 Basin Rd, Launceston TAS 7250.


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Route/Trail notes

From the end of the main parking area, take the high road to the right, a paved road called Inclinator Track that leads to Zig-Zag Track. Inclinator Track stays up along the ridge above First Basin, providing an overview of this wide area between narrow stretches of Cataract Gorge. You will pass both the charlift, which gives visitors a ride across the gorge, and the inclinator.  After less then 150 meters on Inclinator Track, the pavement ends and you will continue onto a dirt trail. This first stretch of dirt quickly leads to a T-junction with Zig-Zag Track. Turn right to take Zig-Zag Track up and along the bluff on the southeast side of Cataract Gorge.  Continue along the signed path.



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Great day walking around cataract gorge

Lorna Teakle on 12 Mar, 2023

Linked this one with the Cataract Gorge track for a loop. Easy walk with some stairs. A short 3km but lovely views of the gorge.

S K on 26 Jul, 2022

A bit steep but not too long. Never seen so many wildflowers. It's not hard to see why this is called the zig-zag track. Views from the cliffs were amazing.

rob.bushman on 5 Oct, 2014

Very steep walk.

Harry on 5 Oct, 2014

Lovely walk, saw plenty of wildlife! Gorge was amazing.

Catherine on Dec, 2012


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