Being a couple of thousand kilometres from home for Christmas day had certain advantages — we did not need to spend Christmas with family! Instead, we packed a Christmas lunch of turkey sandwiches, fruitcake and some drinks, and made our way to Cataract Gorge Reserve. This is a lovely location and very popular with the locals.
The water in First Basin is deep and very cold. However, there is always the heated swimming pool and manicured grounds to enjoy, as well as a walk around the basin and across the suspension bridge.
Be aware that parking at Cataract Gorge Reserve can be at a premium during peak holiday times, and the walk from the car park down to First Basin is quite steep.