The end of the road
If you’re heading to Strathgordon you’re not on the way to anywhere else. This is literally the end of the road. Located deep in the Tasmanian wilderness on the shores of Lake Pedder, for those who make it here, it’s worth driving to this far-flung outpost.
Perched on the edge of World Heritage Area, Lake Pedder is Australia’s largest freshwater lake. It draws keen anglers, kayakers and those who enjoy the peaceful quiet of its spectacular surrounds. Snow-capped peaks, tracts of ancient Huon pine including a 2,000 year old stump at Lake Peddar Chalet are just some of the reasons visitors are drawn here.
Engineering feats are common in these parts. The Gordon Dam wall is one – where you can now embark on the world’s highest commercial abseil. With its concave structure, there’s no pushing off the wall with your feet, but a 140 metre “dangle” from top to bottom for those who are game.
Walking about the town, there’s opportunity to learn more about the engineering history, a town built for hydro-electric commission employees during construction of the dam. If you’re not up for abseiling down the dam wall, take in the views from the top as well as from the Lake Pedder Lookout, about two kilometres pas the former hydro settlement.
At Strathgordon there’s not a terrible lot of hustle and bustle, which is ideal for those wanting to take in the grand surrounds. Neighbouring Southwest National Park is Tasmania’s largest national park and even though Strathgordon is less than 2.5 hours from Hobart, you’ll feel like you’re a world away from civilisation.
Highlights not to miss