at the edge of the Gordon River near
Old dam construction village near the Gordon
Located 366 m above sea level and 161 km from
Hobart on the edge of the vast South West
National Park, Strathgordon was originally built
in 1969 as a construction village for workers on
the HEC damming projects which drowned both Lake
Pedder (one of the natural wonders of Tasmania's
south west) and Lake Gordon. Between them Lake
Pedder and Lake Gordon cover more than 500 sq.
km and hold 27 times the volume of water in
Today Strathgordon is a tiny settlement which
is only a glimmer of the thriving town which was
occupied in the 1970s by workers building the
dams. The area has been developed by Hydro
Tasmania as a suitable place for trout fishing
(a current fishing licence is essential),
picnics, barbecues, camping and bushwalking.
Things to see:
rainforest beside the Gordon River
downstream from Strathgordon
Bushwalking in the area
There is plenty of bushwalking available in the
area but the rainfall (2658 mm per annum) means
that great care has to be taken to protect
To the south of the town lies the vast South
West National Park, one of the few areas of
genuine untouched wilderness left in Australia.
It is a comment on the wildness of this area
that the Lithuanian born photographer, Olegas
Truchanas (whose photographs of the area have
become famous - they were used extensively in
the 1983 election campaign), was the first
European to navigate the Serpentine and Gordon
Rivers. He made the trip as recently as 1958.
All information about walking tracks and
scenic viewpoints is available from the Visitor
Reception and Information Centre on the decking
above the Gordon Dam about 13km west of
Strathgordon. It is open daily (except Christmas
and Good Friday) between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00
p.m. November to April inclusive and 11.00 a.m.
to 3.00 p.m. May to October. For more details
contact the centre during these hours on (03)
If you want a short walk ask at the Visitors
Information Centre about Jack's Track. It is a
30 minute round trip through forest.
Gordon River Road
The Gordon River road is approximately 85km
long. It can be accessed just west of Maydena.
There is a fee for entering the South West
National Park. Contact 03 6288 1283 for more
details. It is possible to hire an audio tape
which provides information about places of
interest along the road. There are several
viewing points and two picnic areas along the
road and there is a short forest walk (about 20
minutes) some kilometres along the road which
runs off from Frodsham Pass. The audio tapes are
available from the toll gate at Maydena or the
South West National Park Office at Mt Field (03)
6288 1283. During the winter the Gordon Road may
be closed to traffic.
There are excellent camping grounds near the
Edgar and Scotts Peak dams. These facilities are
maintained by Parks and Wildlife Service and
include toilets, barbecue and picnic areas.
Fishing and Boat Hire
Both Lakes Gordon and Pedder provide excellent
trout fishing opportunities. Fishing licences
are essential. Fishing boats can be hired from
the Lake Pedder Motor Inn.