Thursday 13 February 2014

Tasmania Trip - Day 20

Day 20 - 13/2/2014 – Strahan to Teds Beach (Gordon Dam)

Well it was going to be another big day of driving and lots of winding and hilly terrain, so it was an early rise again.

Strahan Sunrise

Our destination was only about 100km away as the crow flies but by road it was going to be about 350-400km or about 6 hrs of driving + stops.

The first brief stop was Queenstown. You could tell when we were getting close to Queenstown because the landscape was becoming more barren due the mining and acid rain.

The town however have some nice old and interesting buildings

Heading up the range out of Queenstown
Looking down onto Queenstown on the way out of town
We stopped and had smoko briefly at Lake St Claire. We didn't bother doing any of the lake cruises. It was a bleak day and we had to keep moving so that we could make it to our intended destination.

Pump station in the distance

On the way to the Gordon Dam we stopped at a look out that looked over Lake Pedder. The natural smaller Lake Pedder was flooded in the early 1970's to form a larger lake for the hydro scheme. The new Lake Pedder is considered to be the largest freshwater lake in Australia.

Click on the image to get a bigger view!
From there it was on the Gordon Dam. The Gordon Dam looks like Australia's miniature version of the Hoover Dam in Nevada in the US. I could just picture Dolph Lundgren in Universal Soldier “Australian Rappelling” or face first abseiling down the dam wall!

A lot of steps down to the top of the dam wall!
A long way to the bottom

Looking downstream from the centre of the dam wall
Looking upstream from the centre of the dam wall

From there it was back to camp on the shores of Lake Pedder at Teds Beach. We just squeezed into a spot for the night.

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