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Tasmania’s South West Wilderness to Lake Pedder

Leaving the Cradle Coast, we travelled through the Great Lakes District seeing amazing sites of this truly diverse state. Arriving in the Southwest Region we were treated to a different experience. This forms part of the Tasmanian Southwest Heritage Area, this rugged area wasn’t mapped until the 1950’s and the Tasmania Hydro Commission undertook studies in the 1960’s to provide hydro electric power. They dammed it to form Lake Pedder, a 242 square kilometre lake with over 2000 beaches and 43 islands.

Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge was our base for our stay in the area. Originally built as accommodation for the Hydro Workers, it is now a fantastic facility on the edge of the lake with accommodation from back packers to suites with powered caravan and camping sites coming soon. A fantastic chalet style dining room, bar and lounge overlooking the lake provides a great atmosphere. The food was fantastic with local produce throughout the menu. Angie and Macca enjoyed the live music, local characters, I think Angie took some of the other guests money on the pool table.

Angie managed to set Macca up with an Abseil over the nearby Gordon Dam Wall. Aardvark Adventures, which is Tasmania’s premier adventure company with over 30 years’ experience in adventure tourism, runs abseils down the dam wall. Abseiling the Gordon Dam has been included in the Top 10 Adrenaline activities in the world today.

This is the highest commercial abseil in the world at 140 meters. Macca and Ben the cameraman faced their fears and abseiled down the dam wall. Lots of locals and the staff from the Lodge travelled out. It was worth with it for the scenery plus seeing Macca and Ben tackle this.

Phil and his team from Aardvark Adventures run a variety of adventure activities in the area also including canoeing and corporate events plus many school groups. Many sporting teams come to assist in team building and training.

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Jason Lock

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