It is about Dam time we saw a Dam
Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
12Trip End Apr 20, 2010
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Well today we are off again out of the city and into the wilderness looking for a Dam but not any ordinary dam this one has history and controversy behind it, it is the Gordon river dam the last dam built in the wilderness this was to be the start of two dams the Gordon and the Gordon below Franklin Dams to provide electricity to the State of Tasmania.
This resulted in a barney between the state and the federal governments and the conservationists.As you can see common sense prevailed and people power won the day along with the formation of the Greens political party in Tasmania.
OK enough politics we are on holiday :) so off we set in the gas guzzler and Jane as our trusty leader, the road was at first not as windy as other roads but soon we were in amongst the mountains and the scenery again was spectacular, we had left about 8.30 as i thought we may have gotten some nice morning shots of the lakes on the way to the Dam as we past some great views we reached the highest point on the road in the mountains it was 819 metres or 2700ft above sea level so not quite blood nose stuff but close to it, we passed some lovely little towns and places on the way and i decided we would come back to one of these for a bite to eat after we had been to the Dam.We arrived at a place called Strathgordon and me thinking it would be a village was mistaken it was a holiday camp site so we drove on to the dam and for security reasons i gather the dam was not marked in Jane's brain as a local attraction, (Jane is our Gps) so onwards we drove and came to a look out of lake Pedder so called in for a photo shoot it was wow like foggy and as i spoke it stated to fade, so out with the cameras and man was it worth the wait and view it was awesome after some time here we continued up the roads to the dam its self when we got there i fully expected a horde of tourist but found out that there were only us and a couple pf other people
I walked around taking pictures and spied the walk way and steps down to the Dam top so off i set stopping to grab another photo and once on the Dam wall its self it was amazing to think that this is the highest dam in the country not only in altitude but also in actual height, so after some amazing photos i went back to the top had a look around again and we headed back to Strathgordon as apparently that's where they had the information centre at Lake Pedder and on the way there we had a slight detour to Serpentine Dam, again another lovely spot great photos and then it was time to head back.
At Strathgordon we flew past the information centre and back on the road to some where to eat we pulled up at a lovely little place called The Possum Cafe and had some lunch, after lunch we drove back to Hobart and finally got back about 3pm not bad for over 300ks another good day and could not have asked for better weather.We decided on a night in so bought some Ravioli and an Apple pie and settled in for the night so i will wish you all a good day and a great day in the morrow and will send the last blog from Tasmania tomorrow.
Stewart and Nancy
Hello all this is your roving Tasmanian devil hunter Cedric,
Well another damn early day and wow what a sunrise it was awesome but today we are to go and see a damn dam that the idiot says is important to the Tasmanian history, at that word "History" i was impressed as being an archaeological squirrel it brought out the digging instinct in me, have trowel will dig is my motto
OK children gather around and little uncle Cedric will give u a brief history lesson about this Damn dam, the information was gleamed (squirrel talk for stolen) from the hydro Tasmania web site on the Gordon so any spelling mistakes are not mine
The following is an extract from Hydro Tasmania's own web page
building of the Gordon River Power Development, Stage 1 involved the
flooding of the original Lake Pedder, a small lake with a spectacular
white beach during the summer months. Conservationists loudly opposed
the development but were unsuccessful in halting the development. By
1979 the conservation lobby had grown in strength and there was vigorous
opposition to any further developments in the Gordon catchment area
The Gordon River Power Development, Stage 2, which was also known as
the Gordon-below-Franklin, was presented to Parliament in 1979. This
scheme proposed a second dam on the Gordon River, just below its
junction with the Franklin River, and the single power station would
have re-used the water from the Stage 1 development.
In 1982 State Parliament approved construction of this scheme and
work began on building access roads into the site. In 1983 Federal
Parliament passed the World Heritage Properties Conservation Act which
banned construction in the area. The State Government challenged the
validity of the Act before the High Court. It was not successful and
work on the Gordon-below-Franklin ceased.
So there you go see told you this little squirrel was full of it and it is not all BS either mind you you will be surprised what you can discover when exploring old stools from old bulls, oops done it again wandered fro the straight and narrow
Well again am shoved in this back pack and again am warm and snugly so off to the wild blue yonder James and Jane mush mush hm does not work on him and the car ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hell damn forgot he only knows one speed when taking off flat out an go for it, there are more damn's in the Damn blog than ever hey must be because we are going to see where dam comes from, soon we are driving thru some pretty country side and spot where the cherries come from that he see's being sold in the Markets where he works soon we are in the mountains again and they are spectacular not as pretty as mine of course nothing beats the Canadian Rockies u can ask any Canadian.
The Idiot pulls up at some look out and when we get there it is fog bound and the idiot opens his mouth and his foot falls out just as well he has spares as he is always putting his foot in his mouth and proclaims that it is foggy well helloooo mind you i and can't see past my whiskers, but we hang in there and wow man ops that word is catching from the idiot this most spectacular scenery appeared from the depths of this fog.
It was fantastic and the idiot was snapping away as usual anything that moved was snapped, we then piled back in the car and off to this Damn Dam that he was raving on about all trip, when we got there he decided to go down onto the Dam wall and off we set little did i know what i was in for down down down we went and down some more till finally we got to the wall that was ok till he shoved me up on the wall and said hey look down there look how far it is and i nearly had a fit man talk about filling jeans man i did an more, it was such a long way down in fact it is 140 metres (460ft high) but the lake view was stunning, he waited till Nancy and her brother Bill come down to have a look he said ok lets go an headed back Up Up Up hm do u know that it is 200 steps from the bottom to the top so he walked 400 steps but as i have little legs and such it was 800 for me an was i damn stuffed by the time i got to the top of this Dam
We left there and went to another Dam called serpentine and again the view was fantastic it was hidden from the usual terrorist (tourist) traffic by a grotty dirt road that a lot of NORMAL people would say hm dirt clean car na and give it a miss. The road back was starting to get a bit more traffic on it so we timed that well by the time we got back to see some of the views we had seen an photographed they were just flat no reflections no dapple lighting etc so we were lucky and then we discovered this awesome place called Possum Cafe man it was the best i ordered a Beef pie and potato with sour cream on it it was so delicious i was tempted to order another but thought of my waist line and the tight squeeze n the back pack and said no i will be good.
Well we made it back to the apartment in one piece and decided as we had had a late lunch we would just have a eat in meal and early bed, we decided tomorrow we would go to a air walk as the call it to walk amongst the huon pine trees and other great Tasmanian forest trees.
Cheers all your Tasmanian devil hunter Cedric