Cycle through the South West of Tasmania (Part 1)

The south west of Tasmania owns a magnificent mountains, peaceful plains, wild forests and immense rivers. There is the Southwest National Park which is the largest national park in the state. This park is very ancient and wild. It is the remote place in the region which is suitable for cyclists to make their amazing adventures.

Go through the Gordon River Road and via Scotts Peak Road Access you can witness the wild and rage of the northern region. These roads make a remarkable point in the history of the region.

In the early 20th century, ordinary people who worked in extraordinary conditions made The Tasmanian hydroelectric power scheme. This has been carved out of the harsh interior of Tasmania and became a source of both controversy and inspiration. The people who built this work need to be very resilient and determined because the innitial construction of these power stations, roads and dams was very hard and dangerous.

Workers had to work very hard in extreme weather in the harsh conditions. During these efforts, they built communities and formed longlasting friendships. Migrants from various backgrounds became communiti and together they share a common goal.

In the Tasmanian hydro scheme, Lake Gordon and Lake Pedder are the most notorious and remarkable constructions. The Lake Pedder was first a natural lake but the it was expanded when three dams namely the Scotts Peak Dam, the Serpentine Dam, and the Edgar Dam are constructed. While the Gordon Dam is built, leading to the formation of Lake Gordon. This dam can hold back more than twelve million megalitres of water at its full capacity a that. It is the double curveted concrete arch dam containing largest amount of water in Tasmania.

These two constructions are not only full of water but also full of controversy. In the 1960s and ’70s during and after they were built there was a strong campaign to keep the origin of Lake Pedder. Inspite of not being sucessful, the protests helped to start the end for hydro-industrialisation in Tasmania and formed a political force named the Greens Party.