Cycle through the South West of Tasmania (part 2)

After one of the most significant environmental campaigns happened in Australian history the completed Gordon Dam which were eventually scrapped to build in 1983 was planned for the Franklin-Gordon basin.

We sought to trace the history of this region and explore the roads and dams that were developed along the way in setting out on our ride.

The Gordon River Road built in 1969 to house construction workers, linking Maydena to the small town of Strathgordon and the Gordon River. It is lined by towering celery top pines myrtles, and sassafras that winds its way deep into south west Tassie’s wilderness. During the building of the Gordon dams and the Pedder, Strathgordon was home to 2,000. Strathgordon is a sealed ribbon of tarmac and a more peaceful and smaller version of itself. Nowadays the township is best known as a tourist destination though its hydro heritage still has a link to.

We marvel at the feat of engineering which is required to create this road on our first day riding the Gordon River Road. At any moment, you find yourself in a dense envelope of temperate rainforest which engulfs the road, and you will have the feeling that nature is ready to reclaim what was cut into it.

This a clear path doesn’t necessarily mean, don’t be fooled. You might find a few unlocked gates to get through with a bit of luck. These roads get wild and remote. a way out at the other end has no guarantees.

One of the many forestry roads which winds into the hill to explore when we briefly off Gordon River Road through our plotted path— the area’s political and environmental controversy which is another juxtaposition of the magnificent natural landscape.

Recently both harsh environments and the cycling industry has carved the way of adventure cycling through. But this way of cycling is not new like the history of the Tassie hydro scheme’s early pioneers. Rather it’s an idea as old as cycling itself which starts a story.