Set on the shores of Lake Pedder, Strathgordon was built to house workers constructing hydro dams.
It is, literally, the place at the end of the road. From here, civilisation ends and nature takes over.
The old hydro workers’ village has been transformed into the remote Pedder Wilderness Lodge, a hotel and restaurant with two wings of guest rooms and an assortment of self-contained apartments.
Strathgordon is a good base for exploring some of the most accessible parts of Southwest National Park, Tasmania's largest national park. A drive around Lake Pedder ends at Scotts Peak Dam, passing walking trails to Mount Eliza, Mount Anne, Lake Judd and the Creepy Crawly Nature Trail through a beautiful section of cool-temperate rainforest. Peering into the abyss from the 140m-high Gordon Dam wall is a heady experience, especially if you’re hanging off it on the world’s highest abseiling experience.
Strathgordon is a 2hr 15min drive (157km) from Hobart.
- For a remote camping experience, set up the tent or campervan at Teds Beach, one of three free national-park campgrounds around Lake Pedder.