Built in 1974 the Gordon Dam was a major engineering marvel. It is the tallest concrete dam wall in Tasmania and measures 140 metres high. The views at the Gordon Dam are an impressive mix of concrete vs. nature. When I visited Gordon Dam in November, on the gloomiest of days, the drive to Gordon Dam was gorgeous. Luckily for us because of the somewhat rainy day we practically got Gordon Dam all to ourselves. While I am not that into dams this Gordon Dam is a great day trip to do from Hobart.
Visiting Gordon Dam in Tasmania
With the creation of Gordon Dam, the Gordon River swelled and formed Gordon Lake. Lake Gordon combines with Lake Pedder to provide the largest supply of fresh water in Australia. If the weather permits, there is great fishing and kayaking on the lake. When we visited Gordon Lake it was rainy so kayak was out of the question. I would love to return and really get to experience Gordon Lake.
The views of Lake Gordon and Lake Pedder are best seen from the dam itself.
You can make the dizzying climb down the steps to the edge of dam. Here are where you can get the most epic shots. There are roughly 185 steps down, made a little more difficult by the fact you can see directly below you. The effort is well worth it once you get down there. I love the contrast between nature and man. The river directly in front of the dam is stunning. I only wish the weather was better so we could have enjoyed a bush walk around Gordon Dam. Even with the rainy weather I loved getting to visit Gordon Dam.
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When to Visit Gordon Dam
I would aim to leave early in the morning and arrive before noon. Spring, Summer and Fall are the best times of year to visit Gordon Dam. I would not recommend visiting in the winter as the roads can be very dangerous when slipper. Even in the rain Gordon Dam, was beautiful. Coming in the summertime will afford you more time to spend outside but will also have more tourists.
Getting to Gordon Dam from Hobart
From Hobart the drive to Gordon Dam is about 2.5 hours. It was one of the most scenic drives in Tasmania and we were one of the only ones on the road. We drove through foggy forests and even secret beaches to get to the dam. Allow for stops along the way to admire the beauty. I popped directions right into google maps and had no trouble finding my way. I would refuel right before you leave Hobart as we didn’t see a ton of places to do so along the way. Once you reach Gordon River Road there will be so much beautiful scenery so get ready.