My pulse was beating like a sledgehammer as I stepped over the ledge ready to conquer the highest abseil in the world.
I was hanging suspended 140m (450ft) from a concrete dam with views of Tasmania’s magnificent southwest wilderness stretching out in front of me. I was about to complete one of the top 10 adrenalin activities in the world.
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Our day began with a two and a half hour drive through Tasmania’s magnificent south-west wilderness to reach Strathgordon, between lakes Gordon and Peddar.
Stunning views and untamed wilderness make this area one of the most naturally beautiful in Australia, and the views themselves are worth the trip, even for those who can’t see themselves stepping off the side of the dam!
Gordon Dam is several metres higher than the Sydney Harbour Bridge (134m), and holds back thirty times the amount of water in the Harbour itself. Those who have felt nervous standing on top of the 10 metre diving platform at a swimming pool will definitely feel the rush here!
Abseils are run by Aardvark Adventures, who are an amazing local company specializing in adventure tourism with over 30 years experience in the adventure industry. Not only do they provide abseiling, but also caving, white water rafting and kayaking adventures throughout Tasmania’s most amazing natural settings and World heritage listed regions.
A winning combination of qualities for a tour guide, Phil was an encyclopedia of information on the local area, struck the perfect balance between a winning sense of humor while prioritizing safety first, came fully loaded with waters and snacks, and took professional photography and video throughout the experience which he transferred to us at the end of the day (remember to travel with a USB).
Aardvark Adventures have three abseil points at the top of the Dam, and abseilers can try the 30 metre or 50 metre descents before attempting the 140 metre drop.
The Dam itself is concave, which means that most of the journey down the face when making the 140 metre descent is done without actually touching the wall.
It was an exhilarating experience and the views were out of this world!
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Don’t plan on rushing home to Hobart straight after completing the abseil. Those who budget time to spend via Lake Pedder on the drive back will reap the rewards.
Not only is Tasmanian beer the finest in all the land, but the beautiful Green Rosella’s come out to play. Enjoying a cascade draft with Lake Pedder and the Franklin Range in the background is not a bad way to send off the day!
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Aardvark Adventures provided a complimentary abseil of Gordon Dam. Having lived in Tasmania for 14 years, the Gordon Dam Abseil has been my most exciting Tasmanian adventure to date!
Visit their website and book a tour today!