Day 9 – Sunday, 5th October 2003
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Showground Markets are like a giant garage sale but not many craft stalls.
Darani bought a framed painting of a chicken, which made her happy.
Everyone else bought bits and pieces.
car west and headed to Gordon Dam, 165klm away, stopping at New Norfolk
for morning tea in
park. On the way passed the Norske-Skog newsprint mill, a huge
factory, which supplies some of News Limited paper.
The Oast House with
lovely rustic garden,
established about 150yrs ago as the drying kilns for the locally grown
hops. Hops give beer its bitter taste and act as a preservative. These
days The Oast House is a museum, café and craft shop. Hop growing is
still the main industry in the area with hundreds of acres under
Norfolk started our long drive to
Gordon and Lake Pedder to see the Gordon Dam. [Pamphlet]
What a drive! We drove for what seemed like hours not seeing another car.
Up and down steep twisty roads through world heritage national parks, some
areas heavily forested but some areas would not be out of place in a
saw the water of lake Pedder a huge man made lake and not long after, we
pulled up to the
Gordon Dam at
the end of the road.
level was down 19m but last month it was down 33m before the big wet
Tasmania got. Sam and Lindsey walked
a very steep set of stairs from the lookout & visitor centre to
walk on the dam. [Photo1,
gorge downstream is
stunning and it gives you an idea of the kind of area inundated when the
dam was finished. [Info1,
lunch was consumed at Ted’s Beach on the shores of Lake Pedder,
boat ramp and
about 15klm back towards Hobart. Apparently the freshwater fishing is
pretty good. On the way back we saw a
large example of a log near Maydena. Also there was a lovely view of a
snow-capped Mt. Field to the North.
Further along we think near Westerway we saw a nice scene of
clear water flowing under a rail bridge.