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Gordon River, Tasmania

#53 of 95 in Nature in Tasmania
The Gordon River is a major perennial river located in the central highlands, south-west, and western regions of Tasmania, Australia.
The Gordon River rises below Mount Hobhouse in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park draining the eastern slopes of the King William Range. The river flows generally south and to the west of the Gordon Range before flowing west through the Gordon Gap and spilling into Lake Gordon, an impounded reservoir created by damming the Gordon at the Gordon Dam. Together with water fed from Lake Pedder, the principal purpose of the reservoir is for generation of hydro-electricity at the Gordon Power Station.
Flowing from east to west through Lake Gordon, the river continues west, passing through the Gordon Splits, a series of gorges once considered impassable until 1958 when Olegas Truchanas, a conservationist and nature photographer, was the first person to navigate the Gordon River in a kayak. The river flows north by west and then due north and finally due west as it reaches its mouth and empties into Macquarie Harbour at Wrights Bay.
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  • The Gordon River is not only an amazing part of Tasmania but an area the whole country can be proud of. Best seen from one of the cruises that leave from Strahan it is worth the effort to visit this W...  more »
  • It was good Staff were friendly. Seemed to be a bit more commercial (my wife did it some years ago). Lunch was a buffet that was nice. If you come to Strahan you would do it. It is a world heritage. B...  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous! A must-do in Tasmania. There are two ways to see it. One is to take a day-trip on one of the big boat cruises. They go about 5 miles up the river to a place called Heritage Landing where there's a short but beautiful loop track. The other take an overnight trip on the yacht Stormbreaker (at West Coast Yacht Charters), which goes about 20 miles up the river to Sir John Falls. Since the river and the falls are so beautiful, it's well-worth considering an overnight trip.
  • Excellent place to visit. The vast expanse of the forest has to be seen to be believed

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