An Introduction to South West Tasmania
Tasmania’s South West National Park is an awe inspiring region covering more than 600,ooo hectares of pure Tasmanian wilderness. There is only one road that extends into the region which is the Gordon River Road. This road takes you all the way out to the Gordon Dam and Lake Pedder. There is one turn off, called Scotts Peak Dam Rd which allows bushwalkers access to spectacular locations such as Mt Anne, Schnells Ridge and the Arthur Ranges. These bushwalks are all serious undertakings and should not be undertaken without proper planning.
That is not to say there is nothing for the day tripper or car camper. The views along the Gordon River Road before turning onto Scotts Peak Dam Rd are wonderful. The road travels through the ancient forests of the Upper Florentine Valley and the rugged peaks on the horizon provide a stunning backdrop. Once on the Scotts Peak Dam Rd itself there is a very easy 20 minute boardwalk called the “Creepy Crawly Walk” through stunning Tasmanian rainforest.
The true splendor of South West Tasmania can really be appreciated from Red Knoll Lookout, right at the end of the road. The Arthur Ranges dominate the south and south western horizon. The Frankland Range dominate the West, Lake Pedder is to the north and the Anne Range and Scnells Ridge the east. A great place to familiarise yourself with some classic Tasmanian wild country.
Camping is available at the Edgar and Huon campgrounds, but for the adventurous this is just the beginning! The Arthur Ranges requires a good 6-7 days to traverse and the Mt Anne Circuit requires at least 4 days. Great day or overnight walks include Mt Anne, Schnells Ridge and Lake Judd.