A winter afternoon at Lake Pedder

Date published: 28 Jun 2018 - Written by Jasmin - Filed under tasmania

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Scotts Peak Dam is the end of the road for the only gravel road that takes you in to Mt Anne-Mt Eliza and the Western Arthur Ranges.

From here, hikers intent on penetrating the Tasmanian wilderness start their journey on the trail that connects with the Port Davy Track. The track is the only way pedestrian traffic can reach Melaleuca and from there continue on the South Coast Track to Cockle Creek.

Mt Eliza on the right leading up to Mt Anne on the left

Mt Eliza on the right leading up to Mt Anne on the left

If you’d rather head for the Western Arthur Ranges, then Scotts Peak Dam is also your port of call. Take the same trail to Mt Hesperus, where you ascend and traverse the range for some days, greeting mountain peaks such as Mt Orion, Mt Capricorn and Mt Sirius.

Western Arthur Ranges

Western Arthur Ranges

There is an incredible amount of history (prehistoric and modern) in the area, and a visit to the library can keep you entertained with books about this this pristine Tasmanian wilderness. As is the case, wherever beautiful nature is, controversy is not far behind. This southwest corner, together with its neighbouring Florentine and Styx Valleys, with old growth forests and pristine Gondwana flora, has been the site of a lot of conflict throughout the years between those intent on profiting from nature and those on preserving it.

View of Scotts Peak Dam from Mt Eliza trail

View of Scotts Peak Dam from Mt Eliza trail

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