This vast flooded valley system covers the area that once cradled the original Lake Pedder, a spectacularly beautiful natural lake that was the region’s ecological jewel. Its shallow, whisky-coloured waters covered 10 sq km, with one end fringed by a spectacular pink-tinged beach on which light aircraft could famously land. The lake was the first part of the southwest to be protected within its own national park, a status that failed to preserve it when Lake Pedder (and the pink beach) disappeared beneath hydroelectric dam waters in 1972. The protests surrounding the damming are often claimed as giving birth to the world's first green political party.
These days the artificial replacement is 242 sq km and, while its history has created a love-hate relationship for many people, it remains unquestionably spectacular. At its northern tip is the tiny settlement of Strathgordon.