Abseiling (German: abseilen, "to rope down"), or rappelling in American and British English, is the controlled descent down a rope in rock climbing, mountaineering, caving and canyoneering. The technique is used when a cliff or slope is too steep and/or too dangerous to descend without protection. We have several suitable abseil locations in Tasmania, including the world's highest commercial abseil - the 140-metre Gordon Dam in south-west Tasmania.


THE GORDON DAM (Click here for a map)

Abseiling at the Gordon Dam has been included in the Top 10 Adrenaline activities in the world today, along with rafting the Zambesi River, bungee jumping in South Africa, and the X Roller Coaster at Six Flags, California. Standing 140 metres high, the Gordon Dam is the world's highest commercial abseil.


The day begins at 9am when we meet you at the Dam, around two and a half hour' drive from Hobart. The Dam is located near Strathgordon, in the heart of Tasmania's magnificent south-west wilderness. Accommodation is available at the Pedder Wilderness Lodge (03 6280 1166).


The Dam is several metres higher than the Sydney Harbour Bridge (134m), and holds back thirty times the amount of water in the Harbour itself. Have you ever felt nervous standing on top of the 10 metre diving platform at a swimming pool?


​BLACKMANS BAY (Click here for a map)

Located around twenty minutes south of Hobart, this is a picturesque 18 metre abseil over 'The Blowhole'. There is a great rock face to scramble back up, or use our supplied caving ladder. There are fantastic beaches nearby for swimming and games, and an underwater snorkelling 'bushwalk' around ten minutes south. This abseil is suitable for all ages.



The Gordon Dam abseil costs $210 per person, while the Blackmans Bay abseil costs $155 per person.  We operate all year round (weather permitting). No abseiling experience is necessary. We provide all specialist abseiling equipment and provide digital photographs of the day.Call us on +61 3 6273 7722 or email info@aardvarkadventures.com.au to book a trip.