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Back to Waddamana Day

Sunday, October 26, 2014

We are inviting the community to join our centenary celebrations at a family day at the site of our first power station.

The Back to Waddamana Day will be held at the Waddamana Power Station Museum and Village near Bothwell in the Central Highlands. The original station came into service in May 1916, providing the first hydro-electric power to Hobart.

Date: Sunday, 26 October

Time: 10am to 2pm

Come along to this free family day and take a guided tour through the power station museum and share memories with former employees and past Waddamana Village residents.

There also will be music from the St Andrew’s Caledonian Pipe Band and a photographic slideshow of what life was like at Waddamana in the early days.

An official cake-cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the Hydro’s 100 birthday and to acknowledge the people who built the business, as well as those who worked and lived at Waddamana.

There is no need to book - just turn up.


Please note that the Waddamana Power Station and Museum is wheelchair friendly.

Further information can be obtained by contacting


Important information

  • Please drive safely. The roads in to Waddamana are unsealed. Conditions can change quickly on gravel roads as a result of traffic movement, weather conditions and wildlife.
  • Parking will be available on the grass oval opposite the village.
  • Food and drink: A cup of home-made soup and a bread roll will be provided. There will also be a sausage sizzle and a coffee van where food and drinks can be purchased. We suggest you bring your own snacks or a picnic lunch and drinking water. The closest shop is at Bothwell (42.5km away).
  • Prepare for all weather conditions as weather in Spring can be changeable! We suggest you bring warm clothes and sun protection.
  • Mobile phone and internet coverage is not available at Waddamana.
  • There will be a live radio broadcast from Waddamana on the day. The ABC's Chris Wisbey will present his Weekends program live from the site.


How to get there

The Waddamana Power Station Museum and Village is located 42.5km north east of Bothwell on the Waddamana Road off the A5. If travelling from Launceston, the road can be found just north of the junction with the Poatina Road (B51). Travellers from Hobart should turn left off the A5 15km north east of Bothwell.