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Tarraleah Power Station Tour

Sunday, November 9, 2014

If you've ever wondered what the inside of a hydropower station looks like, this is a rare opportunity to find out! 

Come on a guided tour of Tarraleah Power Station - see amazing feats of engineering and learn how the water in our rivers and lakes end us powering the lights and appliances you swith on every day.

Located two hours north-west of Hobart, the Tarraleah Power Station was commissioned over a period of 13 years with machine number 1, 2 and 3 coming online in 1938 and numbers 4, 5 and 6 from 1943 to 1951.

Water flows from Butlers Gorge Power Station via a series of tunnels, canals and pipes to Tarraleah. The water drops 290 metres through penstocks (steel pipes) to the power station.

Find out more in the Tarraleah Power Station fact sheet.


Date: Sunday 9 November, 2014

Time: Tours will run every 20 minutes between 10am and 2pm.

Where: Tours will depart from Tarraleah Village. Visitors will be transported by bus from the village to the Tarraleah Power Station. Buses will depart outside the 100 Years of Hydro exhibition, next to the Highland Store reception area. Following the tours, visitors will be transported by bus back to the village.

Bookings: There is no need to book for a tour, you can just turn up. Tour group sizes will be limited so there may be a short wait between tours, and delays may be longer during peak times. We ask that you please be patient and take the opportunity to stroll around Tarraleah Village, visit the Penstock Lookout and enjoy the 100 Years of Hydro exhibition.

Parking: Parking is available in and around Tarraleah Village. For safety reasons, parking will not be permited at Tarraleah Power Station or in the vicinity of the power station.

What to bring: There is a lovely cafe at Tarraleah Village, however we suggest you also bring your own refreshments as we anticipate a large number of people will be at the village for the power station tours. Please prepare for all weather conditions as weather in spring can be changeable! We suggest you bring warm clothes and sun protection. Long sleeves and closed-toe shoes must be worn in the power station.

Important information:

As this is an operating power station, bags, food and drinks are not permitted inside the station, and therefore we ask that you pease leave these items in your car. You are welcome to bring cameras, phones and jackets into the power station. Water and toilets are available at the power station.

For safety reasons there is limited disabled and wheelchair access.

The guided tour will involve accessing parts of the station by climbing up and down stairs.

Mobile phone and internet coverage is not available at Tarraleah Village or Tarraleah Power Station.


More power station tour safety information can be found here

Find out more about Tarraleah Village

If you have any questions please email


We look forward to welcoming you to Tarraleah Power Station and hope you enjoy this unique opportunity to see inside a working hydropower station!