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Join us underground at Gordon Power Station

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hydro Tasmania is inviting the Tasmanian community to take a look inside the Gordon Power Station on Sunday 21 September as part of a program of events to celebrate its centenary this year.

Located two and a half hours south-west of Hobart, the Gordon Power Station is the largest power station in Tasmania and is 183 metres underground. It is the only power station on the Gordon/Pedder scheme. The station was commissioned in 1977 with two machines. A third machine was commissioned in 1988.

Gordon Power Station is supplied with water from Lake Gordon and Lake Pedder. The combination of these lakes is not only the largest storage in Hydro Tasmania’s system but the largest storage of water in Australia.

The Gordon Dam is recognised as a national engineering landmark. It is Australia’s tallest arch dam, and its construction used a unique double curvature that significantly cut costs by reducing the volume of concrete. The dam wall has a walkway which is open to the public.

Operating power stations are seldom open for public access, for safety and operational reasons. This is a rare opportunity to see what the inside of a hydropower station looks like.

Tours will be conducted by Hydro Tasmania employees and will provide insights into how we manage these large assets to ensure safe, reliable supply of renewable energy. Visitors will learn how the water in our rivers and lakes ends up powering the lights and appliances we switch on every day.

Tour details

Date: Sunday 21st September 2014

Time: Tours will run every 20 minutes from 11.30am until 2.30pm

Location: Gordon River Road, Strathgordon, 7139

No need to book – just turn up!

Tours will depart from the Gordon Power Station entrance. Afterwards feel free to wander the dam crest and visit the information centre at the Lake Pedder Chalet (read more: hydro.com.au/community/lake-pedder-chalet).

Please be advised that for safety reasons tour group sizes will be limited so there may be a short wait between tours during peak times.

Getting there: Take the Lyell Highway (route A10) from Hobart to New Norfolk. From New Norfolk take the B62 to Bushy Park then continue on the B61 through Westerway and Maydena arriving at Strathgordon. Continue on B61 through Strathgordon for another 15 minutes to arrive at the Gordon Power Station.

The following power stations will also be open to the public as part of Hydro Tasmania’s centenary celebrations:

Paloona - Sunday 12 October
Devils Gate - Sunday 12 October
Lake Margaret – Saturday-Sunday 11-12 October (during the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival)
Waddamana Power Station Museum - Sunday 26 October (during Back to Waddamana Day)
Tarraleah – Sunday 9 November

Full details about power station tours, including opening times, are available here.


Released by Samantha Meyer (03) 6230 5746.