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Tasmania’s biggest open home!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hydro Tasmania is inviting the Tasmanian community to take a look inside its power stations, as part of a program of events to celebrate its centenary this year.

The first will opportunity will be at Trevallyn, which will be open to the public on Sunday 31 August.

Operating power stations are seldom open for public access, for safety and operational reasons.

“If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a hydropower station looks like, this is a rare opportunity to find out!” said Lara van den Berg, manager of the centenary program.

“We have thirty hydropower stations across Tasmania, built over the past one hundred years, delivering energy to homes and businesses across Tasmania.”

Guided tours will be held at six working power stations, including Lake Margaret near Queenstown, which is also celebrating its centenary this year. There will also be guided tours of Waddamana Power Station Museum – the Hydro’s first power station– during the Back to Waddamana free family day on Sunday 26 October.

“There’s a wealth of history to explore in and around the power stations, but the guided tours by our knowledgeable staff will also provide insight into how Hydro Tasmania manages these large assets to ensure safe, reliable supply of renewable energy,” said Ms van den Berg.

“Once you’ve taken a tour of a power station, you’ll hopefully better understand how the water in our rivers and lakes ends up powering the lights and appliances you switch on every day.”

There is no need to book for tours, you can just turn up on the day. 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.

The following power stations will be open to the public over coming months:

  • Trevallyn - Sunday 31 August
  • Gordon - Sunday 21 September
  • 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

For full details about power station tours, including opening times, see the events page.