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Tasmania - Hydro Electric Power Stations

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Tasmania, Australia

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $75 USD per person
  • Duration

    9 hours

  • Avg Distance

    260 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    08:30

  • Starting Location

    Launceston

  • Price Includes

    Morning and afternoon teas; Power station and museum entry fees.

  • Notes

    Main meals and beverages not included.

Highlights

  • Trevallyn Power Station; 1955 - present; Trevallyn hydro electric power station is located 5 minutes from the heart of Launceston and was commissioned in 1955. It houses 4 generators of 25MW capacity and supplies around 5% of Tasmania's installed generating capacity​. We view the tailrace where the water exits the power station then enter the power station to view the different levels and explain how electricity is generated.
  • Duck Reach Power Station Museum; 1895 - 1955; Duck Reach power station was the first publicly owned generating electricity plant in the Southern Hemisphere and was commissioned in December 1895. Imagine the smell of mutton fat or kerosene lamps in your house but pleased when Gas is distributed in the 1840s and even happier when Electricity was made available from December 1895 turning "night into day" as remarked by some at the opening.
  • Waddamana Power Station Museum; Waddamana is the site of Hydro Tasmania’s first hydro electric power station that opened in 1916 and after a hard life of generating renewable energy, the station was put into retirement. The Waddamana power station now has a new life as a museum filled with original equipment and other displays and is located in Tasmania's central highlands below Great Lake. We travel to Waddamana via Poatina where an underground hydro electric power station operates and then return to Launceston via Deloraine.

Guide

Trip Info

Power Station Explorer
Come and explore a modern working power station or visit historical power station museums located just 5 minutes from the heart of Launceston. If you have more time you can meander through some magnificent rural scenery to the Central Highlands to Waddamana near the Great Lake.

Private charter for 1-4 guests is available, please contact hello@guideadvisor.com.

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