Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site

2693 Waddamana Rd, Waddamana

No bookings required, just turn up!

Built: early 1910s, redeveloped: 1922

Waddamana is Hydro Tasmania’s first power station and the centrepiece of the Great Lake Power Scheme. Located 40 minutes from Bothwell and at the halfway point of the Highlands Power Trail. Waddamana is one of the few early 20th century power stations in the Southern Hemisphere where the original machines remain intact and largely untouched. You will tour the turbine hall with its mighty Pelton wheel turbines and explore exhibits that tell the compelling stories of endeavour and determination that brought a dream to powerful reality. The historic photographs, artefacts and personal memories on display provide an insight into life in the early days of the station and village.

Open: Sunday 12 November 2023, 10 am – 4 pm


Further afield


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Architectural Periods

Federation/Edwardian (1902-1918)

Interwar (1919-1940)



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