Waddamana Power Station

Heritage Site

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A bold vision brought to life.


Located in Tasmania’s rugged Central Highlands, Waddamana is the site of Hydro Tasmania’s first power station and the centre-piece of the Great Lake Power Scheme.


Development of Waddamana Power Station and the scheme commenced in 1910 through a private company, however financial struggles forced a sale to the Tasmanian government in 1914. Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric Department was formed to continue the ambitious development.


Construction in this isolated region was difficult, with limited access in for workers, supplies and equipment. However the resilience and determination of the Central Highlands’ people prevailed, with Waddamana A Power Station commissioned in 1916 with two operational generators.


Waddamana is located very close to the geographical centre of Tasmania, with the closest nearby town being the charming historic Bothwell. 


Waddamana Power Station is at the half way point of the Highlands Power Trail, a self-drive journey through the Great Lake Power Scheme.


We recommend you allow approximately 1 hour to spend at the heritage site. There is no catering facility at Waddamana, however you may wish to bring supplies and relax at the picnic area or use the gas barbecue.