Lake Margaret Hydropower
Depart The Paragon 2pm, travel to the Lake Margaret village, feel what life was like here for generations.
Enjoy an audio/visual presentation in the village hall with a cup of your favourite and a delicious snack.
View the weir and 60 inch woodstave pipe.
Enter the still proudly roaring 1914 commissioned powerhouse, see horizontal axis high pressure Pelton wheel turbines driving open alternators.
Check out residual mine effluent polluting the Queen River and other points of interest on the return journey to Queenstown.
2.5 Hrs, Amenities onsite, Low physical requirement.
**Persons with pacemaker or defibrillation devices cannot enter the powerhouse**
At the turn of last century the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway company was one of the largest and wealthiest mining operations in the country. Voracious furnaces had consumed the forests for energy and no coal could be found. Lake Margaret, the head water of the Yolande River is captured with a weir, directed into woodstave pipes around Mt Sedgewick before plummeting down the penstock to the high pressure Pelton wheel turbines.
The main powerhouse and village were commissioned 1914.
The ghostly village still stands and is wonderfully interpreted inside the village hall where you can enjoy a tea break. Step inside the powerhouse and marvel at the still proudly roaring turbines.