Lake Margaret Hydropower

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 powerhouse was commissioned in 1914, the now heritage valued village still stands and is wonderfully interpreted inside the village hall where you enjoy a tea break. Step inside the powerhouse and marvel at the still proudly roaring turbines.

  • 2pm Depart The Paragon, travel to the Lake Margaret village.

  • Enjoy the 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.

  • Adults $85, Child (17 years & under) $55

**Persons with pacemaker or defibrillation devices cannot enter the powerhouse**

RoamWild Tasmania 0407 049 612

The Paragon Theatre, 11 McNamara street 7467, Australia

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