Lake Margaret Hydropower

  • Begin at The Paragon Theatre 9am or 1.30pm.

  • Tour through Queenstown and on to the Lake Margaret power station and village.

  • Enjoy a tea break in the village hall while taking in the interpretive displays and the video presentation.

  • Visit the ghostly village, the powerhouse, the weir and wood stave pipe.

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. The answer was derived from the numerous local Piners and Miners waterwheels taken to a new level.

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 horizontal axis Pelton wheel turbines. The main powerhouse was commissioned 1914. The village where generations of people would thrive in Tasmania's Western Wilderness was constructed and populated that same year.

The ghostly village still stands and is wonderfully interpreted inside the village hall where we enjoy a morning or afternoon tea break. Step inside the powerhouse and marvel at the still proudly roaring turbines. RoamWild are fortunate to partner with Hydro Tasmania and present a truly unique tourism experience.

  • 2.5 Hrs.

  • No weather dependancy.

  • Amenities freely accessible.

  • Morning or Afternoon tea provided.

  • Mobility demand very easy, suitable for mobility aids.

  • $85 per adult.


NOTE : **Electro magnetism levels are too high for persons with pacemakers or defibrillation devices to enter powerhouse**

Abandoned waterwheel pit.
Live Hydropower
Horizontal axis Pelton wheel turbines turning General Electric alternators. Queenstown Tasmania

RoamWild Tasmania 0407 049 612

The Paragon Theatre, 11 McNamara street 7467, Australia

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