Tarraleah Power Station Lookout, Tarraleah

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The Tarraleah Power Station is a pumped-storage hydroelectric power station located in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania, Australia. The power station is part of the Upper Derwent hydro scheme and is operated by Hydro Tasmania.HistoryThe Upper River Derwent hydroelectric scheme was developed at a time in 1934 when the former Hydro-Electric Commission had only two working power stations. In 1934 the Derwent Valley Power Development power scheme was approved by the Parliament of Tasmania with the Tarraleah Power Station as the first completed power station of that scheme. Ticklebelly Flat, the nickname for the married quarters at Tarraleah Camp number 2 in the 1930s, is a name for the history of Hydro Tasmania by Heather Fenton, known as Ticklebelly Tales.Power stationPart of the Derwent scheme that now comprises eleven hydroelectric power stations, the Tarraleah Power Station is located aboveground on the west bank of the Nive River downstream from the village of Tungatinah and a short distance from the Lyell Highway. The station draws its water from a variety of sources. Water from the concrete arched Clark Dam across the River Derwent that forms Lake King William flows from the lake and also from the Butlers Gorge Power Station around via the Tarraleah Canals.
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  • Although we stayed at Tarraleah, I would say it is worth driving the few kilometres in from the highway to the lookout. You do see some pipes from the highway but get more of a understanding of the to...  more »
  • It’s worth deviating 2km off the Lyell Highway to view this monstrous valley which generates power. The lookout provides information on the ingenuity and hardships of the men who build this many years...  more »
  • good place to visit, for kids it is more sort of educational, how its works , they can at least see it from outside.

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