Waddamana - TAS

  Place Name


DEG: -42.12797 146.74835
DMS: 42º 07' 40.7" S 146º 44' 54.07" E
UTM: 55 G 5335985mN 479201mE
Altitude: 575.54m


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Population - Place Name


96.63kms NorthWest of Hobart
502.66kms South of Melbourne

Address & Contact

2670 Waddamana Rd
Waddamana TAS 7030
Phone: +613 6259 6120
Email: waddamana@hydro.com.au
Web: https://www.hydro.com.au/things-to-do/waddamana-heritage-site


The web address shown above leads to a much more complete story of the beginnings of hydro electricity generation in Tasmania.

Construction of Waddamana A power station commenced in 1910 by private enterprise. Weather and war, among other things, sent them broke, so the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Department was formed to take over and finish the job. The finished facility was commissioned in May 1916. Turbines were added to keep up with demand.

Between 1939 and 1949 Waddamana B station was constructed beside Waddamana A. Between the building of A and B a third station was built at Shannon, just downstream of Shannon Lagoon and The Great Lake but on the same river that supplied Waddamana with water.

The three stations operated together until 1964 when Waddamana A and Shannon stations were decommissioned. Shannon was demolished. The town of Shannon disappeared with it. Waddamana B closed the following year.

Waddamana A is now a hydro electric museum. It can be reached by a turn onto the Hydro Electric Heritage Trail which turns off the Lakes Highway about 10 km south east of Miena. It is a fairly well kept gravel road that generally follows the course of the Shannon River. Continue along this road after visiting Waddamana and you have a choice between joining the Lyell Highway at Ouse or Tarraleah.

Waddamana is located near the top of the Ouse Valley. The Shannon River flows into the Ouse River, which in turn flows into the Derwent near Ouse.
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Closest Weather Station

Liawenee at 05/01:30am EDT
Distance from Waddamana 26.19km N
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Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Waddamana 26.19km N
Mean Max. °C18.818.315.912.
Mean Min. °C5.
Mean Rain mm47.942.766.770.179.3106.6100.9141.3124.367.367.364.8

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