Central Plateau area

Central Plateau area

 

The Central Plateau is the site of Hydro Tasmania's second largest water storage - yingina / Great Lake. The water in yingina / Great Lake has been used for hydropower generation since 1914 when the water was directed to the south to the Waddamana Power Station, which has now been converted into a museum. In 1966 the water from yingina / Great Lake was redirected to the north for the new underground Poatina Power Station.

yingina / Great Lake provides some of the best boating and fishing in Tasmania and many Tasmanians have shacks at yingina / Great Lake. We work locally with the Central Highlands Council and the Bothwell Tourism Association to help develop and promote the area. You'll find information about Hydro Tasmania and activities across the Central Plateau, as well as to the south and the north.

Don't forget to "Leave no trace" when you are visiting the untamed wilderness of Tasmania. Read more >

Waddamana is the site of Hydro Tasmania’s first hydropower station. After a hard life of generating renewable energy, the station was put into retirement. The Waddamana Power Station now has a… Read more >
Pump House Bay is named after the pumping station which takes water from Arthurs Lake to yingina / Great Lake to be used in the Poatina Power Station.  Please note: The Pump House Bay camp… Read more >
Located near the Pump House Bay camp ground, this is a perfect spot to launch your boat on Arthurs Lake. Arthurs Lake is an operational hydropower and irrigation storage, which means that the water … Read more >
Jonah Bay camp ground is located near Cowpaddock Bay on Arthurs Lake, travel along Poatina Road and turn off at Gunns Marsh Road.  Please note: The Jonah Bay camp site is closed during win… Read more >
The perfect spot to launch your boat on Arthurs Lake, this concrete boat ramp is located near the Jonah Bay camp ground. Access is via a gravel road.  Arthurs Lake is an operational hydropower … Read more >
The perfect spot to launch your boat for a day on Arthurs Lake, please remember to ‘leave no trace’ and take all rubbish with you.  Arthurs Lake is an operational hydropower and irr… Read more >
Penstock Lagoon camp ground is a great wilderness experience, if you want to really get away.  Camping here is free and there is a gravel boat ramp located at the camp ground. There are&nb… Read more >
The perfect spot to launch your boat for a day on Penstock Lagoon, this boat ramp has an adjacent jetty and is located near the Penstock Lagoon camp ground.  Please note: Boating on Pensto… Read more >
Find out how Penstock Lagoon got its name at the Penstock Lagoon information point. There is information about the history of the site and the best spots for fishing at this scenic outlook over… Read more >
This is where the journey begins for water that will eventually generate electricity at the Poatina Power Station. From this intake the water plummets down an underground tunnel and into a large pip… Read more >
Note: this site is not managed by Hydro Tasmania. Please visit the Poatina Village website for information about facilities provided and activities permitted. When the Poatina Power Station was bein… Read more >
Located on the eastern shore of yingina / Great Lake, off Poatina Road, this boat ramp is a great place to launch your boat for a day out on yingina / Great Lake. yingina / Great Lake… Read more >
Located near Miena, a great place to launch your boat for a day out on yingina / Great Lake, turn off the Highlands Lake Road.  yingina / Great Lake is an operational hydropower water… Read more >
Located south of Liawenee, off the Highland Lakes Road, this gravel boat ramp is a great place to launch your boat for a day out on yingina / Great Lake. This is one of the few boat ramps which… Read more >
Located on the north-western shore of yingina / Great Lake, off the Highland Lakes Road, this concrete boat ramp is a great place to launch your boat for a day out on yingina / Great Lake. … Read more >
Located on the south-eastern side of yingina / Great Lake, off the Highland Lakes Road, this concrete boat ramp is a great place to launch your boat for a day out on yingina / Great Lake.&… Read more >
A short walk from Hydro Tasmania's Miena Dam is the Beaumont Memorial, the final resting place of 19th-century naval officer and public servant John Beamont, who explored the area in 1817. To ac… Read more >
If you are looking to launch your boat for a day out on Lake Augusta you've come to the right spot. Hydro Tasmania manages this boat ramp for this little used site, which is part of the Tasmania… Read more >
Recommended: 4WD/AWD access. You can access the Hydro Tasmania concrete boat ramp at Woods Lake to get out onto the water. Camping is not provided by Hydro Tasmania at this site but is available, vi… Read more >
If you are heading from the central highlands to Launceston stop by Brumby's Creek, turn off Cressy Road at Fisheries Lane for some good fishing and to find out a bit more about how Hydro Tasman… Read more >
If you are heading from the central highlands to Launceston stop by Brumby's Creek, off Cressy Road on the downstream side of Lees Bridge. Here you'll find some good fishing and be able to f… Read more >