Waddamana Power Station Museum

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 new life as a museum filled with original equipment and other displays.

The start of Hydro Tasmania

A private company started construction on Waddamana in 1910, but the project struck financial trouble. In 1914 the Tasmanian Government bought the partly built works and formed the Hydro-Electric Department to take over. In 1916 power generation began.

Over the ensuing years power demand in Tasmania grew and Waddamana also grew to match this demand. Shannon Power station was built to use the water from yingina / Great Lake before it ran onto Penstock Lagoon and Waddamana. A second power station was built at Waddamana – Waddamana B.

All three power stations continued to operate until 1964, when Waddamana A and Shannon were decommissioned. Waddamana B continued to operate until 1994. Poatina power station was built to the north of yingina / Great Lake to replaced Waddamana.   

A new life

You can visit Waddamana A power station today in its new life as a museum. It has been welcoming tourists from around the world and around the corner since it was converted in 1988. You can take the online tour below. 

At the museum you can see:

  • faithfully restored original machinery, most in original locations within the station
  • equipment from the old Shannon power station, penstocks and pipelines
  • historical photographs
  • appliances and artifacts from the historic Waddamana village giving an idea of what life would have been like in the early 1900s
  • interactive displays showing how a water turbine works and what makes hydropower renewable - designed for kids of all ages.

Find Waddamana power station museum

Waddamana is located almost in the geographical centre of Tasmania - perfectly placed as a scenic diversion through the lake country when travelling between major population centres. Find it on Google Maps >

Waddamana online tour

Hover over the buttons on the left and right of the online tour screen below to navigate backwards and forwards to get a taste of what the museum is like.