Lower Derwent Valley area

Lower Derwent Valley area

 

The lower Derwent Valley provides Hydro Tasmania with six run-of-river hydropower stations, this means that water keeps on flowing creating a cascade effect down the river using the Derwent River water multiple times. Work on the lower Derwent power scheme began in the 1950s and finished in 1968 when the last power stations were commissioned. You can find out more about the lower Derwent power stations here >

The old 'hydro construction village' of Wayatinah is another relic of the HEC which has been converted into a new life as a holiday town, including commercial camping and caravanning. Apart from this, the large amount of lakes and lagoons provides recreational users with many different spaces to enjoy the water. There are a number of boat ramps which Hydro Tasmania manages in the Lower Derwent Valley to help you get out and enjoy your time on the water. Many Tasmanians and visitors use these spaces to boat, fish or water ski. 

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

Wayatinah Village is another of the old 'hydro construction villages' which is now a peaceful little town nestled in the Derwent Valley. The Wayatinah Lakeside Camp Ground, the general store… Read more >
The perfect spot to launch your boat for a day on Lake Meadowbank, on the other side of the road is a council picnic area with toilets. Turn off the Lyell Highway onto Dawson Road (C608).  Plea… Read more >
The perfect spot to launch your boat for a day on Cluny Lagoon. Please remember to 'leave no trace' and take all rubbish with you. Cluny Lagoon is an operational hydropower storage, which me… Read more >
The perfect spot to launch your boat for a day on Lake Repulse, to get to this boat ramp you have to drive across a bridge parallel with the Repulse dam. This dam uses its shape to create strength, … Read more >
If you are looking to launch your boat for a day out on Lake Catagunya you've come to the right spot. Turn off the Lyell Highway onto Wayatinah Road and continue past the Wayatinah boat ramp. Fr… Read more >
If you are looking to launch your boat for a day out on Wayatinah Lagoon you've come to the right spot. Turn off the Lyell Highway onto Wayatinah Road. Please note: For safety reasons swimming… Read more >