12 Days of Christmas at our recreation sites!

24 December 2021

In the spirit of the season, here’s our silly attempt at a Christmas carol to guide you through 12 of Hydro Tasmania's camp grounds, look outs, boat ramps and other recreation sites which have recently been upgraded.


Tasmania is blessed with beautiful scenery and waterways, and many of them are managed by Hydro Tasmania. As Australia’s largest generator of renewable energy and largest water manager, we have a responsibility to ensure these areas are accessible to all Tasmanians. We invest in our campgrounds, boat ramps and other recreation sites so you can enjoy being in Tassie as much as we do!

So without any further ado, here’s our take on The 12 Days of Christmas spent at beautiful locations around the state, where we’ve been hard at work making them better for you.


"1 anglers angling" - Dee Lagoon boat ramp

It’s easier than ever to enjoy the good trout fishing at Dee Lagoon, with this new boat ramp at Spillway Bay. This was upgraded with the assistance of Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) who are working with us to improve fishing spots like this throughout Tasmania.


Dees Lagoon boat ramp


"2 campers camping" - Darwin Dam boat ramp and camp ground

Lake Burbury on the West Coast is a spectacular place for both the scenery and the fishing, so together with MAST, we’ve sealed the road on the way in and made improvements to the campground.




"3 tourists touring" - Clark Dam lookout and camp ground

The detour to Butlers Gorge in the Central Highlands is worth it for the views of Clark Dam and Lake King William, especially from our newly upgraded lookout. Check out the newly installed ‘runner’. This is an original part of a turbine used between 1951 and 1964 at the nearby Butlers Gorge Power Station.


New 'runner' display at Clark Dam lookout


"4 paddlers paddling" - Cluny Lagoon boat ramp

Fed by the Derwent River near Ouse, Cluny Lagoon is known for its reliably compliant brown trout and its good paddling for the kayakers – and now it’s more easily accessible with improved access to the shoreline and better parking.



"5 rowers rowing" - Lake Barrington pontoon

Lake Barrington is a Northern Tasmanian gem. It’s home to our incredible Devils Gate Dam, Forth Falls, a rowing course which has produced Olympic athletes, and at one time was even named Tasmania’s finest drinking water! Together with MAST, we built this brand new pontoon at Lake Barrington Park.


Lake Barrington pontoon


"6 boaters boating" - Woodwards Bay canal markers

To help keep boaters safe on the water, MAST has installed new navigational aids in Woodwards Bay at the southern end of Bronte Lagoon. North, east and west cardinal marks the submerged, shallow canal banks which extend north from the mouth of Woodwards Canal.



"7 visitors gazing" - Knob Hill lookout at Gordon Dam

A right turn off Gordon River Road will give you a stunning new look at Gordon Dam. One that has been fenced off for many years. Knob Hill was a key location during the dam’s construction, providing an incredible overview of the project below.


View of Gordon Dam from Knob Hill


"8 jetties… er, jetting?" - Lake Rosebery jetty, Tullah

Another fantastic spot for fishing and water skiing, by the former Hydro town of Tullah. We’ve upgraded the jetty to make it safer and more accessible, providing signage, hand rails, ladders, fencing and seating. Perfect for watching someone else getting your gear ready for you!



"9 Instagrammers clicking" - Tarraleah penstock lookout

One of Hydro Tasmania’s most-photographed sites now has a new viewing area, seating, parking and interpretation panels throughout the area, which provide fascinating details and photographs on Tarraleah’s history and role in the hydropower system.


Tarraleah lookout


"10...cats? (OK this is just silly now)" - Catagunya boat ramp

One of those out-of-the-way places, which happens to be almost adjacent to our Wayatinah Power Station. Earlier this year, the road was upgraded and dead trees were cleared to create more space for parking and camping.



"11 picnickers… picnicking?" - Trevallyn picnic area

A great spot for a family day trip, with nearby day walks and a perfect view of Trevallyn Dam. This area has been closed to the public for much of 2021 while undergoing a major revamp - a whole swag of new facilities and information on how we look after the local environment.


Trevallyn dam interpretation panel


"12… Mackenzies? I give up!" - Lake Mackenzie Road

If you’re travelling this way, you’re pretty far off the beaten track… which has been upgraded! Lake Mackenzie Road takes you through a beautiful part of the Great Western Tiers Conservation Area, to Lake Mackenzie Boat Ramp and the Devils Gullet Lookout. Sometimes the road is closed due to snow. Other times, it will just be you and the wedge-tailed eagles.



Of course, there are many more stunning locations for you to enjoy over the Christmas break… and anytime! You can visit our ‘Find A Site’ interactive map to search for your perfect location.



Merry Christmas one and all.


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