Trevallyn picnic area


Launceston is located on the kanamaluka / Tamar River in the north of Tasmania and is the second largest city in the state. It is known for its many historic buildings and the surrounding wine region, however its most famous attraction is Cataract Gorge, where visitors and locals ´╗┐enjoy walking trails, panoramic views, gardens and a chairlift. 

Launceston was the first Australian city to be lit by hydropower when the Duck Reach Power Station opened in 1895. Today, Launceston is the northern hub of our Great Lake Power Scheme with the ´╗┐Trevallyn Dam and power station located beside Cataract Gorge.

Trevallyn Dam, a concrete dam structure built in 1955, is a very popular spot for picnics and sightseeing.  A look out offers spectacular views over the dam, and you can climb up the structure - in a safely fenced area - and read about power development and the work we are doing to help juvenile eels migrate up the waterway.

Picnic facilities are set in a large grassy area, which also features a monument built by the Polish immigrants who worked on the construction of this and other hydro schemes.

Lake Trevallyn is located at the far north of the scheme, just a few minutes’ drive from the city. The lake is a popular destination for boating, swimming and water-skiing. In recent times Lake Trevallyn has been stocked with Atlantic salmon, attracting an increasing number of anglers.

Outdoor activity sites & amenities in Launceston

There is a boat ramp at Lake Trevallyn´╗┐´╗┐ also at nearby Tailrace Park´╗┐´╗┐, where Hydro Tasmania manages the inlet waterway.

The lookout and picnic area at Trevallyn Dam´╗┐´╗┐ are both open daily to visitors, with a gate that is opened at sunrise and locked at sunset.