Brandum Bay boat ramp, yingina / Great Lake

Visitor information and safety

Hydro Tasmania is responsible for managing some of Tasmania’s most beautiful locations. Our land and waterways cover approximately 120,000 hectares, including about 13,000 hectares in Tasmania’s iconic Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), making us the largest water manager in Australia.

We welcome visitors and encourage you to enjoy fishing, camping, kayaking, canoeing, boating, water-skiing, bushwalking and other activities. 

We require everyone visiting our land and waterways to take responsibility for their safety, and the safety of others. We also ask that you respect and protect the environment, and help us ensure sustainable management for today and for future generations. 

This information will help you plan your visit, whether you’re heading out for a day of activity or a longer camping holiday. Please ensure you adhere to these requirements, and any warnings and regulations outlined at our various sites, including those on signs at boat ramps and camp grounds.   

Have a great time and stay safe.  

 

Exclusion zones - prohibited for powered and non-powered navigation  

Most of our lakes and waterways are operational assets for generating renewable energy. This means that water levels and flows can change very rapidly and there are areas where swimming, boating, paddling and public access is prohibited. These areas are called exclusion zones, and are in place to ensure the safety of visitors and Hydro Tasmania personnel, and to provide sustainable management of the waterway and its surrounds.  

Marine and Safety Tasmania regulates the use of motorised and non-motorised craft on our waterways. Information about areas prohibited for navigation and a notice to mariners is available on MAST’s website.    

Signs are in place to indicate the exclusion zones and any other dangerous conditions or warnings. You will see this information outlined on boat ramp signs, as well as on exclusion zone warning signs. It is important that everyone using our lakes and waterways recognises and avoids the dangers of moving water in these areas.  

 

Regulations and requirements on lakes and waterways 

In addition to exclusion zones, there are regulations and requirements that must be adhered to when you’re using our land and waterways. These include wearing a life vest when on the water, complying with boat speed limits and not swimming within 20 metres of a boat ramp.  

When you visit our lakes or lagoons please ensure you check the onsite signage for these requirements, and stay alert at all times. The requirements are also outlined on our interactive web map

 

Camping

Camping is permitted at some sites owned and managed by Hydro Tasmania. You can find details of these sites here.

  • Unless otherwise stated, camping is allowed for a maximum of 28 nights at each site.  

  • Everyone camping at Hydro Tasmania sites including visitors in caravans, campervans and motor homes must be self-sufficient with their own toilet facilities and water. 

  • Caravans, campervans and motor homes must utilise authorised effluent disposal stations 

  • Campfires are not permitted unless otherwise stated at the site. Please use fuel stoves only. 

  • Additional restrictions to campfires may apply in times of fire permit periods and total fire bans, and you should refer to the Tasmanian Fire Service website for further information.

 

Crime 

To report a crime you have witnessed on Hydro Tasmania land please contact BushWatch on 131444. 


Dogs 

We welcome dogs on most of our land, as long as they are on a lead or under effective control. There are some exceptions to this, where our land is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). In these areas, the TWWHA regulations apply and you should check the onsite signage.  

 

Emergencies 

In the event of an emergency please dial 000.

 

Horse riding

Horse riding on our land is only permitted where there is a designated riding trail.  

Information on horse riding trails can be found through some local council websites, and also on Discover Tasmania


Hunting and firearms
 

Using firearms for hunting on our land and lakes is only permitted if you hold a licence issued by Hydro Tasmania. Licences may be issued in the following circumstances: 

  • Association licences to allow members of a hunting association to hunt prescribed game within selected areas and at specific dates and times. 

  • Individual licences to contractors for pest and vermin control. 

  • Individual licences to persons to carry a firearm across Hydro Tasmania land to access hunting zones on adjoining land. 

An application to carry a firearm or hunt on Hydro Tasmania land requires the completion of an application form - Download the form here

Anyone holding a licence must ensure the safety of employees and the public, and protection of infrastructure assets that provide essential services to the community.  

Hydro Tasmania reserves the right to prohibit use of firearms on its land and lakes where the safety of its employees, the public or its infrastructure assets may be compromised, and to limit damage to environmental values of particular areas. 

 

Litter and waste removal

Littering is not permitted on any Hydro Tasmania land or waterway. Please respect the environment and ensure you remove all rubbish with you when you leave.  

To report littering, you can contact the Litter Hotline on 1300 135 513 (Service Tasmania).  

 

Toilets 

There are no toilet facilities on Hydro Tasmania land. Visitors will need to bring their own portable toilets, or bury toilet waste at least 200 metres away from the water.  

Caravans, campervans, motor homes and portable toilets must be emptied in authorised effluent disposal stations.

 

Trail bikes 

Trail bike riding on our land is only permitted where there is a designated trail. Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania produces an online booklet called Ride Around Tasmania that provides information on all tracks available for vehicles with full and restricted registration.  

 

Water based recreation 

Please contact Marine and Safety Tasmania to report unsafe and non-compliant water craft behaviour. 

 

Water releases

We rely on water to generate electricity, but we also manage this shared resource to balance the need for irrigation, town water supply, aquaculture, recreation, aesthetics, and biodiversity. We look to accommodate complementary use of the water that we manage, where it’s appropriate to do so, and where it does not adversely impact on hydro-generation activities.

Special requests for river flows or lake levels can be made by contacting water.recreation@hydro.com.au. Make sure you include your name and contact information, purpose of the water release, number of people involved, dates and times / duration, location and water level / flow desired.



Water-skiing
  

Hydro Tasmania has five lakes where water-skiing is a permitted, and popular, activity. These are Lake Trevallyn, Meadowbank Lake, Lake Rosebery, Lake Parangana and Lake Barrington. You can find out more information about these lakes on our interactive web map.

 

Wood collection 

Cutting or collecting wood is not permitted on any Hydro Tasmania land. The only exception is the collection of wood for campfires at designated sites, as indicated on signage at relevant camp grounds and day use areas.  


Disclaimer:
Hydro Tasmania constantly reviews our sites and facilities for safety and maintenance. We reserve the right to temporarily or permanently close any site or facility at any given time without notice. 
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