Lake Rosebery

West Coast

The West Coast is known for its rugged wilderness and rich history. The harsh landscape and steep terrain has played an important role in the development of industry, and hydropower has been critical in building and sustaining communities in this region.

Hydro Tasmania’s operations in this region comprise the King and Yolande Schemes and the Anthony Pieman Scheme, with a combined total of ten lakes and seven power stations. 

While our presence here began in 1983 in the King River catchment, hydropower has played an integral role on the West Coast since 1914, when the Lake Margaret Power Station was commissioned. Built by the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company to provide electricity for the mines, Lake Margaret has a rich and fascinating history. Hydro Tasmania purchased the upper and lower Lake Margaret Power Stations, together with the historic Lake Margaret village in 1985.  

The West Coast landscape provides an ideal setting for outdoor recreation. From water-skiing on Lake Rosebery to paddling, camping and bushwalking, our land and waterways are popular visitor spots for locals and tourists.  

Fishing on the West Coast is extremely popular. Lake Burbury, Lake Rosebery and Lake Mackintosh are all managed as premium wild trout fisheries. Lake Rosebery is a great spot for boat and shore-based angling for rainbow and brown trout..  

Outdoor activity sites and amenities on the West Coast

Lake Burbury´╗┐´╗┐ is accessible from three boat ramps, and is a picturesque spot for a getaway.

Lake Rosebery is one of Tasmania’s premier water-skiing locations, well equipped with boat ramp and pontoon access.  
Boat ramps are available at Lakes Pieman´╗┐´╗┐ and Mackintosh´╗┐´╗┐. Travelling the Pieman Road will take you across the mighty Reece Dam with beautiful views of the Pieman River. The Reece Dam lookout´╗┐´╗┐, high above the Pieman River, provides another stunning view and has recently upgraded picnic facilities, making it ideal for a break.  

Two lookouts at Mackintosh Dam, accessible via the spillway, offer spectacular views.  

Lake Mackintosh, Lake Pieman and Lake Plimsoll are all subject to high water levels, resulting from generating operations, and visitors should note the water gauge level signs that provide warning if they should evacuate the boat ramp and camp grounds.  

While on the West Coast you can also take the opportunity to tour through a working power station at Lake Margaret. The tours give a unique insight into the history of hydropower on the West Coast, taking in the heritage listed station, village and the Village Hall. Tours are operated by RoamWild and bookings are essential.