Tarraleah is a large hydro electric complex in central Tasmania. The area is famous for its fishing, but it also presents the photographer with spectacular geometric, architectural sights in its power stations, pipes and dams. The Tarraleah village has a cafe, a shop and accommodation.
Tarraleah is in an isolated part of the Central Highlands. It is on the A10 Lyell Highway south east of Derwent Bridge. The nearest town is Hamilton 30 minutes away. From Tarraleah you are 30 minutes from DERWENT BRIDGE, HAMILTON and MIENA on the GREAT LAKE.
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FACILITIES: There is a shop, cafe and a hotel at the Tarraleah hamlet. There is other accommodation at and near DERWENT BRIDGE.
TOURIST information is at the entrance to the LAKE St CLAIR VISITOR CENTRE. The telephone number is (03) 6289 1172 or the Internet contact is www.parks.tas.gov.au/natparks/stclair
SIGHTS: Tarraleah is a paradise for the geometric line photographer. The dams, pipes and power stations make first class line photography. The forests and lakes in this area, also make for great landscape photography. The area is one of the most popular fishing venues in Tasmania. Specifically the sights include the;
TARRALEAH Power Station with its pipes, dams and lakes,
TUNGATINAH Lagoon power station with its huge pipes and dams. This is just North of Tarraleah,
LIPOOTAH Power Station is south east of Tarraleah,
LAKE BINNEY is a great fishing lake. It is located north east of Tarraleah,
BRADY'S LAKE is another great fishing lake, which is also located north east of Tarraleah,
LAKE ECHO is a giant fishing lake located further north east of Tarraleah. You access it from C173, which diverges east from the A10 Lyell Highway.
ROUTES:TARRALEAH is on the A10 Lyell Highway. It is 30 minutes east of Derwent Bridge.
From HOBART drive north west on the A10 Lyell Highway for 100 minutes to reach TARRALEAH.
1/ The Tarraleah-Tungatinah Power Station complex is located in central Tasmania and is one of the largest. It turns water from the Great Lake into hydro electricity for Hobart. This photo shows the Tungatinah Power Station.
2/ These massive pipes feed water from the Great Lake to the Tungatinah Power Station.
3/ This is a photo of the same Tungatinah pipes taken from the small town of Tarraleah. The pipes are over one kilometre in length.
4/ This photo shows the symbolic icons of the complex.
5/ This is the bridge across the Nive River. This river is directly fed by the power stations.
6/ Just north of the Nive River is the picnic ground, which has detailed information about Tarraleah.
7/ Just south across the Nive River from Tungatinah is the huge Tarraleah Hydro Station. This shot shows how water falls two kilometres down hill to power the Tarraleah Power Station.
8/ This photo shows a panorama of the entire complex. The Tarraleah power station is on the left, the Nive River is in the middle and the Tungatinah power station is on the right of the photo.
9/ This is a close up of the Tarraleah turbine building.
10/ This is the awesome view looking down hill from Tarraleah township to the Tarraleah Power Station below. The pipeline flows down for about two kilometres.
11/ This is the view from just behind the hill. These two pipes feed into the six down hill pipes. The Tarraleah Power Station is below this photo. To the left is a cafe.
12/ This is looking south away from the hill above. The pipes go to the water source to the south.
13/ The other symbol of Tarraleah are the electric power pylons, which take the power away in many directions. They can look quite striking, when photographed from the right angles.
14/ A small town was built to house the Tarraleah workers. This town is now a time warp of the 1940s and the 1950s, when the complex was built.
15/ The streets of Tarraleah were spacious and had a strong feeling of the 1950s nostalgia about them. Many of these are available for hire.
16/ Tarraleah includes a little 1950s style church. Beyond it is a cafe and a small shop complex.
17/ The Tarraleah Hall was quite large and attractive.
18/ This is the attractive Tarraleah Lodge. It is a classic 1940s style hotel. Tarraleah is a great place to relax in.
19/ The streets benefit from the many old trees that decorate them and give the township a lovely atmosphere.
20/ This is a feeder pipe near Bronte Park. The Central Highlands of Tasmania are replete with pipelines.