New tourism trail boost for Central Highlands

Will Hodgman, Premier

2 February 2017

The Highlands Power Trail will add a new spark to Tasmania's hydro power heritage and boost tourism in the Central Highlands.

The self-guided driving tour is a unique tourism experience that celebrates the history of hydropower development in Tasmania.

And like the 100-year Hydro history, the journey is fascinating. It provides insight into the hardships and challenges faced by the workers, the stories of the families that grew up in the region and the resilience of the Central Highlands community.

In under two hours the circular Power Trail takes visitors from Bothwell through to Waddamana village and the power station, continuing north to Penstock Lagoon and rejoins the Highland Lakes Road for the return journey to Bothwell.

New attractions and experiences are important to maintain the boom in tourism, especially in regional Tasmania, and they help to increase visitation to our regions which supports local business and jobs.

The $100,000 tourism initiative was established by Hydro Tasmania with support from the Central Highlands Council and the Australian Government's Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program.