Featured stops | Derwent Bridge | Tarraleah Hydro Electric Power Stations | Ouse |
Follow the A10 Lyell Highway as it climbs out of Queenstown and runs over mountains and through valleys before coming out onto the Alpine Plateau near Derwent Bridge.
A must stop is the stunning sculpture at Derwent Bridge called The Wall in the Wilderness. “The Wall” is carved from three-metre high wooden panels and tells the story of Tasmanian history in the Central Highlands region – starting with the indigenous people, then pioneering timber harvesters, pastoralists, miners and Hydro workers. There is also a cafe at the Wall.
To really break the trip, you can stay at Derwent Bridge / Lake St. Clair overnight.
If you don’t have time for the extra night, it is worth a stop at the Derwent Bridge Hotel (for lunch?) – the fireplace in the main bar is a marvel of wilderness fireplace engineering. Derwent Bridge is at the southern end of Lake St. Clair.
For the next hour or so the Lyell Highway runs across the plateau, past lakes and lagoons, many man made as part of the Hydro Electric Scheme, before coming to the spectacular valley at Tarraleah.
Stop for a look at the Tarraleah and Tungatinah Hydro Electric Power Stations at the bottom of the valley.
After climbing back out of the valley, turn out to look back over the pipes that carry the water 290 metres down the hillside to the Tarraleah Power Station.
When you get to Ouse, you are starting into the Derwent Valley farming area. From here you can look southeast and see the Derwent Valley stretching almost to New Norfolk.