Duck Reach Power Station

The Duck Reach Power Station generated hydroelectric power almost continuously for about 60 years. The period ranged from 1895-1955. It was built by the Launceston Municipal Council and was the first publicly owned hydroelectric power station in the entire Australia and one of the earliest in the world.

It is in a narrowing gorge on the South Esk River which is about 4.5 km from its junction with the Tamar River in Launceston, Tasmania. The power station currently features beautiful sandstone buildings constructed in the Federation Free Classical style.

Today, the Duck Reach power station is one of the famous tourist attraction sites backed by its heritage listing. People can explore the surrounding area and photograph the picturesque Cataract Gorge as well.

Exploring the Duck Reach Power Station, which is located in an area rich in scenery, ample with beautiful natural surroundings, is a true delight!

How to explore Duck Reach Power Station?

  • Take a walk along the river bank, enjoying the views of the South Esk River and Cataract Gorge.
  • There might also be some walking trails to explore if you are up for some trail hunting.
  • Visit the Trevallyn State Recreational Reserve, which is located just behind the station building. It provides easy access to the public and the historical elements of the Duck Reach Power development and the South Esk River.
  • Explore the flora and fauna at the location, which is home to various plants and animal species.
  • Capture mesmerizing photographs of the scenic area on your phone or camera.
  • Use an identification app to learn more about the plant species in the area.
  • imageDuration Required
    2 hours

Address of Duck Reach Power Station

Corin Street Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania 7250 Australia

Opening & Closing time of Duck Reach Power Station

  • Monday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Tuesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Wednesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Thursday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Friday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Saturday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Sunday
    Open 24 Hours

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