Meadowbank Dam and Power Station, as part of Hydro Tasmania’s electricity generating facilities, are located the closest of their properties to Hobart. Access to the Dam is restricted.
East of the Dam, Meadowbank Dam Road makes the connection with the Lyell Highway but this is a locked gate gravel roadway. Meadowbank Road is a quite different road; this public gravel road exits the Gordon River Road west of the tiny township of Glenora and travels in a north-westerly direction, but mostly not close to the Derwent River – so that it isn’t reasonable to be used as the conduit to ‘walk the river’. Before reaching the Dam, the road passes Meadowbank Vineyard and acres of vines under cultivation. However, access is restricted: there are quite a few lockable gates barring continuation to the Dam.
The first unit of the Meadowbank Power Station was commissioned in 1967. This was the last such operation to be built in Tasmania. Photos are on show on Hydro Tasmania’s website and more details are available on their Fact Sheet . The CSIRO library holds another photo taken from a different vantage point.
I am grateful for Alex driving me as close as we could go by car.