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Tarraleah is located in Tasmania
Coordinates 42°18′S 146°26′E / 42.300°S 146.433°E / -42.300; 146.433Coordinates: 42°18′S 146°26′E / 42.300°S 146.433°E / -42.300; 146.433
Established 1934
Postcode(s) 7140
Elevation 630 m (2,067 ft)
LGA(s) Central Highlands Council
State electorate(s) Lyons
Federal Division(s) Lyons
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
13.8 °C
57 °F
3.6 °C
38 °F
1,168.2 mm
46 in

Tarraleah is a small town in the Central Highlands of Tasmania 126 km north-west of the state capital Hobart, and slightly closer to Queenstown.

The township was built in the 1930s by the Hydro Electric Commission to house Tasmania's pioneering hydro electricity officers and management.[1][2][3][4]

The Post Office opened on 11 October 1934, and was named Tarraleah in 1935.

The area is noted for its alpine lakes and mountains, and many hydro-electric dams, canals and giant steel pipeways. Tarraleah is located along the Lyell Highway, and is only a short distance from both Lake King William and Bronte Lagoon. Lake Lipootah and Bradys Lake are also close by.

After a multimillion-dollar redevelopment,[5] the former Hydro construction village has become an estate that comprises Tarraleah Lodge with accommodation, recreation, and dining options. Fresh water trout fishing, boating, bushwalking, mountain biking and kayaking are all popular activities in and around the township.

Tarraleah is also home to a high altitude golf course.


  1. ^ Tasmania. Hydro-Electric Commission (1938), Tarraleah power development, The Commission, retrieved 3 April 2012 
  2. ^ Felton, Heather; Hydro Tasmania (2008), Ticklebelly tales and other stories from the people of the Hydro, Hydro Tasmania, ISBN 978-0-646-47724-4  - see chapter 3 On the Upper Derwent - pp.76-101 regarding Tarraleah..
  3. ^ Lawson, Julie; Tarraleah State School (2001), Tarraleah School : down the years 1935-2000, [J. Lawson], retrieved 3 April 2012 
  4. ^ Rackham, Sarah; Woodberry, Joan; Tasmania. Hydro-Electric Commission. Public Relations Dept (1981), Hydro construction villages. Volume one. Waddamana, Shannon, Tarraleah, Public Relations Department, Hydro-Electric Commission, ISBN 978-0-7246-1035-8 
  5. ^ http://www.tarraleahlodge.com/about_the_lodge.html