The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme is one of the most complex integrated water and hydro-electric power schemes in the world. The Scheme took 25 years to build and was completed in 1974. More than 100,000 people from over 30 countries came to work in the mountains to make true a vision of diverting water to farms to feed a growing nation and to build power stations to generate electricity for homes and industries.
Sixteen major dams, seven power stations (two underground), a pumping station, 145kms of interconnected trans-mountain tunnels and 80kms of aqueducts were constructed. Even before the Scheme was completed, it was named as one of the civil engineering wonders of the modern world.
There are a number of facilities open to the public throughout the Snowy Mountains Scheme. These include The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre in Cooma, other visitor centres, a power station inspection at Murray 1 Power Station and viewing areas. Come, see and experience firsthand an essential part of Australia’s water and power industry, engineering wonder of the world and true icon of Australia.
The Scheme is operated and maintained by Snowy Hydro Limited. For further information see snowymountains.com.au/see-and-do/snowy-hydro-discovery-centre.