Mt Paris Dam

Allow a minimum of one hour for this activity: 15 minutes drive each way, 10 minute walk, take lots of photos, wander along the Cascade River, enjoy! You may decide to drive on to Weldborough for a refreshing cider!

How to get there: From Tin Dragon Trail Cottages turn right onto the Tasman Highway (A3). Just past the town boundary, turn right into the Mt Paris Dam Rd (C425)—set your odometer to 0. This gravel road is well maintained and suitable for a small car.

At 11.4km the Mt Paris Dam Rd crosses the Cascade River then meets the Mt Paris Dam turn-off (LHS 13.1km). Turn left then park. From here it is 4WD only. A short walk under the dam wall takes you to an entrance through the wall.

The dam was designed in 1935 by consulting engineers, Haskins and Davey of Sydney for Mt Paris Tin Mines Ltd and was built in 1936 as the Morning Star Dam. it was connected to the Mt Paris Mine by an 11km water race.

external dam wall

The external dam wall

below the dam

A hole was blasted in the dam wall after it was decommissioned

The dam construction was supervised by mining engineer, John Proud. He was a member of the well-known family of jewellers who were also major shareholders in the Mt Paris Mine. A year later, John became famous as one of the survivors of the Stinson plane crash in south Queensland.

The dam is described as a re-enforced concrete slab and buttress dam, having a length of 250m and a maximum height of 16m. The dam created water storage of about 1300 megalitres, covering an area of almost 21 hectares (52 Acres).

The structure is an important part of the mining heritage of North East Tasmania.

Remember to be careful because you walk at your own risk.

During 1939 the Tasmanian assets of the Mount Paris Company were sold to Briseis Consolidated NL of Derby (TAS), who continued to maintain the dam till 1947. the dam was then purchased by the Tasmanian Government, with the owners of the Briseis operations continuing the maintenance, by Agreement, till 1961 when the mine closed.

The dam has remained empty since about 1970 and in 1985 the Tasmanian Government Waters Supply Commission blasted an openning in the wall to allow the natural flow of the Cascade River.

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below the dam wall

Original diversion tunnel used during construction

Cascade River

Cascade River below the dam

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