Power Industry Tours

For school groups, clubs and general public tours. A 2-hour educational bus tour covering:

  • how turbines are the heart of power station energy conversion
  • the unique properties of water and steam
  • a war hero who started an industry
  • the worlds largest brown coal deposit
  • a giant dredger, up close
  • coal mine battles against floods and fire
  • burning a fuel that’s mainly water
  • coal formation and the carbon cycle
  • the beautiful town that disappeared
  • a basic need for base load power
  • jet engines for peak load
  • how high voltage pushes harder
  • high grade and low grade energy
  • clean coal confusion
  • pure carbons and synthetic oil
  • German innovation from the past
  • Aussie innovation for the future
  • why close Hazelwood?

 

Tours

Power industry bus tours of the Latrobe Valley are available through award-winning Morwell-based tour operator Mountain-Top Experience, together with technical content derived from a 25-year career in Victorian brown coal research and development. This 2-hour tour comprises a guided 70 km circuit of mines, power stations, historic sites, pilot plants, an overview lookout and optional museum visits and refreshments to suit your requirements.  The tours include full commentary with diagrammatic displays and slide show, and a 15-minute educational DVD. Contact Mountain-Top Experience in Morwell (phone 5134 6876).

Prices

Tour Group Passengers Price
1.  Coach groups 15-24 $17pp, 1 staff FOC
2.  Coach groups 25-50 $12pp, 2 staff FOC
3.  School groups 15-24 $14pp, 1 staff FOC
4.  School groups 25-50 $8pp, 2 staff FOC
5.  Public/family/small groups (coming by train or car, with suitably-equipped mini-bus or mini-coach provided by MTE) 2-8,9-10,11-20 $240/tour,$250/tour,$360/tour
 6.  Optional visit to Old Brown Coal Museum (allow extra 25 minutes), plus refreshments $2pp (tea/coffee/cool drink and biscuit), or PowerWorks (after tour, allow at least 45 minutes). $5pp entry
7.   Technical delegations (3 hr tour includes more detailed question/answer session) Options 1,2,5 or 6 above … … plus$50 additional guide fee.

On-line Booking


Guides

Entertaining and informative tour guides include school teacher and former PowerWorks Education Officer Dale Simmons, former secondary school science teacher Bevan French, and former brown coal research engineering manager Dr Ron Camier, whose career in the industry spans physical and chemical properties of Victorian brown coal, coalification processes, conventional thermal power plants, new technology IDGCC, drying and thermal dewatering, briquetting, carbonisation-pyrolysis, gasification, liquefaction by direct hydrogenation and Victorian coal resource assessment.

Coaches/buses

Visiting coaches need to be equipped with DVD player and PA microphone with extended lead for use by the tour guide. For smaller groups we can provide a suitably equipped mini-bus (up to 8 or 10 passengers) or mini-coach (up to 20 passengers).

Timing

Length of tour: 2 to 3 hours (see options above).  Suggested start time 10:00am, 1:00pm or by arrangement. We would be pleased to integrate the tour with visits to the PowerWorks or Old Brown Coal Mine Museums.

Start Location

Tours usually start and finish at the Morwell Town Common, corner Elgin & White Streets, Morwell (facilities include car and coach parking, toilets, BBQ/picnic shelter and large playground for children)

Town Common Morwell

PowerWorks Energy Education Centre

PowerWorks in Morwell ceased operations under the auspices of the Latrobe Valley power generation industry in December 2012, and has now re-opened as a community facility operated by volunteers. Usual hours are 10am~3pm Fridays~Sundays and most public holidays, or by appointment.

PowerWorks is located at Ridge Rd, Morwell. It is about 160 km from Melbourne via the M1 or Princes Freeway. Take the third Morwell exit (Look for the ‘PowerWorks’ signs).

Old Brown Coal Museum

Operated by volunteers from the Yallourn North & District Historical Society, this museum is located in Third Street, Yallourn North. Usual hours are 10am~3pm Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and most public holidays, or by appointment.

Latrobe Valley Visitor Information

Visitor information services including local dining and accommodation options are available through the Latrobe Visitor Information Centre in Traralgon (phone 1800 621 409).

 Aerial View of Power Industry

For a different perspective of the Latrobe Valley take a 30-minute flight with Bandicoot Adventure Flights from Latrobe Regional Airport.