Set against some of the most dramatic natural landscapes on the planet in a converted 1940 hydroelectric pump station, the Pumphouse Point is a luxurious, adults-only boutique hotel that features not only excellent accommodation but also offers visitors the opportunity to reflect, rejuvenate, explore, adventure and interact. Situated at the end of a pier on Lake St. Clair inside Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, staying in this restored historic industrial site is a unique personal encounter for all the guests. Let’s have a closer look at the Pumphouse Point!
Getting to Pumphouse Point is already one heck of an adventure itself! Guests can opt to go there by land and enjoy the scenic drive from any point in Tassie; arrive by seaplane and experience the rare opportunity to see the remarkable island from the air & the exhilarating landing directly onto the stunning waters of Lake St Clair; or by air via helicopter or light plane transfers from Hobart to the highlands in less than an hour. Talk about bucket list experiences!
Upon arrival to the quiet bay on dark, deep Lake St Clair, guests will instantly feel the unique ambience of this wilderness retreat, it feels like an exclusive private haven with a slice of luxury. Guests have three accommodation options to choose from: the lakeside Shorehouse that features a classic art-deco styling, it’s the heart of Pumphouse point housing the atmospheric dining room and lounge; the Pumphouse that sits out on the mesmerising glacial lake, definitely a one-of-a-kind boutique accommodation where guests can spend the night suspended on water and surrounded by nature; and lastly the Retreat which is an exclusive space hidden on the edge of the lake that features their new all-inclusive wilderness experience. There are 19 rooms in total, 12 rooms out in the Pumphouse, 6 in the Shorehouse, and The Retreat on the water’s edge.
“With very few changes made to the exterior, the buildings still stand in all their weathered glory as they have for over 70 years. The interiors have been designed for simple excellence and comfort, again with no apology for the buildings’ origins as a pumphouse. As a much-loved relic of Tasmania’s industrial heritage, there is a responsibility to maintain that heritage for future generations. There is also a consideration of the environmental stewardship imparted by the lease of the site in keeping with World Heritage Area values of minimal impact and sustainability.” – Pumphouse Point
All of the rooms have a larder packed with sumptuous food and beverages for guests to purchase during their stay. Enjoy local cheeses, cured meats, hearty soups and much more.. it’s like a deli in your room! There’s also a shared-table dinner every night at the Shorehouse dining room where you can join fellow guests for some modern farmhouse fare in the heart of the Tasmanian wilderness. Pumphouse Point has teamed up with Coal River Farm to bring the best Tasmanian food to the shores of Lake St Clair. Together they’ve created a menu using only the freshest seasonal produce straight from farm kitchens.
There are also two “Honesty Bars” located at the lounge of each building where guests can grab a bottle of Tasmanian wine, pour a dram of whiskey, or enjoy organic cider while unwinding and watching the sunset. Guests just have to note their purchase on the bar record provided which they can settle upon check-out. No staff, no bartender to tip, just pure honesty and unspoken respect for Pumphouse Point and the system.
Guests may explore the outdoors with walks, bikes, dinghies, fishing, wildlife viewing, scenic helicopter/plane flights, and picnics. Although, relaxing on the couch with panoramic views of heritage area may be all the perfect experience, without even venturing outdoors!
Location: Lake St Clair, Tasmania
Photography by Adam Gibson