Photo courtesy of Tourism Tasmania/Stu Gibson
Sandwiched between Lake St. Clair proper and St. Clair Lagoon, Pumphouse Point is a chic but rustic wilderness resort with 18 rooms spread across two buildings: the Shorehouse, on the banks of the lake, and the Pumphouse, located out in the lake—almost like an overwater bungalow—at the end of a long jetty. Rooms in both of the buildings are chic and minimalist, with contemporary plush furniture and large picture windows, some with panoramic views of the lake or surrounding fields and mountains. The atmosphere here is familial, and instead of a traditional restaurant the hotel offers a shared dinner table where guests are invited to mingle with their fellow occupants over two-course set menus featuring predominantly Tasmanian-produced ingredients. Note that the entire property can be rented out for weddings and business events, but guests under the age of 18 are not permitted to stay.
By Margot Bigg, AFAR Contributor
Relax: Pumphouse Point
A 1940s hydroelectric plant at the southern edge of the Cradle Mountain–Lake Saint Clair National Park was recently transformed into a glass-walled lodge, part of which juts 900 feet into Australia’s deepest lake. Eighteen adults-only rooms, some with soaking tubs, are split between the art deco Shorehouse and the overwater Pumphouse, with rooms that seemingly float like boat cabins.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
From its position both along the shore of Lake St. Clair and 250 meters offshore (there are two buildings), this hotel blends stylish rooms with a homey, DIY vibe. Guests can nibble on local goodies from the well-stocked pantries in their rooms, or join others for a sit-down in the communal dining room.—From $210
By Lisa Abend, AFAR Contributor
Pumphouse Point, Pumphouse Point Rd, Lake St Clair TAS 7140, Australia
+61 428 090 436
Sun - Sat 8am - 6pm