Wish You Were Here: Pumphouse Point, Tasmania
Fancy hanging out in the middle of Australia’s deepest lake? Who wouldn’t? Throw in some luxe accommodation and you’ve got a pretty sweet deal here at Pumphouse Point.
Sitting 250 metres from the shore and nestled right on top of the vast Lake St. Clair, the recently renovated Pumphouse can accommodate up to 18 guests at a time. Rooms are spread across three levels with an additional lounge area and a self-service bar. Enjoy a mulled wine next to the fireplace all the while overlooking a glacial lake – what a dream.
Conceived in the late 1930s, the then five-storey pumphouse was used to pump water to the nearby St Clair Lagoon, where it would be stored and then fed to the nearby Tarraleah Power Station. Unfortunately, when the project was completed in 1940, locals found little use for the pumphouse and it soon fell into disuse.
Flash forward a few decades and Pumphouse Point now thrives as a boutique hideaway among some seriously lush Tasmanian nature.
There’s dozens of nature walks on offer on the mainland, including the historic Overland Track which ends right at Pumphouse’s doorstep. After the hefty week long trek through Tasmania’s rainforests and ancient meadows, some R&R at the Pumphouse will be just what the doctor ordered.
(All images: Pumphouse Point)