Tasmania is a pretty special place, a raw, untouched part of Australia that really holds the spirit of the land. I’m always at awe when I visit Tassie, and I love coming back time and time again.
This Christmas break we decided to do a road trip of the western side of Tasmania, and on our journey from Hobart, we were lucky enough to stay at the gorgeous, historical Pumphouse Point on Lake St Clair located just within the awe inspiring Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
You’ve probably seen this gorgeous and unique boutique hotel in a luxurious travel magazine, and trust me… it lives up to the breathtaking imagery and warm contemporary décor.
Built in the 1940s to harness the power of the lake, and a true representation of mid-century industrialisation in Australia. The 5-story pumphouse, positioned 900 feet out in the lake, boasted enormous water turbines which pumped water from Lake St Clair to the nearby lagoon where it was stored and fed to the nearby power station.
Eventually the pumphouse was decommissioned in the early 1990’s having never been used for its intended purpose, it was recognised for its industrial heritage, and was placed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.
After being dormant for some time and the future looking bleak for this unique site, the third and final tender for the site was for tourism, a great win for the area, and for travellers of course…
Designed by Cumulus Studio, Pumphouse Point is simply warm and welcoming, letting the breathtaking landscape be the focal feature, allowing the simple, sometimes raw, Scandinavian style décor and finishes, complement the natural surroundings. Cumulus Studio has really done a beautiful job of achieving a harmonious balance between the industrial architecture, and breathtaking scenery.
Being so remote, the team at Pumphouse Point has put together an array of catering options for guests, which really completes your stay. Delicious continental breakfast with local, fresh produce, a lovely in-room pantry stocked with yummy cheeses, cold cuts and more, plus honesty bars where you can select some delicious local Tasmanian and Australian wines. Dinner is communal dining with the other guests, which was great! Meeting people from all over the world who were as curious as us in coming to stay at Pumphouse Point and explore the Tasmanian Wilderness.
Bushwalking in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is outstanding and a great way to experience the rich ecological diversity Tasmania has. From dry forest to subtropical temperate forest, and alpine tundra… you really feel like you’re in the land before time. Walks are outlined on the Pumphouse Point website and cater for all levels or fitness. We did the Mt Rufus walk that was 7 hours duration, but definitely worth it when we reached the summit. Plus, at Pumphouse Point they bake fresh bread for guests, so you can take a fresh loaf with some supplies from the room’s pantry along on your day adventures.
Other activities include indulging in the day spa, fly fishing, bike riding, wildlife spotting, rowing on Lake St Clair or a visit Artist Greg Duncan’s ‘The Wall’ a masterpiece of epic proportions: hand-carving the history of the central highlands into massive Huon Pine panels. There is truly something for everyone.
We could only stay one night on this trip, as that was the only availability… 3-4 nights would be the perfect stay to allow at least 2 full days for walks and exploring.
We can’t wait for the opportunity to return for longer next time!
Note: Photos taken from the Pumphouse Point website, our stay, plus professional pictures by Adam Gibson