Pumphouse Point is a boutique wilderness retreat located inside the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, one of the most celebrated Wilderness World Heritage Areas on the planet! The hotel makes use of stunningly refurbished industrial buildings, one of which is spectacularly positioned 240m out over the crystal clear highland water.

Apart from a pub three miles down the road, there’s nothing to distract you here. Nestled into a quiet bay on dark, deep Lake St Clair, at the far southern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, some two and a half hours from Hobart, this is pristine wilderness worthy of its World Heritage listing.

The Pumphouse hotel began its life as a Hydro Electric pumping station built in the 1940s to pump water from Lake St Clair to a remote power station. It was only used a few times before eventually being abandoned and then finally heritage listed in the 1980s. After years of neglect it finally found a new life as a boutique, luxury wilderness retreat. Architects Cumulus Studio, along with the owners of the property have delivered a stunning renovation that delivers a warm and inviting abode in the midst of a cold and wild environment.

The location brings stunning views of the surrounding mountains which have been fully exploited by the architects in each of the two lounges and twelve individually crafted hotel suites in The Pumphouse, which are flexed around the existing structure and window frames to make the most of this splendid setting.

The Pumphouse itself is accompanied by a Shorehouse which houses the reception and a beautiful restaurant where guests can enjoy evening drinks and a shared dinner around communal tables.

Need to know

The Pumphouse is located in the middle of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and there are restrictions to what can be bought into the national park. There are strictly no pets allowed. Be sure to keep an eye out for some of the local Wombats and Echidnas which frequent the grounds around the hotel.

Facilities

  • Bicycle Hire Bicycle Hire
  • Breakfast Breakfast
  • Coffee machine Coffee machine
  • Essentials Essentials
  • Fireplace Fireplace
  • Parking (free) Parking (free)
  • Heating Heating
  • Restaurant Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi (free) Wi-Fi (free)
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Sunset over the Pumphouse Point hotel
The walkway up to the Pumphouse
Interior of the dining room
The old shorehouse
Interior of the Shorehouse
Interior of the Pumphouse building
Entrance to the Pumphouse
Echidna on the property
Interior of one of the rooms
Interior of one of the rooms
Interior of one of the rooms
Interior of one of the rooms with attached bathroom
The bathroom in one of the buildings
Interior of one of the rooms
View out the window over the lake

Location

Lake St Clair is at the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years, this is the deepest freshwater lake in Australia (167 metres/ 547 feet) and the headwaters of the Derwent River.

The area around Lake St Clair offers a wealth of walks, ranging from leisurely 45 minutes strolls to overnight bushwalks, as well as beautiful forests to explore. Lake St Clair is also the end point of the famous Overland Track, which runs from Cradle Mountain in the north to Cynthia Bay on the southern shore of Lake St Clair.

How to get there

The nearest airport to Pumphouse Point is Hobart International Airport which is located just outside the city of Hobart. The easiest way to get there is to drive, which take around 2 and a half hours. There is also a bus option, but that takes a lot longer and runs infrequently.

Address: Pumphouse Point Road, Lake St Clair, TAS, 7140, Australia

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