Pumphouse Point Hotel is located within the Lake St Clair/ Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania, Australia. The hotel is an historic industrial site. The facility was initially built to pump water from Lake St Clair into the nearby lagoon. It was never used and decommissioned in the early 90s. Now after many years, it has been transformed into a luxury boutique hotel within Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area.
The hotel is located about a 2.5 – 3 hour drive from Hobart or a similar length drive from Launceston. The hotel offers some fantastic suggestions on places to stop on the drive (you can read them here). It is a long drive but it is quite beautiful. The drive from Hobart initially goes through farmland before eventually getting more barren as you ascend into the alpine area. Note: there are very few places to stop for food and drinks along the way. Be sure to check out the suggested stops – there is little else on the drive.
The hotel is set off the main road to the park entrance about 3km along a gravel road. As you drive along, you really feel you are an in a remote wilderness location. As you approach the hotel, you catch a glimpse of the Pumphouse and flume and you can feel the excitement build.
Once paperwork is completed, if you are staying in the Pumphouse Building you and your luggage will be whisked off in a golf buggy (the flume is 270m long!).
The hotel has 18 rooms in total with 12 rooms being located in the Pumphouse and the remaining 6 in the Shorehouse.
The Pumphouse rooms look out over the water of Lake St Clair which is a beautiful and interesting site. The views from the Lakehouse differ from Lake/ Pumphouse views to bush views.
The rooms are beautifully furnished and are decorated in keeping with the buildings past. The bed and furnishings are plush and comfortable and the Aesop amenities divine!
Dining for breakfast and dinner is possible within the Restaurant at Pumphouse Point. Dinner each night is offered in the restaurant and guests share tables and share plates. It is a great way to meet fellow guests and share stories from the day.
Alternatively, each guest rooms contains a larder which has a variety of different options including soup, cheeses, dips and meats. To compliment this, freshly baked bread is offered which is only a phone call away. The larder is not included, but the prices I considered very reasonable given how far the hotel is from anything.
Photo by Adam Gibson
If you choose not to eat at the hotel, there are a couple of options at nearby Derwent Bridge or the Park Centre.
Bikes are included in the room price and are a great way to get around, especially if staying in the Pumphouse building.
There are short walks possible from the hotel (and when I say short I mean 10 mins) or if after something a little more challenging there are plenty of hiking options nearby ranging from 30 min to 5 hours or even a week (the famous Overland Track).
The hotel even have a number of small paddle boats where you can float around the lake. A relaxing and peaceful way to spend some time. It is also possible to pack a picnic that can be enjoyed from the boat.
The area sees little amounts of people so you are bound to see some wildlife. I encountered a rather friendly kangaroo while strolling around the area.
If you don’t feel like being active, both the Pumphouse and Shorehouse contain a lounge room and library. Sit down, relax and read a book in front of the fire.
Overall, Pumphouse Point is a fantastic place to stay. I found the price to be very reasonable ($350p.n.) for an iconic hotel. It is worth a visit even if you can only spend one night.