Set on the edge of Australia’s deepest lake, Lake Saint Clair, Pumphouse Point is a majestic but brooding hideout. A winding 170 kilometres north of Hobart, the former hydropower pumphouse is now a boutique hotel that offers guests an opportunity to connect with Tasmania’s untamed beauty.
Constructed in 1940, the main building sits on a small jetty 250 metres out on the lake. Each of the 12 rooms are spread over three levels, and there are relaxing, fireplace-equipped lounge areas and three help-yourself honesty bars. Bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows looking over the lake for the ultimate shower views. Furnishings are pared back, with a refined Scandinavian aesthetic.
A further six rooms are back on land, in the Shorehouse, where guests also meet and mingle for lively communal dinners. Snacking happens in-room, where there are larders stocked with pate, smoked chicken, cured meats, olives and lunch boxes for day trips. You can also request fresh hot bread to be delivered at any time.
Spend the days fishing, biking, taking out a rowboat, getting a massage or hiking the endless tracks (more than 100 kilometres’ worth, all up) around the hotel to spot wombats and platypuses. When the weather turns, the hotel is the perfect place from which to watch the wilds of Tassie unfold.