I have been dying to go to Tasmania for a while now, simply because I wanted to spend at least one night of my life at Pumphouse Point. Pumphouse Point is located at Lake St. Clair in the middle of Tasmania (aka the wilderness), and is definitely not somewhere I would usually be inclined to visit. However, the incredibly serene environment combined with the promise of good food and wine lured me to the heart of Tasmania in winter to experience this luxurious, welcoming and idyllic accommodation. You can read all about Pumphouse Point’s history here, but essentially, the original building was constructed in 1940 to house water turbines for the State’s Hydro Electricity Scheme. Built 270 metres into Australia’s deepest lake, Pumphouse Point is now home to eighteen rooms across two buildings (The Pumphouse and The Shorehouse). Our stay at Pumphouse Point surpassed all my expectations, and quickly became the highlight of our Tasmanian adventure.
We arrived at lunch to a warm welcome from Renee and Josh, the General Managers of the boutique property. A quick buggy ride later, we were in The Pumphouse, surrounded by water and completely in awe of where we were. The whole concept and execution of the room (and entire property) was out of this world. The colour scheme, heated bathroom floor, rain shower, Grown Alchemist amenities, Samsung tablet, the view and most importantly, the BEST mini-bar I have ever seen/tasted make Pumphouse Point a bucket list item.
To be honest, I’m not too sure about The Shorehouse, but The Pumphouse had two communal lounge areas that visitors could utilise. Everything your heart could desire was accommodated for in these areas – incredible wine, good books, soft furnishings, board games and open fires. Brianna and I spent a heavenly afternoon by the fire playing Scrabble (and using the free wifi to Snapchat everyone, in order to make them jealous).
Pumphouse Point is located in the middle of the wilderness and is mainly accessible by road. There is a helipad if you’re that way inclined (if you are, I am incredibly jealous and can we please be friends?!). It was a four hour drive from Stanley (on the northwest coast of Tasmania) and two and a half hours from Hobart.
Breakfast is included in the nightly rate (see below) but dinner is an additional $50 per person for a two-course dinner. Dinner is served communally in The Shorehouse with the other visitors. Initially, I was a little apprehensive about making smalltalk with strangers, but it turned out to be a fabulous evening! I was seated next to a Singapore-based TV anchor and food/travel reporter, who was doing a story on Tasmania. Naturally, I was in my element and girl-crushed on her for the remainder of the evening; I must’ve asked her one hundred questions (#soznotsoz)! Dinner was delicious and was made up of fresh, Tasmanian produce. We were treated to orange and honey glazed ham with creamy mash potatoes and seasonal vegetables followed by a beetroot and chocolate brownie for dessert (ah yum!).
Breakfast was a delectable selection of Tasmanian produce (do you sense a pattern here?), which included fruit, yoghurt, muesli, eggs, toast, ham, fresh juice, tea and coffee.
Pumphouse Point is ideal for any traveller, especially the adventurous type, which I admittedly am not. Because Brianna and I were only there for one night, we didn’t really venture far from the bar or lounge areas (ahem) but there is plenty to do, such as grabbing a complimentary bicycle to explore the grounds on. Click here for information on the activities that Pumphouse Point has to offer. If I were to stay again (which I will!), I would stay for two nights in order to spend ample time exploring Lake St. Clair, whilst also putting enough time aside to give the bar and lounge area my undivided attention.
We paid $320 for one night in a ground floor room at The Pumphouse, which included breakfast. The Shorehouse is not as expensive, at $240 per night. Dinner is an additional $50 per person for a two-course meal. You will also want to eat and drink everything in the mini-bar, so make sure you allocate funds for that!
Staying at Pumphouse Point is an extraordinary experience that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime!
All photos taken by me, unless stated otherwise.