The world’s most spectacular aisle in the middle of Australia’s deepest lake leads to an intimate, unforgettable gathering.
Every point of view is perfectly picturesque at Pumphouse Point. This all-but-forgotten structure from Australia’s bygone industrial era has become a luxury boutique hotel offering 360-degree views of unspoiled wilderness. It’s a photographer’s dream!
Pumphouse Point is a boutique wilderness retreat situated
inside the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, one of the most celebrated Wilderness World Heritage Areas on the planet. The property features the adaptive re-use of industrial art deco buildings, originally built during the 1930s as a state-of-the-art facility to pump water from Lake St Clair to the nearby Tarraleah Power Station. The industrial site was decomissioned in the early 90s and has now been converted to offer 18 rooms of exquisite accommodation, comfy lounges, atmospheric dining, roaring fires and a range of exciting wilderness experiences. One of these buildings, the Pumphouse, is spectacularly positioned 240m out over Lake St Clair - Australia's deepest lake! The other building, the Shorehouse, is a stunning example of art deco design located on the lake's edge and contains the lounge/dining/entertainment venue with giant windows, deck area and exceptional views of the Pumphouse, lake, forest and mountains beyond.
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Estimated Price Per Head
from $100 to $500
Full venue booking is 18 rooms. All 18 rooms must be booked for a minimum of two nights before customised events can be discussed.
Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Designated Smoking Areas Only
18 rooms of accommodation
Pumphouse (240m out over the lake)
- 12 rooms over three floors (four rooms on each floor)
- All with giant windows to view surrounding lake and wilderness
- Top floor rooms are particualrly special, two with split level layout and the other two with baths
- Lounge on bottom floor with honesty bar
- Lounge on middle floor, which can be converted to a 20 person boardroom / conference facility
Shorehouse (on the lake's edge)
- 6 rooms on upper floor
- Four rooms with lake views and two facing the forest
- Two of the rooms have baths
- Lounge, dining, honesty bar and kitchen occupies bottom floor
Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
Ample Parking Onsite
The heart rate quickens as the turnoff approaches, then down 2km of unsealed road to a wilderness paradise. The intercom at the front gate alerts the team to new arrivals and prompts guests to pinch themselves as the experience begins. The team smile as they welcome guests into the reception lounge (a converted cottage, formerly the Station Manager’s living quarters), inviting them to sit by the fire and enjoy a glass of bubbles as they learn more about the property and the adventures ahead.
Our team escort guests to their rooms on Golf Buggies that quietly trundle about the property, carrying luggage, supplies and guests too relaxed to walk. First stop is the exquisite Shorehouse – a textbook example of art deco design over two storeys, with magnificent foyer stairwell, atmospheric dining/lounge area and six peaceful rooms on the upper level. Each Shorehouse room is unique, with views of the forest, lake, Pumphouse and mountains beyond.
Just 25m past the Shorehouse at the water’s edge is the flume, the 240m walkway out to the Pumphouse. Once upon a time, the flume carried water (beneath the walkway) from the Pumphouse to the St Clair Lagoon. The journey along the flume is simply breathtaking, as the real world drifts further away with every step.
The grand doors of the Pumphouse open wide to reveal magnificent mountain views through the glass of the Pumphouse lounge, with roaring log fire and quiet conversation in the foreground. The interior walls are rough sawn Tasmanian oak, concealing 12 rooms over three levels. Each room boasts its own distinct connection to the lake and a deep sense of tranquility – the unique effect of hovering above highland waters. In addition to the cosy ground floor lounge is a dramatically elevated mezzanine lounge, which also converts to a boardroom with neighboring library. Design:
Exterior deliberately left in original condition and treating the building as a ruin, articulating a clear distinction between the existing heritage fabric and the new installations within. Guests are delighted by the contrast between the untouched exterior and refurbished interior. This also preserves heritage values and reflects the harsh conditions of the location.
Industrial heritage informs interior design features including exposed copper and brass pipework, black steel fixtures and original pump turbine displayed through a glass panel in Pumphouse floor. Not only does this innovation create a striking contemporary space, it adds value to the guest experience as a journey through our industrial past.
Plain and neutral colour palette and complete absence of artwork throughout interiors of both buildings. Guest focus is drawn away from their immediate surrounds, through the windows to the lake and mountains beyond. This innovation reinforces their sense of place – outside of ‘normal life’.
Interior design using rough sawn timber, wool, linen and copper. This honesty in materials reflects and enhances the guests’ immersion in the natural environment.
- Our architects were awarded 'Best Commerical Architecture' at the 2015 Tasmanian Architecutre Awards for their work on Pumphouse Point.
- We have been featured in a range of design and architectural magazines, including Dezeen Magazine, Arch Daily and Artichoke. Standout Venue Features:
Australia’s Not just over a lake, but 240m out in the middle of it – no accommodation in the world boasts these attributes. only accommodation set over a lake.
Industrial vs Natural – a breathtaking juxtaposition. Temple-like industrial relic set against dramatic wilderness; a symbol of man-made power contrasts the awesome power of Mother Nature. It’s an intriguing standoff between man and nature that sets us apart from every other property in Australia, perhaps the world!
An industrial relic, reborn. Not all properties were former industrial icons boasting neoclassical architecture and well preserved artifacts.
Lake St Clair is Australia’s , and we're sitting right in the middle. deepest lake
There are two bars at Pumphouse Point… but This is because guests are free to help themselves to drinks at any time, based on an honesty system. This unusually trusting approach facilitates discovery as guests are left to sample the list at their own pace. no bar staff.
It’s not a minibar, it’s a LARDER! Our larders are far better than traditional minibars, with a broader range, better quality of produce and supermarket prices. Our larders are not there to make money from a captive audience, but to facilitate experience by encouraging platters on the lounge or picnics by the lake.
Located To be located inside a National Park is already unique, but when that National Park is one of the most celebrated Wilderness World Heritage Areas on earth, it becomes a feature worth shouting from the rooftops. inside a World Heritage Area. Extra Perks:
Guests have everything they need to experience the indoors and outdoors. With dinghies, bikes, fishing gear, picnic bags, complimentary walking maps and some of Australia’s best day walks on our doorstep, all they need is their camera and suitable outdoor gear (although, we can provide that too). Then again, guests may feel equally as immersed in their natural surrounds watching a storm by the roaring log fire with a glass of pinot in hand.
Awards & Notables
We have been featured in well over 100 (and climbing) of the world's biggest online and traditional publications, incuding Gourmet Traveller, Australian Traveller, Conde Nast, House & Garden UK, Harpers Bazaar, Belle, Vogue, Country Style, Telegraph UK, domestic and international in-flight magazines, every major Australian newspaper and features on Sunrise Morning Show (Aus) and First Look Morning Show (Singapore).
We are accredited with the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program.
We have achieved a 4.5 star rating on Trip Advisor with 96% of our feedback from travellers being either Very Good or Excellent.
We were awarded ‘Best Regional Hotel’ at the Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards 2015.
Lounge and Dining rrom with honesty bar, large wood fire, giant windows and outdoor deck area
- View: Panoramic view of the lake, wilderness world heritage area, historic Pumphouse and mountains beyond.
- Max Capacity: 60
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing Pumphouse Mezzanine Lounge:
Small lounge area with giant bay windows, that can be converted to board room or seminar facility with lecture, 60" plasma screen and conference calling facility.
- View: Elevated view across the lake and forest
- Max Capacity: 20
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Each morning, guests help themselves to a
Highland Breakfast, cooking their own eggs and building their perfect toastie, complete with homemade baked beans! Each room offers a fully stocked Larder (two fridges and a pantry) filled with cheeses, meats, soups, seafood, drinks and much more. Fresh Crusty Bread is also available to order at any time, delivered with a smile and free of charge. Then at day’s end, our Shared Table Dining experience brings guests together to share platters of delicious food and tales of travel and adventure. The set menu changes daily and features such Tasmanian delights as Scottsdale pork, King Island beef and Derwent Valley vegetables. Our friendly hosts ensure dinner is a highlight! Bars & Lounges:
- The Ground Level lounge includes a large wood fire, honesty bar and two storey bay windows.
- The peaceful Middle Level lounge provides dramatic elevation by the way windows, creating the feeling of floating on water.
Lounge and Dining rrom with honesty bar, large wood fire, giant windows and outdoor deck area.
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