Boutique lodge opening in the middle of Australia's deepest lake
Pumphouse Point will be a new 18-room property on Lake St Clair in the heart of Tasmania’s majestic Central Highlands. The 1940’s building was originally constructed to pump water for hydro-electricity. With a planned opening date of January 2015, the Pumphouse, along with the Lakehouse, will be given a new lease of life as a luxurious, yet affordable wilderness retreat.
The Pumphouse sits at the end of a hydro flume. It is located 250 metres from the shore of Lake St Clair, which is 200 metres deep and is also the end point for Tasmania’s acclaimed six day Overland Track, in the Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park.
Together with the Lakehouse on the water’s edge, it will provide distinctive and exclusive accommodation consisting of just 18 rooms within some of the world’s most dramatic wilderness landscape. Visitors can access Pumphouse Point by car, or seaplane.
The Pumphouse building embodies the extraordinary vision of Tasmania’s early pioneers and showcases the simple excellence of the art-deco era. The new development is the culmination of a 20 year vision by its developer, Tasmanian Simon Currant. Behind it lies a story of almost three decades of dreams that have failed to come into fruition until today, following a journey of hard work and persistence by the developer. Features include a glass section of the main lobby revealing the original pump.
Lake St Clair is a 2½ hour, or just over a 100 mile drive from Hobart, Tasmania’s east coast state capital. It is a further 80 miles to the west coast town of Strahan, making it a superb stop-over on the scenic driving route that follows the Lyell Highway, across Tasmania’s ever-changing landscapes. The lake marks the beginning of the River Derwent, upon which Hobart is also located, surrounded by walks through extensive old growth forests, mountains and valleys that are rich in native birds and wildlife.
Rates at Pumphouse Point will start from just AU$240 (approx £135) per night. The most expensive rooms at the very top of the Pumphouse, hovering over the waters of Lake St Clair, will start at AU$480 (approx £270) per night. All rates include breakfast. There will be 12 spacious rooms in the Pumphouse, and 6 in the Lakehouse.
For further information, please visit www.pumphousepoint.com.au
Alternatively, contact the UK’s only Tasmanian travel specialist: Tasmanian Odyssey via website www.tasmanianodyssey.com