WILDERNESS RETREAT: PUMPHOUSE POINT IN TASMANIA AUSTRALIA
Recently I was very, very lucky to be one of the first guests to experience the highly anticipated Pumphouse Point in Tasmania. In fact you might have seen a sneak peek of my adventures here. Located along the deepest lake in Australia, thanks to glacier grinds, Pumphouse Point is in one word, spectacular. The original inhabitants of the lake, the Big River Tribe fondly referred to the lake as Leeawuleena meaning ‘Sleeping Water’. And after spending time by the lake, it’s very easy to see why. With its azure, crystal clear waters softly lapping against the shore one day and mirroring the sky the next, the lake is an oasis for Australia’s flora and fauna. First visited by Europeans in 1832, they quickly saw its beauty and 100 years later the Overland Track was marked between Lake St Clair and Cradle Valley, which I visited last year. It wasn’t long until Tasmania’s Hydro Electricity Commission built a five story Pumphouse, 900 feet out in the lake, to house huge water turbines for their hydro-power system in 1940. Fast forward to today and it has been transformed into a wilderness retreat for everyone to enjoy.
In celebration, I’ve started a new series - ‘Nomadic Interiors’ - where I’ll be collaborating with Christina Symes and Jessica Stewart, interior and design experts from Triibe. The girls will travel with me as I review high end, boutique hotels and retreats with a key focus on interiors. They’ll provide tips and advice for reinventing and redefining the way you create your space, by profiling the amazing places we stay.
“Having taken 18 years for developer Simon Currant to realise his dreams for this heritage listed location, the space is a modern translation of its original state. With a weathered concrete exterior and exposed copper piping details throughout, it still bares the industrial bones but with added creature comforts, such as a crackling fireplace that allow guests to immerse themselves in the space,” says Christina Symes.
“Designed by architecture studio, Cumulus, each suite is a true testament to its surroundings, modern and comfortable yet it is evident that there is one focal feature – the view. With Tasmanian oak stained and smoothed walls, the monochrome scheme is stylish yet understated with exceptional attention to detail in the bathroom; floor to ceiling matte black mosaic tiles, exposed copper piping leading up to a monsoon shower head, floor heating, and a view to boot. Fitted out with a lounge, timber framed bed, black industrial pendant lights, and a small bench along the window, each room also has a kitchenette that is stocked with an impressive larder of Tasmanian produce and fine wines toencourage guests to make themselves feel right at home.”
So what is there to do at Pumphouse Point? Put simply - lots! I’ve created a list of things you can see and do whilst staying the Pumphouse:
• Eating your way through the larder packed with Tasmanian produce in your room
• Hike along the Overland Track towards Cradle Mountain. There are over 100km of hiking trails to conquer.
• Have a picnic on the shore of Lake St Clair whilst enjoying the beautiful vista of the Pumphouse. Grab some Tasmanian wine, cheese and freshly baked Pumphouse bread as well as the Aura blanket from your room for an afternoon of relaxing.
• Grab a couple of oars, lifejackets and thermos of hot chocolate, and head out on a little white rowboat for an afternoon of fun
• Pumphouse is a fisherman’s paradise and with access to the Tasmanian Trout Guides and Lodges Association, the retreat staff will put you in touch with the right people to ensure you have a dream fishing holiday
• Ride bicycles in and around Lake St Clair and Pumphouse, which are provided for free
• Enjoy the views from above by taking a scenic flight with Tasmanian Air Adventures
• Take in a masterpiece of epic proportions – The Wall in the Wilderness by artist Greg Duncan. He’s managed to hand carve the history of the central highlands into massive Huon Pine panels three metres high and 100 metres long. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!
• Enjoy the breakfast spread at The Shorehouse in the morning and the shared dining experience in the evening
• Holidays are all about sleeping in and afternoon naps, so whilst there is stacks to do outside remember to enjoy the creature comforts of your beautiful room
TRIP NOTES What: Pumphouse Point Where: 1 Lake St Clair, Tasmania, Australia 7140 When: All year round How: Pumphouse Point is located three hours’ drive north west of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. Alternatively, Pumphouse can arrange a chartered seaplane for your arrival and departure. Website: www.pumphousepoint.com.au Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: +61 428 090 436
For tips on how you can reinvent your space by using some of the elements from Pumphouse Point, head over to Triibe.
All photos taken on my Canon EOS 70D.