Tasmanian Central Highlands

Pumphouse Point


A wilderness retreat

On an ancient glacial lake, surrounded by magical myrtle forests, Pumphouse Point is an utterly unique lodge where Tasmania’s heritage meets its wilderness.

12 rooms can be found in the old Pumphouse out on the lake itself, with six more in the Shorehouse substation. They remain true to their industrial heritage through functional, handsome decor, and all but two enjoy fabulous lake views. Inside you’ll also find communal lounges, honesty bars and wood fires, with hearty breakfasts and seasonal three-course dinners served in the Shorehouse dining room. The ultra-contemporary Retreat is the ultimate private retreat for two with a well-stocked larder and wine cellar, as well as e-bikes and a rowboat.

This is a place created to disconnect and immerse yourself in the setting, with days spent exploring at your own pace, whether paddling on the lake, cycling around its edge or hiking into the forest.


At a glance

  • 18 rooms

  • Exclusive Retreat

  • Restaurant

  • Honesty bars

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    Lace up your boots and wander deep into the fjord-like surrounds of Lake St Clair to explore giant myrtle forests, tread softly on moss-covered understory and breathe in Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness.

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    Drifting on sheltered mountain waters amid pure highland air, paddling to exploring hidden coves, entirely removed from everyday life.

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    From the saddle of our e-bikes, you’ll find secrets beyond your bushwalking limits. Pack a picnic with Tassie pinot and find an untouched patch to lay your blanket.


The project involved the adaptive reuse of Pumphouse Point into a wilderness retreat. The existing heritage listed, art deco style buildings were constructed in the 1940s as part of Tasmania’s hydro electric scheme and had been unused for over twenty years before works began. The redevelopment stuck with best heritage practices and the values of the World Heritage Area in which it is located, with the design is focused on environmental stewardship, sustainability and minimal site impact. Produce here is local wherever possible, both for environmental reasons and because of its high quality. Tasmania's electricity is 100% sourced through renewables.

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