If you love nature and traveling – you’re here, so that’s probably a “yes” – you should definitely make some room at the top of your bucket list for the striking Pumphouse Point. Located in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, the hotel immerses its guests into a spectacular natural landscape. Accessible via a 900 feet-long jetty, the structure rises from Lake St Clair – Australia’s deepest lake. The calm water reflects the distant snow capped mountains as well as the nearby forests which sometimes hide behind a fog curtain. Serene and wild at the same time, the landscape connects guests to the heart of nature. It seems to make time pass a bit slower while also giving each moment a deeper meaning.
Originally a facility that housed water turbines for a hydro-electric system, the Art Deco-inspired building dates back to 1940. Cumulus Studio transformed the industrial space into a comfortable and modern hotel where the surroundings become a part of the décor. The three stories each provide a special hotel stay experience. On the ground level, the rooms make guests feel like living on the surface of the glacial lake. The middle level features floor-to-ceiling windows which overlook the placid surface of the water. At the top, guests can admire not only Lake St Clair, but also the majestic mountains in all their glory.
Inside, the elegantly understated décor features modernist influences, monochrome tones and warm Tasmanian oak surfaces. The common lounge area includes a wood-burning fireplace and bay windows as well as a mezzanine level. A perfect place to admire the landscape, just as the sun begins to set behind the mountains, giving an orange glow to the lake’s glass-like surface. Photography© Pumphouse Point.