It’s a scenic three-hour drive on the Lyell Highway around the national park’s fringe to tonight’s accommodation, Pumphouse Point. This boutique accommodation nestled by and literally on Lake St Clair was formerly a hydroelectric powerstation, built in the 1940s. Its industrial Art Deco buildings have been reborn with contemporary style and comfort to die for.
The property immerses guests in a jaw-dropping landscape of glacial lakes, mountain streams and old-growth rainforest. Take advantage of the area’s many bushwalking trails, try fly fishing or mountain biking, slip a boat onto the water or simply sit by the fire with a wee dram of whisky and those wildly beautiful vistas.
There are three honesty bars, and you’ll also find complimentary treats such as Tasmanian wine, cheese and freshly baked bread in your room’s larder. In the evenings, join other guests around communal dining tables to discuss the day’s adventures over a hearty meal inspired by local, seasonal produce.
If you want to really live it up, choose Pumphouse Point’s most luxurious accommodation, The Retreat. Surrounded by bushland on the lake’s edge, this private, all-inclusive escape built for two is filled with locally crafted furniture, ceramics and two deep bathtubs – including an outdoor one for bliss under the stars.