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Australian House & Garden

Photograph by Stu Gibson.

Photograph by Stu Gibson.

Jutting 250m from the shoreline of Tasmania’s iconic Lake St Clair is Australia’s latest (and possibly greatest) wilderness retreat. Set to open on January 1st, Pumphouse Point (right) lies inside the Western Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area, at the end of the Overland Track, its spectacular setting allowing guests to immerse themselves in some of the most dramatic natural scenery on the planet. The ‘gently transformed’ Art Deco-era hydro pump station has 12 rooms spread over three levels at the Pumphouse on the lake, and six rooms back at the Lakehouse, on the water’s edge. More than 100km of walks, many through old myrtle forests, are on offer, as well as bike rides, drift boats, fishing, float planes and picnics – but we imagine many guests will simply want to drink in the panoramic views of this ancient landscape and share their awe around the communal table each night. Prices start at $240/night; www.pumphousepoint.com.au.