Incredible experience – review of pumphouse point, cradle mountain-lake st. clair national park, australia – tripadvisor electricity symbols ks2

We really enjoyed our time at Pumphouse Point. We were lucky as we went there on days of perfect sunshine which allowed us to get out and about. We chose the shore panorama room and were very happy with our choice. We were not at the actual pumphouse, but our room had the all day view of the lake and pumphouse and was above the main restaurant area and close to the walks around the hotel (mapped). When you arrive you are invited to have a glass of local sparkling as you check in and one of the staff takes your baggage to the room while a team member explains the set up at Pumphouse Point. The pumphouse has (I think) around 12 rooms and the Shorehouse six. All are bespoke and designed around a wonderful 1930/1940 hydro pumphouse building that was maintained but never used. Our room 18 was comfortable facing South West into the view and with the sunset. This room also had an air conditioner as i imaging it might be warm in summer. The bathrooms are stylish wet rooms with a window in the the room as actual bedroom has windows on three sides. Inside is a wonderful stylish, large narrow room with bed facing the lake, a sitting area and a large personal bar/larder area. The wet room bathroom pays homage to the industrial past of the building. There is no Wi-Fi but Telstra and Optus worked. There is a small TV but just enjoy the room for the views. What a space. In the Pumphouse itself- as well as the rooms, there are two lounge areas facing out with views over the lake and you are welcome to walk or drive across the ‘flume’ to sit and read or take a drink from the honesty bar. The shorehouse has a larger sitting area and restaurant. There’s a ‘visit’ to the basement of the Pumphouse you can do to see how the building came about part of the hydro scheme. Breakfast is included at the shore restaurant and it’s a reasonable continental breakfast. You can boil your own eggs, good tea/coffee facilities, croissants, bread, lovely honey and ham and cheese for your toast as well as all the other lovelies. At the weekend there was bacon and home made beans. It is not the “full english’ but fresh and nice. If you decide to eat in, you can have a communal dinner in the main restaurant. We had dinner the first night and the food is perfectly adequate but not brilliant. It’s three courses, you eat with the guests at 7pm and all is convivial. On our evening the pumpkin soup served was a little watery and tepid but the main of lamb, potatoes, salmon, etc was adequate and tasty if not as warm as i would have liked. The main is share plates. On our second evening as we’d grabbed lunch at The Wall, we opted for the larder and were very happy with that. The Hotel offer you a free warm crusty loaf and butter to have with cheese and charcuterie. The mini-bar prices seem fair for a remote location with Pinot noir ranging from about $45.00 per bottle. There are fires all around the place to keep cosy and relax, board games and books to read, bikes, walks and you can go out to the Lake St. Claire and sit on the sunset bench or benches on the ‘beach’ or go to the pontoon and row a dinghy across the boat. You can also fish if you purchase a license. Wildlife is terrific as we saw great bird life, pademelons and wombats. There are a few black midges that like to follow you too. So that’s my explanation but we loved, loved loved the place and will be back – I’d love to be there during the snow and have no excuse to do anything other than read and relax. The team working there charming and helpful.

Every minute at Pumphouse Point was like living a dream. It’s so stupidly surreal and beautiful that we wished we never have to leave. The star of the show here IS the Pumphouse. You can choose to sit around the fireplace at the common lounge, take a walk around Lake St Clair or use the row boat. It even felt nice to do nothing and just stare at the crazy views. Shoutout to Gabby and Craig, the lovely managers running the place who were the kindest and warmest hosts. The team is about 15 people and they are spectacular. You can join the communal dining or not, there is no obligation at all. If you’re not joining the dinner event, you can prepare a meal from the well-stocked larder in your room. The items are reasonably priced and consists of items like smoked salmon, fish chowder (yums). We joined the communal dinner and had a very nice talk with fellow guests. It’s a great vibe! Very few places allow guests to make meaningful connections with each other like that. You can obviously see that everyone is in a great mood and simply enjoying the stay so much. It’s out of this world and I’d really wish for Pumphouse Point to remain the same and be kept a secret. But the team deserves every bit of recognition for the work they have done. I will definitely be back again. Cheers!