We move on to the Cradle Mountain / Lake St Clair National Park. This time we are staying inside a national park, in a luxurious boutique hotel called Pumphouse Point, which is fashioned from a restored and re-purposed hydro substation and associated pumphouse. It may not sound promising, but in reality it’s truly exceptional.
And we have the best room in the complex, on the first floor of the art deco style substation with panoramic views across Lake St Clair towards the former pumphouse, which has also been converted into visitor accommodation.
The views are spectacular, but the wind howls like a banshee and is cold enough to persuade a brass monkey to grab a hot water bottle. No matter, we tog up and explore the extensive grounds of the property for some great views of the lake and pumphouse. In a sheltered, sunny spot we almost tread on a Tiger Snake, which is reputedly the fifth deadliest in the world. It sees us just in time and slithers off into the undergrowth, and Julie snaps a quick photo as it disappears. We continue on our way, with renewed caution.
We take a side trip to visit The Wall in the Wilderness, a nearby art installation that has been ten years in the making and is still not complete. The artist tells the history of this area of central Tasmania in carvings from the wood of the rare Huon Pine. The installation is over 100 metres in length, is exquisitely carved and absolutely brilliant. Sadly, no photos are allowed but do check out the website.