Built in 1934 on the edge of remote Lake St. Clair in Tasmania’s Central Highlands, the brick-and-stucco buildings of Pumphouse Point were originally part of a hydropower system. In 1995, after the lake—Australia’s deepest— was included in the 1.5-million-hectare Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the project was decommissioned and left to the elements. Now, it’s the island’s latest eco-retreat. While the facades of the property’s two buildings have deliberately been left rustic, inside it’s a different story, with 18 smart guest rooms sporting wood paneling and a charcoal-and-beige palette. (Book a room in the original pump house; set at the end of a 250-meter-long jetty, it comes with wraparound views of the lake and forest.) Services are limited and the ambience is laid back, with communal three-course dinners each night and convivial public spaces with cast-iron fires, board games, and well-stocked honor bars. Solitude-seekers will want to pack a picnic hamper with delicacies such as smoked quail and King Island blue cheese from their mini-bar and head into the great outdoors.
61-428/090-436; Pump House Point; doubles from US$172