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Sunday 20 November 2022

NRMA commits to sustainable future for Tasmanian icon

I have serious love affair with Pumphouse Point, the iconic retreat on Lake St Clair in Tasmania.

In addition to staying there three or four times, I also consulted to former owner Simon Currant on the 90% Tasmanian wine list.

This week Currant completed the sale of Pumphouse Point to NRMA - a deal which we had known about for months - and which almost certainly means my services will no longer be required.

The resort, which controversially operates on land subject to a Crown lease, is the latest addition to NRMA’s growing portfolio in Tasmania.

Pumphouse Point features two heritage industrial buildings which have been transformed against the tranquil backdrop of Lake St Clair.

NRMA Expeditions CEO Rachel Wiseman said the acquisition of the business provides another opportunity for the organisation to showcase Tasmania’s exceptional natural environment and the best regional Australia has to offer.

“Tasmania is abundant in natural beauty and we’re excited to share another unique location in Tasmania with our Members and the community, and continue to work with local partners to promote the state and its amazing eco-tourism experiences,” Wiseman said.

“Nature-based tourism experiences are in high demand. We need exceptional accommodation that delivers amazing experiences in remote locations.

“These are precious places that have significant meaning to our biodiversity and local communities. We recognise the role we must play as the caretaker of these places to make sure they are able to be enjoyed in a sustainable way.

“The acquisition of the Pumphouse Point business demonstrates the NRMA’s ongoing commitment to the Tasmanian tourism industry, and our confidence in the state to continually deliver immersive nature-based experiences for guests.”

Other properties in the NRMA portfolio in Tasmania include Freycinet Lodge (where they do a superb job), Cradle Mountain Hotel, Strahan Village and Gordon River Cruises.

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