Freycinet all inclusive walking tour from Hobart, 4 days

From: AUD2150 - AU$2350

per person


Solo guests are able to get their own room at no extra cost

 

Shoulder season – 1 nov – 23rd Dec
Season Nov - April

 

Maximum 10 guests
Medical certificate for guests over 70.
Require dietary and medical information


Eco Lodge All Food & Drinks Boat Trip
Experienced Guides Gourmet Food Small Group

Freycinet, Tasmania
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Freycinet all inclusive walking tour from Hobart, 4 days

This award wining guided walk covers the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s East Coast. Four days of blissful immersion in nature with three nights of stylish accommodation at a secluded eco Lodge. The walks – with boat and vehicle transfers – reach deep into the heart of the exquisite Freycinet National Park, the untamed jewel of Tasmania’s East Coast.

  

FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK

The park is located at a latitude of 42° south and has a temperate coastal climate that is influenced by the moods of the sea. Freycinet is known for its coastline of sugar-white beaches and crystal seas, secluded rocky coves, and granite headlands splashed with flaming orange lichen. The national park is a haven for diverse wildlife. Quolls, wombats, black swans and sea eagles thrive here, while seals, dolphins and whales are frequent visitors to the waters just off the coast.

 

A LODGE-BASED WALK

By day, our walks absorb you in the natural environment, but each night, you enjoy the comforts of the understated, our stylish Lodge. The lodge is yours alone to enjoy: only your walking group of ten will be staying at the lodge.  The lodge is set in 130 acres of private property surrounded by the Freycinet National Park and is the only building on Friendly Beaches: a truly pristine location. The lodge has won national awards from the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture for its sustainable design. Constructed from Tasmanian plantation hardwood, it sits lightly in delicate coastal bushland. The lodge is not connected to town-water or the electricity-grid; we have composting toilets, solar lighting and we recycle all food waste. But environmentally responsibility only adds to the lodge’s comfort: there are hot rain water showers and deep baths to wallow in – sustainable comforts courtesy of the sun and the rain.

 

 

SEASON

We operate from November to May each year. This period encompasses late spring, summer and early autumn and the daytime temperature ranges from approximately 18 to 30 degrees Celsius.

 

RATES

Adult:

$2,350

$2,150 (shoulder 1st Nov 14– 23 Dec 14)

 

Child

$2,000pp

$1,900pp (shoulder 1st Nov 14– 23 Dec 14)

 

 

THE DAILY ITINERARY

 

DAY ONE                                                      

Walking time: 2hrs                Distance: 6km

 

MEETING POINT: Reception Area,The Old Woolstore Hotel,1 Macquarie Street,Hobart by 8.15am sharp. Guides and guests will be introduced before leaving at 8.30am for the scenic journey from Hobart to Coles Bay, taking in panoramas of the Freycinet Peninsula across Great Oyster Bay. A morning tea break is taken near the historic Spiky Bridge close to Swansea. On arrival at Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula, we board the Naturaliste for a spectacular sea cruise down the western length of the peninsula to Schouten Island, the southernmost part of Freycinet National Park (weather permitting).  After a picnic lunch, there’s a walk up Bear Hill for magnificent views, or fishing for dinner in Schouten Passage with our Coxswain Shep. The boat returns to Coles Bay and guests are transported to Friendly Beaches Lodge to relax and enjoy a dinner of fresh fish, good company and fine wine.

 

 

DAY TWO     

Coastal Track Walking time:  5hrs Distance 12km

Mt Graham Walking time: 8hrs                   Distance 16km

 

Walkers rise with the sun and are transferred from Friendly Beaches Lodge to Coles Bay for another boat trip down the peninsula. There’s a choice of walks today: a peaceful walk from Bryan’s Beach through sclerophyll forests and along beaches to the renowned Wineglass Bay or the more challenging walk from Cook’s Beach to the top of Mt Graham (579m above sea level) descending to Wineglass Bay via spectacular Quartzite Ridge. When we arrive at Wineglass Bay late in the afternoon, it’s the perfect time for a swim in the bay’s crystalline waters. Refreshed, we make the steep climb to the Wineglass Bay Lookout for spectacular views, then descend to the waiting vehicle. Back at the lodge, we enjoy refreshing hot showers before drinks and dinner.

 

 

DAY THREE                         

Walking time: 6 hrs               Distance: 12km

 

Transfer by 4WD vehicle this morning brings walkers to secluded Bluestone Bay. Here there’s time to explore the fascinating geology of White Water Wall before climbing to the Bluestone Bay cliff tops. We walk back to the lodge through pristine bushland following a track used by the Oyster Bay Tribe. Along the way we spot giant Xanthorrea (Grass Trees) and the exceptionally rare flowering Epacris barbata. After a peaceful walk we arrive at the orange lichen-splashed rocks at the beautiful south Friendly Beaches headland. We continue along the dazzling white sands of Friendly Beaches to arrive at the lodge where cool drinks and homemade afternoon tea await.  Savour a well-deserved meal and then relax with a glass of wine by the roaring fire.

 

 

DAY FOUR

Walking time: 3 hrs               Distance: 6km

 

Rise early and head down to the beach or sleep in.  After breakfast there’s a walk along the fossil-rich ridgeline of Mt Mary and a descent to Saltwater Lagoon - nesting ground of black swans and pelicans. After a spectacular lunch at the lodge, a stroll along Friendly Beaches brings walkers to Isaac’s Point. Here, we are met by our vehicle for the journey back to Hobart, arriving by 5.30pm.

 

 

TRIP NOTES

 

LEVEL OF FITNESS

Participants must be moderately fit.  The walk is organised so that people who are active will enjoy the trip. On the second day of the walk there is a choice between doing a challenging eight hour 16km walk to climb Mount Graham (579 metres) or choosing a more relaxed 12km route along coastal heath lands and fabulous beaches. Walkers choosing the Mt. Graham walk must wear ankle support boots for safety reasons. On the third day, there is a 12 kilometre (approximately 6 hour) walk to Friendly Beaches Lodge from Bluestone Bay. Guests will walk between 36 - 40 kms over the four days

 

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

Enjoy the freedom of exploring this pristine area while carrying no more than your lunch, water and required clothing. Freycinet Experience provides wet weather jackets and a comfortable 30 litre backpack with a waist strap for support. Feel free to bring your favourite daypack if you like.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Our award winning eco lodge has a shared dining and living area and two sleeping lodges known as North and South which branch off from the main lodge. North and South have a collection of double and twin rooms to suit everyone’s accommodation needs. Individual travellers have their own private room at no extra cost.  Both sleeping lodges contain a lounge area with fireplace, a shared bathroom with a claw foot bath, a separate shower room and two composting toilets. The lodge is an environmental lodge and is completely ‘off the grid’; solar lighting, rain water and composting toilets help sustain its pristine surrounds.  For this reason we have no capacity to recharge camera batteries while at the lodge – please charge before hand or bring spare batteries.

 

We are delighted to offer solo travellers their own comfortable room at no extra cost.

 

FOOD

Share splendid meals and regional wines in great company. Menus include fresh local flathead, oysters, grain-fed beef and excellent fresh local produce and wines. Special dietary requirements can be catered for and this can be noted on your booking form.

 

GROUP SIZE

There is a maximum group size of ten participants and you are accompanied by two experienced and knowledgeable guides.  At the lodge you are also hosted by our two Lodge Co-ordinators

 

MEETING POINT

Reception Area, The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, 1 Macquarie Street, Hobart, by 8.15am at the latest on the day your trip departs. Guides and guests will be introduced before leaving at 8.30am sharp for the 3-hour drive to Coles Bay. Guests will return to Hobart by 5:30 pm on Day Four. Airports drop offs can be arranged for those taking flights that depart after 6pm.