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4 Day: Freycinet Experience Walk

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  • 11
    Tuesday & Friday
  • 11
    Departs From Hobart
  • 4 Days

This is the original and award-winning Freycinet Experience Walk – a four-day guided adventure covering the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s sublimely beautiful east coast, including the iconic Wineglass Bay. From the moment we collect you from Hobart, you can completely immerse yourself in your surroundings with all transfers, accomodation, guided walks, beautifully prepared meals from the freshest Tasmanian produce and a selection the finest local wines all inclusive of your stay.

Discover forests of towering white gums where you and your walking companions, a maximum of 10, feel like the only souls on Earth. Then return each evening to the award-winning Friendly Beaches Lodge, nestled in its own secluded sanctuary, where delicious, candle-lit meals, steaming hot showers, deep baths and comfortable beds await.

Walk beaches of powder white sand. Hike spectacular pink granite mountains carrying only a small daypack. Explore the region by boat, go fishing, swimming and snorkelling and travel to uninhabited Schouten island.

For the duration of your stay, the lodge is for you and your walking companions exclusively. With only one trip held at a time, four knowledgeable staff members are focused purely on making your trip as enjoyable as possible. Unpack just once and sleep blissfully in private, comfortable rooms with warm, goose down doonas and quality, Egyptian cotton sheets.

Experience Freycinet from a truly unparalleled perspective.

Departure & Return Location

Tours depart every Tuesday and Friday from October to April.

Our journey begins upon departure from the Old Woolstore Apartments in Hobart at 8am

We arrive back into Hobart at 5pm on the last day. If you’re booked on a flight, we can provide Hobart Airport drop-offs. Please note, we recommend for flights leaving after 5.30pm.

Price Included

We want your time with Freycinet Experience Walk to be memorable, relaxing and rejuvenating, so we take care of all the comforts you could possibly need. Transfers, meals and a comfy place to rest your head are just a few of the things you’ll experience with us.

  • Three nights accommodation at Friendly Beaches Lodge, exclusive to your walking group (max 10). Superb meals made lovingly by our lodge hosts using quality Tasmanian produce, paired with award winning Tasmanian wine and spirits.
  • Leave the planning to us and we will get you to and from your walking experience, hassle free. Your tour with us includes return transfers to and from Hobart CBD/Hobart Airport as well as a unique boat trip and national park passes.
  • Two knowledgeable and passionate nature guiding experts and two professional lodge hosts (and superb cooks!) who can’t wait to show you our stunning corner of Tasmania!
  • A day pack
  • High quality Gortex waterproof jacket
  • Hiking poles
  • Maps
  • Torches
  • Interpretive materials
  • First aid kit (guides carry these)

*Of course you’re welcome to bring your own of any of these items if you prefer.

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Itinerary

Day OneColes Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Schouten Island, Bear Hill

Our journey begins upon departure from the Old Woolstore Apartments in Hobart at 8am on the first morning. We then transfer from Hobart to our sustainably built Friendly Beaches lodge before an afternoon of exploring.

Our journey begins in Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay where 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).

On the way, keep a lookout for pods of playful dolphins and large Australasian gannets diving for food.

After a picnic lunch and swim choose between a short but steep climb up Bear Hill for expansive views of the Freycinet Peninsula, or fish for flathead in Schouten Passage with our coxswain. Return to Coles Bay by boat, then transfer to Friendly Beaches Lodge for an evening meal of fresh fish (perhaps caught by you that day!) and fine wine.

Day TwoColes Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Bryan’s Beach, Wineglass Bay, Mt Graham, Quartzite Ridge

Rise with the sun for another boating adventure down the Peninsula. Weather permitting, there are two walks to choose from.

The walk from Bryan’s Beach journeys through sclerophyll forests and along beaches to the renowned Wineglass Bay. Along the way, encounter unforgettable ‘up-close’ moments with local birdlife. For those seeking a serious challenge, opt for the climb from Cook’s Beach to the top of Mt Graham (579m above sea level) where you’ll enjoy wonderful views of The Hazards’ dusky pink rock outcrops, before descending to Wineglass Bay via spectacular Quartzite Ridge.

The two groups rejoin at Wineglass Bay in the late afternoon – the perfect time to swim in its crystalline waters, enjoy a cup of tea and exchange stories about the morning’s adventures. Feeling refreshed, take the climb to Wineglass Bay Lookout for sublime views, then descend to the waiting vehicle. Back at the lodge, enjoy soothing hot showers before drinks and dinner.

Day ThreeBluestone Bay, White Water Wall, Oyster Bay Tribe, Friendly Beaches

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before transferring to secluded Bluestone Bay for the start of the walk. Explore the fascinating geology of White Water Wall and little Bluestone Bay before climbing to the cliff tops. Journey back to the lodge on foot, following an ancient track through sacred bushland once followed by the Oyster Bay Tribe and now used exclusively by Friendly Beaches Lodge guests.

The headland is home to a stunning array of native plants, including the giant Xanthorrhoea (Grass Trees).  Continue along the white sands of Friendly Beaches, perhaps celebrating with a dip in the sparkling ocean waters.

Then arrive back at the lodge where cool drinks and homemade afternoon tea await.  End the day savouring a well-deserved meal, then relax with a glass of wine by the roaring fire.

Day FourMt Mary, Saltwater Lagoon, Isaac’s Point

Rise early and head to the beach for morning coffee, or sleep in and pretend you never have to leave.  After breakfast, there’s an optional walk along the fossil-rich ridgeline of Mt Mary and a descent to Saltwater Lagoon, where you’ll experience the curious honks and calls of countless wild black swans and pelicans in their natural nesting ground.

After a delightful brunch, a convivial affair where experiences of the last four days are recalled and delicious food shared, take a final stroll along Friendly Beaches to Isaac’s Point.

We say goodbye to Friendly Beaches lodge and transfer back to Hobart.

We arrive back into Hobart at 5pm on the last day. If you’re booked on a flight, we can provide Hobart Airport drop-offs. Please note, we recommend for flights leaving after 5.30pm.

FAQ

What do I need to pack?

We aim to provide all of the things you need to complete your stay, but there are some items that aren’t provided due to the natural environment, or that you need to make sure to bring along to make your walking experience comfortable:

  • Footwear

  • Walking boots with good ankle support or sturdy walking shoes with good tread are required. (Sandshoes and trainers are not recommended for walking). New boots need to be broken in (at least 2–3 months in advance for your personal comfort)

  • Shorts x 1

  • Long sleeve shirt for sun protection x 1

  • Thermal/warm long sleeved top x 1

  • T-shirts x 2

  • Long pants x 1 (jeans are not recommended for walking in)

  • Warm jumper or fleece jacket

  • Socks to wear with boots x 3 pairs

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Swimwear

  • Sun hat

  • Beanie

  • Small beach towel

  • 1 litre water bottle (1 litre capacity or greater is essential)

  • Toiletries

  • Insect repellent

Suggested items for evening

  • Change of clothes

  • Lightweight sandals/shoes

Optional items you might consider bringing along

  • Trekking poles – we do have 10 pairs at the lodge

  • Dressing gown

  • Head torch

  • Small binoculars

FAQ

Is there any place to charge devices?

We only have one power board at the Lodge to charge devices so it is best to bring them fully charged. We recommend phones to be put onto flight mode to extend battery life.

What amount of luggage can we bring?

As we are a lodge based walk, you are free to bring all your luggage with you and store it in your room at the Lodge.

How much time do we spend out walking?

The main walking component is on day 2 and 3. On these days the majority of the day is spent away from the Lodge along the trails and beaches of Freycinet National Park. The actual walking time varies between 5 and 8 hours each day.

How fit do I need to be?

You do not need to be an elite athlete to enjoy our walks. If you already enjoy activities such as walking, swimming, taking the stairs, playing golf etc. you are well placed to manage our walks. We recommend starting some more targeted training, including walking, in your daily routine leading up to the trip to ensure maximum enjoyment of the experience.

What do I carry each day?

All you carry is a daypack containing lunch, two litres of water, weatherproof jacket and personal items, such as a camera and sunglasses.

What is the weather like and what if the weather is bad?

We choose the best months of the year to operate our walk which is from October to April. Check the weather forecast for Coles Bay a week before departure to give you the best idea. If the weather is ominous, the boat may be prevented from heading out. In this situation alternative plans can be carried out and segments of the walk modified to allow for the best outcome.

Are the bathrooms shared?

Yes. Our accomodation is separated into two lodges. Each lodge has four bedrooms, a lounge with fireplace, two toilets, a bathroom, a shower and a sink area. You share with a maximum of five people.

Can I get my own room?

In most cases we are able to offer individual travellers their own room at no extra cost. Please let us know if this is required.

Are there hair dryers for use?

No, the lodge is lit by solar power and there are no electricity sockets in the bathroom or guests’ rooms.

How many people on each trip?

We have a maximum capacity for 10 people per trip.

Rates for Children

The minimum age for children on this tour is 8 years old. Children require a reasonable level of fitness to complete and enjoy the walking experience.

Child: 8-16 years

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation by guest

The deposit of $500 per person is non-refundable.

If the cancellation is made more than twenty-one (21) days from departure, the trip cost minus the deposit is refunded. While the deposit is retained in this instance, you do have the option of transferring your booking to a later date and using this deposit as a credit.

If the cancellation is made within twenty-one (21) days of the booking departure date, no refund is available.

The date of cancellation is the date that we receives written notice of the cancellation.

Cancellation will take effect if you fail to arrive at the pre-arranged meeting place at the time stipulated. No refund will be paid if you voluntarily leave your walk after it has commenced. No refund will be paid if you need to leave the walk for reasons of bereavement, injury or illness.

Travel insurance and medical insurance are therefore strongly recommended.

Flexible booking measures

For new and current bookings on scheduled departures in our 2021/22 Season the following terms and conditions apply:

• A full refund will be available for cancellations made more than 21 days in advance of the departure date, where the cancellation is due to CO-VID 19 related reasons (as defined below).
• Alternatively, guests may wish to reschedule later into the season. In this instance, those funds paid are retained to secure the transferred booking.
• For cancellations made within 21 days of the departure date (due to CO-VID 19 related reasons as defined below), guests will be able to postpone their experience and transfer their booking.

For those guests who have already transferred their booking, or are considering doing so, please be assured that, for all transfers due to CO-VID 19 related reasons, we will honour the rate available at the time of the original booking.

All cancellations or amendments that are not due to CO-VID 19 related reasons (as defined below) will be subject to our existing terms and conditions. 

For the purposes of the Terms and Conditions above, COVID-19 related reasons mean:

1. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to your departure date;
2. If you are directed by a Government official or medical practitioner to self-isolate due to a close, casual or secondary contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19;
3. If you have travelled outside of Australia in the 14 days prior to cancellation and present with any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, including any flu or cold-like symptom(s);
4. If the Department of Health defines you within a COVID-19 “at-risk category”, including people aged 65 and over, and/or you have declared a pre-existing medical condition (already identified through our booking process) that prevents travel at the time of cancellation;
5. If Government policy (domestic or foreign) relevant to your residential address or travel circumstances directly impacts your capacity to travel; OR
6. You are employed in a frontline health role and are required to work.

We reserves the right to request supporting evidence to determine your eligibility prior to approving the cancellation or transfer of your booking.

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