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Activities
  • 4 days walking
Accommodation
  • 3 nights eco lodge accommodation
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

4 Days$2750AUD

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Trip Code: FEW

Trip highlights


  • Freycinet Experience Walk is a trip of the Great Walks of Tasmania
  • Walking the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula
  • Stay at the secluded and comfortable Friendly Beaches lodge
  • Panoramic views from the top of Mt Graham

The inspiring four-day journey along the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's east coast combines exciting coastal and mountain walking during the day with comfortable accommodations each evening. The walk will take you along deserted beaches, up pink granite monoliths and through the heart of the rich native heath lands of the Freycinet National park, including the iconic Wineglass Bay. Return each evening to the award winning lodge where your hosts will serve you splendid meals and regional wines. You can enjoy a hot shower or bath before sleeping in a comfortable bed after a satisfying day of walking. A true eco-lodge, it has solar power, waterless toilets and rainwater tanks which ensure that it leaves a minimal impact on the environment of this secret place. The walk itself covers between 28 and 40kms depending on which walking option you choose. Regardless of choice, you will travel from the southern tip to the north of the Freycinet Peninsula in a continuous journey and the best part is that because this bushwalk is lodge based, you don't have to carry a heavy back pack. No one except your fellow walkers and the four staff will be at the lodge with you - making it a special place to truly unwind.

Activities:

Itinerary

MEETING POINT: Reception Area,The Old Woolstore Hotel,1 Macquarie Street,Hobart between 7:45am - 8:00am 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. Walking time: 2hrs Distance: 3km Total elevation gain: 200m

Meals:  L,D

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. Coastal Track Walking time: 7hrs Distance 14km Total elevation gain: 213m Mt Graham Walking time: 8hrs Distance 16km Total elevation gain: 792m

Meals:  B,L,D

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. Walking time: 6-7hrs Distance: 14km Total elevation gain: 205m

Meals:  B,L,D

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 5pm. Airport drop offs can be accommodated for flights departing after 6pm. Walking time: 3hrs Distance: 6km Total elevation gain: 96m

Meals:  B,L


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Regional wines
  • Two professional guides
  • Lodge hosts
  • Accommodation at Friendly Beaches Lodge
  • Transfers between Hobart and Freycinet
  • Boat trips: to Schouten Island on day 1 and along the Peninsula on day 2
  • National Park entry fees
  • Use of daypacks, hiking poles and waterproof jackets

  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature - car parking etc
  • Travel insurance

Accommodation


Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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The Freycinet Experience Walk is an Introductory to Moderate graded walk. It involves walking with a light day pack through lightly undulating country for up to 7 hours a day at a moderate to steady pace. On day two there is a choice between a more challenging walk over Mt Graham or a leisurely coastal route before re-grouping at the end of the day at the spectacular Wineglass Bay. The terrain is varied - both mountain and coastal. To enjoy this tour you will need a reasonable level of fitness. Suggested preparation: We recommend regular exercise 3 times per week (this can be cycling, jogging or walking) in the months leading up to your trip. At least once a week you should walk with a weighted day pack (5kg) for several hours for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. The best way to train for an active holiday is to simulate the activity you will be undertaking on the trip so we recommend including bush walks and multi-day walking in your preparation.


Departure dates

Departs Tuesdays and Fridays between November and April

Notes

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High Season
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High Season Surcharge applies between 23 Dec and 30 April
Note:
Prices valid up to 30/06/2020. Price may increase after this date subject to local inflationary pressures on operational cost. You will be notified accordingly if this should occur.

Total Priceper person from

Adult$2750AUD

Child$2550AUD** See right for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • Low Season Child Price (8-16 years)AUD$2600
  • High Season Child Price (8-16 years)AUD$2800
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Freycinet Experience Walk trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

You only need to carry a daypack containing your water, camera, jumper, rain jacket and any personal items you need during the day. Your bag will likely weigh around 5kg.

You will be provided with a day pack, hiking poles and a waterproof jacket to use during the trip.

The trip operates between October and April. No matter what time of year you visit, your experience is sure to be memorable.

Spring (October to December) - visit during this time and you’ll enter a wildflower wonderland! Freycinet’s forests are bursting with the sweet honey-like scent of the flowering white Kunzea (Kunzea ambigua). This is also the time to enjoy the last of the striking yellow rock orchids and Mt Graham’s large duck orchids. Humpback whales follow their seasonal migration routes, often with calves in tow. It’s also mating season for echidnas, which means these normally shy creatures are more likely to be spotted trundling about!

Summer (January and February) - average temperatures are in the mid 20s, warmer ocean currents have arrived and the world’s clearest oceans are more inviting than ever. Long sunny days are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and exploring these pristine waters. White-bellied Sea Eagles, Crested Terns and the threatened Hooded Plover can be spotted. It’s also festival time in Tasmania – the ideal opportunity to combine your walking holiday with a range of cultural and culinary events.

Autumn (March to April) - Tasmania’s weather is never more stable than during this time. Water temperatures are still relatively high, so it’s often warm enough to swim. Fishing is also at its best, with abundant salmon and flathead catchable off the boat or beach. Flowering pink wattle, autumn tea trees and rosy hyacinth orchids are all in bloom, while echidnas are active and scarlet robins are regular Lodge visitors.

What can you produce from a kitchen with no electricity or modern appliances? One step through the door of the lodge at day’s end and the delicious wafts from the kitchen tell you the possibilities are plentiful.

This ‘unplugged’, handmade style of cooking is all about the simplicity of quality, Tasmanian produce, with meals inspired by the natural landscape and temperate climate.

The terrain is varied, from mountains to coastal walks. Over 4 days you can choose to walk between 28-40km.

There are no charging facilities at the lodge, so we recommend bringing extra batteries or a portable charger.

There is no mobile or internet access, so your four day stay at Friendly Beaches Lodge offers you a rare opportunity to truly escape, relax and rejuvenate.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.