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Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

This 4 day experience was all good. The lodge was comfortable, welcoming, quiet and had an excellent library of books on the local flora and fauna. The food was delicious at every meal, with great variety and much local produce, including the wines. The walks included wonderful coastal and hill scenery, and varied from easy beach strolls to the quite testing climb up and over Mt Graham to Wineglass Bay. Before deciding to do it, consider whether your knees are up to a steep climb up and then a long walk down over a track which was sometimes narrow and washed out. The view was certainly worth it though. Both the staff and our fellow travellers were like minded people and we enjoyed good conversation over our well earned meals. We also shared tired feet and aching muscles at the end of each day but felt a definite sense of achievement and camaraderie. It was a most memorable 4 days.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Claire R, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2015

Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your time on our walk. We agree that the library in the lodge is a special room filled with unique books particularly pertinent to Freycinet Peninsula. The walk up Mt Graham can be challenging and we do offer an alternative coastal route for those who prefer a more relaxed pace. Thanks again for joining us.

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

This four day walking getaway is one of the best things you can ever do for yourself. My wife and I went along with four other couples and we had a wonderful experience. The lodge provided two very helpful young guides who were patient, knowledgeable and very capable. We went on some beautiful walks through the Tasmanian wilderness, including the rather demanding Mt Graham climb. I think only relatively fit walkers should attempt this - don't try it if your knees or hips are less than average. Previous walking experience will help. At the end of each day, we returned to cold beers and lemonade prepared by the lovely girls at the lodge. Dinner was outstanding, with excellent local fare and wines. We were too tired to stay up very late, but the next day was always worth looking forward to! An experience not to be missed.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Claire R, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2015

Thanks for your review, Steve. We are glad you had a good time and were able to join us. We feel privileged to provide this trip along the more remote parts of the Freycinet Peninsula. There is nothing quite like a day in the outdoors followed by relaxation at the eco lodge with fine food, wine and conversation. Thanks again!

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Friendly beaches is a little known Tasmanian wilderness wonder and the Freycinet experience gave us the best of both worlds, outstanding bush walking experience, expertly guided whilst relaxing in a wonderful Eco lodge of the finest design and being treated to outstanding hospitality and tassie foods and wines.

The library is a special place to relax and absorb oneself in the natural and cultural history of the area, the beds are extremely comfortable after a days walk and the hot baths very relaxing. The dining is outstanding, the finest Tasmanian produce prepared and presented to perfection.

All the staff and the organisation from start to finish was very professional. Thank you everyone for a very special experience.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Claire R, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2015

Thanks for your review Jo. We agree that our lodge tucked behind the dunes on the Friendly Beaches is an special place to unwind and get away from it all. Thanks for your comment and we're glad you enjoyed your trip.

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

My wife and i have done a lot of walking holidays but this has to be the best. It was a perfect balance of good bushwalking, a little boating (even fishing) and relaxing at the tranquil Friendly beaches lodge. Every aspect of this 4 day tour is superb: The Freycinet national park is absolutely stunning and the walks were varied and well paced. The staff were just fantastic, Mikey and Jane were full of knowledge and were extremely caring for our every need. At the lodge our hosts served up AMAZING food and matched with tassies best wines, this was a gastronomic feast we did not expect! The lodge its self sits in splendid isolation from the outside world and the peace found here was just sublime... Couldn't recommend this trip more highly. Ps. The manager Claire was so sweet and helpful with our rather demanding 'special needs' , thank you so much for such a great holiday.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Claire R, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2015

We are thrilled and taken back by your review! Thank you. We aim to please and are glad you enjoyed the variety, location and staff on your trip. We believe Freycinet is a special place and that it speaks for itself. Thanks again for your kind words!

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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Literally. The pink granite Hazard Range looming above Great Oyster Bay is a truly breathtaking vision and climbing to the gnarly peak of Mt.Graham is a feat that fills me with satisfaction every time I reminisce on it. The 'invisible lodge' at Friendly Beaches is eco-elegance at its purest with welcome touches of luxury, like a claw-foot tub for soaking in after a long day's trek, and fresh fluffy bedding to snuggle into at night. Gathering around the open fire for drinks invites a sense of communal well-being among the group and sitting down at the long wooden dining table for an imaginative gourmet dinner cements those bonds. Being out of range and off the radar really is the best way to unwind. And despite its unpredictable nature, this southern wilderness wraps you in such a wholesome embrace that you feel a strange sense of belonging, as if this, not your office, was your natural habitat. Maybe it is?

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Claire R, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2015

What a beautiful review! Thanks Nell. We are so happy to have had you on our trip and that you felt so at home there.

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Both my wife and I experienced the 6 day track and we had such a wonderful time I think we will come back real soon.
Thenhighlight would be walking around wineglass bay then taking a dip in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world,the guides are awesome and really know there stuff it's incredible,the walk the food the atmosphere and the simplicity is what makes this walk in my opinion a truly remarkable experience.
thanks to all involved

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Claire R, Public Relations Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2013

Thank you so much Fred for such a great review. We hope you return too. I agree that the beaches at Freycinet are world class and it is exhilarating to swim there. I am so glad you noted the simplicity of the experience, it is easier for us to promote the great food, experienced guides and unique lodge but always hard to explain the wonderful ease and simplicity that the walk delivers to each guests holiday. Thanks again for joining the walk.

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Reviewed 23 April 2013

This was a superb trip and I would thoroughly recommend it. Its was the first 'guided' trip of this type I have ever been on, and a truly great experience. It is a small company and you receive very personalised service, don't feel like one of the masses at all. There were only around 10 guests on my trip, with 2 guides and 2 lodge hosts. Clare the Manager, who sends you off from Hobart, was extremely welcoming, helpful and very easy to deal with. Jodie and Hannah the guides would do anything for you but also gave you enough space when you needed it - and they genuinely seemed to love their jobs. A highlight was the food prepared each day by the lodge hosts/managers - simple but beautifully cooked and presented. The matched Tassie wines were superb - nothing better than a hard bush walk to return to the lodge for a hot bath and delicious Tassie sauvignon blanc! I would thoroughly recommend this trip, its a good length (4 days), Freycinet Nat Park is beautiful and you don't have to sit very long on the mini-bus from Hobart. Apparently they are starting (or have started) some trips that also incorporate MONA tours as well, sounds like a great combo.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Claire R, Public Relations Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2013

Thank you so much for your glowing review Kathryn! It is much appreciated. We are so glad you found it a highly personalised trip and that you enjoyed the food and wine as well. Many thanks.

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Address: Battery Point, Freycinet, Tasmania 7215, Australia
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Region: Australia > Tasmania > Freycinet
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Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Freycinet
Price Range: £379 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Freycinet Experience Walk is the original four-day journey along the stunning Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's east coast. Set against the dramatic granite backdrop of the pink-hued Hazard Mountains, guests walk through rich coastal forests and discover the purest of white beaches including the world-renowned Wineglass Bay. Led by engaging knowledgeable guides, guests are taken by boat into remote and rarely explored corners of the Freycinet National Park. Guests then travel in the footsteps of the Oyster Bay tribe, traversing the same ancient bush tracks trodden some thirty thousand years ago. Here they discover diverse marine and wildlife, nesting lagoons, wildflowers and other unique flora. A variety of abilities are catered for and the walk covers between 28 and 37 kilometers. Guests can choose between challenging mountain climbs or more leisurely coastal routes before regrouping at the end of the day. Guests also travel light needing only to carry a small daypack for their lunch and camera. Welcomed each evening to the award winning Friendly Beaches Lodge; guests enjoy stunning architecture, friendly genuine service and private rooms with comfortable beds. Exclusively for the use of the walking group (Max 10 guests), the uncomplicated luxury of the lodge has remarkable powers of rejuvenation. A fine collection of artworks by prominent Tasmanian artists and a well-stocked library add to guests enjoyment. Conversation flows and friendships form quickly in this intimate atmosphere.Charming Lodge hosts create sophisticated and nourishing meals with the very best Tasmanian produce, complimented by the finest of local east coast wine. ... more   less 

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