The Freycinet Experience is the original guided walk on Tasmania’s east coast, taking you through the pink granite Hazard Mountains and rich coastal forests, and the purest of white-sand beaches including the world-renowned Wineglass Bay.
Travel in the footsteps of the Oyster Bay Tribe, walking the same ancient bush tracks trodden some 30,000 years ago. Here, you’ll discover diverse marine and wildlife, nesting lagoons, wildflowers and other unique flora and fauna.
Walking the Walk
Led by engaging and knowledgeable guides, go by boat into remote and rarely explored corners of the Freycinet National Park. Choose between challenging mountain climbs or more leisurely coastal routes before regrouping at the end of the day. You’ll also travel light, needing only to carry your camera and a small day-pack for lunch.
The Freycinet Experience Walk is a four-day immersion into one of the most stunning coastal wilderness areas on Earth. The ethos of this walking company is simple; serve up the best that nature has to offer.
The day’s walks have been selected to bring guests to the most beautiful parts of the Freycinet Peninsula. Wineglass Bay is voted regularly by travel authorities as one of the world’s best beaches. The majority of the walks are off the beaten track, so you’ll rarely see another soul outside of your walking group.
Returning each night to the barefoot luxury of the award-winning Friendly Beaches Lodge, enjoy the stunning architecture, friendly service and private rooms with comfortable beds.
Situated on a 130-hectare private sanctuary, Friendly Beaches Lodge is surrounded by the Friendly Beaches National Park. The location and isolation of the lodge is sublime. Exclusively for the use of the walking group (maximum ten 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 enhance your experience.
Your friendly hosts will provide delicious meals using the best of Tasmanian produce; freshly caught flathead, local oysters, handmade chocolates, fresh fruit and premium Tasmanian wine and cheese.
Day one: Coles Bay to Schouten Passage
After travelling from Hobart we arrive at Coles Bay where we board a boat to see Schouten Passage (weather permitting) and land at Schouten Island. After lunch, walk up Bear Hill for magnificent views. Return to Coles Bay by boat and onto Friendly Beaches Lodge at the end of the day.
Day two: Bryan’s Beach to Wineglass Bay or Cook’s Beach to Mt Graham
Take a peaceful walk from Bryan’s Beach through sclerophyll forests and along beaches. Or, take the more challenging walk to the top of Mt Graham, descending to Wineglass Bay via spectacular Quartzite Ridge. Both walking groups meet on this iconic beach and walk out together before returning to the lodge.
Day three: Bluestone Bay to Friendly Beaches
Explore the fascinating geology of White Water Wall and Little Bluestone Bay, and climb to the Bluestone Bay cliff tops. Walk back over a track used by the ancient Oyster Bay Tribe. This is a private trail so you won’t see other people on this very special day.
Day four: Mt Mary to Hobart
Walk along the fossil-rich ridgeline of Mt Mary and descend to Saltwater Lagoon. Then take an easy stroll along the beach to Isaac’s Point, before taking the mini bus back to Hobart.
This graph loosely depicts the gradient of the track, providing you with some basic understanding of how challenging the walk will be. The graphs are useful in helping you decide which walk suits you best. Whatever your ability or fitness, there’s sure to be a walk that suits in the Great Walks of Australia collection.
* Elevations are indicative only and are not to scale. Walkers should contact individual walk companies to better understand the terrain and difficulty of each walk.
Committed to the Environment
25 years ago when Friendly Beaches Lodge was built, the ecologically sensitive building was ahead of its time. The lodge sits lightly on the surrounding bush, employing solar power and its own rain water supply to ensure disturbance to its surrounding environment is minimal. Built entirely from local timber (eucalyptus obliqa), the lodge is a building of timeless sophistication.
In addition to the lodge itself, the Freycinet Experience has been a co-sponsor of the WILDCARE Tasmania International Nature Writing Prize for over six years. Freycinet Experience also donates to Environment Tasmania and the Tasmanian Devil Appeal.