Visit Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s East Coast. Discover the many walking trails and paddling options around Wineglass Bay. Take in the pink-hued Hazards, pristine beaches and native wildlife.
Overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and Great Oyster Bay, Saffire Freycinet is a premium luxury lodge immersed in nature. Featuring luxurious suites, decorated with a confection of classic and contemporary furnishings, some with private plunge pools and decks give Saffire some of its sparkle. Some of the suites are larger than a mid-size home. With an exclusive day spa, restaurant, and guest lounge and bar, at Saffire you can relax, indulge and feel truly inspired in the unique nature of the surrounding coastline. Saffire is located around a three hour drive from Hobart or approximately two and a half hours from Launceston.
Bay of Fires
Tasmania's Bay of Fires is a region of white beaches, blue water and granite boulders. The bay was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773 in response to the many Aboriginal fires he saw burning on its shore. People visiting the area today often conclude that the name refers to the play of light on the water. Beach activities and bird-watching are popular in this beautiful reserve. The region includes some 30 kilometres of coastline where there are more extraordinary white sand beaches. The four-day Bay of Fires Walk features some of Tasmania’s best attributes – fine local foods, cool-climate wines and pristine landscapes. Guests stay in permanent camps along the way finishing at the stylish Bay of Fires Lodge. Walks operate between October and May.
With a spectacular waterfront location at the foot of The Hazards, just inside Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge is a great base for exploring the Freycinet Peninsula. The lodge is a place to relax and rejuvenate and to experience nature's wild harmony without sacrificing comfort. The Wineglass Premier Cabin is the top-of-the-range featuring a spacious open-plan; quality fittings; a double spa bath and private balcony, located close to the main lodge building with easy access to Richardson's Beach. Freycinet Lodge is a comfortable two and a half hour drive from Hobart or Launceston.
Freycinet Experience Walk
Freycinet Experience Walk is a day-by-day guided trek along the Freycinet Peninsula which includes both coastal and mountain walking. The Freycinet Experience Walk takes you along deserted beaches, up pink granite Mount Graham and through the heart of the rich native heathlands of the Freycinet National Park. At the end of each day you'll relax and enjoy local produce and regional wines at Friendly Beaches Lodge. The walk covers between 3-16 kilometres (1.8-9 miles) per day, depending on which walking option you choose. Regardless of your route choice you will travel from the southern to the north tip of the Freycinet Peninsula in a continuous journey. You do not have to carry your own backpack. Walks operate from November to the end of April.
Maria Island Walk
The multi award-winning Maria Island Walk is a four-day guided journey through stunning coastal and mountain landscapes of Maria Island's national park. The walks teach visitors to appreciate the wonders of Tasmania's natural sanctuary by introducing them to abundant wildlife and the island's colourful colonial history and beauty. The national park allows extensive but achievable hikes, however a certain level of fitness is required. Each guided walk is limited to just eight guests and Maria Island Walk's guides are ranked among the country's best. At the end of each day enjoy candlelight dining, where renowned Tasmanian fine food and wines are served in elegant wilderness camps. The final night is spent in the restored, Bernacchi House at the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Darlington Probation Station. Walks operate from mid-October to the end of April.
Quamby Estate, near Launceston, is one of Tasmania’s most prestigious and historically important properties. Built between 1828 and 1838, Quamby was for several years the home of a premier of Tasmania but now is a suitably grand luxury lodge. The picture-book grounds boast a tennis court, tree-lined laneway and an impeccably maintained golf course lined with trees more than 100 years old. The fairways have magnificent views to the Ben Lomond Ranges in the east and the Great Western Tiers to the south. The original manager’s office and home, circa 1850, is now the club house. The magnificent homestead has ten lovingly restored guest rooms within the homely ambience of a boutique guesthouse. Enjoy sumptuous meals prepared with fresh Tasmanian produce accompanied by local Tamar Valley wines and use the homestead as your base for touring Launceston and the north. Quamby Estate is 20 minutes from Launceston city and airport.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys - Bruny Island
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys offers multi-award winning coastal wilderness cruises, taking you along the rugged unspoilt southern coastline of Bruny Island and Tasman Island. Bruny Island boasts spectacular rock formations, intriguing caves and sea cliffs that are amongst the highest in the world. The wild coastlines are home to hundreds of seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and seabirds, which you can experience from the comfort of your custom-built eco-cruising vessel. Choose from driving to the point of departure at either Port Arthur or Bruny Island or take a full day tour from Hobart including a bus tour, three hour wilderness cruise, morning tea and lunch.
Barnbougle Dunes/Lost Farm
The dramatic scenery and challenging 18-hole championship course of Barnbougle Dunes is among the best link courses in the world. The course has been described as a work of art, and can be played no matter what your ability. There is a driving range, putting green and chipping green with bunkers for you to hone your technique. At the end of the day enjoy the spectacular public clubhouses or stay in the Barnbougle cottages. With dramatic golf course views, the Barnbougle cottages are designed specifically for a foursome of golfers, with two rooms and a modern bathroom. The patio is the best place to relax and take in the breathtaking sea views as well as golf course vistas. Offering the unique charm and style of the Tasmanian northeast, all rooms feature the comfort and services you would expected in a top golfing destination.
Port Arthur Historic Site
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict-era sites in the world. Located on the Tasman Peninsula 100km south-east of Hobart, the site includes more than 30 historic buildings and ruins, spread over an extensive landscape of heritage gardens, parkland and native bush. Experiences bring the amazing story of Port Arthur to life. Visitors can discover intriguing convict history and its many stories through a variety of interpretive experiences including guided tours, a harbour cruise, an audio tour, multimedia presentations, furnished houses, museum displays, a convict study centre, an interpretation gallery and high-tech interactive installations at the dockyard and separate prison. Night-time Ghost Tours are also available. Allow one and a half hours travelling time from Hobart to Port Arthur.
MONA - The Museum of Old and New Art
MONA - The Museum of Old and New Art is located on the River Derwent just north of Hobart. It houses a diverse collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most thought-provoking contemporary art. The building’s subterranean design and the owner’s unconventional and challenging curatorial approach make it a must-see for any visitor to Australia. MONA also offers visitors a vineyard setting with on-site accommodation named after Australian architects and artists. World-class fine dining, cellar door tastings, micro-brewery tours, a heated pool, sauna and gymnasium, and a year-round events program are all on offer.
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