Day 1: Walking time: 2 hrs. Distance: 3 km. We depart the Old Woolstore in Hobart at 8.30 am for the scenic journey from Hobart to Coles Bay, taking in wide panoramas of the Freycinet Peninsula across Great Oyster Bay. A morning tea break is taken at the historic Spiky Bridge near Swansea. On arrival at Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula, we board the Naturalist 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 flathead 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, to the rhythm of the waves on Friendly Beaches.
Day 2: Coastal Track Walking time: 5 hrs Distance 12 km Mt Graham, Walking time: 8 hrs Distance 16 km. Walkers rise with the sun and are transferred early 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 (579 m above sea level) descending to Wineglass Bay via spectacular Quartzite Ridge.
When we arrive at Coles Bay late in the afternoon, it’s the perfect time for a swim in the bay’s crystalline waters and a dry off on its sugar-white sand. 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
Day 3: Walking time: 6 hrs, Distance: 12 km. Transfer by vehicle this morning brings walkers to secluded Bluestone Bay. Here there’s time to explore the fascinating geology of White Water Wall and little Bluestone Bay 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 Xanthorea (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. savor a well-deserved meal and then relax with a glass of wine by the roaring fire.
Day 4: Walking time: 3 hrs, Distance: 6 km. Rise early and head to the beach or sleep in. After breakfast there’s an optional walk along the fossil-rich ridge line of Mt Mary and a descent to Saltwater Lagoon - nesting ground of black swans and pelicans. After an exceptional lunch, a stroll along Friendly Beaches brings walkers to Isaac’s Point, meeting point for the leisurely journey back to Hobart.
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