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Published January 13th 2015
One with Nature in Tasmania
Our recent Tasmanian holiday began at Freycinet Lodge, a two and a half hours drive from Launceston. The lodge inside Freycinet National Park is idyllically situated bordering the clear blue waters of the Tasman sea. The eco friendly vibes of the lodge is evident as soon as you enter the premises. The friendly slow moving pandemelons and the kookaburras sitting comfortably on old gum trees sure managed to get the kids if not the entire family excited.
The lodge has timber cabins scattered over a large area of bushland. The family sized cabin we occupied was spacious enough to fit in all five of us comfortably. Though the large glass windows did not open up to a breathtaking view of the ocean below, sightings of local wild life night and day sure did make up for it.
Inside of the cabin. Photo Credits: Dasmin Niriella
Our cabins were well appointed with large screen televisions in both rooms, sitting and dinning areas, a verandah and a small but functional cooking space. The absence of telephones or an intercom system is a notable nuisance, as you have to physically go out of the cabin to the reception even to get the basic necessities.
Delicious food at the restaurant. Photo Credits:Dasmin Niriella
Since the lodge is situated within the national park itself there are quite a few hikes that you could embark on but since none of us are the hiking type, we opted to drive within the national park or just idle our time relaxing in the beaches just a short walk away from our cabin. The walkways spiralling among the cabins proved to be heaven sent for morning and afternoon strolls.
The lodge has a restaurant which is rather expensive but if you want to spoil yourself and your family it sure is a nice place for a cozy dinner. The bistro on the other hand has quite reasonably priced food but it's great if you could stock up on some groceries if you have a cabin, which has cooking facilities. There are some restaurants and cafes within a short drive which you can visit for choice and price.
The staff at the lodge and at the restaurant are quite friendly and polite, willing to make recommendations for sightseeing and other activities. A word of advice if you are particular about getting the cabin cleaned daily, just having the sign 'clean my room' hanging outside your cabin might not work, it is wiser to make a request at the reception as we did to make sure our rooms are cleaned and towels replenished.
All in all our stay at the lodge was a comfortable one which provided us with a much needed break and great photo opportunities.