House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Designed with indoor/outdoor living in mind, the home has decks on three sides accessed by sliding doors at the back and front. In addition to providing privacy, the extensive plantings of native grasses, trees and shrubs around the home attract a variety of wallabies, possums, parrots, wattle birds, cockatoos and many others. It is possible to identify 20 or so species of birds whilst enjoying breakfast on the deck.
On a moonless night the back deck is perfect for viewing the millions of stars not visible from a city because of light pollution.
Our holiday homestay has three bedrooms; one has a double bed, another a queen size bed and a single bed and the third has two bunk beds and a single bed. All beds have quilts and pillows and we can supply guests with sheets, pillow cases towels and tea towels. Extra pillows and blankets are stored in the bedroom cupboards. There is a large fully equipped kitchen, dining and living area. The bathroom has a shower, hand basin and a washing machine. There is a separate toilet. The wood heater can be used to warm the shack in mid-winter.
Because of the nearby conservation areas and National Park status of the peninsula, we do not allow pets at the shack. Plenty of native animals are already living here! Put some bird seed on the feeding platform and water in the tray and see if you can attract any birds.
The Swanwick golf course is very close and there is a set of clubs and buggy behind the bathroom door for you to borrow. A boat ramp is at the Swan River in Swanwick and two boat ramps are about 4 kilometres away in Coles Bay. Great Oyster Bay is about 15km long and 8km wide and is sheltered by the Freycinet Peninsula, making it perfect for boating, fishing or just enjoying the magnificent scenery. Around the Coles Bay region it is easy get to many stunning beaches with beautiful white sand derived from the red granite which form the magnificent Hazards. Well maintained tracks allow access to the iconic Wineglass Bay and across the isthmus to Hazard Beach and further down the peninsula.
The Waste Management Centre (on the left as you drive into Coles Bay) is open from 2:30 to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, and Sunday 12:30 to 4:30. It is closed on Saturday. Before guests leave, we do ask that you leave the shack in a neat and tidy condition and take all rubbish to the local tip.
Information about all aspects of the Freycinet National Park will be sent to you after a booking is confirmed and is available from the Parks and Wildlife headquarters next to the entrance to the park past the Freycinet Lodge.
Should two bookings be received about the same time, the longer duration booking will take precedence and be accepted.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Tasmania region
Tasmania's East Coast, with its natural beauty, spectacular landscapes and long beautiful beaches, offers a completely different Australian coastal experience. Here you'll discover the beaches of the beautiful Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach, one of Lonely Planet's top 10 regions in the world, along with historic townships, fresh seafood and friendly locals.
Five national parks spread along the coast including the stunning Freycinet National Park with its red granite mountains, pure white beaches and crystal clear turquoise sea.
Coles Bay St Helens and Bicheno has excellent sea fishing so expect the freshest of seafood at restaurants and cafes.. There's also some of the best game fishing in Australia.
And for those interested in diving, there are sheer rock walls, deep fissures, caves, sponges and sea whips, not to mention world-famous kelp forests.
Inland from the coast you'll find temperate rainforests, fresh grown produce and the rich heritage of the boom days of tin mining as well as fruits and berries from orchards and gardens and full-flavoured beef and lamb raised on seaside pastures.
The locally caught cray, scallops and oysters of the East Coast go nicely with Tassie's cool climate wines and there are several cellar doors dotted along the coast. The East Coast Wine Route begins in Orford on the Prosser River and leads up through the seaside towns of Swansea and Bicheno.
Freycinet is a peninsula of native forest edged by crystal blue bays. Hike through protected parkland, scale the granite peaks of The Hazards and emerge at some of Tasmania's most epic swimming spots. Summer does a roaring trade here, so it pays to book accommodation early. Photographers (on land or in scuba suits) love the famous curved shoreline of Wineglass Bay and the granite boulders fringing the shore..
Freycinet National park on Tasmania's east coast is one of the state's most spectacular natural areas and has well-maintained trails and facilities for visitors keen to see world famous Wineglass Bay and beyond.
These popular tracks are hugely worth the effort, as are all signposted areas around Freycinet such as Sleepy Bay, the Cape Toureville Lighthouse and Friendly Beaches; all beautiful and pristine with aqua blue waters and white quartz sand.
What you may not know is that there are many other surprises lurking down accessible roads and within easily attainable walking distance. Here are five favourites for your stay.
1.Mount Amos- the less trodden track from the Hazards car park. Takes around 3 hours return and can be slippery when wet. From this, the highest Hazard, are 360 degree views including Wineglass Bay in all its glory. Take off early for virgin views.
2.Bluestone Bay and White water Wall are accessed via a 4WD track through dry eucalypt bush near the lighthouse. Ask a local how to find it or jump aboard the quad motorbike tour. You may be lucky enough to watch rock climbers scramble above the swell surge.
3.Southern Friendly Beach- this is 4WD vehicle access, but with a mountain bike or by foot it is worth the hike. Make sure you have supplies and enough time up your sleeve.
4. Campbells Beach is nestled between granite headlands near Hazards View Road is a glorious bay accessed by a sandy track, accessible by foot from the main road. Lovely for swimming and fishing off the beach with an unbeatable view across Great Oyster Bay to the magnificent Hazards.
5.Honeymoon Bay - honestly it's like another planet. Rock hop in summer with your snorkel and goggles and roll your body in the shiny amber pebbles that pose as sand under the shade of a Sheoak tree.
6. Watch for dolphins and whales off the coast while paddling at Coles Bay, or sea kayak further, maybe camp overnight on Hazards Beach or do the full 27km length of the peninsula to reach the hut at Schouten Island..
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