Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Bev Malzard fr­eycinet­

The beau­ti­ful, un­spoilt Freycinet Na­tional Park has of­fered up good ac­com­mo­da­tion for many years and it has re­cently upped the ante. Freycinet Lodge has al­ways been a star but with the new Coastal Pavil­ions there’s ex­tra star power bright­en­ing the lodge com­plex. Nes­tled into the bush­land of the re­sort and also over­look­ing Great Oys­ter Bay, the pavil­ions are spec­tac­u­lar for their ar­chi­tec­ture and the beau­ti­ful tex­tured build­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Nat­u­ral sim­plic­ity and com­fort in­cludes a king bed, an out­door bath­tub (en­joyed with a glass of bub­bles), comfy couches in the sep­a­rate liv­ing area and the great out­doors in view from the glass walls. This is the ul­ti­mate ro­man­tic get­away set on Tassie’s un­ri­valled east coast. There’s a kind of Scandi in­flu­ence here with iron bark and oak lin­ing all the walls. This pan­elling has been placed in­di­vid­u­ally, so get your bear­ings, as this writer couldn’t find the door out of the bed­room for a few min­utes. The deck out­side begs your at­ten­dance for a sit and sip and in­stead of a deck rail­ing or fence there’s a ham­mock-like net ready to catch any­one stum­bling – or to use as we did, as a com­fort­able spot to read in.

The mighty Haz­ards moun­tain range is the back­drop along with the serene spread of the bay in front of the re­sort. It’s a short walk for din­ing – un­less you want to lock your­self in and have a plat­ter of good­ies sent to your pavil­ion. The Bay Restau­rant is for a ro­man­tic din­ner – seafood is de rigueur – and don’t miss the oys­ters. I’m rather fond of Richard­son’s Bistro for a ca­sual, tasty meal. There are beach and moun­tain walks nearby and sea and land tours, and, of course, a trip to Wine­glass Bay is not to be missed.

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