Cocoon yourself in this lodge’s architecturally daring but deliciously nurturing pavilions for two, set in native bushland by the sea.
The extraordinary natural beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula is all around, and one of Australia’s most beautiful national parks on your doorstep.
Sitting between the long curve of Richardson’s Beach and the romantic rocky inlet of Honeymoon Bay, with the Hazards rising up behind – this is simply a magical place to be.
The lodge sits in a precious slice of the Freycinet National Park, with the coastal pavilions occupying a dress circle position, dotted along cliffs edge, and shared with wandering wallabies and warbling native birdlife. The hotel is just a few steps from great sandstone boulders tumbling down to the sea; some of the rooms have 180-degree views over Great Oyster Bay.
This historic and beloved lodge exudes the easy bonhomie of a typical Australian beach campground; its unpretentious charm and visually unobtrusive nature is a perfect match for the pristine rugged beauty of the site. While some of the lodge’s original greyed timbered cabins offer views and aren’t lacking comforts, the coastal pavilions, with their dramatic Japanese Shou sugi ban façades, are a more exciting proposition.
There are a tennis court and a pontoon from which to dangle your feet, an excellent produce shop, and wine cellar. Service is friendly and warm, with a dedicated experience manager and room service options for guests in the pavilions.
Pavilions come with a backpack for DIY picnics, as well as a mini library of reference guides on Tasmanian history, flora, and fauna, as well as board games and yoga mats.
The pavilions’ design evokes and amplifies the dramatic, ancient nature of the Freycinet landscape, with enveloping curved walls of local wood set against black cabinetry, decks, and entrances.
Everything’s geared towards soaking in your surroundings, from large decks with outdoor baths, indoor-outdoor fireplaces, huge hammocks and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living and sleeping spaces (and the shower). Heavy steely-blue velvet curtains can cloister the bedroom at night (but with the moon sparkling on the ocean, why would you?) and there are chunky wool and fur throws, and black sheepskins, for snuggling in front of a film or just counting the constellations.
Pavilion minibars come stocked with cheese, wine, and local beer and you can restock with premium products from the lodge provisions store (more excellent wine, beer and spirits as well as locally made biscuits, cheese, charcuterie, pâtés and the like). There are teapots, Nespresso machines, chocolates, and a decanter of local whiskey.
The lodge restaurant and casual bistro have a cheerful, pubby feel and serve holiday-happy dishes made from the good product; it is also popular for sunset drinks. Buffet breakfasts include a filling fry-up, omelets cooked to order, pastries, fruit, and Bircher pots.
Pavilion guests can also opt for a heavy continental box to be delivered at an agreed time. A room service cheese, charcuterie or seafood platter – the later with Mechel oysters, smoked mussels, and hot smoked trout – is also available day and night for 45 Australian dollars (£25).
Double rooms from 549 Australian dollars (£300) in low season; and from 949 Australian dollars (£515) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
The pavilions are not suitable but some one-bedroom cabins are modified for wheelchairs (a fully accessible suite is under construction).
Pavilions are designed for couples or singles, with cots free of charge but no extra bedding available and no specific offerings for younger guests.