When it comes to eco accommodation, there are eco lodges; the type that offer rustic accommodation in pristine natural surrounds, and then there are eco lodges; architectural gems so sleek and sophisticated, it’s easy to forget that they’re good for the environment. The newly launched Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge are the latter.
Ecotourism is thriving in Tasmania, and Freycinet Lodge has long been the sweetheart of the tourism scene. Nestled within Freycinet National Park, it offers one of the most unique locations for accommodation in Australia, with the ethos of looking after the environment first, and then the guests who come to appreciate it.
But their nine new pavilions have completely redefined what an eco lodge could be. Extending the current values and experience, innovative architecture seamlessly blends nature with accommodation in a way we have never before seen.
Blurring the lines between inside and out, a stay here is an immersive experience which draws the wilderness in, while not sacrificing on luxury or comfort. And we’re absolutely loving it!
10 Reasons We’re LOVING the New Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge
#1 Innovative Architecture
What makes the Coastal Pavilions spectacular is their innovative architecture and design. Having created an extension of the outside landscape, and a luxe oasis that blends seamlessly with the environment, the builders succeeded in bringing a bold architectural vision to life.
The buildings themselves are inspired by their surrounds; grounded and natural, constructed from oak and ironbark timber, they reflect a deep understanding of the coastline’s natural colour palette, curving rock formations and landscape.
Every pavilion features a generous size bedroom, bathroom, and separate living area, each space with curved glass, and a heavy emphasis on floor to ceiling windows to invite the outdoors in. With rooms curving around a private deck, the pavilions feature no corners; the unique lines reflect the curves of the surrounding landscape.
The big wrap around decks are a central feature of the pavilions, and rather than a balustrade, they have cargo-style nets around their edge to catch any falls and also act as a handy hammock.
#2 Local Design
The Coastal Pavilions are proudly Tasmanian, and every part of their creation has been sourced locally, from the original design, to the timber deck and paneling.
One of Tasmania’s leading tourism visionaries, Brett Torossi, hand drew the initial sketches of the pavilions on site, and then worked with Tasmanian firm Liminal Architecture to help bring yet another level of refinement and style to the designs.
Locally sourced materials were used for the construction, with extensive oak and ironbark timber adding to their sense of nature. And a series of artworks were specifically commissioned from Tasmanian artists to complement the bespoke interiors of each of the pavilions; furnishings which have, of course, been purpose-built locally.
#3 Overlooking Great Oyster Bay
Time stands still as you overlook the blue waters of Great Oyster Bay; the view is something to truly love about the Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet. The lodge and its original units were built in the 1990s, and the Coastal Pavilions have replaced some of the units which originally sat on the edge of the bay.
There are nine Coastal Pavilions by the bay, three of them with panoramic water views. Others are nestled within lush bushland and offer a balance of forest with filtered coastal views.
Six more Pavilions will open in June with views to the spectacular Hazards mountain peaks – four single bedroom, like the Coastal Pavilions, and two family-size, two-bedroom pavilions.
#4 Eco Friendly Accommodation
It’s very easy to throw around the term ‘eco friendly’ these days, without truly meeting the standards of what it means. But the Coastal Pavilions are a shining example of green values and sustainability.
An uncompromising approach to sustainability shaped the design and construction process of the pavilions from the very beginning of the project. Ecologists surveyed the site before building commenced to identify the flora and fauna inhabiting the area, and strategies were devised to ensure the natural balance of the National Park was maintained.
In order to have minimal impact on the environment, each pavilion was built mainly off-site, and then transported into the National Park and custom-fitted to the landscape. It’s rare to hear of such an environmentally sensitive construction process.
In terms of guest experience, the use of curved glass, and floor to ceiling windows fosters a deep connection to the landscape, which is what every ecotourism initiative hopes to achieve. And you might even find you’re welcomed by a wallaby.
#5 Access to the National Park
From the iconic Wineglass Bay to The Hazards mountain range, Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania’s biggest drawcards. It is Tasmania’s oldest National Park (together with Mt Field), and with the lodge located inside its borders, your access is unparalleled.
Freycinet National Park is a mecca for bushwalking, and you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to trails; you can take a short stroll, or half – full-day walk to discover the area’s forests, beaches, bays and mountains. The top three walks include the Wineglass Bay lookout, Mt Amos, and The Hazards loop.
While most people travel for the bushwalking, other activities include sea kayaking, scenic flights, and quad-bike tours. And just inside the entrance to the park is the Vistors Center, with information and interpretive displays highlighting the natural and cultural heritage of the area.
But the pavilions are so cleverly conceived, that we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to just stay put.
#6 Local Produce
Tasmania is world famous for its local produce: rich soil, pure air, clean water and dedicated growers combine to produce an authentic food and drink experience, and Freycinet Lodge makes sure you have the opportunity to taste the finest Tasmanian cuisine.
As a Coastal Pavilion guest you will be treated to a complimentary welcome treat, a night cap and the choice between a full buffet breakfast served in The Bay Restaurant, or a continental breakfast hamper delivered to your pavilion. There are also a range of options for Tasmanian-themed dinner platters that can be delivered to your room.
The lodge offers three restaurants with delicious local cuisine. You can drop in for a casual meal or snack in the relaxed comfort of Richardson’s Bistro, sink into the warmth and comfort of the lounges in Hazards Bar, or enjoy a gourmet dinner of mouth watering local seafood at the Bay Restaurant (strongly recommended making a reservation to avoid disappointment).
The lodge also offers whisky, gin, and wine tastings which can be booked on request, and takes you on a sensory journey through Tasmania’s iconic wines / spirits.
#7 Smell That Tasmanian Pine
I don’t usually make a habit of pressing my nose up against the walls of my accommodation, but with timber paneling and local pine, the aroma / fragrance of the Pavilions is amazing.
And that’s just the inside. Outside you can breathe in the cleanest air in Australia, and take in the scent of the woodlands; silver banksia’s, Tasmanian blue gum, and Oyster bay pine.
#8 Next Level Extras
Taking it to the next level with added extras, the Coastal Pavilions have literally everything you could possibly think to need from a relaxed vacation.
Maybe you feel like sketching the sunset? No problem – sketch pad and pencils can be found in one of the many hidden cupboards, along with binoculars and a day pack for when you tear yourself away from your pavilion to explore the National Park (it’s hard to do but definitely worthwhile)!
There board games, wildlife guides, history books, yoga mats, playing cards, and even a karaoke machine! The cupboards blend in exceptionally well with the timber paneling, but if you see a black strip running down the wall, pull it open to find an assortment of treats and surprises.
#9 The Outdoor Bath
Imagine having a private bath on your secluded deck while watching the sun go down over the water.
Perhaps you’re sipping on your complimentary wine / whiskey whilst listening to music through the portable bose speaker you find.
#10 The Bed
You might think I’m stretching to reach 10 reasons by including the bed, but the quality of sleep is divine. With plush linens, and a throw rug so soft you can’t help but stroke, the lodge understands that you need a good night’s sleep after a long day exploring.
There is a pillow menu available at reception should you prefer a different style. Their standard hotel pillows are 100% feather filling (non allergenic), though you can also request their Sweets Dreams style, with luxury microfiber filling, Ultimate Relaxation, made of 30% duck down, and 70% duck feather filling, or the Luxurious Naturette, with moulded natural latex, rubber cotton, and a polyester cover.
If you’re not the type who worries about telling one pillow from the next, trust me when I say that the bed is an exceptional place to rest your head!
How to Book
Visit freycinetlodge.com.au for more information, or to make a booking.
The Lodge offers a 25% discount to all RACT members and a 15% discount to interstate and international auto club members.
Because Freycinet Lodge is located within Freycinet National Park, park entry fees apply for all guests. National Parks passes are available for purchase from Freycinet Lodge reception upon check-in. They can provide you with a 24 hour vehicle day pass for $24 or an 8 week vehicle holiday pass for $60 which includes access to all Tasmanian national parks.
Launceston Airport is the closest major airport and is approx. a 2 hour drive from the Lodge. Hobart Airport is approx. a 2.5 hour drive from the Lodge. We recommend renting a car to make your own way.
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