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Jeremy J
Killara, Australia

The best kept secret

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 May 2019via mobile
I reluctantly divulge this piece of paradise to TripAdvisor readers.

Firstly the name is so apt- the guides and team are genuinely in love with what they do. Authenticity is in everything they do.

Secondly the experience is tailored for those who want to work up a sweat ( Thanks Dan for jogging 10km at 6am) , climbing a mountain or a leisurely 14 km beach walk. The team structure each day so smartly.

Where else can the guide dive into the sea and pull out a massive abelone for dinner? And the respect for the wilderness was to leave the other few dozen in the sea. Friendly beach is about 8kms and I saw absolutely no one else on it through my binoculars. Wineglass Bay reminds me of the best lakes in Europe except it’s a bay in the sea.

The place is heaven- miles of empty beaches, translucent seas, and what great hosts! They ( Dan and Gemma) can really cook- the food was exquisite.

I’ve traveled around the world and the best place seems to be on my own doorstep. Just do it.
Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
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FEWFNP, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this review
Responded 21 Nov 2019
Dear 217jeremyj,

Thank you kindly for your review. We are delighted to hear that you loved our team as much as we do. We are so lucky to work with such genuine and passionate lovers of the coast and mountains that our Peninsula offer.

Should you wish to share the experience with others, returning guests are always most welcome, either on our signature four-day walking trips, or, on our lodge-based or personalised experiences.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to hear more. Until then, best wishes, and happy traveling.

Warm regards,

Zoe (on behalf of the Freycinet Experience Team).
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    Reviewed 28 April 2019

    Words and photos aren't enough to describe how insanely beautiful and momentous this experience was. I climbed mountains, saw astounding sunsets, learnt history about the history of the land and tasted some incredible food and wine. The architecturally designed accommodation offered everything we needed for four days and fits seamlessly into the surrounding landscape and coastal woodland. The walks were the perfect balance of a physical challenge to be conquered and awe-inspiring views. Our guides, Holly, Danny and Dan were considerate, supportive, so easy to connect with and always willing to go the extra mile to enhance our experience. Dan and Gemma prepared us some incredible meals (and good wine) made with local produce to enjoy out on the trail and back at the lodge after a long day exploring. We were never hungry. Our skipper, Noah (yes, his actual name) and our bus river, Lauren also shared their knowledge and passion for Freycinet. I can't give enough praise to the incredible crew who took such good care of our group. You feel their love for their work and their experience and understanding of what makes Freycinet magical. Intimate, reflective, moving and de-toxing, choose Freycinet Experience Walk and you'll have four days you'll remember for the rest of your life - hot tip: turn off the phone, be sparing with the camera, just take in the moment and breathe the fresh air

    Room tip: N/a - all rooms are perfect
    Date of stay: April 2019
    • Trip type: Travelled solo
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    FEWFNP, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2019

    Dear emjboard,

    Thank you kindly for your review. We are delighted to hear that our team took good care of you! We are so lucky to work with such genuine and passionate lovers of the coast and mountains that our Peninsula offer, and the local produce that is available to us!

    Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like any details about the food or wines we shared.

    Should you wish to share our experience with others, returning guests are always most welcome, either on our signature four-day walking trips, or, on our lodge-based or personalised experiences.

    Wishing you a safe and happy 2019, and we hope to see you again (we have so many beautiful wildflowers blooming at the moment!).

    Warm regards,

    Zoe (on behalf of the Freycinet Experience Team).

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    Reviewed 26 March 2019

    Would I go back and do it all again? Absolutely. The lodge, the food, the staff, the fellow guests, the Freycinet. Excellent value. There is plenty to do, but at an easy pace and with options to suit all.

    Date of stay: December 2018
    • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Thank Craig P
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    FEWFNP, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2019

    Hi Craig,

    Thank you. We'd love to have you back again. The seasons offer a different experience of a place we always find renewing. Travel well!

    Best wishes,
    Daniel​

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    Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

    This walk was spectacular, the accommodation secluded but close to Friendly Beaches. But the highlight was the crew that made the experience a memorable one - Hectors love of nature, Jess' organisational skills, Noah's boating skills, Gemma's calm nature and Dans humour. One day it was unsafe to walk due to risk of fire. No problem, we beach hopped in the boat instead. One night I was taken down to the beach at night to sea the sparkling phosphorescence waves, a highlight. The food and wine was great too!

    Date of stay: January 2019
    Trip type: Travelled solo
    Thank Sharyn B
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    FEWFNP, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2019

    Dear Sharyn,
    Thank you for your kind words. They replenish the energy levels of our staff. We have to be flexible when walking in the wilderness. Luckily, Freycinet provides so many amazing options. Phosphorescence is our favourite surprise and makes life feel magical!
    Best wishes,
    Daniel

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    Reviewed 31 January 2019 via mobile

    Thank you to everyone at the Freycinet Experience Walk for a great 4 days of hiking. I was one of a small group for the four days but everyone’s needs were looked after. My specific need was gluten free food, I was impressed that if the other hikers were given raison toast or scones, I was given the gluten free version. We had two guides that took us out every day and we were able to split into two groups on one day to cater for different walking interests. The highlight for me was sitting on the beach of Wineglass Bay on the second day, it was truly breathtaking. Thank you for the lovely food, it was 5 class and the accommodation was comfy especially after a day of walking. It was nice to socialise with the guides and the cooks for dinner and before and after dinner too.

    Date of stay: January 2019
    Trip type: Travelled solo
    Thank greatsouth
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    FEWFNP, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2019

    Good morning greatsouth,

    Thank you for your comments and for your company. We'll share them with our team. It's a pleasure to make treats for all. Your positive feedback is most appreciated and nourishes us. Freycinet is magical and we're thrilled you love it too.

    Best wishes,
    Daniel

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    Reviewed 29 January 2019

    My wife, 12 year old son, and I did this walk in December 2018, and we absolutely loved it. True, it's very expensive, but -- beyond the cost -- it was an absolute gem of an experience, and we would do it again in a heartbeat.

    Date of stay: December 2018
    Trip type: Travelled with family
    Thank Christopher-Caitlin
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    FEWFNP, Manager at Freycinet Experience Walk Friendly Beaches Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2019

    Dear Christopher-Catlin,

    Thank you for your kind words. We'd have you both back in a heartbeat! It's a very different experience in the different seasons.

    Best wishes,
    Daniel

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