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Freycinet Kayaks

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Tasmania seems to have more than its fair share of natural beauty, and the Freycinet area is no exception. It has pink granite mountains, white sand beaches, grey-green casuarina trees, sapphire blue water and abundant wildlife.

The heritage of Tasmania's east coast is a delightful mix of early French and Dutch navigators and explorers and Welsh who carved the first farms from the bush.

Crayfish and scallop boats come and go with their harvests, and local oysters are some of the most succulent to be found. Other seafood, beef, lamb and game meats are widely enjoyed and cool climate wines grow well.

It's a very popular holiday destination, and the family-run Freycinet Adventures company offers a range of sea kayaking, abseiling and mountain biking throughout the state.

Freycinet Adventures was established in 1996 by Simon Stubbs, an experienced raft and sea kayak guide. His passion for the area made Freycinet the obvious place to start and he and his team run the award-winning business in a slick and professional way.

Sea kayaks allow a beautifully quiet experience, exploring the coastline, taking in the contrasting landscape and spotting wildlife. After a safety briefing and paddling demonstration, you head off in stable, double sea kayaks which cater for all levels of experience and ability. You don't need previous experience to take part — you don't even need to swim as you are on the water, not in it.

Personal items are stowed in waterproof bags, and if necessary, you will be provided with polar fleeces and spray jackets.

You stop to explore pristine beaches, visit secluded coves and be inspired by tales of shipwrecked whalers, explorers and early settlers. A hearty pancake breakfast and morning or afternoon tea are enjoyed at one of the secluded beaches.

A simply stunning place to stay is Avalon Coastal Retreat, perched on a headland overlooking the sea. Its three bedrooms sleep six in beautifully crafted Tasmanian oak queen beds. Linens are luxurious and there are beautiful Waverley woollen and mohair blankets and throws.

There are three bathrooms, one with a Huon pine bath! All have robes and slippers and exclusive toiletries from Melle Beauty.

The enormous living room has an open fire and heated floors and enormous windows make the most of spectacular views from break of dawn to sunset. Bose surround-sound speakers provide sound to suit your mood and there is a supply of DVDs and books. There are two large decks, one overlooking Great Oyster Bay.

Breakfast provisions are provided, and the fully equipped Wursthaus kitchen has an espresso coffee machine and mini bar. There is a barbecue, perfect for cooking up local delicacies.

The Retreat is decorated with beautiful artwork, and best of all, it is discrete and private and has direct access to a secluded beach.

Backpacks, walking and touring maps are supplied, as are wetsuits, boogie boards and beach towels.

Location

The eastern coast of Tasmania.

Cost


Freycinet Adventures half-day kayaking tours are $90 per person. The more extreme Schouten Island sea kayaking experience is $180 per person. Equipment, guides and refreshments are included.

Avalon Coastal Retreat costs $500 a night, including breakfast. It sleeps up to six people.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

For further information


Freycinet Adventures
PO Box 226
Coles Bay 7215
Ph: (03) 6257 0500
Fax: (03) 6257 0447
Website: www.freycinetadventures.com.au
Email: info@freycinetadventures.com

Avalon Coastal Retreat
11922 Tasman Highway
Rocky Hills
Swansea 7190
Ph: 1300 361 136
Website: www.avaloncoastalretreat.com.au
Email: stay@avaloncoastalretreat.com.au

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