When we got married in January, we knew that due to the travel ban, our overseas honeymoon would be put on hold so we booked a little honeymoon staycation in Tasmania. Everything was booked, but alas we had a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney over January, “the Avalon outbreak” and all states across the country closed their borders to NSW. We had to cancel our Tasmania trip and I seriously thought of not doing a domestic honeymoon and just waiting for the international borders to reopen. However, the tour operators, hotels and venues were so understanding, waiving all cancellation fees that we decided when the restrictions lifted we would reschedule and so we did so and planned a trip in mid June.
We stayed at a boutique luxury cabin in Swansea, Tasmania overlooking the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast. The hotel had a swimming pool, tennis court, restaurant and was surrounded by natural wildlife.
The cabins were directly on the beach and had the most wonderful views.
The bedroom was very cosy with a nautical style theme and it was pretty spacious and we had our own balcony overlooking the beach.
The views from the bed in the morning are just magical
The deck was just oh so beautiful and even in the rain we would venture outside and enjoy the view.
The bathroom had a simple but luxe feel with the jewel in the crown being the spa overlooking the beach. We would spend our mornings in the spa as the jets eased any muscle aches from yesterday’s hikes.
The hotel has a restaurant which has a mini lounge for pre-dinner drinks. We sat by the fire and sipped on our choice of libations while waiting for dinner.
Dinner is a set menu which get’s tailored if you dine there more than once on your stay to prevent you from having the same dishes again. Here are some of our dishes which we paired with an excellent aged Pinot Noir.
The restaurant does breakfast in the morning; we stop by for our morning caffeine hit.
The Bay Restaurant
We paid a visit to the Bay Restaurant in Freycinet Lodge for dinner one night. The food was pretty good we both enjoyed some beautiful Cape Grim Beef Fillets with Chips and a beautiful bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.
All Terrain Tours (All4) Quad Biking
We decided to spend some time adventuring on Quad bikes with All Terrain Tours. It was quite an adventure and we were blessed with some amazing views.
We stopped by at Friendly Beaches
Freycinet Marine Farm (Oyster Bay Tours)
One of the best experiences we had was through Oyster Bay Tours where we got a behind the scenes look at the world of oyster farming and oyster shucking. We visited the oyster farms and got to handle some live oysters and also got to shuck some oysters after the tour and enjoy them with a glass of Tassie Riesling.
Freycinet Coastal Walks
We spent some time walking through Cole Bay and the other nature walks around Freycinet. It is very beautiful.
Tasmania has some amazing vineyards with some of the world’s best Pinot Noir. We visited Devil’s Corner, Milton Estate and Gala Estate and did some wonderful wine tastings and picked up a few bottles for our cellar.
Lobster Shack (Bicheno)
Tasmania is home to some of the most amazing seafood. So we took a quick trip up to Bicheno (nearby town) and visited the Lobster Shack and got ourselves a takeaway seafood platter to enjoy back in Swansea.
Here is a video diary of our trip. It was a pretty magical trip and we can’t wait to go again in summer.