It has been called the invisible lodge. Deep within Freycinet National Park, Friendly Beaches Lodge is tucked into a secluded, 130-hectare private sanctuary, just 100 metres from the beach. You’ll retreat here after a day’s walking to relax, take a hot shower or bath, browse the well-stocked library, enjoy a delicious dinner and sleep in your spacious, private bedroom.
Winner of awards from the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture for sustainable design, this walkers’ haven sits lightly in its environment, invisible to the eye until you’re close by.
The aim to make its environmental footprint as minimal as possible is evident throughout. The sun and rain provide energy and water. The lodge’s busy kitchen produces minimal waste and includes a comprehensive recycling program. Composting toilets ensure the lodge’s pristine setting remains undisturbed.
From the perfectly positioned picture windows and decks, to the shared dining and living areas, the lodge’s design is all about sophisticated simplicity. Sleeping zones branch off from the main lodge, each including a relaxed lounge with cosy, wood-burning stove, a bathroom with a claw foot bath, separate shower room and toilets. Individual travellers are offered their own private room at no extra cost.
Without mobile or internet access, your four day stay at Friendly Beaches Lodge offers you a rare opportunity to truly escape, relax and rejuvenate.
Tasmanian Art & Design
Joan Masterman, the owner of Friendly Beaches Lodge, is passionate about the arts. This is reflected in the diverse collection of artworks from prominent Tasmanian artists on display, the result of over twenty years collecting. They include works by Richard Wastell, Helen Wright, Kerry Gregan, Barbie Kjar, Tim Burns, Sally Curry, David Keeling, Bea Maddock and Ricky Maynard. Each year, Joan selects a new work to add to the lodge’s eclectic mix.
Her passion for art also inspired her to create the Ephemeral Art exhibition at the Friendly Beaches Lodge in 2006 and 2008, in collaboration with David Handley, (Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea). Interstate and Tasmanian artists such as Ron Robertson-Swann OAM, Sasha Reid, Peter Adams and Julie Gough used sand, casuarina pods and burnt wood to create temporary, contemporary masterpieces which were positioned in the landscape. View the works here.
We encourage all guests to visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), before or after their trip (closed Tuesdays). Our enquiries page has more details about our exclusive package with MONA and our Art of Nature special departure.
Thought to be named after Europeans’ first encounters with Aboriginal tribes that lived in the area, Friendly Beaches stretches for nine kilometers along the northern end of the Freycinet National Park. Its pristine, sugar white sands are home to many sea birds including sea eagles and the endangered hooded plover, as well as pied oyster catchers, yellow-tailed cockatoos, wattlebirds, bronze winged pigeons, white-bellied sea-eagles, masked owls and more.
Friendly Beaches Lodge is the only building located on the coastal side of the national park, ensuring we usually have the beach entirely to ourselves.
Heady bush scents mingle with the salty ocean air as guests stroll through the sublime coastal forest of Banksias, Kunzia, Casuarinas, Grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea) and the endemic Oyster Bay Pine. Or take a short walk to the Saltwater Lagoon to view elegant black swans that breed here abundantly.
In the splendid isolation of this stunning coastline, time seems to stand still.