Former town planner, Joan Masterman, established the Freycinet Experience Walk in 1992, together with architect Ken Latona.
Joan was instrumental in founding Tasmania’s first hut-based guided walk along the famous Overland Track in 1987. This experience and her passion for the area laid the groundwork for establishing Friendly Beaches Lodge and creating The Freycinet Experience Walk. Joan is deeply committed to caring for the environment and is still involved in every aspect of operating the walk and the lodge. Whenever she visits the lodge, she can’t resist a dip in the exhilarating waters of Friendly Beaches.
Joan selects her team with great care and they become like family. It is testament to Joan’s skills that guests can’t help but remark on the quality of her staff and the enjoyment guests gain in spending time with them over the four days. Above all, Joan’s aim is to share Friendly Beaches’ beauty with others and help ensure it remains as is for generations to come.
Each group of ten walkers is hosted by two staff at the lodge and two guides on the walks. Their warm personalities, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to ensure guests feel at ease are fundamental to making this experience one to remember.
This group of caring, intelligent, enthusiastic young Australians, includes environmental scientists, doctors to be, artists and outdoor adventurers.
This makes for a unique and professional walking adventure that would be difficult to find elsewhere. All have first aid qualifications and carry a satellite phone for emergencies. They are supported by local characters, Shep, our boat driver and Noah, our bus driver. Our Office Managers Claire Richardson and Sonja Ralph are involved with every aspect of the walk and ensures all runs smoothly.
Our guests come from around Australia and all over the world. They are people of all ages and from all walks of life who share a love of the natural environment.
Not only will you feel enriched by your relationships with the Freycinet Experience team but also by the friendships you’ll develop with fellow guests. The small group size (max 10) and your remote surroundings ensure that conversation and laughter is abundant amongst these like-minded travellers. At the same time, you’ll enjoy blissful moments of privacy and self-reflection.
“We leave as we have entered, along the beach, in bare feet. The music of the sea, as it reaches us in wave after wave, remains the same. What has changed is that the art of nature has done its work. We have plugged in, recharged and, even before that final dive into the surf, feel at one with all there is.”
Harband Gill, Northern Weekly