Do you like adventure? Do you like doing things out of the ordinary?

How would you like to win a Shark Dive Xtreme experience at one of the following locations:

  • Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary (Sydney, Australia)
  • SEA LIFE Mooloolaba (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
  • Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium (Melbourne, Australia)

Simply head on over to @thewelltravelledman on Instagram, check out the post for your chance to win.

Terms & Conditions of entry:

  • Must LIKE @thewelltravelledman and @SharkDiveXtreme and TAG one friend who would also love this experience
  • Divers must speak a reasonable degree of English
  • Dive must be booked and completed within 6 months of receiving the prize
  • The winner will be a person who has commented on the photo and liked both Instagram accounts (one ticket)
  • The winner will be chosen by a member of the marketing team at Shark Dive Xtreme
  • Competition ends 31 August 2016
  • Winner will be selected on 5 September 2016

To read about our Shark Dive Xtreme experience, click here!

Disclaimer: Shark species varies between locations

Good luck!!

There are not many things the Kiwis’ are better at than the Australians, but skiing (and Rugby) is definitely one of them. There really is only one place to go skiing if you’re from down under, and that is of course in New Zealand! With picture perfect views at every turn, what’s not to love about the ski season in New Zealand?

Where to ski in New Zealand?

We chose to fly in to Queenstown, located on the South Island. This is probably the most popular spot in NZ to base yourself for an awesome ski holiday.

There are so many mountains to choose from. Which one do I pick?

Because it was our first time in NZ, we decided to opt for the most popular ski fields, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. These are the most popular because they happen to be the closest to Queenstown. You can also pick up a lift pass that services both mountains and bus transfers so it’s pretty simple.

The Remarkables: We spent the first 4 days at The Remarkables simply because they had better snow coverage at the time. There are quite a few decent runs here, from beginner to advanced and back country. They do have the fun zone where you can do some jumps and muck around a bit. But once you have done it all, several times it is time for a change.

You can grab a bit to eat up the mountain. It was pretty cold so we thought we would get a nice warm pizza.  By the time we picked it up out of the oven and got it back to the table – it was basically frozen again!

The Remarkables does have the most incredible viewing area, if you’re ok walking up a bit of a hill in ski boots!!

This is our trusty mate Luke (aka thewelltravelledrider) laughing at Jenna struggling to climb the mountain in her boots while scared of heights!

But, it is worth it for this view.

If you’re wanting to go all the way up to the top, you need to walk up this…

But, the reward is this…

The Remarkables is around a 45 minute bus ride from Queenstown.

Coronet Peak: Also knows as Concrete Peak, you really need to visit after there has been a big dump of snow as it doesn’t take very long for it to get a bit icy. The resort is however very well equipped and the artificial snow will soon be pumping.

We looked at the forecast and spoke with the bus drivers to get their recommendation and given they were predicting a big dump of snow, we decided to head to Coronet Peak. We were not disappointed. In fact, if you love moguls you’ll be spoiled for choice, you should definitely pack some Ibuprofen because your knees may need it! Jenna certainly did 😉

The runs were fantastic, the snow was incredible and overall I feel it has a better vibe than The Remarkables. We felt there were more challenging runs that were suitable for intermediate skiers, particularly after the fresh dump of powder, it made the runs even more enjoyable (and challenging!). Coronet Peak is the closest ski field to Queenstown, only around a 30 minute bus ride away.

Given their proximity to Queenstown, it is no doubt that the ski fields are busy. It is best to avoid school holidays if you can because I would hate to imagine the queues for the chairlifts in school holidays.

Pre-purchasing your lift pass

We decided to pre-purchase our lift passes online prior to arriving in NZ. We did this through NZ Ski. The card was loaded for both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak and you can also use it for Mt Hutt as well. Click here for up to date prices.

How to get to and from the mountains?

You have two options. Hire a car and drive yourself, or book yourself on the bus transfers. We decided on the bus option purely because Jenna didn’t want the stress of driving up, having to put chains on the tyres etc. There are benefits of both, for example if you drive up you can go at any time and leave at any time. If you decide to take the bus, you are stuck with their set pick up and drop off times but on the plus it is a no stress journey to the mountain.

It is nice not having to be responsible for putting chains on the tyres and leaving it up to those who know what they are doing!

We booked our bus transfers through Kiwi Discovery. We also chose the hotel pick up/drop off option which was slightly more expensive but given our hotel was slightly out of town (only about a 7 – 10 minute walk) we didn’t feel like carrying skis and boots etc into the pick up spot would be enjoyable! For the most part, the transfers were great. There was one particular morning where the bus didn’t pick us up due to miscommunication on pick up point (Kiwi Discovery are the only bus to NOT go down the driveway of our Hotel, St Moritz. So we waited down at the foyer, watching all of the other busses come in and out only to find out that our company didn’t come down!  They were able to send a driver to us and we re-joined the bus at a later stop.

Where to stay in Queenstown

We stayed at Hotel St Mortiz. For a full review on the hotel, click here.

Where to eat in Queenstown

If you’re wondering where to eat while you’re in Queenstown, click here for our recommendations.

What to do in Queenstown

If you have some spare time and want a break from skiing, click here for ideas on what you can do.

Skiing in the Northern Hemisphere?

If you ever plan a ski trip in Europe, we can highly recommend Val Thorens and St Anton!

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

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Dubrovnik, beautiful Dubrovnik. Yes, those of you who spent endless hours watching Game of Thrones would definitely recognise the old town, but for those of you who haven’t watched the show, don’t you worry – it’s still beautiful. The gigantic 16th century stone wall that runs right around the old town is guaranteed to leave you in awe, trust me, we were. We arrived here after our incredible week sailing along the Croatian coast all the way from Split where we stopped in at some of the little islands along the route.

Now, I know the heading says 48 hours, but to make the most of our time we decided to spend 24 hours (which is enough!) in Dubrovnik and the other 24 hours exploring Kravica waterfall and Mostar over in the neighbouring country of Bosnia an Herzegovina. Many of our friends have ventured further south along the coast to Montenegro, but we saw so many coast towns that we simply couldn’t resist heading inland for a Balkan experience.

What to see in Dubrovnik

If you do nothing else in Dubrovnik, you need to make sure you buy your tickets to walk around the walls of Dubrovnik.

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The views from the wall are the best you’ll get in Dubrovnik. You might even pick up on a few filming locations for Game of Thrones!

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thewelltravelledman dubrovnik croatia

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thewelltravelledman dubrovnik croatia

After walking the wall, why not try your luck on the Balancing Stone of Dubrovnik!

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We spent the rest of the day exploring the old town, finding gelato and little alleyways filled with restaurants and finding somewhere to grab a bite to eat.

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thewelltravelledman dubrovnik croatia

thewelltravelledman dubrovnik croatia

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The old town is really beautiful.

On your second day, we can highly recommend taking a day trip to Kravica waterfall and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. For detailed information on this day trip, click here to read our post.

“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

The Brighton Beach Huts! The most famous of them all would have to be the Aussie themed hut, and if you keep reading you’ll soon find out what these little huts are worth!

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Where are the Brighton Beach Huts

The Brighton Beach Huts are located around a 30 minute drive south of Melbourne in a suburb called Brighton. You can also take the train and get off at either Middle Brighton or Brighton Beach and walk from there.

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A bit of history behind the Brighton Beach Huts

These wooden huts were built over 100 years ago and have pretty much stayed the same all these years. Over the years, the only things to really change about them are their artistic embellishments! They are a traditional Victorian style hut, built out of timber, weatherboards and have corrugated iron roofs. They are still used to this day! These little boxes sell anywhere between $180K – $300K, is it worth it? the locals certainly think it is (or is it simply bragging rights?).

Why are the huts so popular?

These iconic huts draw many tourists down to take a look. They turn what we could call a very average beach into a hot tourist spot! The array of colourful huts with different patterns makes it a very unique spot to visit.

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This is of course the most popular hut for photos!

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Here are a few pictures from the area.

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thewelltravelledman brighton beach huts melbourne australia

thewelltravelledman brighton beach huts melbourne australia

thewelltravelledman brighton beach huts melbourne australia

thewelltravelledman brighton beach huts melbourne australia

thewelltravelledman brighton beach huts melbourne australia

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

Like many of you, the thought of getting up close and personal with a tiger sounds incredible! To be able to feed these creatures was an experience of a lifetime.

We had the luxury of staying at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Zoofari Lodge and spent two days exploring the incredible zoo which felt more like roaming around in Africa somewhere as you can drive through the zoo (bike, electric buggy or car). We decided to jump on to a big cat encounter with 100% of the proceeds going to protect these creatures.

There were only 5 of us on the tour which makes it even more special. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and being able to feed these big cats was definitely a highlight of our weekend.

It is easy to forget that these cats are in fact quite dangerous and the only thing between us and being eaten is that fence! So despite wanting to jump in for a cuddle, you quickly remember that they probably don’t want to cuddle back!

Take a look at our short video of our experience.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

In the region of Dalmatia, Split is the largest city of that region and is also the second largest city in Croatia.

We were lucky enough to spend 24 hours in the gorgeous Split before sailing off into the sunset on our week long trip from Split to Dubrovnik with Med Sailors.

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What to see in Split, Croatia

Given we only had 24 hours, we spent our time in the old town. Walking along the esplanade really gives you that seaside village feel.

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The cobble stone alleyways and cute little cafes and coffee shops are perfect for a snack or a rest.

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thewelltravelledman split croatia

thewelltravelledman split croatia

Now, the best spot to look over this pretty old town is of course the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St Domnius. It is certainly worth the climb up the stairs because you end up with a view of this!

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thewelltravelledman split croatia

thewelltravelledman split croatia

The markets along the esplanade were great! Plenty to see and do and of course you need to sample the local sweets! Our favourite was the Fritule! Basically they are doughnuts, little fried balls of dough and topped with your choice of nutella, chocolate or sugar. They were absolutely delicious!

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thewelltravelledman split croatia

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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Hotel:  Freycinet Lodge

Location:  Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Room:  Premier Spa Cabin

Perfect for: Romantic getaway or for wanting to be in the perfect spot for Freycinet National Park tourist activities!

Category: Luxury cabins


If you’re wanting to visit Freycinet National Park and be amongst all of the action, then Freycinet Lodge is the place for you!

Located in the world famous Freycinet National Park, moments away from Wineglass Bay, the lodge has everything at its doorstep.

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Our welcome experience…

We arrived at Freycinet Lodge after our drive from Hobart and were excited to see what the east coast of Tassie had to offer. We hadn’t done a lot of research for what to do around Freycinet National Park so were quite pleased when Andreas at reception highlighted several maps for us on what we should see, including from the locals point of view rather than just the usual tourist spots. We would have spent a good 30 minutes with Andreas, asking questions and getting a scenic flight booked in as well.

The Room…

The moment you open the door, you get a wow feeling! The cabin had beautiful timber floor boards, with a view over the beach from your room, the bath tub or private balcony. Our cabin was also located next to the lodge itself (which on a side note is much better for the WiFi connection!) which was great as we didn’t have very far to walk for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

Behind the bedroom is a massive wardrobe and suitcase area which is great because who likes stepping over suitcases all the time, we sure don’t!!

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thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

Then of course, the bathroom… A spa cabin would be incomplete without a spa of course!

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thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

This massive spa was perfectly situated next to a window for natural light, but because of the nice shrubbery kept the privacy. Separately there was a shower, double sinks and toilet and of course, heated bathroom tiles for those cool mornings.

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thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

The mini bar was fully stocked with delicious goodies, always a bonus.

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What was fantastic to see from a travellers point of view was the number of power points! I don’t know about you, but when we are travelling we are always trying to find spare plugs, unplugging lamps etc for our two phones, laptop, iPad, camera, Go Pro as well as other bits and pieces.. so it was a nice surprise to see so many power points available in our room!

Here is a short video of inside the room.

Outside of our room was the beach access path. It was nice to be able to walk to the beach so quickly.

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thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

Meals…

We ate at the Bay Restaurant on our first night. We had had some lovely meals during our time in Tassie, but I can tell you that the meal I ate at this restaurant was the nicest of my trip by far!

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thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

I ordered the Spring Bay Mussel Laksa for my entree and this was the meal of our trip. It was absolutely cooked to perfection, the flavours and quality of the produce was amazing. Each table also receives some freshly baked bread with accompanying condiments.

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For our mains, I ordered the Freycinet Bouillabaisse which consisted of clams, mussels, prawns, oysters, salmon, blue eye trevalla, rouille and crusty bread (yep, I love seafood!!). Again, I couldn’t fault my meal – it was delicious.

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Jenna ordered the battered fish of the day which was Flathead which happens to be her favourite (and just about only!) type of fish.  They did warn us that the meal was pretty big… it came out and it was enough food to fed around 3 people!  By the time Jenna had finished eating (because she had to save room for dessert!) it hardly looked like she had touched it!  It was scrumptious and the Flathead was so fresh.

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It then came time for dessert… now after you have eaten as much as we did, you probably won’t have room for dessert… but we managed to save enough space for some ice-cream! Caramel Fudge and Vanilla Bean to be exact and it was topped off with some fairy floss. Who knew ice cream could look so pretty?!

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I would recommend you make a reservation because it is a very popular restaurant not only for guests of the hotel but for other holiday makers in the nearby area!

We ate lunch on our second day at Richardson’s Bistro. This area is much more informal and bistro style (as the name suggests). The views are amazing so if you’re looking for something quick and casual, you should give it a go.  We ordered beef burgers and they were yummy.

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thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

No need to make a reservation for the bistro!

Breakfast was also held at the Bay Restaurant area and is a full hot buffet breakfast which is always a great way to start your day.

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Health and Fitness…

In case you want a break from hiking or walking around the surrounding areas, but want to keep active you can play a quick game or two of tennis.

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Hotel Grounds

If you’re looking for somewhere to unwind after a big day of exploring or hiking, then you should definitely enjoy Hazards Bar & Lounge.  It has a chilled atmosphere and in winter you can enjoy the open fire place.

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When travelling, it can be tricky when you’re living in suitcases and moving from hotel to hotel so it is nice when you they have a guest laundry so you can do a spot of washing after all of those walks 🙂

The view from outside the restaurant are lovely and that jetty makes for a perfect picture.

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thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

The hotel has a shop and souvenir shop, as well as a letterbox and boot cleaner! It seems to have everything you might need.

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thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

thewelltravelledman freycinet lodge tasmania australia

And, if you have  a Tesla – there is a charging station for you!

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Now, Jenna was super excited to see a puzzle table set up for guests to work on. No better way to spend a bit of time on an overcast rainy day!!

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Good to know…

There is a network of regional Tasmanian properties that offer a massive 25% discount on accommodation for all Australian and International Auto club members (eg NRMA, RACV etc). So, it might be worth looking at joining an auto club because you will most likely get your money back and more with th 25% off accommodation. I wish I had of known this before we booked 🙂

Checking out…

Checking out was quick and easy which meant we could get on the road quickly and head up towards our next stop which was the Bay of Fires via Bicheno Blowhole!

Above and beyond…

The staff at this hotel all went above and beyond. In particular, Andreas. He was super friendly and helpful and ensured we were able to make the most out of our holiday.

The not so good…

A heading we have in all of our hotel reviews… Although this time I don’t have anything to put in this space, honest!

The verdict…

Yes, Yes, YES!! If you’re visiting Freycinet National Park then you shouldn’t look past the Lodge for your accommodation.

For more on Freycinet National Park, check out our other posts which you might find useful.

For more on the rest of Tasmania, keep an eye on our Tasmania page as we’ll be adding to this page to include posts on Cradle Mountain, Hobart, Bay of Fires, Wine Region, Cataract Gorge and the Great Eastern Drive.

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

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Packing for Tasmania? Trust me, you want to make sure you’re prepared! The weather changes dramatically, beanie and gloves one day and shorts and t-shirt the other.

Packing guide for Tasmania

We have put together a packing guide for your trip to Tasmania. For detailed information, our preferred brands as well as some amazing pictures, keep reading!

  • Waterproof & Windproof Jacket
  • Vest
  • Hiking Boots & Socks
  • Backpack
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Car Hire
  • Hat
  • Beanie & Gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Walking Clothes
  • Water Bottle

For our standard carry on check list, click here.

Detailed information & packing guide & our preferred brands for your trip to Tasmania

Waterproof and Windproof Jacket: If there is one thing you pack, make sure it is a waterproof and windproof jacket. This is an absolute must for your trip to Tasmania, no matter the season. We travelled at the end of November into December and used our jackets on multiple occasions.

I have a Helly Hanson waterproof and windproof jacket which is super lightweight and rolls down to nothing.

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Jenna has a Kathmandu waterproof and windproof jacket which has an optional zip in vest for those super cold days and nights.

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She also has a waterproof lightweight jacket as well which works well for days that aren’t as windy or chilly.

thewelltravelledman what to wear in tasmania

Jenna (because she has a shopping addiction) has a Lulu Lemon running vest which is a great light weight vest to keep your chest covered up on those mild days.

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We both also have North Face vests and these are fantastic. They really keep the wind off your chest and keep you warm without overheating you when the sun comes out!

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It is important to make sure you get a waterproof AND windproof jacket.

Appropriate Hiking Boots: If you’re planning on doing some hiking while you’re in Tasmania, then be sure to wear appropriate footwear. A lot of the paths are rocky and uneven so ensuring you have the correct footwear and socks are imperative.

I have Salomon Evasion Gore-Tex Waterproof hiking boots. These are great because they a) super comfy, and b) actually blend into most outfits, and you don’t compromise on quality either.

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Jenna has Teva hiking boots purchased from North Face.  These are waterproof, leather boots and worked really well for her.

thewelltravelledman what to wear in tasmania

thewelltravelledman what to wear in tasmania

Our socks are Merino Wool Kathmandu socks, perfect for hiking. Merino wool is breathable and they also don’t smell which means you can wear them a couple of times on your trip without needing to wash them.

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Mosquito repellant: An interesting packing item, I know. But, you will thank me for it! When you’re in Freycinet National Park in particular, you will notice the mozzies and will be wishing you had packed some.

Backpack: If you’re planning on hiking, you will need a good backpack. You might need to carry layers on you as well as plenty of water to keep hydrated. For this trip, we used Jenna’s as it is a good size for day hiking and has plenty of handy compartments for bits and pieces.

Jenna’s backpack is Lowe Alpine and has a built in raincover for those unexpected rainy days. It has a water bottle pocket plus a few extra external pockets which come in super handy.

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thewelltravelledman what to wear in tasmania

Car Hire: I’m not sure if you can pack this.. or if it is a reminder to book your car hire, but Tassie is a massive place and the best way to get around is with a hire car.  Click here for information on hiring a car in Tasmania.

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Then of course comes some other bits and pieces which you should pack for your trip to Tassie:

  • Hat
  • Beanie & Gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Walking Clothes
  • Water Bottle

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If there is one thing I noticed from being in Tasmania, is that the weather is so unpredictable.  One day we’re hot and getting sunburnt and the next we’re wearing our jackets, inner vest lining and a beanie and gloves! You need to be prepared for 4 seasons in one day, that’s for sure.

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thewelltravelledman what to wear in tasmania

thewelltravelledman what to wear in tasmania

thewelltravelledman what to wear in tasmania.

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For more Tasmania posts, check out the below posts and keep an eye on our Tasmania page for future posts!

“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry

Looking for the perfect view over Wineglass Bay and the rest of Freycinet National Park?

You simply cannot beat a scenic flight with Freycinet Air, the view was spectacular even on an overcast day!

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We checked into the Freycinet Lodge where we spent two nights and were speaking with the reception team (who might I add were great!) about the area and what they would recommend we see to ensure we get the most out of our time in Freycinet. This is where we simply couldn’t resist booking in the scenic flight, for one, Pascal, the pilot actually has a second job working at the hotel bar so we wandered down, had a chat and booked it in for first thing the next morning.

The weather throughout our stay at Freycinet National Park was fairly, no, extremely cloudy and overcast, but regardless the views from the scenic flight was amazing.

How to get to the Freycinet scenic flight

Located just a 20 minute drive from Freycinet Lodge, it is quick and easy to get to. There is plenty of onsite parking which is convenient.

Choosing your Freycinet scenic flight

There are several scenic flights to choose from and we were lucky enough to be able to pick any of them as we had enough time. However, I would suggest pre-booking your preferred flight especially in the high season.

We chose the Freycinet Scenic Flight which is a 45 minute flight for $175 per person. Click here for the other flight options.

The aircraft

After a short walk we arrived at our aircraft. I must admit, it was the smallest plane we’ve ever been on! With a maximum of 4 passengers including the pilot, it was small!

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The Freycinet Scenic Flight

After the plane had warmed up and all of the necessary safety checks were complete, it was time to take off. The runway is a fairly narrow dirt runway surrounded by bushland – it is quite exciting! Before we knew it, we were up and away.

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Pascal was extremely knowledgable and provided us with all of the history and information about the mountains, bays and beaches.

In this flight you will fly over Friendly Beaches and towards the Freycinet Peninsula. The colour of the water is so beautiful and soon enough you will see the Hazards and Wineglass Bay, which let’s be honest is probably the main reason for wanting to take a scenic flight!

The good thing about the flight is that you do a complete circuit of Wineglass Bay so you have plenty of time to take in the beauty.

After Wineglass Bay and the Hazards, you will fly around Schouten Island which has the historic whaling station. The western side of the coastline is filled with beautiful beaches, only accessible by boat or by long hikes (several days!!).

Check out this highlights video.

Here are a series of photos we took while on the scenic flight.

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thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park.

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

It is then time to head back to the Friendly Beaches Airstrip but not without another glimpse of Wineglass Bay.

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thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

As we were coming in for the landing, we were amazing by the lagoon filled with black swans and their babies.

You can see here the dirt runway in which we had to land!

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

The day was not complete without a photo with the plane and with our pilot, Pascal!

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park

thewelltravelledman scenic flight freycinet national park.

For more on Freycinet National Park, check out our other posts which you might find useful.

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

Quick overview, scroll down if you’re after the details…

We love the Accor Hotels brand, from luxury to economy, you’ll find the properties spread across 92 countries, over 3,400 hotels and what we love most, is that the brand is consistent. It doesn’t matter whether you book a hotel in London, Budapest, Morocco or Australia, you’ll find the brand true to its name.

Being loyal to a brand, that’s where this guide is quite helpful. We are platinum members with the Accor group and absolutely love feeling welcomed to the properties where we more often than not (as part of the Accor program) receive room upgrades, complimentary welcome drinks at the bar, hand written notes from the property manager and often a complimentary bottle of wine and treats in your room. Now you might think this is because we are travel influencers. Clearly we love travelling, but no, we do not receive all our stays for free. Sure we receive some perks here and there and do love collaborating with hotels, tours and experiences … but we still pay for the vast majority of our stays.

To get us started, and to remind everyone, below are some of the AccorHotel brands:

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The Le Club AccorHotels guide …

Le Club AccorHotels guide will cover:

  • Status levels
  • Status levels expiry
  • Earning Rewards and Status points
  • Reward points expiry
  • Redeeming Reward points
  • Accor Plus – free night and discounts at Accor Hotels!

Le Club AccorHotels – Status levels

Other than the Classic (which you earn as soon as you join) there are three elite levels:

  • Silver: 10 nights or 2,000 status points
  • Gold: 30 nights or 7,000 status points
  • Platinum: 60 nights or 14,000 status points

It is important to note that status points are different to reward points! The Status points earned during the period determines your status level (Classic, Silver, Gold, Platinum) whereas the Reward points are used to redeem credit on future stays or transfer to partner programs (discussed further below).

Status levels are also required to be earned each period, i.e. AccorHotels do not offer lifetime status levels.

To see the Status level benefits – click here … I have to say it never wears off feeling like a VIP, welcome drinks, room upgrades etc!

Le Club AccorHotels – Status levels expiry

Pictures sometimes say it better than words, so here we go, courtesy of AccorHotels

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Le Club AccorHotels – earning Reward and Status points

This is where it get’s a bit tricky!

Le Club has different earn rates depending on both the property Brand as well as your own Status level. AccorHotels is also a French multinational hotel group, which means the earn rate is based on the amount you spend, converted to Euros. This shouldn’t have a big impact on the program and many programs do use a constant currency to determine the earn rate.

Points will be earned on the accommodation, incidentals as well as any meetings at an AccorHotels property.

The table below shows the varying levels of earn (both Reward points as well as Status points) based on the Status level and property Brand. This is accurate as of January 2017 so click here to see the current earn rates and if you’re not too keen to work this out yourself – there is also has a very helpful online calculator which you can use!

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Le Club AccorHotels – Reward points expiry

The Reward points expiry appears to be 12 months from your last stay.

This shouldn’t be a challenge, you only need to complete one night and given you’re reading the guide I suspect you’re likely to aim for a Status level of at least Silver (so this shouldn’t happen, but worth noting if your circumstances change).

Le Club AccorHotels – redeeming Reward points

You’ve earned some Reward points and not sure what next? Luckily this is much simpler than the earning points scale above. Quite simply, you either:

  • Redeem 2,000 Le Club points for €40 (euro) Accor credit; or
  • Transfer Le Club points to an AccorHotels partner (airlines, rental cars, and partner hotels)

The AccorHotels Partners are a great option if you’re looking to accumulate your airline points a bit faster, you can either select when to convert the points, or have these automatically convert to your preferred partner. The benefit (if you do like the idea of converting to a partner) is that if you automatically convert, you won’t have a minimum threshold. Any number of Le Club points you accrue after you opt in will be transferred on a regular basis to your preferred partner.

Now, you might be wondering what is better value, well, it depends! Determining a value for all the partners would simply be too complicated to work out! Each of the partners would have their own inherit value attached to their loyalty program. But what I can help you with, is that the general rule is that 4,000 Le Club AccorHotels converts to 2,000 airline points, with a few exceptions (including Qantas) where 2,000 Le Club AccorHotels points equal 2,000 Qantas points.

Accor Plus – free night and discounts at Accor Hotels!

Like Le Club AccorHotels? You’re almost certain to like Accor Plus! The program is paid for, however you do receive a complimentary stay in a participating Asia Pacific property and plenty of discounts. I am a member and at the time of writing, do not see me cancelling the membership.

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

 

So you’ve planned a trip to Tasmania and you’re wanting to see as much as you can possibly fit in. The only way to see Tasmania properly is by hiring a car and doing it yourself.

thewelltravelledman hertz hiring a car in tasmania.

Which car hire company do you choose?

We booked our car through Hertz. The booking process is simple and hassle free and their prices are competitive. We are also Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members, so booking through Hertz is a no brainer for us! Keep reading for information on the Gold Plus Rewards.

What is the best car to hire in Tasmania?

When you’re looking online at your rental options, you probably start looking at the cheapest option. That can often be fine, but you need to remember you will be driving around Tassie, you will have luggage (and probably more than one small bag) and you will no doubt be leaving luggage in the car from time to time while you’re in between your accommodation and out exploring some of the magical beaches or walks.

thewelltravelledman hertz hiring a car in tasmania

So, with this in mind it is important to take note of how many suitcases can fit into your car and how many of you will be travelling. Even though there were only two of us, we each had a large bag plus a carry on bag each (remember, hiking boots and clothing for all types of weather conditions take up space, as well as your camera gear).

thewelltravelledman hertz hiring a car in tasmania.

We hired a larger 4WD vehicle and when we arrived, received the keys to a brand new Holden Trailblazer! The boot was large enough to fit our two large suitcases and two small suitcases so no one could see these when we parked the car out in public. The car was also a diesel which is simply a must when travelling long distances. We only had to fill up 3 times (and the last time, the car wasn’t even empty!). A diesel car goes much further on a tank than a petrol car – so another thing to consider.

thewelltravelledman hertz hiring a car in tasmania.

Is it worth taking the full insurance?

When you get the price for full insurance, you are probably frustrated that it is just about the same price as the car hire itself… BUT we always take out full insurance (particularly in Europe – read more here) and the last thing you want on a trip is an excess when something goes wrong. Remember, it’s called an accident for a reason!

thewelltravelledman hertz hiring a car in tasmania

The piece of mind is absolutely worth it – we absolutely loved the amount of wildlife along the roads, we had kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and more. These guys generally sit along the side of the road but on more than one occasion did we have to slow down and be a bit more careful when driving (especially at dusk and dawn). The last thing you would want is a) to injure an animal, and b) pay for the excess to a vehicle you’ve driven for a week or two.

It is worth mentioning is that no car hire company (that we could find) will insure you on an unsealed road in Tasmania, so keep this in mind (there are a lot of unsealed roads in Tassie) so regardless of your full insurance, you want to be careful on those roads.

thewelltravelledman hertz hiring a car in tasmania

What to see in Tasmania

When it comes to planning your itinerary, keep an eye on our Tasmania page as we are constantly adding new posts! Here are a few of our posts to get you started.

Wineglass Bay Lookout, Freycinet National Park

Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park

Cape Tourville Lighthouse & Lookout, Freycinet National Park

Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet National Park

Sleepy Bay & Little Gravelly Beach, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

The ultimate packing guide for Tasmania, Australia

Scenic Flight with Freycinet Air, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program

Hertz has this wonderful program called the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. It isn’t like most gold status rewards programs in the sense that this one is free to join.

The benefits include:

  • Choose a car you like better on the spot
  • Receive vehicle updates or select an upgrade right on your phone
  • Pay no additional driver fees
  • Redeem your points on hertz.com.au anytime

Plus plenty more.  To join this great program, click here.

Here are a few snaps of our beasty car in Tassie!

thewelltravelledman hertz hiring a car in tasmania

thewelltravelledman hertz hiring a car in tasmania

thewelltravelledman hertz hiring a car in tasmania

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thewelltravelledman hertz hiring a car in tasmania

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

 

 

 

 

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