Tucked away in the granite monoliths and turquoise waters of the Freycinet Peninsula, Saffire offers that game-changing combination of luxurious suites, beautiful architecture, stunning views, and endless outdoor activities. While we could go on and on for hours over the beauty of the place, today, we’re instead choosing to focus on the incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences they offer, including a chance to save the local animals. From exploring the national park to dipping in the crystal clear waters to getting up close with local wildlife, everything about this place has us jotting down more goals to add to our travel bucket list.
Photography by Rhiannon Taylor
Explore Freycinet National Park
If you’re into mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, playing golf, canoeing, hiking, or flying kites, Saffire has you covered with all the equipment you’ll need to make it happen. They’ve even got instructors and hiking guides available to join your excursion. Fancy yourself more the food-focused traveler? You’re in luck. Here, you can book in for a cooking demo, take a mixology masterclass, learn all about Tasmanian beekeeping and honey-making (apiarist suit included), taste local wines, or visit a nearby oyster farm.
Boat Rides, Picnics and More
For a little extra somethin’ somethin’ on your bucket list worthy trip, hop aboard the Saffire boat and head to nearby Schouten Island to view the wildlife, take a trip to sparkling Wineglass Bay or spend half the day touring the Freycinet coastline. You can even book in for a boat ride to an epic 5k hiking spot with a posh “pique nique” thrown in the mix. Think local charcuterie, oysters straight out of the bay, farmhouse cheeses, barbecued seafood and free-range meats, and dessert (of course – hello, bucket list!). And if all that isn’t enough for your to do list, there are a few local companies that work with Saffire to customize helicopter ride itineraries, offer foodie or architecture tours of Tassie, bring you wine tasting, or teach you how to fly fish at the peak of trout season.
At Saffire, you’ll see your fair share of local wildlife, but the Tasmanian Devils might be the number one highlight. Due to devil facial tumor disease (a contagious and deadly cancer), this local species has been considered endangered since 2008. At Saffire, there’s a free-range enclosure for the marsupials that reflects their natural habitat, where guests can see a population of healthy devils and contribute to efforts to save the species. If saving the animals was part of your 2019 resolution list, you’ll find plenty of ways to do so at this spot.
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