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A stunning ocean view is the highlight of a stay at Footprints 1, a two bedroom apartment located at Tasmania’s Coles Bay.

The view from Footprints 1 living area. Photo credit: Jenny Davis.

The apartment is situated above Sandpiper Beach and it’s only a short downhill stroll to the secluded, white sandy beach.

Many a day and night were spent during our week long stay watching the ever changing water conditions, numerous bird species  and spectacular sunsets.

Our local beach.

Sadly a lack of outdoor furniture meant we couldn’t admire those views from our large balcony. Fortunately the views were just as spectacular from just about all of the apartment’s rooms.

The lack of furniture was one of several frustrations however the view and our proximity to the beach counteracted many of these gripes!

The view from the main bedroom.

What: Footprints 1, Coles Bay Tasmania

Who: Jenny Burns

When:  Saturday February 3- Saturday February 9.

How Did It Rate:

The apartment’s stunning views from the balcony, two bedrooms and the open plan kitchen, lounge and dining area.

The kitchen/dining area.

The apartment is spacious and features a décor which compliments this space and its location.

The kitchen features all the necessary equipment to ensure hassle free self-catering. There’s also a barbecue on the balcony.

The main bedroom, complete with en-suite, is spacious and offers great water views. The second bedroom is also a good size. The apartment’s second bathroom, which doubles as a laundry, is directly opposite the second bedroom.

The living area

The Internet is generally fast and reliable.

The letting agency managing the property quickly answered any queries we had during business hours.

The property is located at the end of a cul-de-sac in a residential area and while occasionally cars parked at the top of the path which led to the beach there were no noise issues. We also didn’t hear any noise from our neighbours in Footprints 2 another stand-alone apartment, which is located on the same block.

A typical sunset view during our stay.

The beach. It’s a short walk down (and a slightly harder walk up) a clearly marked path to Sandpiper Beach which is a favoured shorebird breeding area. These birds together with the picturesque backdrop of Hazards mountains, ensured most enjoyable beach experiences. As an added bonus there were very few, and often no other people, on the beach.

The apartment is located in the new suburb of Swanwick, which is around five kilometres from Coles Bay’s eating establishments and shops meaning a car is required if you need supplies, wish to eat out etc.

No outdoor furniture on the balcony. According to the letting agency this is due to a risk management assessment however we could take the dining room’s chairs onto the balcony.

Our rather `empty' balcony.
Our rather `empty’ balcony.

While all the windows featured very efficient fly wire there is no such protection on large balcony door which means a choice of either admiring the view with the balcony doors shut or sharing the views with flies and hungry mosquitoes!

The apartment features one small wardrobe with a few hangers located at the entry to the master bedroom. There is no wardrobe in the second bedroom.

The second bathroom doubles as the laundry and while functional, it has more of a laundry than bathroom `feel’. 

The outside shower area.

Each bedroom features a large towel, small hand towel and face washer.  Beach towels are available at an extra cost. If you’re planning a longer stay it may be wise taking your own towels, especially if you want to use the outdoor shower to remove beach sand and don’t want to walk into the living area with wet feet!

*Footprints1 appears on a number of on-line travel agency sites and is managed by Freycinet Holiday Houses.

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