Saffire Freycinet is Australia’s luxury coastal sanctuary and opened its doors in June 2010. It features 20 luxurious suites, exclusive day spa, restaurant, guest lounge and bar. Saffire is a celebration of the art of service, internal and external wellbeing, local culinary delights, ancient landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Discreetly positioned overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire blends mankind and nature with breathtaking beauty.

The heart of Saffire is its unique and internationally acclaimed service given by its team members. Saffire has 65 staff members in the winter, with just over 100 in the summer months. Last year, Saffire’s staff list covered 20 nationalities, with the majority coming from mainland Australia. The common thread linking them all was a passion for the art of hospitality, and a genuine love of connecting with some amazing people. All staff take away industry leading experience that will set them up for a continued career within luxury properties anywhere in the world.

Working with us


  • Multi-award winning and an internationally recognised property that will provide team members with experience they can then take anywhere in the world
  • Employer Of Choice Winner (Skills Tasmania, 2014)
  • Best Boutique Hotel in the World (World Boutique Awards, 2014)
  • Best Luxury Hotel in Australia (Trip Advisor, 2015)
  • Australia’s Best Resort Style Property (AHA Awards, 2013)
  • Australia’s Best Luxury Property (Australian Traveller 2014)
  • Best Gastronomic Boutique Hotel in the World (World Boutique Hotel Awards, London, 2013)
  • Best Luxe Hotel in Australia (Australian Traveller Awards, 2014)
  • Best Resort-style Accommodation (Australian Hotels Association Award, 2012, 2013)
  • Best Overseas Resort in the Australasia and South Pacific Region (Conde Nast Traveller UK)
  • Subsidised staff accommodation only minutes from the beach!
  • Incredible wilderness location, while only being 2.5 hours from a capital city.
  • Free wi-fi
  • A free duty meal on shift
  • All jobs have elements of on shift training and development
  • Generous discounts at other Federal Group properties and attractions
  • Discounts with our external business partners including Harvey Norman, and MBF

Saffire is owned and operated by Federal Group, who commenced operations in Tasmania in 1973. Federal Group is a diverse, multi award winning privately owend company, which operate five business units: Federal Group Tourism (Saffire is part of this group); Vantage Group, Country Club Casino, Cope Transport, and Wrest Point Casino. To learn more about Federal Group’s history and commitment to Tasmania, please view our corporate website www.federalgroup.com.au

The Federal Group is committed to growing our future leaders from within. You’ll find each of our properties and business units offer a balance between company-wide and property specific training and development, including the opportunity to work across different areas to give you the best chance to build skills across hospitality/tourism.

All employees at the Federal Group are eligible for our comprehensive employee benefits scheme that includes discounts on telecommunication and banking products, reduced membership rates at a variety of different Tasmanian leisure providers, and employee rates for you and your family to enjoy accommodation and tourism products at all of our properties around the State (conditions apply).

The Federal Group additionally offers free access to an employee assistance program for you and your family, and a range of other health and well-being initiatives.

Depending on the position, property or business unit you are interested in, you will find that different awards, enterprise agreements or individual common law contracts apply. If you are interested in a specific opportunity with us, a member of our recruitment team will be able to give you more information based on the role and location. The Federal Group is committed to anti-discrimination, high OH&S standards and equal opportunity throughout the recruitment and employment period.


Ben Little

Ben originally worked in a Front Office role at our sister property The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart and transferred to Saffire as Guest Services Manager in November 2013.

“Since commencing my employment with the Federal Group I have continually been offered opportunities for training and career development, and most importantly the business is like one big family. After having just completed my first 12 months service at Saffire, I feel I have truly found a wonderful and world class team to be a part of where I am continually learning, engaged, and both highly valued and rewarded for my contribution. I started my hospitality career with the federal group at one of our sister properties, and within just over 12 months had been successful in receiving a promotion and completed my certificate 3 in Hospitality. Due to this encouraged training and advancement, I was then able to successfully apply to transfer to a more senior position of Guest Services Manager at Saffire where I am currently working. Saffire for me has been the most challenging role of my career to date, but that’s why I love it. There are no shortages of growth and learning opportunities at Saffire which is to me, why they are such a good employer. I’ve received more on the job training, than I ever anticipated. Also, the business is very flexible and accommodating. I’m from Hobart originally, and like to travel back to my home town on my days off. Saffire is very understanding of what’s important to me, therefore they go out of their way to look after me when it comes to rostering, therefore allowing me to maximise my time away on my days off. The people at Saffire are without a doubt the business’s most valuable asset, and I’m able to work with, and form friendships with a really amazing group of hard working people who love what they do, and who come from all over the world. In Summary, Saffire for me is the perfect place to up skill, learn, be challenged, and rewarded, all whilst working in a stunning facility on the edge of Australia’s First, (and in my opinion Most beautiful) national park.”


Michelle Burke

Commenced employment in 2012 for the summer season. Michelle left the hotel for a period of time and returned in 2013 in a permanent position as a Spa Therapist.

“I have worked at almost 10 Australian resorts, so I love the resort life; the beautiful surroundings, working with brilliant teams and the gift of meeting the most amazing guests from all over the world. Saffire is by far my favourite resort. It is the one I have returned to, the one I have worked at the longest and the one I am settling in. I love the Saffire life.”

Corporate profile

Federal Hotels Ltd began in Victoria in 1885 and is the world’s second oldest hotel group. Chairman of Federal Hotels Ltd in 1969, Mr Greg Farrell Snr, was a man of vision and in that year purchased the Wrest Point Riveria Hotel on Hobart’s River Derwent. Mr Farrell Snr’s dream was for Wrest Point Riviera Hotel to become Australia’s first legal casino – a dream that materialised with the opening of Wrest Point in 1973.

Federal Hotels Ltd, now known as the Federal Group, is today a diverse, multi award winning privately owned company, run by Greg Farrell Snr’s five children, with Greg Farrell Jnr (pictured right) the Managing Director. The company has expanded significantly in the past 35 years, with the opening of Country Club Tasmania, creation of the Vantage Hotel Group and Network Gaming, and the Iconic tourism properties; The Henry Jones Art Hotel and Saffire –Freycinet.

With its origins – and its future – firmly established in tourism, hospitality and entertainment, the Federal Group is one of Australia’s most dynamic companies and is Tasmania’s largest private sector employer. The Federal Group enjoys an enviable reputation and is an organisation that values a culture of mutual commitment built on strong core values.

The Federal Group has a long history of generously supporting a wide range of organizations, including community groups, sporting clubs, charitable causes, the arts, and major events. The nature of this support includes sponsorship, donations, and philanthropic giving.

A successful and widely respected Australian owned family company, the Federal Group’s commitment to Tasmania, and to its employees, now spans five decades.

Where is Saffire?

Saffire is:

  • based on the East Coast of Tasmania
  • a 10 minute drive from the holiday town of Coles Bay
  • 2.5 hours drive (195km) from both Hobart in the South of the state and Launceston in the North

Coles Bay is one of Tasmania’s most popular holiday spots and has a permanent population of less than 200. Coles Bay is the home of Wineglass Bay which was voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.

Employment and Career Opportunities

To search for current vacancies at Saffire, please click HERE.

To express interest in working at Saffire, or to enquire about a current vacancy or application, please email TourismHR@federalgroup.com.au

At the end of 2014, a total of 68 people were employed at Saffire.  This number comprised of 28 full-time employees and 40 casual employees.  An additional 35 casual staff members are employed on 4 month seasonal contracts from December to March to assist during our peak season. Professional development and training begins on the very first day at Saffire.

Saffire Freycinet is part of the broader Federal Group. To learn more about these businesses and potential employment opportunities, please click on the respective link below:

Contact us

To discuss employment opportunities further, please contact Hayley Bowden on (03) 6210 7662 or email tourismhr@federalgroup.com.au