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"Tasmania's own" Redline Coach Service

"Tasmania's own" Redline operate daily highway services between all Tasmanian cities including Spirit of Tasmania shipside. You will travel between Hobart, Launceston Devonport and Burnie in large, air-conditioned, toilet equipped coaches that are fitted with seat belts. Highway services connect with their own regional service to Deloraine, Smithton and Stanley in the north as well as Sorell and Dodges Ferry in the south. "Tasmania's own" Redline Coaches is also the accredited operator for city transfers at both Hobart International Airport and Launceston Airport.

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"Tasmania's Own" Redline Coach Services (Tour)

"Tasmania's Own" Redline Coaches is Tasmania's largest coach company and also has self-drive mini coaches. The company offer coaches for conferences, tours, charters and provide special services including wheelchair access coaches. "Tasmania's Own" Redline Coaches fleet of five-star coaches range from ten-seaters through to 69-seaters. The company has been a family transport business since 1933. The Tasmanian drivers provide you with local commentary and interesting facts about this unique island.

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41 Degrees South Tasmania

41 Degrees South is a salmon farm, wetland and ginseng plantation near Deloraine, Tasmania. The Farm is a family-owned business focusing on ecologically sustainable aquaculture. Located in native bushland, the farm grows salmon in natural conditions, without chemicals or antibiotics, using environmentally sustainable practices. 41 Degrees South also has an organic ginseng plantation, and is a pioneer of commercial ginseng farming in Tasmania. You can take a self-guided walking tour of the salmon farm where you will learn how the fish are raised and the water re-circulated through the natural biofilter system created by using the wetland. Explore the natural and man-made wetland areas and take a walk along the banks of the Western Rivulet to see a diverse array of vegetation from woodland to wetland grasses, and encounter the resident wildlife. Visit the shop to sample hot-smoked salmon products, browse the 41 Degrees South range including organic ginseng root products and ginseng-infused spirits, honey, spices, chocolate, nougat and essence. Or relax on the deck with a freshly-prepared meal made from 41 Degrees South smoked salmon. Red Hills is 40 minute drive south of Devonport and a 45 minute drive from Launceston. Open: Nov-Apr 9-5 and May-Oct 9-4

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9 to 5 Tours

9 to 5 Tours operate tours to some of Tasmania's most popular destinations, as well as a few lesser known places. Full day tours are leisurely, relaxed and designed to maximise the time without rushing. The 'Peninsula Tour' departs each Wednesday and Saturday, visiting Tasman Peninsula, the Tessellated Pavement, Dog Line, Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch and Port Arthur. The 'Around the Town' Tour departs each Monday and Thursday, visiting Mt Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Park and the historic Richmond township. A third tour option departs each Tuesday and Friday, visiting the world-famous Mona, Salmon Ponds, Mt. Field, Russell Falls, Tall Trees and Lake Dobson.

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A Man's Cave Giftware and The Bank Teahouse

Situated on the Great Eastern Drive on the main street of St Marys, A Man's Cave Giftware/ The Bank Teahouse is coined by Andrew Denton as "Excellently eccentric, like sitting in your lounge room". Our vision statement is 'where you can still get value for money, service is second to none, and joy is the order of the day'. Seven five-star ratings on TripAdvisor is proof that when you come here for coffee you will enjoy the freshly roasted flavour and ground beans of true coffee. Our food is always fresh and the company is "invaluable". Our gifts are hand made and each one is unique and exclusive. We are pet friendly and have a wonderful courtyard where you can rest easy with your fur baby and have a delicious snack. We also have a small Information Centre and Book Exchange for your convenience. Please come along and be our guest.

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A R Reflections River Cruises ('M V Reflections')

A R Reflections River Cruises operate a six hour Arthur River eco-cruise through beautiful scenery into the Tarkine wilderness. Pristine wilderness, waterfalls, platypus, native quoll, azure kingfishers and the feeding of the white-bellied sea-eagles are just some of the highlights of this Tasmanian cruise. Departing at 1015 and returning at 1615, the river cruise is a must do experience whilst holidaying in Tasmania. The cruise takes you firstly to the river mouth and nearby Arthur River settlement then 15 km upstream to the Arthur/Frankland river junction before returning to Warra Landing for lunch. The vessel has a full flybridge deck for maximum 360 degree viewing and for taking great photos. A delicious lunch is served undercover in the rainforest at Warra Landing followed by a breathtaking rainforest walk to Warra Waterfalls. Warm clothing and suitable footwear is advisable to be worn. All food and beverages are provided on this cruise. River Cruises are closed winter months June, July and August. Complimentary coffee or tea is served before departure. Bookings are recommended. A R Reflections River Cruises also offer value packages containing accommodation at Arthur River Holiday Units and river cruise.

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A TASTE OF FLINDERS

Cafe/Providore (Located next to the butcher shop) Winter Trading Hours Monday 7am to 2pm Tuesday 7am to 2pm Wednesday 7am to 4pm Thursday 7am to 4pm Friday 7am to 5pm Saturday 8am to 1pm Come and grab a locally roasted Furneaux coffee, tea, hot chocolate or chai latte. We also have local Meadow and Manuka honey, Maria’s tea towels, Kath’s soaps, Brymworth Farm Garlic, Jugglers hot sauce, Straitwater, Belinda on Flinders treats, Ocean Omegas, Tasmanian boutique liquor, CoCo Bean chocolates, Tasmanian butter and more.

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Aardvark Adventures Tasmania

Aardvark Adventures is an adventure tourism business located in Hobart, Tasmania. With over 33 years in the industry, we specialise in abseiling, white water rafting, school outdoor education programs and corporate team-building/bonding programs. Our staff are committed to the principles of best practice, and are leaders in the development of new programs and safety techniques. Aardvark Adventures is the sole operator of the world’s highest commercial abseil, the 140 metre Gordon Dam at Strathgordon. This has been listed in the Top 10 ‘Adrenaline’ activities in the world. For those looking for less excitement, we can abseil in several other locations around Tasmania, including the beautiful Blackmans Bay coastal abseil just fifteen minutes south of Hobart. We also provide single-day white water rafting adventures to tourist groups, local and interstate schools and corporate groups. Our rafting trips take place on the Mersey River in northern Tasmania, and the Picton and Derwent Rivers in southern Tasmania. For those who like to get dirty, we offer caving adventures in both northern and southern Tasmania. Honeycomb Cave, near Mole Creek, is a clean, pretty river cave suitable for beginners, while Loons Cave involves a 30m abseil into a very muddy sports cave.

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AAT Kings

AAT Kings offers a huge choice of holidays in Tasmania, including our signature Guided Holidays, flexible Short Breaks and sightseeing Day Tours. We also offer small group experiences which take you off the beaten track. Choose from our immersive Inspiring Journeys or our fun and affordable Aussie Adventures. No matter which way you choose to travel, our friendly and experienced Travel Directors and Driver Guides will bring each destination to life.

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Adventure Island Tours

Adventure Island Tours are a Hobart-based day tour operator specialising in tours of Southern Tasmania. Adventure Island Tours are a local family business operating the famous 11 hour Port Arthur Mega day tour and the Port Arthur Ghost Tour. With seven departures a week and over 18,000 passengers and counting, we specialise in Port Arthur tours. Our modern and comfortable 12 seat air conditioned vehicles now have two brand new DVD convict storyteller screens available on all our Port Arthur tours. You will view old photos, moving footage and listen to the carefully crafted convicts stories. We will give you the most informative, innovative and biggest sightseeing trip to the famous Port Arthur, Richmond and Tasman Peninsula. You will not miss a thing!

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"Kid I Am" Launceston's largest family event

"Bellamy's Organic Kid I Am" is an action-packed event filled with fun and inspiring activities for families of Northern Tasmania. Bringing all the local activity operators under the one roof for one day will provide the ultimate opportunity for kids to try a wide range of physically and mentally stimulating activities they didn’t know existed or never thought possible. The venue is organised into various zones that kids can move between. In the Performance Zone there will be singing, dancing, music and drama; in the Active Zone kids can kick a soccer ball and shoot a netball; in the Craft Zone kids can test their artistic ability on a huge art wall; and more. Being held at the Silverdome, this world class venue will provide the perfect platform for children to experience a fun day of new exciting activities in a safe and nurturing environment.

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100 Years of Hydro

100 Years of Hydro is an exhibition that tells the story of the past one hundred years, from construction of the first power station, Waddamana, to the novel technologies being used today. Through the electricity generated by hydropower, the state's manufacturing and agriculture industries have flourished; Hydro people built roads and created villages where none previously existed; the migrant workforce recruited to work on power schemes shaped Tasmania's culture; and our engineering and technological breakthroughs have changed the way the world approaches the challenge of generating energy. Housed largely within a 40-foot custom-designed container as well as external industrial frames, this dynamic, audio-visual exhibition portrays the past, present and possible future of the Hydro. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see historical photos and artefacts, learn about Tasmania's world famous hydropower system, and discover the fascinating stories of the people who built the business.

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1842 Eighteen Forty-Two

1842 is a furniture design gallery and showroom in Launceston, northern Tasmania. Located in the city's central business district, 1842 specialises in hand-crafting the finest Tasmanian furniture. It is also northern Tasmania's largest commercial art gallery and carries an extensive range of 20th Century design objects and antiques. It specializes in art nouveau and art deco metalware. You can browse the range of furniture in the showroom, which is located in one of Launceston's oldest buildings - the original Counting House of Johnstone and Wilmot's wholesale grocery business. 1842's workshop and exhibition space occupies an adjoining warehouse building, considered architecturally unique in Australia. Here, 1842's resident furniture makers create fine studio furniture using specialty Tasmanian timbers such as Huon pine, myrtle, blackwood and sassafras. Furniture commissions are a specialty. The exhibition space showcases art, photography, glassware and other design by some of Tasmania's finest artists. You can see work by acclaimed Tasmanian artists Gay Hutton, Philippa Bromson, Tony Ryan, Helen How, Zhang Dawo, Julia Rogers, John Butler and Jon Morrison.

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2018 Jewellery Gem and Mineral Fair

Come and see beautiful and amazing pieces of jewellery, plus gems and minerals from Tasmania, mainland Australia and around the world. The pieces are showcased to admire as well as purchase. Lapidary supplies and equipment etc., will be available for sale. Throughout the two days of the fair there will be faceting and cabochon demonstrations, plus children's gem sieving and gem/gold panning. Delicious food and refreshments available on-site, all weekend. Entry fee - Adults $5 Children under 16 free. 9am to 4pm both days.

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3 Windows

3 Windows is an art glass studio and gallery showroom in the heart of Tasmania since 2002. In house artist with over 25 years experience in glass fusing, kilnforming, sandblasting, coldworking & art production. Contemporary & unique art and wares from other local artisans is often available as well as an array of quality items from exotic places.

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Academy Gallery

The Academy Gallery is located at the University of Tasmania, at Inveresk, Northern Tasmania. The gallery is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence by exhibiting contemporary art and design including works from Tasmania's Tasmanian College of the Arts students. The modern gallery is a Level A class exhibition space incorporated into the Inveresk cultural precinct. It represents the new public face of the University of Tasmania. The viewing audience consists of members of the Launceston community and nearby regional centres, national and international visitors and numerous primary and secondary school groups. The gallery welcomes full participatory interest and engagement with its local constituency and visitors to Tasmania. The exhibition program includes international exhibition projects, exhibitions by well-known Australian and emerging artists, craftspeople, designers, as well as student exhibitions. The program aims to display art, craft and design that has the capacity to be insightful, challenging and rewarding to a wide cross-section of the community. The Academy Gallery exhibition program focuses on production of exhibitions for touring intrastate, interstate and internationally as well as attracting high quality exhibitions from across the globe. The Academy Gallery is approximately a ten-minute walk from Launceston's central business district.

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Allport Library and Museum Of Fine Arts

The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Art offers visitors an insight into early colonial life in Tasmania. The museum has a series of rooms that reflect the elegance of a past era with mahogany and walnut furniture, display cabinets of Georgian silver and glass and fine English, French and Chinese porcelain. The oil paintings in the colonial gallery give an impression of life on the high seas and the early landscapes of Van Diemen’s Land. The collection is a rare and extraordinarily generous example of private philanthropy representing tastes and values which in both England and Australia were affordable by relatively few in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The library and art collection are now highly valued and used by researchers interested in early colonial art and culture. Joseph and Mary Allport settled in Van Diemen’s Land in 1831. They and their descendants played an important role in the artistic, cultural and social development of the colony and the state of Tasmania. Their great-grandson Henry Allport, the last male descendant, bequeathed the collection to the people of Tasmania in 1965 as a memorial to the Allport family.

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Allports Beach Picnic Area

A shaded free gas BBQ, picnic tables and toilets provided just below the campsite before you reach the beach. Allports barbecue area is day use only and donations are appreciated for the free gas BBQ, gas is kindly supplied by Parks and Wildlife. Fresh water for hand washing is supplied by two rainwater tanks, it is advisable to bring your own drinking water. Allports Beach is a 150 m long slightly curving, north-facing relatively steep reflective beach. It is bordered by dune-capped granite points, with some boulders outcropping along the eastern end of the beach, and seagrass meadows growing 100 m offshore. The Allports Road runs down the backing slopes to a small reserve with a car park, picnic area and toilets at the eastern end of the beach. This is the main Emita swimming beach, safe for children and ideal for snorkeling around the rocks. Dogs are welcome too. The camp site is about 100 metres from Allports Beach, there are a couple of picnic tables and plenty of space for a few campers. Short term camping available (maximum of 3 weeks) You need not make a booking for camping areas it’s first in best dressed.

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Army Museum Tasmania

Anglesea Barracks in Hobart, built in the 1800's, now houses the Army Museum Tasmania. Governor Macquarie ordered these barracks built when he visited the colony in 1811. When the last British regiment left Tasmania in 1870 the buildings were variously used as a school, reformatory, a home for old women and a gymnasium. With the federation of Australia in 1901, the barracks became Commonwealth property and passed back to full military control, in which they have remained ever since. The Army Museum Tasmania is located in the Military Gaol which was builit in 1847. Volunteers operate the Museum, which interprets the colonial period when the Brittish Army occupied the site.

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Art Farm Birchs Bay

Art Farm Birchs Bay is a not-for-profit association established to foster engagement between community, artists, art and the landscape. The Art Farm hosts exhibitions, artist residency, art workshops and the renowned Sculpture Trail - an annual exhibition featuring Tasmanian and interstate artists, supported by private sponsorship and local government. Situated at Five Bob Farm, a unique coastal farm, a visit to the Art Farm includes meandering through fields of native pepper (Tasmannia lanceolata), irises, fruit orchards and an extensive kitchen garden, supplying the farm cafe, Pepperberries Garden Cafe. Open every day, all year round. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch in our heritage pear garden or visit our cafe. Dogs on leads welcome

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Image: Tasman Island Cruise. Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

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