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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 dockside. 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. Then can provide private transfers from both Hobart & Launceston Airports. Conference, incentive groups & group tours are all catered for state-wide.

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

"Tasmania's Own" Redline Coaches is a family owned company and 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 9-seaters through to 69-seaters. The company has been a family transport business since 1933. The friendly & knowledgeable Tasmanian drivers provide you with local commentary and interesting facts about this unique island.

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1830 Restaurant & Bar

With sweeping views of the Penitentiary, gardens and grounds, the 1830 restaurant is a perfect place to enjoy a long, relaxed meal with friends while visiting the Port Arthur Historic Site. Our menu uses fresh seasonal produce sourced from local growers and producers, and you can choose your favourite from our range of fine Tasmanian wines, craft beers, whiskeys and spirits. The 1830 Restaurant and Bar is open from 4pm with meals served from 6pm. Bookings are recommended.

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3 Willows Vineyard

Family owned and operated boutique cool climate vineyard and cellar door. 3 Willows Vineyard offers wine tastings and cheese boards with Tasmanian produce. All of their wines are estate grown: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blonde and Rosé. They are open Wednesday to Sundays from 11am to 5pm. They are located five minutes from the central town of Deloraine and 35 minutes drive from Launceston or Devonport via the Bass Highway. Their vineyard is a picturesque escape from the everyday.

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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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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 Grandma's 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'. A 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". We have a quirky Man Cave, a Book Exchange, Information Centre and we are distributors for Amazing Oils Magnesium pain relief, We are pet friendly and have a wonderful courtyard where you can rest easy with your fur baby and have a delicious snack. Please come along and be our guest.

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

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

On Flinders Island we are about raw, pure, untouched basics: the way food was grown before mass production and chemical interference. We grow and farm the world’s finest beef, lamb, garlic, honey, fruit, vegetables and seafood. We are a no fuss community of passionate farmers, growers and producers. A Taste of Flinders Café/Providore exists to showcase Flinders Island’s amazing produce bringing it to locals, visitors, the rest of Australia and the world. We invite you to come and meet the team working at our Cafe/Providore, have a drink, something delicious to eat and a chat all while enjoying the artwork created by local artist Maria LaGrue’s featured in our outdoor area. Situated in Whitemark, A Taste of Flinders Café/Providore awaits ready to serve you the best, freshest, locally inspired food and drink that is truly unique to Flinders and Tasmania. We are passionate about our exceptional produce and our team is excited to share our growing offerings with you.

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A Tiny Place cafe

A Tiny Place cafe is nestled into the second oldest settlement in Australia ‘ Battery Point ‘. The restaurant is a contemporary interpretation of classical French bistro food that occasionally meanders through Asia and that is highlighted in dishes with a subtle touch. The restaurant caters up to 28 guests, the decor fits the building which was established in 1864. Some of the walls are decorated with frescos of plants, vegetables, trees and birds while others are splattered with plaques of Tin Tin to give it a more playful feel. The furniture is an eclectic mix of old furnishings from a working gramophone, AM radios and chairs that somehow all being different seem to blend in.

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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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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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Abel Tasman Art Prize

An exhibition of Grade 11 and 12 students from across Tasmania submitted for the Abel Tasman Art Prize. The winner is awarded a 3 week exchange to the Netherlands to explore the art galleries and museums of Amsterdam and experience Dutch culture. Mixed media works, including paintings, drawings, fine art prints, photography and sculpture. Many works are for sale.

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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 School of Creative 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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Allendale Gardens And Rainforest Walks

Allendale Gardens are beautifully landscaped gardens located next to temperate rainforest in Tasmania's far north-west. The two and a half hectares (6 acres) of landscaped gardens and lawns sit beside 26 hectares (16 acres) of cool temperate rainforest at Edith Creek. Choose from a number of walking paths, including 10, 15 and 30-minute walks. The paths weave through lovely tree fern glades, eucalyptus and blackwood trees. The forest walk includes a rare and endangered fern species known as hypolepus distans. This is the only substantial find across Australia of this species. In the gardens, different plants feature every month and a garden of 16th and 17th century roses has been developed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the gardens. Sit down by the natural stream that runs through the property and see if you can spot the resident platypus. Notice the pheasants, peacocks, guinea fowl and pigeons as they wander freely. Enjoy a Devonshire tea in the gardens and look through the Garden Gallery where you will find postcards, posters and books as well as a DVD of the gardens. Allendale Gardens are 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of Smithton and approximately two-hours’ drive (140 kilometres/87 miles) from Devonport.

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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 is 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, Five Bob Cafe. The trail is 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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Art Group

The Old Sunday School Art Group comes together on the 1st Saturday of each  month. New participants are most welcome. The group's aim is to encourage, develop, and foster the love of art, provide a meeting place for artists and those wishing to learn how to draw and paint. Sometimes visiting artists join the group. Often a model comes along. There is guidance available for those starting out. BYO materials. BYO lunch. Tea and coffee available.

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Arthur River

Arthur River is surrounded by dramatic coastal scenery and wet forests which is a great base for exploring the Tarkine wilderness area in Tasmania's North West. The town borders the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area where there are facilities for camping, picnics and barbecues. The tiny West Coast settlement of Arthur River is also the northern access point to the Western Explorer, an unsealed road that takes you to Corinna on the Pieman River, just over 100 km south. Arthur River is the gateway for four-wheel drive explorations and coastal walks. Be prepared for all types of weather.

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