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Dalrymple Vineyards

Dalrymple Vineyard is located in the Tamar Valley at Pipers Brook, Northern Tasmania. Enjoy a self-guided tour through automatic gates; around the vineyard, listening at each of the four audio posts to gain insight into this special vineyard and region. If you enjoy Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc you'll love Darlymple. Wine tastings are by appointment only, so please make contact early and they will do their best to accommodate. Dalrymple Vineyards is about a 40-minute drive (46 kilometres) from Launceston. While you are visiting the region, why not see the largest lavender farm in the southern hemisphere, Bridestowe Lavender Farm, or plan a bushwalk in Mt William National Park. Play a round of golf at the Barnbougle Dunes Links course, one of the finest in Australia. At Bridport you can book a fishing charter, scenic tour or go whale and dolphin watching off the coast.

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Daming Tours

Daming Tours provides personalized English, Cantonese and Mandarin speaking tours of Tasmania ranging from 1,2,3,4 and 5 day tours. You can choose to explore Cradle Mountain, Wineglass Bay, Bay of Fires, Mole Creek Caves where you will have a chance to see some of the wildlife of Tasmania or the spectacular scenery of Bridestowe Lavender estate. How about a round of golf at the world famous Barnbougle golf course. If you're into bushwalking we can take you to the unique places. We can help with a range of accommodation options. Tasmania is renowned for its clean green environment which supplies the world with the best produce let us take you to the secret spots to experience oysters, mussels and the freshest fish. We can take you to pick berries when in season straight from the farm. How about a tour to a Salmon and Alpaca farm followed by a stop at the Honey farm or the Cheese factory for a tasting of famous Tasmanian cheese. Launceston is an excellent choice to start your journey of Tasmania with direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Launceston airport. You could also finish your trip in Hobart.

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Dandy Lane

Dandy Lane is a brunch cafe serving great food and great drinks from open until close. Dandy Lane is your city escape hidden away in Collins Court Laneway. We focus on no nonsense great service, food and drinks. Dandy Lane will not disappoint! We use the finest locally roasted coffee and source ethical and local produce wherever possible!

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Darlington Vineyard

Darlington Vineyard is a producer of fine cool-climate wines on Tasmania's East Coast. The vineyard is located at Orford, a one-hour drive north of Hobart (81 km). Darlington Vineyard has 1.5 hectares of vines overlooking the historic Darlington settlement on Maria Island. Darlington's range of light, delicate wines includes Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. You can visit the vineyard each day. Taste wines from the Darlington Range and choose something to add to your own cellar. Tasmania's cool climate sets it apart from the rest of Australia as a prime wine-growing region and the state has over 200 vineyards, producing more than 6,500 tonnes of grapes per year. The Freycinet region is renowned for having the greatest hours of sunlight in Tasmania, and the area's long, sunny autumns create the perfect climate for growing intensely-flavoured Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gewürtztraminer and Riesling grapes.

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Delamere Vineyard

We love sharing our journey with visitors. Cellar Door staff at Delamere are friendly, informative, laid back and close to the wine making action. Your initial welcome is just as likely to be a sniff from Chilli the dog as it is a crow from a rooster. It is a family-friendly place where you can relax and watch the wines being made around you – sparkling wines being set up for hand riddling, or pinot noir and chardonnay maturing in oak. Or perhaps you would simply prefer to sit out under the pergola with a glass of wine and take in Delamere’s tranquil, surrounds. Open from 10 am to 5 p.m. every day except Christmas and Boxing Day.

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Deloraine Deli

Located near the Visitor's Centre, Deloraine Deli is a licensed cafe, providore and restaurant with a welcoming, family friendly atmosphere. Our extensive day menu includes light snacks to hearty meals. Our commitment to quality continues throughout. Tea and coffee lovers, we use locally roasted Ritual coffee and Art of Tea loose leaf teas. All day Sunday breakfast includes a chef's breakfast special. Our Tasmanian-focused drinks menu includes local wines, craft beers and ciders. Friday and Saturday night, our evening menu offers delicious seasonal dishes showcasing premium local produce. We stock Tasmanian deli lines and gourmet treats, souvenirs and gift ideas.

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Devil's Corner Cellar Door and Lookout

The Devil's Corner Cellar Door and Lookout is located by the edge of Moulting Lagoon on Tasmania's beautiful East Coast and provides spectacular views across the Lagoon to the Hazards at Coles Bay. The new, architecturally designed Tower provides the perfect location to enjoy the view, while the recently opened cellar door provides tastings of the award winning Devil's Corner wines, many exclusive to the cellar door. The Fishers Seafood is located next to the cellar door and serves the freshest seafood, including oysters and mussels from the Lagoon and local fish straight off the boats. Tombolo Cafe sit on the other side of the cellar door, and utilise local ingredients to produce a range of wood fired pizza's along with freshly made gelato and espresso coffee. Located on the main highway between Bicheno and Swansea, the Cellar Door and Lookout is 2 hours from Hobart and 1.5 from Launceston. It is the perfect location to enjoy a glass of Devil's Corner wine along with a plate of fresh oysters, pizza and the best view on the Coast.

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Devils in the Dark

Devils in the Dark showcases the iconic Tasmanian devil. This tour experience was established by a wildlife expert with 30 years of experience viewing Tasmanian devils in the wild places of Tasmania. The development of this tour was seen as a way to help raise the profile of this endangered species and as such, any tour participants get the opportunity to contribute something towards the Tasmanian devils future. Devils in the Dark maintains a very large bio-secure facility which is used exclusively by research teams to protect Tasmanian devils from the deadly facial tumour disease. Anyone who books this tour is contributing directly to maintaining this facility and helping the Tasmanian devil. It's the only way to see how devils behave in the wild and we take every effort to replicate this fascinating behaviour. As this tour operates after dusk, the changing times are displayed on our website and updated fortnightly. It is an exclusive tour, the Devil bus picks up from Bicheno, maximum passengers for each night is 19 and runs for approximately 90 minutes.

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Discover Tasmania Tours

Enjoy your Tasmanian holiday with a friend from Discover Tasmania Tours. When you visit Tasmania and are looking for things to do in Launceston, let Discover Tasmania Tours take you exploring. You can mix and match a range of Launceston based tours to suit your time and budget or choose a private charter tour for one to four passengers in a modern four wheel drive vehicle. Launceston in Northern Tasmania is a great place to base yourself whilst on holiday and it is known for its range of intriguing streetscapes, colonial and heritage estates and premier cool-climate wines. Consider choosing to stay in some great boutique accommodation and enjoy a great Tasmania holiday package based in Launceston. Within a few hours drive from Launceston you can see stunning wildlife, scenic national parks, colonial estates, national trust sites, amazing art and hydro electric power stations.

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Domaine A / Stoney Vineyard

Domaine A is an iconic Australian wine estate. Established in 1973, the historic Stoney Vineyard is the oldest in Tasmania's Coal River Valley. Vigneron H. Peter Althaus founded Domaine A after a worldwide search for ideal cool climate terroir. His vision was to find a site suited to crafting fine Cabernets that would stand proudly among the greatest in the world. Domaine A is set in a pristine natural environment. Ancient soil, abundant sunshine and truly cool climate give rise to inspirational terroir founded on 200 million year old Jurassic Dolerite. Each Domaine A wine is a reflection of this extraordinary terroir with a proven record of critical acclaim and genuine ageing capacity. Domaine A is the only Tasmanian wine to feature in Neil Beckett's 1001 Wines you must try before you die. Rated 'Outstanding' in Langton's classification of Australian wine, Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon is essential for all serious collectors. '5 Red Stars, one of the Best of the Best Wineries' - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. 'A magical spot to grow Cabernet...truly special and worth the effort to find' - Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate.

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Dooleys Hill Forest Walk

A series of short walking trails through native forest on the edge of Latrobe township. Dooleys Hill is an ideal place for birdwatching. Birds common to the area include the boobook, bronzewing, kookaburra, fairy wren and firetail. You may also see the rare white goshawk. The trails are short and easy and the paths well formed. Walks require between 15 minutes and 1 hour 10 minutes to complete.

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Douglas-Apsley National Park

Douglas-Apsley National Park is a few kilometres north of Bicheno on Tasmania's east coast. This beautiful park features dry sclerophyll forest and riverside walking tracks, swimming holes, birdlife and Oyster Bay pines. Walks include the 20-minute return stroll to the Apsley Waterhole, the three-hour Apsley Gorge circuit and the three-day north-south bushwalk through the park. Douglas-Apsley National Park is close to the Freycinet Peninsula and the quaint towns along Tasmania's beautiful east coast. While in the area you can also swim, snorkel or try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Nearby are coastal wineries and renowned Wineglass Bay in nearby Freycinet National Park. Douglas-Apsley National Park is just over a two-hour drive (174 kilometres) southeast of Launceston.

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Dove Lake

Dove Lake, at the foot of Cradle Mountain, is circled by a six-kilometre track that offers one of Tasmania's best walks. Most of it is on boardwalk and includes views of Cradle Mountain, unexpected beaches on the side of the lake, the ancient Ballroom Forest, a patch of Tasmania's notorious horizontal scrub and the occasional echidna or platypus. Dove Lake is at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It is possible to drive vehicles to the lake however parking may be limited. Your park access fee includes free use of the Dove Lake Shuttle Bus, which departs the visitor centre for Dove Lake regularly.

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Drive Discovery Central Flinders Island

Drive to Walkers Lookout for sunrise over the Darling Range or take an early morning beach walk near Whitemark. In Whitemark take a stroll along the Bluff Fitness Track allow an hour for the easy coastal walk. Or drive just north of the town and take Bluff Road to view the birdlife in this tidal salt marsh. Continue north stop in at Long Point or Sawyers Bay beaches before making your way to Emita, Settlement Point. Spend time at the historic site of Wybalenna. Picnic and discover the secluded coves and sandy beaches at Allports, Emita and Lillies. With safe swimming and crystal clear waters they are all ideal for snorkelling. Call in to the Furneaux Museum in the afternoon (check opening days). Do the coastal walk to Castle Rock from Allports Beach to Marshall Bay. On dusk head to the Shearwater viewing Platform near Port Davies and watch mutton birds return to their burrows to feed their young chicks. Return to Whitemark via Walkers Lookout – magnificent sunset colours along the face of the Darling Range and looking back towards Mt Strzelecki. Remember to wave at passing motorists.

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Drive Discovery North Flinders Island

From Whitemark drive north to Killiecrankie Bay. Stroll along this beautiful beach overlooked by the impressive Mt Killiecrankie. If you have some time get local advice about the best places to fossick for Killiecrankie diamonds or try Diamond Creek, about 2km along the beach. Climb Mt Killiecrankie. Picnic at the free gas barbecue picnic area at Killiecrankie Beach or further north at Palana Beach. At Palana take the signed track to the wide sandy beach that is ideal for a long beach walk or often has enough swell for safe body surfing. The tiny group of shacks at Palana was set up as a Radar Station during WW2 when the fear of a Japanese invasion was at its peak. Observe the lichen covered rocks and enjoy the white sandy beach with sweeping views to Inner Sister Island. Turn off to North East River to see Flinders Island most northern tip experience wildlife, fishing, great beaches with coastal vegetation. Explore the wild ocean beach pounded by surf and follow the estuary to see the variety of sea birds living here. Don't forget to wave at every passing motorist.

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Drive Discovery South East Coast Flinders Island

Begin in Lady Barron, visit the port area or walk along the foreshore to Yellow Beach. Drive north to Cameron Inlet via Lady Barron Road turning off on Lackrana Road – for wetlands, waterbirds and remote beaches. Walk 3 km south from Cameron Inlet along Planter Beach to the Planter Wreck, timber remains of a wreck believed to be the Brigantine shipwrecked in 1877. Continuing north turning off on Lees Road to Patriarch Wildlife Sanctuary, ideal for a barbecue lunch with tables, facilities and free gas barbecues. Return to Lackrana Road and drive on to Patriarch Inlet – migratory wading birds, picnic or beach combing. Take the two hour return beach walk Patriarch Inlet to Red Bluff easy 7 km (2-3 hours return) beginning from the southern end of Patriarch Inlet look at for seashells and other washed up treasures. Take Lackrana Road north to Memana, visit Tobias Furneaux Lookout (off Memana Road) and Walkers Lookout. Return to Lady Barron via the coast road and Badger Corner (turn right at Ranga). Call in at the Adelaide Bay bird hide to view the waters of the Franklin Sound and the ample bird life. Remember to wave at passing motorists!

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Dunalley Golf Club

The Dunalley Golf Club is a scenic nine-hole course at Dunalley, south-east Tasmania. Dunalley is a 50-minute drive south-east of Hobart (61 kilometres) at the northern tip of the Forestier Peninsula. The Golf Club features a generally flat, tight layout with watered greens, tees and surrounds. Narrow fairways, strategically placed bunkers and abundant trees add challenge to your round. The ninth hole is a highlight, requiring a short shot over water to the green. The Club hosts regular competitions including the Saturday men's competition, Wednesday Chicken Run, and Friday ladies' competition. Like many Tasmanian golf courses, the Dunalley Golf Club treats golfers with fantastic views of the surrounding forest and Norfolk Bay. The club house is open for drinks, nibbles and delicious meals Wednesday through to Sunday from noon. Holes: 9, Par: 66, Length: 4032 metres, Australian Course Rating: 61.1.

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Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site

The isthmus of land only a few hundred metres wide at Eaglehawk Neck is the reason Port Arthur was chosen as the site for a prison -- the tiny strip of land was easily patrolled, and in those times few were able to swim and make a break for it that way. A line of dogs, tethered at short intervals, roused the soldiers if anyone tried to get by. The Officers Quarters has been restored as a museum interpreting the history and life at Eaglehawk Neck. The 1832 quarters is reputed to be the oldest wooden military building remaining in Australia.

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East Coast Natureworld

East Coast Natureworld is set amongst 150 acres of natural parkland and lagoons. The perfect place to experience Tasmania's unique animals, birds, reptiles. Operating for over thirty years, Natureworld offers a more intimate, interactive, and ultimately enjoyable experience with Tasmanian wildlife. Originally a birdlife park, Natureworld has evolved into a nature world, where Tasmanian wildlife, birdlife and flora can be seen and appreciated by all. With 150 acres of forest, lagoon and beach frontage the extensive park grounds allow you to wander around at your own leisure. Wheel chair and pram friendly paths allow all to experience the uniqueness of Tasmania up close. Tasmanian devil feeding times are 1000, 1230 and 1530 daily. There is food and drink served for most of the day in the Gallery Cafe. For the wildlife photography enthusiast there is an extensive display of Tasmanian wildlife photography. The shop has a wide range of souvenirs with a wildlife and Tasmania theme. Bicheno is a two-hour-and-15-minute drive (177 kilometres) from Hobart.

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Edward 'Teddy' Sheean Memorial and Sheean Walk

The Edward 'Teddy' Sheean Memorial and Sheean Walk is a military memorial at Latrobe, North West Tasmania. Latrobe is a ten-minute drive south-east of Devonport (9 km). The Walkway begins in Latrobe's main street, where you can see the Edward 'Teddy' Sheean Memorial, commemorating the courage and sacrifice of this young seaman. Born near Latrobe in 1923, Edward 'Teddy' Sheean served aboard the HMAS Armidale during the World War II. While en route to Timor in 1942 the Armidale was attacked from the air and destroyed. Although seriously wounded, Teddy Sheean manned an anti-aircraft gun in defence of the Armidale's survivors, remaining at the gun as the ship sank and sacrificing his life to save his shipmates. Teddy was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches, second only to a posthumous Victoria Cross. A Collins Class Submarine has been named after him - the first Australian warship to be named for a Junior Sailor of the Royal Australian Navy. You can follow the Sheean Walk from central Latrobe to its conclusion at Bell's Parade. Plaques placed along the route commemorate the actions of Australian soldiers who fought in World War II and in the Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam and Korean conflicts.

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