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Cradle Mountain Huts

Part of The Great Walks of Tasmania, the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk offers the only private hut accommodation along Tasmania's iconic Overland Track. The Cradle Mountain Huts six-day walk is a fabulous journey within Tasmania's World Heritage Area using the walk's only private hut accommodation. Following the iconic Overland Track, the walk extends from Cradle Valley to Lake St. Clair through a variety of spectacular landscapes. The world-famous track is located in Tasmania's Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and World Heritage area. It is a chance to find your inner nomad - without really roughing it. This six-day Overland Track walk across the roof of Tasmania offers you the chance to experience one of the world's most ancient landscapes formed more than 150 million years ago, normally accessible only to the hardiest walkers. Tour costs include all transport, knowledgeable and sensitive guides, meals, accommodation, park fees, Overland Track fee and the use of a Goretex jacket, backpack and sleeping bag for the duration of the walk. Daily departures between October and May each year. The walks depart and return from Launceston.

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Craigie Knowe Vineyard & Cellar Door

Craigie Knowe Vineyard & Cellar Door is the oldest vineyard on the East Coast of Tasmania. The small vineyard is just over 6.5ha and specialises in Bordeaux Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Rose. If time permits, we are more than happy to take you on a tour of the vineyard. Our cellar door is located in the old winery shed and offers a rustic but wonderful space to relax and enjoy a tastings of our wines, a cheese platter or tea & coffee. We also welcome you to bring your own picnic and enjoy the surrounds of our lovely vineyard. Our wines are available for sales by the bottle or the glass.

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Craigow Vineyard

Craigow Vineyard is a picturesque 11 hectare vineyard at Cambridge in the Coal River Valley. The vineyard was established in 1989 and has produced a number of award winning wines. Current varieties are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard is part of the historic property of Craigow. An original workman's cottage has been converted into a cellar door outlet for wine tastings and sales and is open on weekends from September to April as well as at other times by appointment. Craigow wines are also available through mail order and retail outlets.

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Crank It Cafe

Crank it Cafe is a quirky little place with a retro industrial feel to it, no two things are the same. We have a diverse range of food from the trusty old Toasted Sanga to a modern lamb, chicken or vegetarian wrap, why not try our popular sweet potato and beer battered fries, we also do a cajun burger and The Famous Derby burger. Our drink selection includes cold ones from the fridge, milkshakes, iced chocolate or coffee's or try one our our delicious smoothies. We also offer a selection of homemade Brownies and you cant go past the Decadent and most talked about Beetroot one Our coffee is a Blanc blend and is Amazing!

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Crawn Motors

Crawn Motors takes pride in delivering a 5 star service with a modern fleet of modern buses along with experienced and friendly professional staff who have extensive “local knowledge” and ensure your visit to Tasmania will be a pleasant and memorable experience. Our fleet of buses allows us to offer a fully customizable service, so your Tasmanian experience can be tailored to your exact requirments. The combination of Tasmania’s excellent scenic road network and a 5-star Crawn Motors Bus makes for a great way to experience a unique destination.

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Creative Paper Tasmania Tour and Paper Sales

Paper… it is used every day; writing, reading, information, creativity… have you ever thought about what goes into something you use so frequently? Burnie has a 75 year tradition in paper making, which turned a seaside village into a booming industrial pulp and paper town. The industrial factory now closed, the cities association with paper continues today post factory with Creative Paper Tasmania where you can experience an enlightening hands on paper tour experience. Learn ancient paper making techniques used to create beautiful, eco friendly Tasmanian papers. How materials such as recycled denim jeans, natural plant fibres, apples and even roo and wombat poo are used to make unique papers. Explore the science, sustainability and recycling effort used by the boutique factory. You also have the opportunity to make your own sheet of paper! So roll up those sleeves and get ready for a creative experience of a life time. The beautiful papers made at Creative Paper are for sale, developed into wonderful stationery and souvenir products for sale. Located within the magnificent Makers' Workshop on the Bass Highway on the western side of Burnie.

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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, Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay you'll love Darlymple. Wine tastings are by appointment only, so please make contact early and we will do our best to accommodate. Dalrymple Vineyards is about a 40-minute drive (46 km) 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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Devils @ Cradle

The Devils @ Cradle Tasmanian devil sanctuary breeds Tasmania's three unique threatened carnivorous marsupials; the Spotted-tail and Eastern quoll and focuses primarily on the Tasmanian devil. The facility is located on the edge of the Cradle Mountain National Park World Heritage area and conducts in-situ conservation programs for the Tasmanian devil including an on-site breeding program for insurance of the species. A visit to the sanctuary day or night will allow you to observe these extraordinary animals up close whilst one of our keepers will give you an understanding of their life cycle and the threats that confront them. The sanctuary is open from 10:00 with 'keeper tours' being conducted at 10:30, 13:00 and 15:00, while in the evening visitors can observe the amazing night time antics of the animals being fed. Devils @ Cradle is committed to the conservation and protection of this now vulnerable species. The centre operates a successful captive breeding program, ensuring the ongoing survival of Tasmanian devils in healthy numbers in the wild.

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Devonport Food and Wine Festival

Devonport Food and Wine Festival is a month-long celebration of North West Tasmania's rich food and beverage philosophy with multiple events held during the month of October each year. The Festival encompasses a variety of delights from cooking classes, through to wine tastings and everything in between.

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Devonport Golf Club

The Devonport Golf Club—also known as Woodrising— is located on Tasmania’s north west coast. The Club is at Spreyton, a 10-minute (10 kilometres) drive south of Devonport and the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal. The Devonport Golf Club offers golfers a challenging, tree-lined, well-bunkered course that has excellent greens. Sitting on a peninsula of land extending to the Mersey River, the course has a fairly flat appearance with gently rolling fairways. The Club offers full catering facilities and a well stocked bar and can cater for functions of up to 200 people. Clubs, pull-buggys and golf carts are available for hire and there is a fully-stocked Pro Shop. In 2008, the Devonport Golf Club continues its role as the home of the annual Tasmanian Open Golf Championships. In Devonport, you can choose from an extensive range of accommodation, visit a local restaurant to sample fresh Tasmanian food and wine or explore north west Tasmania’s attractions and scenery. Holes: 18 Men: Par: 70, Length: 5910 metres, Australian Course Rating: 70.3 Women: Par: 74, Length: 5,292 metres, Australian Women’s Course Rating: 73

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Devonport Regional Gallery

The Devonport Regional Gallery is a regional public art gallery in North West Tasmania. Housed in a converted 19th century church in the town's centre, the Devonport Regional Gallery presents an annual program of exhibitions, education and public programs including events and workshops. The program showcases emerging artist's work in The Little Gallery, which is an annex to the Main Gallery. It is also home to Devonport City Council's Permanent Collection comprising textiles, ceramics, glass, sculpture, paintings and works on paper by iconic Tasmanian and Australian artists. Admission to the Devonport Regional Gallery is by donation and is open daily. On Public Holidays the Gallery is open 1 pm - 5 pm, excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day. Devonport is a small coastal city, a one-hour-and-15-minute drive (101 km) from Launceston. Nearby you can visit the working exhibits at the Don River Railway Museum or explore Tasmania's seagoing history at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre. The Gallery is supported by the Devonport City Council, Arts Tasmania, Special Committee, Friends of the Gallery and the Gallery's young member's committee The Droogs. Other funding is received through the Australian Governments Deductible Gift Recipient Status.

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Don River Railway

Passenger trains disappeared from Tasmania some time ago, except this one, a full size loco service from the Don Village Station to Coles Beach each day from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. After leaving Don Village, the route of the Don River Railway winds its way along the Eastern banks of the picturesque Don River, passing Restoration Siding where old vehicles are awaiting their turn for restoration at the hands of the craftsmen. During the 30 minute return journey you will pass through a nature reserve and you will also see many places of historical interest. A steam locomotive pulls the train on most Sundays and public holidays and most of January (other than high fire danger days). For the remainder of the year, weekday trains are run with a vintage diesel locomotives or rail car. The collection of steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock is open for inspection at the Don Village Station, where there is also a souvenir and model shop. No train services on Mondays and Tuesdays, except Monday of long weekends.

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Donaghys Lookout

This easy three kilometre walk takes you to a lookout with stunning views into Tasmania's western wilderness. The walk climbs a small hill at an easy grade to a sheltered viewpoint with magnificent views of the Franklin and Collingwood Rivers and mountains like soaring Frenchmans Cap. Look for the sign to this 40-minute return walk on the Lyell Highway between the Franklin and Collingwood Rivers, around 45 kilometres from Queenstown.

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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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Dover Golf Club Inc

The Dover Golf Club Inc is a public golf course in Tasmania's Far South. Dover is a one-hour drive south of Hobart (81 km), via the Huon Valley. The Dover Golf Club, Australia's most southerly golf course, is a scenic, nine-hole course featuring undulating fairways and watered greens. You can play your round here while enjoying spectacular views over Esperence Bay to Bruny Island. Two greens are bunkered, there is a dam on the sixth fairway and the coastal winds can present an added challenge. Visitors to the course are welcome - you can perhaps join in the fun on the regular chicken run - and casual course fees are paid using an honour system. Holes: 9, Par: 68, Length: 4,634 metres Australian Course Rating: 64.

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