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Earthwater Cafe

Earthwater Café is situated two minutes drive from Mole Creek township, on the way to the Marakoopa and King Solomon Caves and Cradle Mountain. Enjoy Tasmanian roasted coffee and delicious home grown and local food. Open for breakfast and lunch, cakes and coffees, from 8am until dusk. Come and relax to the sounds of bubbling Sassafras Creek, with views of majestic Mount Roland, and their own beautiful gardens.

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East Coast Cruises

Maria Island is home to World renowned geology, pristine beaches, protected marine habitats, mountain views and UNESCO World Heritage convict history. Maria Island is also a sanctuary for native wildlife and is a dream destination for international visitors to come face to face with dolphins, whales, fur seals, sea eagles, albatross, gannets, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, cape barren geese and possibly a Tasmanian devil all in one day. East Coast Cruises is located in the township of Triabunna (1 hour, 15 minutes from Hobart) and they specialise in cruise and walk day tours to Maria Island National Park. The team operates a custom-built boat that is designed to explore some of Australia's largest sea caves. The boat has two decks that provide shelter, comfort and unobstructed viewing of Maria's enthralling marine life, unique cliff formations and giant sea caves. Their award-winning seven-hour day tours combine a four-hour scenic cruise of Maria Island's stunning coastline with a two-hour walk of the island's convict settlement. A big buffet lunch of gourmet local food, wine and beer is provided on the cruise whilst at anchor in the most beautiful of locations. A shuttle bus service is also available for guests in Hobart.

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East Coast Cruises & Maria Island Shuttle

Maria Island is home to World renowned geology, pristine beaches, protected marine habitats, mountain views and UNESCO World Heritage convict history. Maria Island is also a sanctuary for native wildlife and is a dream destination for international visitors to come come face to face with dolphins, whales, fur seals, sea eagles, albatross, gannets, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, cape barren geese and possibly a Tasmanian devil all in one day. East Coast Cruises is located in the township of Triabunna (1 hour, 15 minutes from Hobart) and they specialise in cruise and walk day tours to Maria Island National Park. Ther team operates a custom-built boat that is designed to explore some of Australia's largest sea caves. The boat has two decks that provide shelter, comfort and unobstructed viewing of Maria's enthralling marine life, unique cliff formations and giant sea caves. Their award winning seven-hour day tours combine a four-hour scenic cruise of Maria Island's stunning coastline with a two-hour walk of the island's convict settlement. A big buffet lunch of gourmet local food, wine and beer is provided on the cruise whilst at anchor in the most beautiful of locations. A shuttle bus service is also available for guests in Hobart.

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Eco Tours Tasmania

Eco Tours Tasmania is a Hobart based tour business offering small group tours and private Bus Charter in their modern ten seat Mercedes Benz mini bus. Regular day tours departing the Hobart Central Business District are tailored so guests experience Tasmania's National Parks, spectacular scenery, and natural attractions. These tours are run all year round. Specialist tours to experience Tasmania's unique native orchids are run in the peak flowering times between August and January. Orchid tours are led by an experienced and expert guide who is passionate about the states native orchids and their conservation. Small group touring offers a personal experience as the client to Guide ratio is low and the experienced Guides can easily pass on their local knowledge. All tours are conducted at a relaxed pace to allow sufficient time to truly experience each attraction and are ideally suited to photographers who may require just that little bit of extra time.

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Edge of the World Tours

Edge of the World Tours is a new adventure tour company with a plan to 'access the inaccessible'. We plan to take small intimate groups to the 'real, rare and remote' areas of Tasmania's west coast, Bruny Island and Freycinet National Park for an experience like no other. Edge of the World Tours is committed to providing an outstanding customer service experience to all customers, travel agents, organisations, groups, families and individuals. The tours are all-inclusive of camping equipment, food and transport. We can operate both single or multiple night tours to both the west and east coasts. Edge of the World Tours wants to educate not only Tasmanians and mainland Australians, but international visitors on the beauty of Tasmania's isolated areas, the colonial and Aboriginal history, environmental sustainability, minimal impact and the restriction of our ecological footprint.

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Elsewhere Vineyard

Always wishing you were elsewhere? Well now you can be. Elsewhere Vineyard is a family owned vineyard specialising in cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and the less common Gewürztraminer. Just a short drive from the picturesque town of Cygnet, Elsewhere is situated in Glaziers Bay, overlooking the stunning Huon River in southern Tasmania. Elsewhere is not just a vineyard, it is also a working farm with an assortment of friendly animals including miniature sheep, chickens, pigs and cows, providing an interesting distraction for those looking for more than just wine tasting. At the very relaxed cellar door Owen will take you through the wines available for sampling, as well as provide some history about the vineyard, explain how the wine is grown, and what life is like owning a vineyard and farm. So whether it’s sampling superb Pinot or patting Patsy the pig, be sure to come and visit this tranquil part of the beautiful Huon Valley.

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En Route Cycling Tours

Experience life like a pro cyclist in the lap of Tasmanian Luxury. En Route Tours are designed for the passionate cyclist and discerning traveller. Experience life like a professional on tour, whilst conquering the picturesque training ground of Tasmania's most famous cyclists, all in the lap of luxury as you stay and dine in only the finest of Tasmania’s boutique accommodation and restaurants. With former pro cyclist and local Tasmanian, Wes Sulzberger as your guide (and don’t be surprised if other famous Tasmanian cyclists sit on your wheel for a leg), you will take on challenging mountain climbs and roll through lush countryside, exploring the vast and unique wilderness of Tasmania. A full support crew including mechanic, sports massage therapist, and Soigneur are at your service from the moment your plane arrives. Like a professional, you won’t lift a finger and luxury will greet you every moment you un-clip.

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Encounter Maria Island

Encounter Maria Island is the official ferry operator to and from Maria Island National Park. All available sailings are listed online at their website. Located off Tasmania’s East Coast, Maria Island is only about 30 minutes by ferry from Triabunna, and as far from ordinary as you can imagine. Rich in indigenous and European history, abundant in wildlife, boasting spectacular views and remarkable geological features, the entire island is a National Park, managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. There are no shops or fancy hotels, and limited places to charge your precious devices. So come prepared. Maybe even turn your phone off – gasp! Accommodation is available in the old penitentiary building at Darlington, and there’s a number of camp sites on the island. Leave your ordinary world behind and experience something extraordinary – encounter Maria Island.

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Esperance Adventures

Esperance Adventures offer daily kayak tours on the spectacular waters of far south Tasmania. Immerse yourself in the wild scenic beauty of southern Tasmania while learning about the amazing local history from our friendly guides. Half and full day tours available on Port Esperance Bay, Lune River, Huon River and Recherche Bay. All tours are easy flat water trips with no experience required, all equipment and morning tea provided. For a family holiday adventure join our Treasure Hunter Tour. Paddle to your own deserted island and explore for treasure on your own island treasure hunt.

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Every Man and His Dog Vineyard

Every Man & His Dog vineyard, winery with cellar door and bed and breakfast in Tasmania's beautiful Coal River Valley is just a stone's throw from the historic town of Richmond. We produce cool climate Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Unwooded Chardonnay and specialised exotic varieties. Set in amongst the oldest vineyards in the Coal Valley, we are possibly the smallest commercial company operating in Tasmania. Owner run and operated we aim to produce excellent wine and experiences for visitors to enjoy and remember.

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Federation Artisan Chocolate Hobart

Federation Artisan Chocolate have been making chocolate in Tasmania for 30 years. They have recently opened a Hobart city shop only 5 minutes walk from Hobart's waterfront. Here they sell their range of bars as well as their new handmade fine moulded chocolates. These unique, bright and flavoursome chocolates will delight any chocolate lover. They have a wide range of flavours which are forever changing and growing. Some include gin and tonic, cookies and cream, chai, apple and rhubarb crumble, blood orange and blackberry raspberry pistachio. All their chocolates are made from authentic ingredients with no added essences or oils. They import cocoa beans from all over the world to create a unique and flavoursome character to their chocolate.

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Festival in the Park

Bring along your family and friends. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine, entertainment, activities, demonstrations, and of course the fine food and beverages. The Festival in the Park is a major celebration of lifestyle, food, wine and entertainment of Tasmania's North West Coast. It is held in Anzac Park on the banks of the beautiful Leven River, in Ulverstone, and is run by the Rotary Clubs of Ulverstone and Ulverstone West, and the Rotaract Club of Central Coast. All proceeds from the day go to local projects that benefit the North-West community.

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Fishing in Kentish

Central to iconic trout waters lakes Barrington, Cethana, Paloona, Rowallan, Parangana and Mackenzie and nestled between the river fishing meccas of the Mersey, Forth, Don, Wilmot and Dasher rivers, picturesque Sheffield is the place to get your day trip or multi-day fishing and camping supplies. Book cost-effective, cosy accommodation in one of the region’s B&Bs or self-contained cottages. Information, guided tour and accommodation bookings at Kentish Fishing licences are required for inland waters and can be purchased from Service Tasmania in Sheffield. Pick up an Inland Fisheries brochure from the Visitor Information Centre at 5 Pioneer Crescent, Sheffield. Please contact the visitor information centre or our website for further information.

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Flinders Island Art

Maria La Grue's Art Studio is located in Whitemark. Visitors are welcome to see Maria's work at the studio. Art workshops can be tailored to small groups or individuals. Media worked with includes watercolour, acrylics, inks, pencils and printmaking. Further examples of Maria's work can be seen on her website, Instagram and Facebook. Items for sale include greeting cards, tea towels, t-shirts, original paintings, prints and more. These products are also available at The Purple Swamphen and A Taste of Flinders. Contact to confirm availability and upcoming exhibitions and classes.

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Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, this national park protects Tasmania's great western rivers - the Franklin, Gordon, Jane and Denison - and the remote mountain ranges from where they rise. The Lyell Highway passes through the national park on its way to Queenstown. It's worth taking the time to stop and explore the rainforest bordering the road. Look out for signs to several excellent short walks. The Franklin River Nature Trail, 60 kilometres east of Queenstown has picnic tables, toilets and excellent walks through stunning rainforest to the Franklin and Surprise rivers, while further west, Donaghys Hill Lookout offers more stunning, panoramic wilderness views. And four kilometres west of Victoria Pass is the Nelson Falls Nature Trail, an easy boardwalk through ancient rainforest to a spectacular 30 metre waterfall. The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is also accessible by boat. Daily cruises depart from Strahan to explore the densely forested banks of the lower Gordon River, downstream from where the Gordon and Franklin Rivers meet.

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Franklin River Nature Trail

The Franklin is one of the best known of the many rivers that run through the Wild Rivers National Park. A walk along the banks of the Franklin and through cool temperate rainforest will give you an idea of the beauty that lies within the heart of this wild river wilderness. Those travelling on the Lyell Highway between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge will cross this iconic river around 60 kilometres east of Queenstown. The Franklin River Nature Trail has picnic tables, toilets and excellent walks through stunning rainforest to the Franklin and Surprise rivers.

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Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park, with its stunning pink granite peaks is located on Tasmania's east coast. The park is famous for Wineglass Bay, rated by Outside magazine as one of the ten best beaches in the world. The park offers climbing, abseiling and mountain walking and the coastal heathlands have wonderful day walks. For bird lovers there's the chance to see a white-bellied sea-eagle gliding overhead or a large Australasian gannet diving for food in the ocean. Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve, just outside the park on the Coles Bay road, is a wetland of international importance. The town of Coles Bay on the edge of the park offers a range of accommodation and campsites are available just inside the park boundary. Because the area is so popular over the Christmas-New Year period there's a ballot system draw for campsites, so please check the Parks and Wildlife website before making plans. The park offers a variety of basic powered and unpowered campsites, some with cold showers. Bookings are not necessary outside the main summer-Easter period, though visitors must check at the visitor interpretation centre before setting up camp.

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Freycinet Paintball

Experience Tassie's newest Paintball field in a prime location on the Freycinet Peninsula overlooking the Moulting Lagoon. Boasting large bush style fields spread over 6 acres, featuring natural bush, bunkers, trenches, rustic barricades, an army truck & even a boat to provide cover! Break out of your comfort zone for an adrenaline fueled, unforgettable experience in a natural & safe environment. Groups from 8-30 people (age 16 years +) are welcome. Three sessions on offer per day in daylight savings months with three package options to suit every budget. Freycinet Paintball has a liquor licence. Sit back in the court yard & enjoy the view after your session with a refreshing beer, cider or glass of wine. National Pies, crisps, chocolates & soft drinks are also available. Free Barbecue facilities are on site.

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Furneaux Museum

The Furneaux Museum on Flinders Island showcases the history of the Furneaux Group of Islands. Relics from shipwrecks and other artefacts are housed in seven buildings which themselves are exhibits. The museum has artefacts from some of Australia's earliest European settlements, including an anchor from the Sydney Cove, wrecked on Preservation Island in 1797 and relics from shipwrecks that occurred around the islands which are housed in the Nissen Hut. The dark history of the Wybalenna settlement is recorded in the Aboriginal Room, together with an exquisite collection of Aboriginal shell necklaces. The Mutton Bird hut gives an authentic glimpse into an island tradition. Other exhibits demonstrate the geology, fauna, shells, bird life and early pioneering life of the islands. A collection of albums and photographs cover all aspects of life in the Furneaux Group and provide an invaluable tool for researchers. A visit to the museum can be combined with a trip to Wybalenna Chapel and Cemetery and several idyllic beaches. Entry payment is by cash only. The Museum is open every day in summer/autumn, and weekends only in winter/spring. Current opening hours can be obtained by phoning 03 6359 8434 any time.

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Gallery 81

Gallery 81 is a unique art experience that combines the owners love of art with their love of Tasmania. Artist in residence, Luke Harvey, has produced a permanent exhibition of 81 oil landscape paintings that are beautifully interlocked across the gallery's 30 metre wall. This permanent exhibition is not for sale but there are 42 other paintings for sale. Come visit and enjoy a Tasmanian beverage while experiencing this beautiful collection.

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

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