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Driftwood Restaurant

At Driftwood they like to keep things as simple as possible, that's why their menu is short, uncomplicated and changes regularly - almost as often as the weather. They try to make everything themselves, using local, seasonal, prime produce where they can, which allows them to tuck some things away for later. Wherever and whenever possible, they process all their food products on site, ensuring the best quality eating experience is delivered to your plate. Their wine list has something for all occasions and palates, even boasting a few preservative free options, and, as with the food menu, they expect it will evolve with the seasons. As for dietary choices, conditions and allergies, they are happy to accommodate your specific requirements. Just let them know what you need.

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Drink Tasmania Premium Tours

Drink Tasmania Premium Tours allows guests to sample the finest of Tasmania's whisky, wine, beer and cider all in one fabulous day. Our tours have been designed to let guests experience the best of southern Tasmania's award-winning craft beverages. We offer full and half day tours. Our guides specialise in the craft beverages industry, having been winemakers, whisky producers, bartenders, restaurant owners and researchers. We have customised our tours to reflect what we love about the various industries in Tasmania and to show the vast diversities across producers. We have worked closely with producers to gain access to areas that aren’t always available to the public. Our relationships with the industry is what sets us apart and is what makes Drink Tasmania’s Premium Tours, truly memorable. Tour with the industry insiders!

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Dunalley Fish Market

Fresh fish and seafood - live if possible - is the philosophy of Dunalley Fish Market. Crayfish are cooked daily and oysters are not opened until you ask for them to be. All the produce is caught or harvested locally. Denison Canal is a shortcut from the East Coast to Hobart that avoids navigating the Tasman Peninsula, and so has lots of fishing boats passing through. The market itself is in a lovely setting by the water and offers free use of a barbecue, or purchases can be packed in insulated boxes suitable for your journey by car, boat or plane.

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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 minibus. The bus is fitted with two Child Seat Anchor Points so families travelling with children can bring their own Child Seat or we can provide them. 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, Rosé, 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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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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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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Gallery Artspaces

Gallery Artspaces is cafe/ gallery in Triabunna, on Tasmania's East Coast. The gallery features quality art, jewellery, clothing and leather goods. Whilst browsing the gallery, why not grab a bite to eat or a beverage from the onsite cafe. The Artspaces cafe uses Australian grown and roasted coffee and sources local produce when available for its various meal options.Breakfast and lunches are served daily in the cafe. Be surrounded by Tasmanian art, including indigenous artists, in a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere. Triabunna is about a one-hour drive (84 km) north-east of Hobart and the gateway to Maria Island. We have added an interior design studio to our habitat and you can make an appointment to speak to our qualified interior designer.

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Gallery Pejean

Gallery Pejean showcases select established and emerging visual artists, with a focus on Tasmanian artists. Gallery Pejean, a gallery of contemporary art, is located in the heart of Launceston's CBD in the vibrant George Street precinct. It promotes and presents the work of contemporary visual artists, working across a broad spectrum of mediums and artistic platforms. With emphasis on Tasmanian artists it represents award winning artists, established and mid-career artists as well as emerging artists. With two separate gallery spaces, a monthly program of exhibitions allows for both solo exhibitions and group shows, while constantly showcasing the gallery's select group of artists, many whom have exhibited internationally. Artists represented reflect the shifting interests and concerns of contemporary art practice. Gallery Pejean presents the opportunity to view and purchase a diverse collection of paintings, drawings, etchings, linocuts, photography and sculptures. Gallery Pejean is a participant in the COLLECT Art Purchase Scheme which is an interest-free loan scheme that enables you to purchase artworks by contemporary Tasmanian artists from participating Tasmanian art galleries.

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Geckostrands Textile Artist

Geckostrands is a textile studio creating eco dyed wool and cashmere wearables. The studio is situated 1.9 kilometres south of Franklin village overlooking the Huon River. This contemporary studio designed by the GASP architects, Room 11 provides a fabulous place to interact with the artist creating the works. You will be able to find fine merino wool scarves, cashmere scarves and hand knitted kid mohair, silk and wool wearables. Just ring Linda on the number listed so they can warmly welcome you into the studio, explain the process and introduce you to the distinctive smell of Eucalypts embedded into works. All created naturally, without chemicals with a sustainable process and product.

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Geeveston Visitor Centre

The Geeveston Visitor Centre, located in the impressive red brick building in the centre of town was the former Town Hall built in 1914. Open 7 days a week, knowledgeable and friendly staff provide up to date travel information, itineraries, tour suggestions and a free booking service for Geeveston, the Huon Valley, the Far South and other regions around Tasmania. Geeveston is known as the gateway to the southern forests and the Hartz Mountains National Park, the centre is a booking agent for Tasmanian National Parks passes and also provides information on walks within the region. The Geeveston Visitor Centre contains a providore with local food, wines and ciders, a gift shop with souvenirs, books, maps and artwork by local artisans. Visitors can view a working wood turner located within the centre. Museum located on the mezzanine floor contains local history and artifacts, particularly machinery associated with the timber industry. Visitors can also learn about the Australia's biggest trees that are located close to the township of Geeveston, purchase products from the beautiful native timbers of Tasmania and view an impressive two-thousand-year-old cross section of a Huon Pine tree. Awesome playground and platypus walk is located in adjacent Heritage Park.

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

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