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Freycinet Charters

Freycinet Charters is a family-owned boat tour business that operates out of Coles Bay, located on the mid east coast of Tasmania. They offer highly personalised boat charters for smaller families, special interest and social groups in and around Freycinet National Park, Schouten Island, Wineglass Bay and Great Oyster Bay on their 9.5 metre purpose-built Noosa Cat charter vessel.

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Freycinet Experience Walk

The Freycinet Experience Walk is the original four-day journey along the stunning Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's East Coast. Set against the dramatic granite backdrop of the pink-hued Hazard Mountains, guests walk through rich coastal forests and discover the purest of white beaches including the world-renowned Wineglass Bay. Led by engaging knowledgeable guides, guests are taken by boat into remote and rarely explored corners of the Freycinet National Park. Here they discover diverse marine and wildlife, nesting lagoons, wildflowers and other unique flora. A variety of abilities are catered for and the walk covers between 24 and 37 kilometers. Guests can choose between challenging mountain climbs or more leisurely coastal routes before regrouping at the end of the day. Guests also travel light needing only to carry a small daypack for their lunch and camera. Welcomed each evening to the award winning Friendly Beaches Lodge; guests enjoy stunning architecture, friendly genuine service and private rooms with comfortable beds. Exclusively for the use of the walking group (max ten guests), Conversation flows and friendships form quickly in this intimate atmosphere. Charming lodge hosts create sophisticated and nourishing meals with the very best Tasmanian produce, complimented by the finest of local wines.

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Freycinet Marine Farm

The Freycinet Marine Farm sales room is located near Coles Bay on Tasmania's east coast. We are a two-and-a-half hour drive form Hobart and two hours from Launceston - part of the very popular Great Eastern Drive. The sales room is open every day from 0900 until 1700, offering freshly harvested mussels, oysters and local Tasmanian Rock lobster, abalone, scallops, urchin and salmon all from Tasmanian's waters. You can sit at one of the picnic tables or enjoy lunch on one of the coastal beaches. Tasmanian wine and beer is also available from the sales room. The farm is made up of six different growing regions totaling just less than 185 acres and is a mixture of estuarine and fully marine growing areas. The estuarine areas are in the Great Swanport river estuary. The marine zones are offshore from the Freycinet National Park and are open to the Southern Ocean to the south. Come and join us to taste the love from the ocean at our farm gate shop.

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Freycinet Vineyard

Freycinet Vineyard is a family-run vineyard and winery overlooking Tasmania's famed Freycinet National Park. Established in 1980 by Geoff and Susie Bull, the east coast site was selected for its ideal microclimate - long sunshine hours and lean soils that encourage vines to focus on fruit not foliage. The family tradition of winemaking is continued by their daughter Lindy and her husband Claudio Rodenti. You will observe the traditional techniques of barrel fermentation and maturation. Tight-grain French oak casks are used and minimal intervention ensures the wines retain their maximum colour and flavour. You can sample some of the vineyard's handcrafted wines, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling/Schonburger, cabernet sauvignon and the Rodenti sparkling, against the spectacular backdrop of the Freycinet Peninsula. The vineyard is open to the public for tastings seven days a week, 364 days a year. There are no tours of the vineyard. Freycinet Vineyard is located approximately 15 minutes' drive (18 kilometres) south of Bicheno on Tasmania's east coast. Bicheno is just over two-hours' drive from Launceston.

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Friends of Burnie Penguins Inc.

Friends of Burnie Penguins provide a free interpretative guided experience to visitors to the Burnie Little Penguin colony. You will have an opportunity for an intimate view into the seasonal life of penguin families from courtship, through to chick rearing and to moulting adults at the end of the breeding season. The colony is located along the foreshore in Burnie a very short distance from the city centre, you can walk to the Penguin Observation Centre along boardwalk from your hotel, or park in the area behind the Makers Workshop. The viewing area is level with wheelchair access and is child friendly. Knowledgeable volunteer guides talk to you about the penguins, answer questions and help you view and photograph (without flashes!) penguins as they go about their normal activities. You will find the guides for the evening at the Burnie Penguin Observation Centre at dusk, nightly from October 1st until March 31st, regardless of the weather. The Little Penguins might be cosy in their snug feathers, but humans do need to be warmly wrapped as our viewing area is exposed to the weather, fair or foul. Donations are welcome.

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Frogmore Creek

Frogmore Creek Wines is now the largest, ultra premium, cool-climate winery in Southern Tasmania. Frogmore Creek not only produces exceptional cool climate wines, it also features an award winning Cellar Door, Restaurant and Function Centre. Frogmore Creek’s home base is located just 15 minutes from the CBD of Hobart in the picturesque Coal River Valley. Set amongst the vines with breathtaking views over the valley and waterways, Frogmore Creek is the perfect place to sample Tasmania’s highly acclaimed, cool climate wines and fresh local produce.

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Fudge'n'Good Coffee

Fudge'n'Good Coffee is a boutique cafe and specialty fudge store that offers the ultimate indulgent experience. We offer a large range of fresh gourmet Fudge and top quality barista-made coffee. We give our visitors a complete experience; including free wifi, luxurious Victorian period decor, monthly art exhibitions and even an interactive Fudge robot! We make Fudge every day and our range changes daily. Customers enjoy free Fudge tastings in-store as well as online shopping via our website. For visitors looking for a light meal, we have a delicious menu including breakfast and lunch items. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Situated in the tourist region of Cradle Mountain, we are well known as both an attraction and a cafe and feature on many tourist itineraries.

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Gasworks Cellar Door Tasmanian Wine Experience

Located in the original Hobart Gas Company office building at number 2 Macquarie Street in Hobart, the Gasworks Cellar Door is an exclusively Tasmanian wine tasting and retail experience in the heart of Hobart's colourful dock precinct. With 16 Tasmanian wines always on tasting and served from our state of the art temperature controlled Enomatic wine dispensing units, a knowledgeable wine expert will guide you through the ever-changing labels, the stylish interior design and fascinating information about the Island's wines and history; this is no ordinary tasting experience. Tastings cost $10 and you can select from 3 different styles of tasting experiences. Taste 12 wines (20ml each), 6 wines (40ml each) or 3 wines (80ml each) that are currently on tasting in the Enomatic units. The 12 wines tasting gives you the widest options whilst the 3 wines tasting lets you savour a trio of your choice. But don't forget to give yourself plenty of time as the 12 wine tasting can take up to hour to complete. Over 400 Tasmanian wines are also available to buy from our online store, supporting more than 81 local vineyards and delivering interstate FREE for any orders of 6 or more bottles.

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Ghost Rock Tasmania

Ghost Rock Wines Tasmania is a family owned winery, located on the beautiful coastline of Northern Tasmania, just 15 minutes from Devonport/Spirit of Tasmania terminal and one hour from Launceston and Cradle Mountain. Ghost Rock’s Award Winning Cellar Door and Eatery overlook their vineyards, with striking views of the ocean, rolling patchwork hills and mountains. Open 7 days from 11 am to 5 pm they provide complimentary wine tastings of their world-class cool climate premium wines and lunches focusing purely on local artisan produce. A family friendly winery, the options are plentiful - relax on the deck, sprawl out on the lush green lawns with a picnic blanket or bean bag, or cosy up inside as you wine away the hours. A five star James Halliday rated winery, the award-winning wines are exclusively grown, vinified and bottled on the Estate. The family is fuelled by the sort of obsession that only comes from being a regional pioneer. Live music is held regularly in the Cellar Door & Eatery and an annual Concert in the Vines brings hundreds from near and far. The winery also has a modern and timeless events space, perfect for weddings and special events.

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Giant Tree Expeditions

Based in southern Tasmania, Giant Tree Expeditions visits a variety of locations where you will get to view some of the world's tallest trees and largest flowering plants. Learn the science and experience the magic of the ancient forests. Day trips depart from Hobart, Maydena, Geeveston and Huonville. Transport, picnic lunch and observation gear are all included. You can even book online. Meeting the giant trees is a life-changing and memorable experience. Join an expedition soon and discover yourself!

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Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs in the Huon Valley (Southern Trove) is a 90-minute drive south of Hobart. Formed millions of years ago, the dolomite cave is one of two show caves found in Australia. Guided tours are available with a Parks and Wildlife Service guide. You will discover spectacular subterranean formations including flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites. The cave is spacious there are no narrow passages. Each way inside the cave are 250 stairs, all equipped with handrails. Opening hours and cave tour times vary throughout the year, so we recommend you check times before arrival. You must arrive at the Hastings Visitor Centre 20 - 30 minutes prior to your tour. This is where you purchase tickets for cave tours or the thermal springs reserve. You can swim in the thermal swimming pool, fed by thermal spring water. The pool temperature is a tepid 28 degrees Celsius; outdoor temperature is often very cool. Forest and ferns with picnic/barbecue areas surround the pool, change room amenities are next to the pool. Light snacks and souvenirs are available in the Visitor Centre.

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Hellyer Gorge picnic area

Make your way via Hellyer Gorge for a spectacular scenic route to the West Coast or Cradle Mountain. The windy route and steep cliffs make for a jaw-dropping wilderness drive, and is a favourite route for bike riders and touring cars. The welcoming canopy of rainforest provides a spectacular picnic spot along the banks of the Hellyer River. There are toilet and barbecue facilities, and the picnic area is the starting point for two short walks: the River Walk and the Old Myrtle Forest Walk. From Wynyard, take a 30-minute drive via Mount Hicks Road to Yolla where the road joins the Murchison Highway. Follow this through Hellyer Gorge and on to the historic town of Waratah, the iconic Cradle Mountain or the wild West Coast.

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Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve

Australia's only orchid reserve, this site is renowned for the diversity of native terrestrial orchids. Some of the orchids are listed as rare and endangered species. Some are not only endemic to the state of Tasmania, but to the local area. Take Railton Rd (B13) about 5 minutes' drive south from Latrobe. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes. The reserve does not have any public facilities and there are no entry fees to pay. Some 43 species have been recorded within the reserve, varying from the tall 60cm tall Hyacinth orchid Dipodium roseum, a leafless saprophyte that appears annually in early summer, to the tiny 2cm Winter Helmet orchids Corybas species. Recent taxonomic review into the Genus Caladenia by the Centre for Plant Biodiversity, Australian National Botanical Gardens in Canberra, has resulted in the discovery of a new species, Robust Finger orchid, Petalochilus tonellii, named after the reserve founder and Hon. Warden Peter Tonelli.

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Highfield Historic Site

Highfield Historic Site offers a historically accurate vision of a gentleman's home and farm of the 1830s. It sits on a hillside overlooking the lands the manager would have once controlled, with views across to Stanley, The Nut and Bass Strait beyond. The house is being restored over time and its elegant Regency design, convict barracks, barns, stables, and a chapel are surrounded by a large ornamental garden. Edward Curr, the chief agent of the Van Diemen's Land Company, started construction in 1832, and later additions were made by John Lee Archer. The VDL settlement began in 1826 on 350,000 acres granted under Royal Charter by George IV. Today, the original farm has reduced and covers around five acres, which is open to visitors daily from 0930 - 1630 from 1 September to 31 May. During June, July and August the site is open Monday to Friday. The site is also available as a venue for weddings, meetings and artists in residence. School groups and coach groups are also welcome. Highfield is the story of success or tragedy - you decide.

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Highlands Power Trail

Tour the Highlands Power Trail for a unique experience in the rugged Central Highlands of Tasmania. This self-guided driving trail provides an insight into the history of hydro power within Tasmania. Stop at points of interest on the journey to see key sites and learn about the extraordinary challenges faced by the workers. Take the circular trail north from Bothwell, heading towards Waddamana Village. Continue along to Penstock Lagoon and Waddamana Canal before re-joining the Highland Lakes Road for the return journey to Bothwell. To make the most of your journey along the Highlands Power Trail, ensure you allow plenty of time to tour through Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site.

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Hillwood Road Meditation Skills Centre

Not just for meditators, this is a place where anyone is welcome to drop in to enjoy the views, ask for advice or just have a good conversation. The centre is beside a creek and surrounded by hobby farms in the quiet beauty of North East Tasmania. The building was once an apple shed and the original beams and weatherboards can still be seen. The decor includes apple memorabilia and a three metre high apple mandala. You are welcome to make yourself a cuppa, browse the bookshelf, have a chat with our friendly host or just have some time to yourself. There is a quiet time from 11:00 to 11:30 am for those who wish to meditate. There is no entry fee, but we ask for $5 or $10 if you participate in a facilitated meditation. For a fee, you can arrange to have a guided tour or a private session for counselling, deep-state therapy or tuition. We also offer retreats nearby. Make it a complete spiritual getaway by spending a few nights in Hillwood and attending a combination of sessions for stress management or spiritual growth. A program can be tailor-made for you or your group. See our website.

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Hobart Convict Penitentiary

One of Australia's most significant convict precincts is only a short walk or Red Decker bus ride from Hobart's CBD (at the 'Hobart Convict Penitentiary' stop). The Tench, as it was known by its inhabitants, was the convict prisoners' barracks for Hobart Town. It originally spanned over two acres and some 40,000 male convicts passed through the complex. Following the cessation of convict transportation, the site became Hobart Gaol for more than 100 years. Sections of the chapel were converted into two Supreme Courts connected by tunnels to the gaol. An execution yard and gallows were added. This fascinating history can still be discovered in the buildings which remain - a captivating insight into over 175 years of Hobart's shadier past. Access to all areas is by guided tour and events only, book via our online booking system.

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Hobart Showground Sunday Market - Weekly

Great range of stalls including second-hand bargains, plants and bric-a-brac. Choose from second hand electrical goods, beautiful glassware and ceramics, tools, quality restored furniture, books or other collectables. Outfit yourself from head to foot with second hand clothing and accessories. The variety is always different and always new sunglasses, jewellery, crafts, lace, home cooked cakes, chutneys and jams. CDs, DVDs, albums, stereos, art, sculptures, bric-a-brac, trash or treasure. It's all here for the finding. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the supermarkets and visit the market for the freshest of veggies and seasonal fruits. Pick up some great bargains in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Revamp your garden with one of the largest selections of outdoor plants, soil enhancers and garden furniture. Or buy that someone special a bunch of freshly cut flowers. Parking is Free and easy with plenty of room in the showgrounds and also disabled facilities. Permanent and casual stall are also available by phoning the office during business hours. Unlike other markets, permanent stallholders can leave their goods on-site and their stalls in place form week to week.

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Hobart Twilight Market

Eats, drinks, design, music! Tasmania is renowned for its quality produce, and that’s what you’ll find at this market; a diverse range of food and locally-crafted small batch drinks alongside a myriad of design stalls. Add in live music from local talent and the scene is set for a wonderful Friday night! Engage with passionate stallholders, who’ll share their story with you. The market is dog and family friendly. All markets operate from 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm and are at Long Beach Sandy Bay on the first and third Friday of each month. A free shuttle bus departs from Hobart's Franklin Wharf at 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm! Special pop-up markets are announced via Facebook and Instagram.

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Hogarth Falls

One of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks, this walk starts at the top of Peoples Park in Strahan and is a gentle, meandering stroll through sweet-smelling bush to a delightful waterfall. Local schoolchildren share their connections with the place on interpretive signs along the way. For a pleasant, more extended walk, leave the car in the town centre and take the foreshore walking track to and from the park itself.

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