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Gordon River Cruises

The award-winning Gordon River Cruise departs from Strahan and takes guests into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Cruising the Gordon River on the purpose-built Spirit of the Wild, you experience quiet cruising under the power of the vessel's electric motors. Cross Macquarie Harbour to Hell's Gates, the narrow entrance into the Southern Ocean. You then cruise to the Gordon River, where you give yourself the best chance of seeing the famous reflections while on board Spirit of the Wild, the first cruise boat on the river each day. Step ashore at Heritage Landing and walk through rainforest to see ancient Huon Pines. Step ashore again at Sarah Island, a 19th century penal colony, hearing stories of the convicts who laboured there. Local guides enhance the tour with interpretation on the region's history. Seating is allocated to each guest. The main deck offers two seating styles - Main Deck Central and Main Deck Window. All are spacious and comfortable and include a delicious lunch that showcases Tasmanian produce. The third option is the Premier Upper Deck, including complementary lunch, morning and afternoon tea, open bar and exclusive viewing deck. Audio tours available in German, French, Cantonese and Mandarin.

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Gourmania Food Tours Tasmania

Wander the city streets, soaking up the urban beauty around you. Discover those off-the-tourist-trail finds that reveal the real Hobart. Indulge in a vast array of generous tastes: sweet, savoury, and sippable too. Do all this in the company of a seasoned local foodie as you are taken to those not-to-be-missed foodie haunts tucked away in the city. Gourmania offer a number of tour options. Enjoy a small group tour with fellow travellers at a leisurely pace, a private bespoke tour, or choose your own adventure by grabbing yourself a copy of our Good Things eGuide. For pastry fans, the self-guided Pastry Pilgrimage is a must. Peruse the website for an option to suit your palate and itinerary! Bookings are essential for all guided tours.; you can do this via the Gourmania Food Tours website using the secure online booking system (bookings close 24 hours prior to departure). Any questions? Just drop Mary a line via the "Contact Us" link, and she'll be very happy to assist. Join Gourmania on tour soon - they'd love to see you!

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Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery

We are the only Organic Sheep cheesery in Australia and have invented 5 new foods never seen before in the World. We are a farmhouse cheesery which means Grandvewe exemplifies the Farm to Fork experience. We have won the highest awards for any sheep cheesery in Australia. Our Blue cheese won Champion Cheese against 360 cheeses of Australia. We then also placed in the top six of 6000 fine food producers of Australia. We have our farm cheesery located 45min south of Hobart in a place called “Birch’s Bay” where we are open to the public 7days/week 10am-5pm all year. Sheep milk makes exceptional cheeses as proven recently when our Blue cheese was voted top 6 of 6000 fine food products of Australia (Australian Presidents medal). Our products are EWEnique because we control the entire process from the grass grown for the sheep to eat, milking, manufacturing, packaging, distributing and selling. Grandvewe has invented many food products including the world’s first Vanilla Whey Liqueur, sheep milk in coffees and the first to make sheep milk gelato and fudge.

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Gray Line Tasmania

Gray Line Tasmania offers the largest and most comprehensive range of premium full day and half day sightseeing tours from both Hobart and Launceston. The emphasis on their tours is true Australian, with each stop giving active involvement in some aspects of the Australian way of life or flora and fauna. Visit the popular Port Arthur Historic Site which evokes a powerful sense of the past convict era. Choose from a variety of options, including Salamanca Market on Saturdays or Isle of the Dead guided tour and cruise. You may wish to choose a morning or afternoon tour of Hobart or venture out to historic Richmond or take in the Mona experience with an alternative combination or head to the Huon Valley to walk amongst the treetops at the Tahune Forest Airwalk. When in Launceston you have the opportunity to cruise Cataract Gorge or drive to the spectacular Bay of Fires. Launceston is also the departure point for the Cradle Mountain National Park tour where you will be taken deep into the Tasmanian forest and experience the solitary wilderness of waterfalls, glacial lakes, rainforest and wildlife.

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Great Aussie Photo Tours

Great Aussie Photo Tours shares the stunning beauty of Tasmanian wilderness while personally improving your photographic skills. Based in Mt Field National Park, resident photographer Greg Power will give you confidence in using your camera and producing beautiful landscape imagery. Join Greg on a pre-planned tour, or create a special custom tour for you or your friends. Ranging from just two hours up to several days, there is a tour to suit everyone.

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Great Expeditions

Great Expeditions offer a selection of tours and tailored options, based in southern Tasmania. Great Expeditions make the effort to take you to the secret places that make this island so special. Operating with only small groups, tours are personal and flexible – travel for as long as you want and do whatever you want. Everybody is different and everybody has a different goal for their time on this beautiful island. Some people fill their day with adventure activities and hardly have time to breathe – others savour every breath by snuggling up on a rug with gourmet food, premium wine and impressive natural scenery. There is always something incredible to see or do so come with an open mind and you will have the time of your life. Great Expeditions is all about helping you live your wildest dreams or experiencing something new. Great Expeditions offer a number of pre-made full or half day tours, or can tailor anything to suit your needs. The choice is all yours.

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Great Western Tiers Forest Walks Tasmania

Great Western Tiers Forest Walks offers short guided on the Great Western Tiers through Tasmania’s magnificent forests. On a short walk, you will experience majestic eucalypts, mythic rainforests, unique wildlife and the spectacular landscapes of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. There are walks for all ages, abilities and levels of interest with local guides who enjoy sharing their love and knowledge of Tasmania’s natural environment. An easy-grade Rainforest Walk takes two to three hours over level terrain. This walk provides an exciting insight into Tasmanian’s world-famous rainforests. It is suitable for younger children and older people of reasonable fitness. It is our most popular walk, The World Heritage Walk takes between six and eight hours and requires a much higher level of fitness and reasonable bushwalking experience. This walk traverses alpine wilderness. Our guides are informative with a passion for interpreting the Tasmanian environment.

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Green Island Tours Tasmania

Green Island Tours Tasmania were and still are the only Tasmanian company arranging and conducting pure bicycle tours in Tasmania. All tours are "touring " style, neither off road nor racing tours. They are extremely proud to offer good value for money whilst ensuring full attention to detail. Because of our location along the cycling route we have unmatched local knowledge. Offering different accommodation categories, all self-guided tours can be customised, supported tours are conducted on demand using a purpose-built, enclosed trailer. All bikes are fully serviced to a very high standard and are covered by RACT roadside assist. Different models are available, including hi-end custom made touring bikes made in Germany.

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Grey Sands Vineyard

Grey Sands Vineyard has amazing views over the Tamar Valley and a one hectare garden as it's 'cellar door'. Grey Sands specialises in intensely flavoured wines ....and they do the initial cellaring for you! The vineyard is unirrigated, hand pruned and picked and produces wines with maximum concentration (not maximum yield). They have six different red wines and two white wines. Come and taste the difference. You can visit the cellar door at advertised times or by appointment. Sample Tasmanian wine while enjoying views of the valley, or explore the gardens before taking home a few bottles of your favourite vintage. Or bring your own picnic to enjoy there. Open first full weekend only from October 2018 to April 2019, 10am to 6pm, or by appointment.

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Hamlet Cafe

Hamlet Cafe serves smooth coffee, zesty juices and delicious food showcasing locally sourced produce. Situated at the start of the Hobart rivulet walking track, Hamlet is committed to the community, operating as a social enterprise. Hamlet provides much needed work experience opportunities to individuals in the community who face significant barriers to employment with the belief that it takes a village to create social change.

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Horse Riding Tasmania

Join Horse Riding Tasmania for an unforgettable trek as you explore some of South East Tasmania's best scenery! On arrival you will be greeted by your qualified and friendly guide before being fitted with a helmet and boots. A safety briefing will follow and you will be introduced to your obliging horse that will lead you on a memorable adventure. Ride into the luscious high country. Be guided through native bushland surrounded by magnificent views on this spectacular trek. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, wombats as well as bird life and prolific native flora. Ride past incredible sandstone cliffs at Bluff River Gorge, climb Mt Hobbs passing through glorious rainforest for a mountain top view of Maria Island or brave the descent into Tin Pot Creek. We also offer multi day rides and or Exclusive rides at 7 Mile Beach, Horse Riding Tasmania is the ultimate in horse riding experiences.

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Hug a Horse

Connect and recharge with a full immersion experience Hugging a Shire Horse. In a world that moves so fast, we often don’t just pause to experience the beauty of connection in our busy lives. Horses are known for their unique healing qualities and the gentle nature of heavy horses accentuates this bonding experience. Each visitor has a sense of connection with their size, their gentle nature and It never fails to move people to a calmer place. The inspiration to share these horses blossomed the idea of ‘Hug a Horse’. We are a Shire Stud with mature horses and foals and we include time with them all in a beautiful riverside setting on banks of the Derwent River. This non-riding experience is an opportunity to get close and spend time interacting in activities with these beautiful horses, sharing the experience to slow down and connect in a real and authentic way. Each Activity includes lots of horse interaction including grooming, handling and activities in enclosed yard area, a paddock walk to meet the horse family with our stallion, mares and foals and a riverside interlude to enjoy the Derwent river location while enjoying local refreshments and produce. (by arrangement)

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Ida Bay Railway and Cafe

***Please note that the railway will be open in early 2019***Please contact operator for further information. Step aboard their historic WWII Diesel locomotive,enjoy an unforgettable two hour journey alongside the water's edge, through bush planes and enjoy a history talk from your tour guide at the historic cemetery. Once you arrive at 'Deep-hole' you will be able to walk around a pristine white beach or even take a walk to the Southport Lagoon. This Heritage listed railway is one of the last operating bush tramways in Australia! Their cafe is the last place in Tasmania to get a great feed! They have a diverse menu including Home-made Burgers, Fish and Chips, Freshly ground Coffee and even some Tasmanian Valhalla ice cream. Their staff are passionate about the local area and are focused on showing you the hidden gems. They stock all the local brochures and information maps. They can cater for all groups, so please call today to arrange a custom dining menu, even an exclusive train ride can be arranged.

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Inverawe Native Gardens

Inverawe Native Gardens will inspire you with its extensive collection of Australian native plants. It is the largest landscaped native garden in Tasmania. Just 15 minutes from Hobart, Tasmania's capital, Inverawe is easy to access. Enjoy the sweeping views down North West Bay towards Bruny Island. Take tea on the terrace or just sit on one of the many seats, soak up the atmosphere of peace and serenity. Watch some of Inverawe's 102 bird species bustle about. All twelve endemic bird species have been seen here. Bring a note book and list plants you want for your own garden. They're identified by name. Borrow some of our landscaping ideas. Your visit will be enhanced by the whimsy, poetry and interpretation signs, and the year round colour of a native garden. The early botanists and French explorers were here, over 200 years ago. See some of the plant species they named. Imagine what the scenery would have looked like then. You'll be met on arrival, introduced to the garden and given a coloured map to help you navigate around this extensive garden. Guided tours are available on request.

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Iron Pot Golf Course

The Iron Pot Golf Course is a public golf course in south-east Tasmania. South Arm is a 40-minute drive south-east of Hobart (37 km) overlooking the mouth of the Derwent Estuary and northern entrance to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The Iron Pot Golf Club is a relatively flat nine-hole golf course with coastal views. The course features watered greens which present several challenges for the golfer. You can enjoy a drink in the bar after your round seven days a week, and the club offers dinner Friday and Saturday evenings and lunch on Sunday. Holes: 9, Par: 70, Length: 5,174 metres, Australian Course Rating: 67.

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Jackson's Emporium

Jackson's Emporium at Hamilton, specialises in Derwent Valley products, cafe with local food, visitor information and accommodation. Hamilton is a classified historic town, a one-hour drive north-west of Hobart (70 km). Originally constructed in 1856 as the Hamilton Centre of Commerce, Jackson's Emporium now showcases a choice of Derwent Valley produce. The Cafe at Jackson's offers delicious home cooked meals, cakes, slices, biscuits, jams, relish and other local products, all prepared in our commercial kitchen. Our menu includes a large range of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Jackson's Emporium also incorporates Hamilton Heritage Holiday Homes. The booking office can arrange accommodation in a local heritage cottage right in the heart of this charming and historic pastoral town.

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Joe Lyons Cottage

Joseph Aloysius Lyons was born in this tiny workers cottage in 1879. Joe was the fifth of eight children who experienced early childhood in this humble cottage at Stanley. Joe attended the local Stanley school and started his teaching career here before his political career in 1909. By 1914 Joe was deputy leader, then in 1923 elected as State Premier. Joe remained premier till the party lost office in 1928, before moving into federal politics in the Scullin Labor ministry in 1929. In 1931 Joe resigned from the Labor Party and led the newly formed United Australia Party in its successful federal campaign in December. From 1932 to his death in 1939, "Honest Joe" was Prime Minister of Australia, being the first (and only) Tasmanian to aspire to that office. Joe was also the first Prime Minister to win three consecutive federal elections. The cottage is preserved as much as possible in the period of Joe's childhood. The static display is a tribute to the life of Joe and his equally famous wife Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the federal House of Representatives. The cottage is currently owned by Parks and Wildlife and operated by volunteers.

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John Elliott Classics Museum

A boutique antiquities museum housing examples of the art and culture of the major ancient Mediterranean civilisations. It was established in 1955 by John Elliott, Professor of Classics, to create a teaching and research collection which was also accessible to the public. From Egypt come the assorted amulets, scarabs and ushabti figures found in most ancient Egyptian tombs. A limestone false tomb door, through which the deceased's spirit could pass, is a highlight. Much of the Greek collection comprises pottery which traces stylistic developments in Greek art, from early static, geometric decoration to the fluid, elegant figures of the Classical era. Beautiful yet functional, they speak equally of mythical tales, religious reverence, and wild party nights. Closed during Summer Whether it's a centurion's sword, floor mosaics, jewellery and cosmetic items, or bronze surgical implements, the Roman artefacts give many insights into daily life in the Roman world. Once unearthed by archaeologists, they now await discovery by you. The extensive range of Greek and Roman coins, often miniature works of art, reveal much about political realities and ambitions by their use as propaganda tools - proof that political spin and manipulation has a long history.

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k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers

"k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers", Stall 259 at the Iconic Salamanca Market Hobart, is a shopping experience like no other. Offering the visitor an authentic look into the contemporary Jewellers craft and the chance to talk to the maker at the stall. Specialising in fine Handcrafted, Bespoke Jewellery made in the Studio at 28 Cecilia St St Helens from solid Silver, Gold, Palladium and Platinum, the pieces feature exquisite local Tasmanian, Australian and World Gems. Island lifestyle Jewellery at its best, "k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers" offers you the visitor the opportunity to purchase a unique piece to celebrate your memorable Tasmanian adventure. With pieces representative of Tasmania like the "Cradle Mountain, lake Dove" Pendant and the Tassie Devil slide bead, to more classic lines like the "Teardrop" and the "Tree of Life" Pendants there is something for everybody. And from inexpensive Sterling Silver pieces to "one offs" in Gold with valuable gems, all price points are catered for as well. "k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers" is easily accessible at Salamanca Market Hobart each Saturday stall 259 and in the centre of town in St Helens at the Studio Gallery and workshop.

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k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers St Helens

"k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers", situated in the heart of St Helens, the gateway to the Iconic Bay of Fires, is a shopping experience like no other. Offering the visitor an authentic look into the contemporary Jewellers craft, you can; Talk to the maker in his intimate Studio setting. See him design and create in his workshop. Specialising in fine Handcrafted, Bespoke Jewellery made on the premises from solid Silver, gold, Palladium and Platinum, the pieces feature exquisite local Tasmanian, Australian and World Gems. Island lifestyle Jewellery at its best, "k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers" offers you the visitor the opportunity to purchase a unique piece to celebrate your memorable Tasmanian adventure. With pieces representative of Tasmania like the "Cradle Mountain, lake Dove" Pendant and the Tassie Devil slide bead, to more classic lines like the "Teardrop" and the "Tree of Life" Pendants there is something for everybody. And from inexpensive Sterling Silver pieces to "one offs" in Gold with valuable gems, all price points are catered for as well. "k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers" is easily accessible in the centre of town and also at Salamanca Market Hobart each Saturday stall 259.

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