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Ida Bay Railway Tour

***Please note that the railway will be open for business in early 2019****Please contact operator for further information. Step aboard our 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 (1hr 30 min - bookings essential). This heritage listed railway is one of the last operating bush tramways in Australia! Our cafe is the last place in Tasmania to get a great feed! We have a diverse menu including home-made burgers, fish and chips, freshly ground coffee and even some Tasmania Valhalla ice cream. Our staff are passionate about the local area and are focused on showing you the hidden gems. We stock all the local brochures and information maps. We are able to cater for groups large and small. Call us today to arrange a custom dining menu, even an exclusive train ride can be arranged!

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Inala Nature Tours

Inala Nature Tours offers personalised birdwatching and wildlife tours of Bruny Island and Tasmania. It is based on 'Inala', a 1500-acre nature refuge on Bruny Island, which is home to six threatened bird species, all 12 Tasmanian endemic birds, echidnas, and white wallabies. It features Australia's only hide tailor-made for raptor-viewing and a canopy platform that provides close views of the endangered Tasmanian endemic bird, the forty-spotted pardalote. 'Inala' is also a wildlife rehabilitation centre. Accommodation is available on the property. Each tour is personally designed, and may be partially- or fully-guided. Tour packages range from a walking tour at 'Inala', half and full-day tours of Bruny Island, to longer tours around Tasmania to see a variety of birds in their natural habitats, including the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot, as well as Tasmanian devils, wombats, kangaroos, and platypus. Join their night tours on Bruny Island to see penguins, quolls, potoroos, wallabies and possums. They are also licensed travel agents and can book all your travel and accommodation arrangements. Their guides have detailed knowledge of the Tasmanian flora and fauna. The owner, Dr Tonia Cochran, is a trained botanist, zoologist and specialist birdwatching/wildlife guide with experience in leading tours throughout Australia.

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Infuse Coffee Roasters

Infuse Coffee Roasters are located in the beautiful coastal seaside city of Burnie in Tasmania. A quaint renovated workers cottage built in the 1900’s. Our Espresso Bar serves our award winning blends and single origin coffees and our wonderful homemade biscuits (no food). The roastery has a range of alternative brewing devices, including siphons, Aeropress, ROK Espresso makers along with all the barista tools, coffee accessories, cleaning products, KeepCups, books and everything coffee! You may even see our roaster at work! Our award winning coffee is available 6 days a week from the roastery plus a wide range of restaurants, cafes and delicatessens in Tasmania.

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Institut Polaire

Wine bar | Spirits | Kitchen | Cellars Tasmania's coolest locale. This cold climate wine and spirits bar embraces Tasmania’s long held status as the gateway to Antarctica with a passion for everything coldhearted. Settle by the fire in the snowy interior of marble and plush grey leather at Institut Polaire. Savour new wave Tasmanian pinot noir, alpine amaro or nurse your single malt. Dive into some of the world's most revered and challenging cold climate terroir and fall in love with graceful wine, aromatic gin and artisan whisky with an emphasis on low input, organic, biodynamic farming and natural techniques. Dinner menu and great snacks featuring fresh produce from local growers. Founded by master distiller Louise Radman and winemaker Nav Singh, Institut Polaire is also the home of Süd Polaire spirits and Domaine Simha wine. Their range is available for cellar door sales and tasting experiences throughout the afternoon or walk in for wine, cocktails and dining of an evening. Don’t miss the Süd Polaire Antarctic dry martini with juniper mist. As the home of Süd Polaire gin and Domaine Simha wine, they offer a range of structured tasting experiences throughout the year. Tasting Experience bookings welcome. Cin Cin!

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Iron Pot Bay Vineyard

We are a small family-owned vineyard with cellar door tastings and sales, established in 1988. The vineyard has been producing excellent cool climate wines for more than 25 years! We have under vine, pinot gris, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, semillon, gewürztraminer, pinot meunier and pinot noir on 10 hectares of land. We run our cellar door from a century old cottage adjacent to the vineyard. The beautiful old home has many gorgeous features, including Art Nouveau interior timber elements, fire places in every room and a peaceful garden with hundred year old trees. Designed by Alexander North for his son, the little cottage has some unique characteristics and will continue to delight visitors as it has done for over 111 years! The Mani family welcomes you to share in the tranquility, taste some wonderful wines, partake in a delicious lunch and enjoy a little Tassie history.

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Iron Pot Cruises - Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Join Pennicott Wilderness Journeys for a two-and-a-half-hour cruise exploring the beautiful waterways of Hobart and learn about the city's maritime history. Departing Franklin Wharf on the waterfront, you are part of a small group of up to twelve. Cruising down the River Derwent pass historic Battery Point, the iconic Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower at Taroona. Then cruise to the 'Iron Pot', Australia's oldest lighthouse. The origins of this lighthouse are steeped in tragedy, with frequent shipwrecks resulting in an outcry from the settlement. The unique square spire is a testament to convict construction, still standing more than 150 years later. Today the Iron Pot is well known as the final turn in the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, regarded as one of the most gruelling sailing events in the world. Continuing on we pass the point where the River Derwent meets Storm Bay before reaching Betsey Island, an uninhabited island is home to a variety of seabirds, including the majestic white bellied sea eagle. Rounding the far side of Betsey Island, Hope Beach comes into view.

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Island Adventure Shuttles

Island Adventure Shuttles is a small Tasmanian owned family business that focuses on safely delivering our customers to and from their chosen Tasmanian destination. The service is run based on our client's needs and requirements, not to a set timetable. The company maintains two air-conditioned vehicles at present, a Toyota Hiace 14 seat bus along with a Hyundai iMax 8 seater (including drivers) along with a custom built, secure and enclosed trailer that can carry large amount of luggage, along with up to 12 mountain bikes. Experiences and destinations, Island Adventure Shuttles specialise in are: State-wide wine tours, Cradle Mountain day trips, Overland track shuttle services, along with various other wilderness locations (Cockle Creek, Western Arthurs, Tasmania's East coast etc,) Touring food and wine experiences, such as Bruny Island. Tasmania is fast becoming a bit of mountain biking mecca in Australia and as such we offer a range of Mountain bike shuttles, and uplift services (where available)along with Golf getaways. Or can customise and create almost anything you can think of or match your requirements to ensure that guests have an amazing time whilst visiting Tasmania. Please feel free to contact them direct to discuss any requirements you may have.

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Island Scenic Flights

Experience the beauty of Bruny Island and Tasmania from the air in a cessna 182. Fly along the slim neck up to Adventure Bay and continue along the East coast of South Bruny, where you'll see some of Australia's highest sea cliffs - perhaps you'll spot a whale or two! Get a close up view of the Friars at just 500 feet as we circle over the rugged rocky islands: they're home to families of seals, so keep your eyes out! Pass Cloudy Bay as we gently climb back up to 1500 feet for the perfect view of the historic lighthouse, then continue up the D'Entrecasteaux channel to enjoy the beautiful coast, before returning to the airstrip 35 minutes later. We offer a range of different scenic tours and chartered flights, for pictures and more information visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/islandscenicflights/ or alternatively give us a call on 0428293272.

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Island Time Tours

Island Time Tours offers personalised small group tours anywhere in Tasmania. Choose from one of our set itineraries for a day tour from Hobart or let us customise a private tour just for your group of four to 18 travellers. We can help you plan an itinerary best suited to your group's needs, interests, budget and time frame. Whether your focus is wildlife, food and wine, the arts, history, beaches, gardens, wilderness or walking, we can customise a tour that matches your group with the huge range of experiences and sights that Tasmania has to offer. Tell us the places you'd like to go - or we can tell you the best options based on your interests - and we'll work with you to arrange the best possible tour to meet your needs. This gives you the flexibility to see and do exactly what you want at your own pace.

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Jansz Tasmania

The Jansz Tasmania vineyard is located in the Tamar Valley, in Northern Tasmania. The vineyard lies in the heart of the Pipers River region, an area known as 'Sparkling Tasmania.' Jansz was the first sparkling wine to be made according to the traditional Methode Champenoise. The ultra-cool growing conditions of the Pipers River region allow the grapes to ripen slowly, developing intense, delicate and refined flavours - the very essence of top quality sparkling wine. Jansz has since redefined the Australian sparkling wine genre. Visit the Jansz wine room and interpretive centre where you can find out what makes Jansz sparkling wine among the best in the world. Enjoy a Tasmanian cheese board with your glass of Jansz overlooking the picturesque lake. Jansz Tasmania combines a strong appreciation of the past and the traditional Methode Champenoise, with a contemporary approach, to craft a new sparkling future. Listen to the winemaker talk about the wine-making process. Jansz Tasmania produces Jansz Premium NV Cuvee, Jansz Premium NVRose, Vintage Cuvee Vintage Rose and Late Disgorged Cuvee. Jansz Tasmania vineyard is about a one-hour drive (55 km) from Launceston.

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Maria Island National Park

Maria Island National Park is Tasmania's only island park, six kilometres off the state's east coast and an easy 30-minute trip from Triabunna - about one hour and fifteen minutes drive from Hobart (86km). Encounter Maria Island is the official ferry operator to and from Maria Island National Park. See website for details. Maria Island National Park has a rich history. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Tyreddeme people, it has also been whaling and sealing post, penal settlement and an Italianate pleasure resort. You can explore the Island on bushwalks including Fossil Cliffs, Painted Cliffs, and the peaks of Mt Maria and Bishop and Clerk. Mountain biking or walking are the only ways to explore the island. Basic accommodation includes bunk rooms in the Penitentiary at Darlington - a once-thriving settlement that included a vineyard, coffee palace and Grand Hotel. Camping is also available here and at free sites at French's Farm and Encampment Cove. Abundant wildlife includes Cape Barren geese, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and wombats. The Island's marine reserves are rich with sea life including seahorses, sea dragons, colourful sponge gardens and jewel anemones. From the cliff tops you may also see dolphins, whales, seals and sea eagles.

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Maritime Museum of Tasmania

The Maritime Museum’s mission is to promote an understanding of the maritime heritage of Tasmania and its importance to people's lives through research, interpretation and presentation of our maritime history to the community. As an island state, the sea is significant to all Tasmanians. The museum explores the influence of the sea on the lives of Tasmanians and the strong maritime heritage of the islands. You will find informative displays about aboriginal watercraft, early European explorers and whalers. You can learn how important sailing and steam ships were for developing Tasmanian industries that exported the raw materials and products of the islands, such as apples, minerals and timber. The historic Carnegie Building is a fitting home to the museum’s collection of ship models, artefacts, paintings and images. Discover the craft and art of ship building through displays of boat builder’s tools and historic dinghies. Navigational instruments show how mariners found their way across the seas while archaeological discoveries from shipwrecks around the Tasmanian islands show how challenging, difficult and dangerous the seafarer’s life could be. We are open 0900 until 1700, seven days a week EXCEPT Good Friday and Christmas Day.

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Markree House Museum and Gardens

Markree House Museum and Garden is a historical gem located in inner city, Hobart. Markree was built in 1926 in the Arts and Crafts Movement style by architect Bernard Ridley Walker for Cecil and Ruth Baldwin. The house contains its original 1910s-20s furnishings together with older portraits and family heirlooms from Ruth Baldwin's family - the Manings, Knights, Fletchers and Hones - who had come to Hobart in the 1820s as merchants, civil servants and lawyers. Markree's rare, surviving 1920s garden was laid out by Cecil Baldwin in an informal Arts and Crafts Movement style. Cecil and Ruth Baldwin’s son, Henry (1919-2007), bequeathed the house and its original contents to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Markree specialises in the social history and design of the early 20th century with guided tours and changing displays to highlight aspects of the collection. Ask about our group booking rate and joint ticket with Narryna Heritage Museum, located 200 meters from Markree and offering insights into Hobart life 100 years earlier. Markree is closed from April to October but bookings can still be made (24 hours notice required) to visit the site.

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Marriotts Falls and Junee Caves

This reserve is just south of Mt Field National Park, a one-hour drive north-west of Hobart, near the township of Tyenna. Marriotts Falls offers a moderate short walk suitable for most fitness levels. A signposted turnoff just outside the township takes you to the Marriotts Falls walking track beside the Tyenna River. The walk passes through groves of tree ferns and immense swamp gums, the tallest flowering plants on earth. The total return distance to Marriotts Falls is around five kilometres. A short drive further south from Tyenna is the Junee Cave State Reserve, five kilometres west of the township of Maydena. A short nature trail leads to the entrance of the cave where the Junee River rises to the surface after travelling 30 kilometres underground through a system of almost 300 caves. Interpretive signs describe the Junee cave system, which includes Niggly Cave, Australia's deepest cave.

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Mathinna Falls

NOTE: Site is currently closed - no access due to flood damage. Mathinna Falls is a four-tiered waterfall in Tasmania's north-east. The falls cascade over a total drop of 80 metres - a truly spectacular sight, especially after rain. From the car park, an easy 30-minute return walk leads to the base of the falls but you'll hear the water long before you see it. To reach the falls, head north from the town of Mathinna towards the Evercreech Forest Reserve. Mathinna Falls are a 15-minute drive from the town of Mathinna and around a one-hour drive east of Launceston.

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Mawson's Huts Replica Museum

The Mawson's Huts Replica Museum stands on the waterfront in Hobart, near the wharf from which the SY Aurora sailed south to Antarctica with Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 on board. This world-class small museum gives visitors an historic insight into the daily lives of the AAE expeditioners who spent two winters living and working in the windiest place on Earth - the true 'home of the blizzard'. "For two years, through two dark winters, the huts were home - a haven of warmth, light and companionship". The Mawson's Huts Foundation's mission: the ongoing conservation of the unique historic buildings that were built as the base for Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 at Cape Denison on Commonwealth Bay in January 1912. Assisted by enthusiastic volunteers and staff, all profits from the Museum go towards the conservation of the original huts in Antarctica. We welcome special interest and school groups. Please call us for a special group rate.

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May Queen

Floating in Constitution Dock in Hobart is Australia's oldest sail trading vessel SV May Queen. A significant vessel in the maritime heritage of Australia, SV May Queen is listed at No. 22 on the World Ship Trust register of historic vessels and is included on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels. Built before the development of roads and land transport routes, this type of vessel helped to establish and supply coastal communities and industry in the South East of Tasmania. The May Queen is recognised internationally as an authentic floating example of the sea craft technology of the mid 1800s. The May Queen was built on the banks of the Huon River at Franklin, just upstream from where the Wooden Boat Centre is now located. Suitable timber growing near the banks of the river, or close by, was selected by the shipwright Alexander Lawson. The May Queen is maintained entirely by volunteers. Throughout the year, and in the summer months, volunteers are on hand to show visitors around the vessel.

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Maydena Bike Park

The Maydena Bike Park is a year round mountain bike and adventure park, located in Tasmania's Derwent Valley. The bike park operates a commercial uplift service, with trails having a strong gravity focus. With access to over 820m vertical elevation and stunning wilderness, the park is Australia's biggest gravity-based bike park. The park offers uplift mountain biking, a free access skills park, two cafes, a bike store, hire shop and a range of tours, including sightseeing tours.

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Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve

Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve is a conservation area south of Swansea on Tasmania's east coast and a great spot to break your journey along the coast, unpack a picnic and get out your camera. Mayfield Bay's sandy beach and coastal area offers good camping, fishing, swimming, surfing and diving, as well as wonderful views across Great Oyster Bay to Freycinet Peninsula. The reserve has shady trees and toilet facilities but you'll need to bring your own drinking water and camping gear. A little further north from Mayfield Bay is the convict-built Spiky Bridge. This unusual looking bridge was built in the 1840s by a convict road gang. The bridge was built from local fieldstone with stones placed vertically along the parapet, giving the bridge its spiky appearance. It's been claimed that the spikes were designed to prevent cattle falling over the sides. There are also interpretation signs with information about the nearby Rocky Hills Probation Outstation convict ruins. The reserve is a 15-minute drive from Swansea and one-and-a-half-hour drive from Hobart.

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Metal Urges Fine Jewellery & Diamonds

Metal Urges Fine Jewellery is a jewellery workshop and gallery located in the centre of Hobart's business district. On location you will find diamond, platinum and 18 carat gold jewellery. The craftspeople at Metal Urges have been drawn together by their passion and love of fine handcrafted jewellery, motivated by quality and design beauty above all else. When you visit Metal Urges you will be welcomed into the gallery and workshop spaces and are encouraged to view the jewellers working up-close. The gallery includes a wide range of the jewellery produced within the workshop and a large collection of rare and beautiful gemstones from around the world. Metal Urges is completely unique in its style and methods. The Metal Urges team work diligently on every jewellery item to custom make it the best it can be. Excellent customer service before, during and after each jewellery commission is an essential part of the Metal Urges experience. Metal Urges Fine Jewellery passionately crafts fine quality jewellery. Staff happily answer any questions about jewellery or gemstones, and share their passion with every visitor.

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

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