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Julie Burgess

One of Devonport's unique attractions, the Julie Burgess, a fully restored historic ketch offers two-hour sailings, taking up to 20 passengers out of the mouth of the Mersey River and into Bass Strait. The aim is to 'catch the wind', hoist the sails and experience the workings of this historic vessel. With a 'fair breeze', the vessel heads west toward Mersey Bluff, further west to Don Heads, before turning round in the Strait and heading back to port. Passengers get a different view of Devonport, the dolerite cliffs of Mersey Bluff and the North West coastline. While on board, you'll hear more about the ketch, now the last of the Burgess Family fishing vessels that plied the seas of Bass Strait and its islands.

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Jump Tours

All Jump Tour departures are GUARANTEED! Jump is the low cost, maximum fun way for budget travellers to see Tasmania. You will walk on white sandy beaches and swim in crystal clear waters. Gaze across stunning World Heritage wilderness while you breathe some of the freshest air on earth. Take the opportunity to sample the gourmet delights of the island, including delicious cheeses, smoked salmon and chocolate. We show you stunning places that many people don't even know exist, along with the places that have made Tasmania famous. In a place like this local knowledge goes a long way - you will hear about the history and heritage of the state, how the natural wilderness has changed over the millennia and some entertaining stories about the local characters. With Jump tours you can cook for yourself or eat out as you please. Stay at quality hostel accommodation in dorms or doubles, not in tents. Tour groups are small, guides are all locals, and are young and full of knowledge. Pick-up and drop-off in Hobart and Launceston. Contact Jump Tours for an unforgettable Tasmanian experience!

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Kalangadoo Store

The Kalangadoo Store is in a pleasant bush setting, located half-way between Campbell Town and Swansea. Rest your legs, refuel and replenish yourself with home cooking that is made fresh on premises daily. We serve take away food, drinks and also stock groceries as well as fuel. We have a gallery and bric-a-brac to peruse. Kalangadoo is close to the popular fishing destination of Lake Leake. Open 7am - 7pm, 7 days a week.

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Keen Angler Charters

Keen Angler Charters provides game,bay and reef fishing and sight seeing tours on Tasmania’s east coast. Nearly all year round with weather permiting Join skipper Lionel Peters aboard ‘Keen Angler’ for a fishing adventure departing from Burns bay boat ramp St Helens and the first fishing ground is 10 minutes away to get you onto your first fish Whether you are experienced or a holiday angler, Lionel will cater the tour to your needs. Remember Bay game or reef fishing - the choice is yours. We aim to please to make it a memorable holiday memory for you. The vessel is tourism accredited and a comfortable survey built fully equipped built for the purpose‘Steber Persuader.’ You can enjoy either full or half day trips for one person yes thats right one or we take up to four people. There is high quality gear for each person too use no need to share. We supply everything you need, sunscreen and hot/cold drinks cake there is a toilet on board all you need is you,hat glasses camera When you step aboard ‘Keen Angler’ for your full or half day fishing adventure you are going to have a great time.

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Kentish Visitor Information Centre - Story of the Sheffield Murals Audio Tour

Kentish Visitor Information Centre - Story of the Sheffield Murals Audio Tour is located in Sheffield. “Story of the Sheffield Murals” audio tour is a self-guided walking tour that tells the story of why the first mural was commissioned in Sheffield and how a rural town in economic decline was transformed into a thriving outdoor art gallery! Local characters share their vision, tell their stories and fill us in on the history of Sheffield. The audio tours are excellent and entertaining – not to be missed – as recorded in our visitor’s book at the visitors centre! The visitor can experience the strong community spirit and listen to the town’s unique characters whilst viewing the stunning mural exhibits. The “Story of the Sheffield Murals” audio tour really does bring the murals to life. The audio tour is captured on hand held digital devices with headphones hired from the Kentish Visitor Information Centre at Sheffield.

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King Island Coach Tours

King Island Coach Tours offer tours of the Island's well-known landmarks and attractions. Visit the famous King Island Dairy, take an evening penguin watching tour, or visit the Cape Wickham lighthouse - the tallest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere. King Island Coach Tours also offers accommodation packages whilst on the Island and morning and/or afternoon tea along with lunch is provided on tour. Refreshment options will vary from tour to tour depending on the length of tour. Additional transfer options are available to/from key locations such as airport, golf and your accommodation.

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King Island Cycling Tours

King Island is known as serene and green, offering pristine crystal clear water, wild ocean vistas, and inland journeys through farms and forests. The island roads are perfect for cycling. The cycling tour packages give visitors the chance to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of King Island at their own pace. The knowledge of the local area, the people and experiences make for some truly spectacular cycling. Bring your own bike? - It's easy! Combine your cycling holiday with some of the world's best golf or surf or simply sit back and relax dining on fresh, quality produce. Your tour will be personalised and carefree. King Island is a 40-minute flight from Melbourne.

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King Island Dairies

Founded in the early 1900's King Island Dairy are producers of award winning and world class specialty cheese and dairy products. Amongst our most popular products are soft white, blue vein, washed rind and cheddar cheese. Guarding the stormy western entrance to Bass Strait is a lonely, rugged island. Situated at 144ᵒ longitude and 40ᵒ latitude, this isolated place is cut off from the rest of the world by jagged reefs, raging seas and howling Roaring Forties winds. With mineral rich soils, cool annual temperatures, abundant rainfall and a consistent salt spray thanks to the constant westerly winds, the environment contributes to quality milk production which helps us create some of the finest cheeses on earth. If visiting King Island, make sure you stop by the King Island Dairy cheese store. We have our award winning range available for tasting and purchase. Our friendly staff are always ready to answer any questions you might have about our types of cheese and how King Island cheese is made. We serve a cheese platter of the day featuring Tasmanian produce as well a selection of hot and cold drinks including craft beer and Tasmanian wine.

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King Island Farm Tours - Meat Your Beef

This is a personalised tour around our farm. We will share our knowledge about beef production and other food production on King Island with you. We are a young couple that found our way in agriculture. We run around 1500 head of cattle on 650ha on King Island. We want to share with you our passion for sustainable agriculture and food. Our cattle are 100% grass fed. We also have some chooks, bees and veggies The farm tour runs for around 1.5hrs and you will have the chance to see all our classes of livestock and how we manage our farm. We will also share our personal journey and how did we get to here. At the end of the tour you can stay for lunch or dinner. We offer a paddock to plate experience. Our beef is selected especially for the farm tours. Our Tours have been rated top 6 paddock to plate experience in Tasmania! You will also be able to taste other farm products and other King Island produce. Please check our website for more information:

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King River Rafting

King River Rafting offers one day white water rafting experiences out of Queenstown and Hobart. Raft the King River through the West Coast Wilderness with a spectacular gorge, wild rainforest, huon pine, west coast pioneer relics and a different view of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. You may like to mix your day in with the train on our King River Gorge, Raft and Steam Experience, or enjoy the tranquillity and reflections in the King River Gorge Explorer. When not in Queenstown we raft the Derwent River out of Hobart. Our Day on the Derwent takes you through the beautiful warm rural country side of the Derwent Valley with possible encounters with sea eagles and platypus. With our trained guides and quality equipment you will have a memorable day. See our website for more details

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Llanherne Golf Club

The Llanherne Golf Club is located north-east of Hobart near the beach side town of Seven Mile Beach. It is a nine-hole, 18 tees, Par 72 course designed by Peter Toogood. Opened in March 1994, this links course features 18 tees with gently undulating fairways to nine large greens. Two lakes and numerous bunkers add to the challenge. Members competition is played on Saturdays, Ladies competition on Tuesdays and Mixed competition (open to visitors) on Thursday, 0900 for 0930 Shot Gun Start and 9 hole Competition every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Visitors with handicaps welcome. Holes: Nine (18 Tees), Par: 72, Length: 5978 metres. Slope Ratings are 124 for Members White, 120 for Yellow (Social), and 118 for Ladies Red.

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Lobster Ponds

The Lobster Ponds is a tourist and educational destination providing information about the endangered and threatened freshwater lobster, listed as the largest in the world. You will have a guided tour of the ponds which is set in amongst Tasmania's trees. We have a cafe for light refreshments overlooking the beautiful Flowerdale hills and valleys.

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Lovett Gallery Cygnet

Located in Cygnet, Tasmania is "Lovett Gallery Cygnet" operated by the Huon Art Exhibitions Group. HAEG is primarily a group of local artists that initially got together to support each other and organise exhibitions. They now run their own gallery 'Lovett Gallery Cygnet' to display and market the work of their members. The Gallery is located at the rear of the Town Hall, Mary St, Cygnet and open every weekend, Fridays during daylight savings and most public holidays from 1000 to 1600. HAEG now has 120 members and coordinates a major annual exhibition - "The Huon Art Awards" as well as mini exhibitions for member artists. Works at Lovett Gallery Cygnet are constantly changing and include paintings in all genres, photography, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery. Some members also produce greeting cards. Works can be viewed anytime on the website. Many tourists and local visitors on the Huon Trail also use the visit to enjoy the cafe culture now blossoming in and around Cygnet. Cygnet is a 50-minute drive (55 km) south of Hobart.

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Low Head Foghorn

Each Sunday at noon, come and hear "the magnificent roar of a thousand elephants" echo through the Low Head area and beyond. The Low Head Foghorn, at the mouth of the Tamar River, is a unique piece of Tasmania's maritime history. The Foghorn was installed in 1929 and decommissioned in 1973. It was restored in early 2000 by a group of volunteers. It is the only operational G-type diaphone in the world. The building also houses a very rare Gardner model 2 DCR kerosene engine. Under ideal conditions the Foghorn can be heard approximately 30 kilometres out to sea. Hearing protection is recommended. Enjoy the beautiful sea views from the headland and feel free to have a chat with the volunteers in attendance every Sunday at noon. At other times, use the QR codes on the signage to experience this unique attraction. The associated Lighthouse was built in 1888, replacing the original 1833 convict-built structure. With an elevation of 43 metres, it dominates the headland. Nearby, is the Low Head Pilot Station, commencing in 1805, it continues to provide pilotage for visiting ships. You can visit the Maritime Museum and a have a light meal at the Coxswain's Cafe.

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Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum

On the picturesque Low Head Peninsula at the mouth of the Tamar River is Australia's oldest pilot station, dating from 1806. It is a delightful collection of cottages in a beautiful setting. The Museum occupies the 1835 convict-built Pilots' Row, the oldest and largest building on the site. It tells stories of shipping on the Tamar River, and has an extensive display of relics from the days of sail and steam. The museum is a delight for families, having something of interest for people of all ages. Children are encouraged to handle the ship's helm, operate the engine room telegraphs, sound the fog horn, ring the ship's bell and send messages in Morse Code. There is a collection of small craft in the boatshed (open on request) and other exhibits around the grounds. Continue to the headland, past the old cable station to Australia's third oldest light station, with its grand lighthouse. Here is the only operating G-type fog horn in the Southern Hemisphere. It sounds at noon each Sunday. Low Head is less than an hour from Launceston along the East Tamar Highway and only five kilometres from George Town which has museums, good accommodation and shopping facilities.

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Lunaris Gemstones

Lunaris Gemstones in the Far South of Tasmania specialises in Tasmanian minerals, jewellery and fossils. The showroom features Tasmanian Crocoite (Mineral Emblem), unusual Tasmanian Stichtite jewellery and rare Jurassic fossil fern from the Lune River. There are Tasmanian crystals, minerals and fossils, as well as specimens from overseas. Australian facetted stones, quality Australian opal and a variety of lapidary material are available. Alongside displays of Tasmanian fossils and minerals, many of which were found by the owners, visitors can view a cabinet of fluorescent minerals. Fossicking information is provided for two local fossicking areas as well as statewide. There is a wide choice of minerals, crystals and fossils from around the world to suit beginners or the serious collector. Social and school groups are welcome and educational talks are available on the subject of local geology and the lapidary world (fee applies). Lunaris Gemstones is only one km north of Ida Bay Historic Railway and close to Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs. Admission is free to the exhibition which is roughly a 2 hour drive from Hobart. Otherwise you can visit the Lunaris Gemstones store at Salamanca market each Saturday or visit online.

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Makers' Workshop

Makers' Workshop celebrates Burnie's makers, innovators and artists. Opened in 2009, this contemporary structure is a "must see" when visiting Burnie. Well known for supporting local artisans, studios are provided for a variety of local craftspeople and artists who demonstrate their skills and techniques on-site. Explore the extensive gift shop with a focus on Tasmanian products. The Cheese Shop offers exquisite cheeses for tastings and purchase, manufactured at Burnie's state of the art specialty facility operated by Lion. Great coffee and food is an essential part of any Tasmanian experience and the Makers’ Workshop licensed cafe provides fresh simple fare in beautiful surrounds. The story of Burnie's deep connection with paper is told here with Creative Paper, where visitors are invited to see paper being made by hand, then try it for themselves. The helpful Burnie Visitor Information Centre staff and volunteers can assist you with bookings for accommodation and experiences, maps and directional support, and that in-depth local knowledge that makes your travels easier. A fascinating range of exhibitions can be viewed in the contemporary gallery space. Significant objects from the Burnie Regional Museum are on display throughout the building as visual 'icons' telling stories of Burnie.

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Margate Train - The

The Margate Train offers shopping with a difference at Margate, southern Tasmania. Margate is 20 minutes south of Hobart (19 kilometres) and a short drive south of Kingston. The Margate Train - formerly known as the Tasman Limited - made its final rail journey on 28 July 1978. The Tasman Limited was built in England in 1950 and served as a passenger service between Hobart and Launceston until 1978. The train's carriages now house a variety of retail businesses including arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, a microbrewery and a buffet car offering espresso coffee and pancake parlor. There is also a huge antiques warehouse and second hand shop here, located in an old IXL apple packing shed, as well as a children's play area, toilets, baby change facilty and plenty of car parking.

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

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