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Anvers Chocolate Factory

The Anvers Chocolate Factory at Latrobe in Tasmania's North is a chocolate lovers' heaven. Hand-made chocolate truffles, chocolate oranges, fudge and pralines, using fresh Tasmanian cream and butter, single origin chocolate, fruits, nuts and liqueurs. Igor Van Gerwen, the owner and head chocolatier, acquired his know-how from his birthplace, Belgium. A selection of tasters are available to tempt you in the Tasting centre and shop. The Anvers Chocolate Factory is a real chocolate taste sensation and is located in the property known as Wyndarra Lodge, a stylish house (c.1931) set in 2.5 hectares of mature tree gardens. Anvers has viewing windows so you can see the factory in action; confectionery staff tempering, moulding and enrobing fine chocolates, truffles, pralines, fudge and more. There is a small museum on the history of chocolate, and our cafe/restaurant (open fire place, stained glass windows) specialises in chocolates, hot cocoa in many flavours, chocolate desserts and...more chocolate. Belgian style breakfast and Tasmanian fare lunches are served, and a range of teas and espresso coffees for the morning and afternoon break.

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Apple Isle Wine Tours

Apple Isle Wine Tours offer full, half and private day experiences which allow clients to discover Tasmania's award-winning wines, tantalising food and amazing scenery. Combine Tasmania's wine, food, and scenery with a tour to Mona, Mount Wellington, Richmond, the Huon Valley or Freycinet on Tasmania's East Coast, Port Arthur and Bruny Island. Other services Airport Transfers and pre-wedding celebration tours. Apple Isle Wine Tours is a privately owned and operated business which commenced operations in 2003 and commits itself to providing the very best experiences. Their guides are well travelled both domestically and internationally ​and want to engage you in the unique lifestyle of Tasmania.

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Arthur River Cruises

Experience Tasmania's Tarkine Wilderness aboard the MV 'George Robinson' (the 'red boat') as she journeys 14 km up the Arthur River, a journey where you step back in time. This river is wild. It has never been farmed, logged, mined or dammed. The surrounding landscape is pristine and changes from coastal heath to wet sclerophyll rainforest and then cool temperate rainforest. See outcrops of pre-Cambrian metamorphic sandstone that are millions of years old. The cruise is relaxing and fun, with a friendly and attentive crew. Watch the white bellied sea eagles swoop for fish. Listen to the birds. You may be lucky and spot an azure kingfisher or perhaps a platypus, spotted quoll or pademelon. Enjoy a barbecue lunch with wine amid giant ferns and ancient trees in the cool temperate rainforest. A guided walk informs you of the history of the area and its flora and fauna. The Tarkine Wilderness is unique. Be among the few who venture to the rugged northwest coast of Tasmania and be captivated by this special place.

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Ashgrove Farm Cheese

Ashgrove is a Tasmanian family owned and operated company, with a team of dedicated locals have been producing award winning dairy products for over 22 years. Visit us onsite at the Ashgrove Cheese factory and Tasmanian farm store. Come in and try our creamy farm ice-cream, fresh bottled milk, cheese, cream and butter. Stock up on provisions, including gourmet Tasmanian produce, cheese platters, grilled cheese sandwiches and locally roasted coffee made with our award winning farm milk. Sneak a peek through the viewing window, where you will get a behind the scenes look at how we make our cheese using traditional techniques with modern methods. We are open 7 days a week from 7.30am to 5.30pm, 25 minutes east of Devonport and 40 minutes west of Launceston with easy access and parking.

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Aura Cafe

Relax and enjoy the views across Kingston to the Derwent River and beyond... Aura Cafe encompasses a cosy lounge with leather couches, an inviting bar offering local and imported cider, beer, wine and spirits and a relaxed brasserie style restaurant and a courtyard garden alfresco area. The Cafe Lounge Bar is open 7 days a week from 10am featuring great coffee. Meals are served in the restaurant for lunch from 11.30am, 7 days a week, and Dinner from 5.30pm Monday - Saturday. The menu extensive... a compilation of traditional dishes and something for the more adventurous. Also featuring daily specials and promotional nights. The atmosphere is always warm and inviting; and free from the distractions of gambling and sporting screens.

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Australian Wild Harvest

Australian Wild Harvest operates gourmet food tours around the North West region of Tasmania. We will visit places off the beaten track and get to understand the root of where this food comes from, visiting working properties that you may not otherwise have access to. A paddock to plate experience not to be missed. You will have the opportunity to taste-test your way through a variety of places, sample wine, purchase goodies to take home and enjoy a lunch incorporating some of the local produce you will see. There is an abundance of boutique Tassie producers, farmers and providores who are passionate about their products and excited to share their knowledge with like-minded foodies. It may be cliche to say that good things come in small packages, but it really sums up what this gorgeous island of Tasmania has to offer. It is a unique and gastronomic gem. So come and see what all the fuss is about and you won't be disappointed. Forget about negotiating maps and driving around trying to find these hidden wonders and let us do this for you on a personalised small group tour showcasing the best of what the region has to offer.

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Austrips - Small Group Departures

Austrips 14 day Natural Tasmania small group departures have been designed for travellers who want a relaxed tour with time to spend in our natural wilderness combined with comfortable four star accommodation, gourmet food experiences and friendly local guides. It is a unique indepth tour that stands alone in quality and inclusions. Our customised 21 seat coach has been fitted with full reclining coach seats to offer maximum comfort. Keeping the group size to a maximum of 15 provides plenty of room for everyone. Our destinations are remote, beautiful and wild and the award winning team at Austrips are dedicated to providing professional customer service Our tours cater for the discerning traveller who likes to be active and adventurous throughout the day and relax with a certain level of comfort in the evening. We have included a number of free days giving you the ability to personalise the tour. The tour includes a number of short walks and a reasonable level of fitness is required. Austrips also provides charters and custom touring in a brand new 21-seat coach.

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Auswalk Walking Holidays

Award winning Auswalk with its decades of expertise is an excellent way to explore the Tasmanian wilderness. Having two knowledgeable guides means they can offer you a choice of easier and harder pack free walk options each day. At the end of each day you'll enjoy a hot shower, good food and wine in the company of like minded friends in one of their hand picked comfortable accommodations. Their walks include the Tasmanian Wilderness Hiker, Mount Field and Anne, Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain; the Tasmania Coastal Hiker, Freycinet, Bay of Fires and the highlights of the three Capes; or their Tarkine Cradle Mountain walk. If your passion is about authentic exploration, about unplugging and re-connection, to have a deeper experience of a destination, so that in the end you perhaps triumphed, had some fun and ultimately the experience has left you feeling better than you did before you started; then you have come to the right place.

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Ball & Chain Grill

Situated in the heart of historic Salamanca Place, the Ball and Chain is a popular, modern eating house, specialising in steaks, local seafood and game dishes, all cooked on an authentic charcoal grill. Our fine cuisine, casual atmosphere and reputation for excellence appeal to both locals and tourists alike. Our first responsibility daily is to prepare the grill. Using only charcoal (no gas or electricity) we monitor the flame and temperature to make sure there is a glowing, toasty chargrill ready to cook your choice to perfection. The results are unique flavour, beautiful texture and an eating experience exclusive to the Ball & Chain Grill. Steaks are our specialty – we carefully choose and age our own meat mostly from local farms and suppliers. But that’s not all we do. Our fresh market seafood docks daily two minutes from our door, our poultry is free range to ensure quality and our vegetables are delivered to us from all corners of the state – Scottsdale to Dover and everywhere in between. We know our suppliers by name, we know where they farm, fish and make and we put complete faith in the quality they deliver.

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Bangor Vineyard Shed

BangorVineyard Shed is a cellar door, farm gate shop and restaurant in Dunalley Tasmania, brimming with cool climate Bangor wines, freshly shucked oysters and local produce. Perched on a hill beside the vineyard, at Bangor, what you enjoy is harvested from the vines and the sea before you. Cosy up by the fire in winter or around a picnic table in summer and you'll understand what Tasmania is all about; fine oysters and wine, sweeping views and a rural welcome that'll make you want to stay a while. The Dunbabin and Gray families are passionate about their farm produce, and together they have built this special place to share their wine and oysters with you. Just a 45-minute drive from Hobart, pop in on your way to Port Arthur or set aside a lazy Sunday afternoon with us.

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Bass Strait Maritime Centre Devonport

Bass Strait Maritime Centre Devonport is situated in parkland at the mouth of the Mersey River. Through objects, images and interactive displays, the Centre explores the themes of the natural history of Bass Strait and its islands, European exploration, settlement, early shipbuilders and entrepreneurs, shipwrecks, the impact of steam, the creation of the Port City of Devonport and Naval history. A simulated experience 'Take the Helm of the SS Woniora' gives visitors a chance to test their skills and bring a 1910 steamer into the Mersey River or through the heads of Port Phillip Bay. The newly restored Julie Burgess ketch though, provides the real experience. Two-hour sailings operate from October through to the end of June on Wednesdays and Sundays subject to weather conditions00, taking passengers out into Bass Strait and back! We look forward to welcoming you!

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Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires is a truly special region north of St. Helens on Tasmania's north-east coast with clean white beaches, blue water and granite rocks splashed with orange lichen. It's not surprising that Lonely Planet named the Bay of Fires as one of the world's hottest travel destinations. Beach activities and bird-watching are popular in this beautiful reserve. You may even see a pod of dolphins as they cruise along parallel to the beach. The area is also known for its snorkelling and diving, with scenic reefs, corals, underwater caves and abundant sea life. The Bay of Fires Conservation Area offers beach-side camping and the elevated sites amongst the trees have amazing views of the coast and sea. There are camping grounds along a 13-kilometre section of road at the southern end of the conservation area, approached via St Helens. The bay was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773 in response to the many Aboriginal fires he saw burning on its shore.

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Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival

Join us at the Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival. An annual event held on the June long weekend celebrating the arts. The festival includes the Bay of Fires Art Prize, an arts market, film arts, and an exciting program of events from White Sands to St Helens. See the event website for details, and download the program. Held on the June Long Weekend Annually.

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Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit (TM) Garden

The only licenced Peter Rabbit (TM) Garden outside the UK. The Peter Rabbit (TM) Garden has been created from the inspiration of the many Beatrix Potter illustrations from the original Peter Rabbit (TM) Books, sketches, letters and journals. As you wander through the garden the story of Peter Rabbit (TM) unfolds, and you will see the characters from the Peter Rabbit (TM) story, some of which will be animated to enhance your enjoyment. The garden will delight your imagination as you see familiar characters , such as Peter Rabbit (TM), his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail along with Old Mother Rabbit. You will See Mr. McGregor’s garden and Peter eating French radishes! Throughout the garden, there are story-boards with the Peter Rabbit (TM) story and many other interesting botanical facts about the plants which can be found in the storybooks. The climbers, herbs, shrubs, perennials and trees are named from the different Beatrix Potter story books. Other characters that pop up in the garden include Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr. Tod, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Benjamin Bunny and many others!

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Bell Mountain

While you won’t notice the unobtrusive Bell Mountain from afar, its location affords unparalleled 360 degree views across Tasmania’s Central Highlands to the south (including Lake Cethana, Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff, Mount Roland to the east, and the Dial Range and Valentines Peak to the west, complemented by a beautiful vista to the north across a tapestry of agricultural farmland dissected by the Forth River Valley and Lake Barrington, to an expansive view of much of the northern Tasmanian coastline. The walk is a steep 45 minutes to the summit, and only 20 minutes return. Due to the steepness of the track, the descent can be slippery so bushwalking boots or footwear with good traction is recommended. The Bell Mountain Track begins on the C132, about 5-10 minutes drive south of Wilmot.

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Bells Parade Reserve

Picturesque Bell's Parade is situated on the Latrobe inlet of the Mersey River. It is named after Robert Bell, who with his half brother Henry Bentinck constructed a wharf and a store on the site in 1855. From the 1880's it was the main port on the river, becoming northern Tasmania's second major trading port for a period. Old English trees abound along the Parade adding natural splendour to the tranquillity and with barbecue facilities available it makes an ideal location for a picnic. It is also a popular spot during the warmer months for wedding ceremonies and photo opportunities. In 1988 as a Bi-Centenary Project, Bell's Parade was extensively restored and beautified through community efforts, with significant contributions from Latrobe Service Clubs and local pioneer families. The history is beautifully depicted on sculptures by Tasmanian artist Stephen Walker, and located at Bell's Parade in an area known as 'Settlers Wharf'. The 'Henley-On-The-Mersey' carnival is held at Bell's Parade annually on Australia Day, 26 January and has been a major social and sporting event for in excess of 85 years.

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Ben Lomond National Park

Ben Lomond National Park is an alpine plateau in northern Tasmania over 1500 metres high and visible from much of Tasmania's north. The park is the main downhill skiing field in Tasmania and a magnet for adventure seekers. Bennet's wallabies and wombats are common sights in the park and are seen regularly in the ski village during summer and winter. Drive to the summit and experience striking mountaintop features including dolerite columns and scree slopes. Rock climbing, alpine walking, cross-country and downhill skiing are the highlights of this national park. Jacobs Ladder, a steep and narrow section of road on the way up the mountain, will leave a lasting memory and demands great care, especially in winter conditions when chains should be carried. A ranger station at the foot of the mountain can advise on road conditions during winter. Ben Lomond National Park is a one-hour and 40-minute drive east of Launceston.

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Bicheno Golf Club Incorporated

Bicheno Golf Club Incorporated offers a nine-hole course on Tasmania's sunny East Coast at Bicheno. The course is set in beautiful surrounds, with native trees lining the course and a coastal beach directly adjacent. Bicheno's golf course is meticulously maintained and offers golfers a challenging round. You may even be fortunate to spot the resident deer and Cape Barren geese. Wildlife and abundant native parrots are a highlight of the course. You can play at the club seven days a week and golf clubs and buggies are available for hire. The comfortable clubhouse is well-equipped for you to enjoy full bar facilities in a friendly atmosphere following your game. While you are on the East Coast, take advantage of the many attractions including coastal wineries and beautiful national parks. Take a fairy penguin tour during the evening at Diamond Island where you can watch penguins make their way up the beach to nest. Freycinet National Park is a 30-minute drive, where you will find magnificent Wineglass Bay. After your round of golf, book in at a nearby restaurant and enjoy fresh Tasmanian seafood with views over the water. Bicheno is just over a two-hour drive south-east of Launceston (174 km).

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Bicheno Motorcycle Museum

Bicheno Motorcycle Museum is a unique museum dedicated motorcycles. There are 70 motorcycles on display at any given time and the display is always changing. We also carry out motorcycle restorations, and sell vintage spare parts and tyres, road and dirt tyres. We also buy and sell vintage and modern motorcycles.

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Blenheim Gallery and Garden

On the outskirts of Longford, just 30 minutes from Launceston, Blenheim Gallery and Garden is a unique Tasmanian experience showcasing artist works in a country garden setting. Exhibitions are held throughout the year with a range of artists works. With ten acres of gardens and stunning rural outlook, it is easy to spend an hour wandering the formal and park like grounds.

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

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