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Dunalley Waterfront Cafe and Gallery

The Dunalley Waterfront Cafe and Gallery is a contemporary gallery and eatery in Tasmania's South. Housed within an atmospheric 1942 timber building which was originally a fish cannery supplying overseas troops, the boutique restaurant highlights the best of regional produce, showcases local art and artists, and acts as a cellar door for the acclaimed local Bream Creek Vineyard. Tastings and sales of Bream Creek wines are available during opening hours. The gallery is situated in the restaurant and local jewellers' and sculptors' wares and regionally produced jams, preserves and gourmet products are available for purchase. The café overlooks the beautiful Blackman Bay which provides a thoroughfare for smaller boats from the East Coast Narrows through the Denison Canal to Hobart. The café was named the best in Tasmania in 2014. Dunalley is a 48-minute drive (56 km) from Hobart and the halfway mark to Port Arthur.

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East Coast Cruises

Maria Island is home to World renowned geology, pristine beaches, protected marine habitats, mountain views and UNESCO World Heritage convict history. Maria Island is also a sanctuary for native wildlife and is a dream destination for international visitors to come come face to face with dolphins, whales, fur seals, sea eagles, albatross, gannets, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, cape barren geese and possibly a Tasmanian devil all in one day. East Coast Cruises is located in the township of Triabunna (1 hour 15min from Hobart) and we specialise in cruise & walk day tours to Maria Island National Park. Our team operates a custom-built boat that is designed to explore some of Australia's largest sea caves. The boat has two decks that provide shelter, comfort and unobstructed viewing of Maria's enthralling marine life, unique cliff formations and giant sea caves. Our award winning 7hr day tours combine a 4hr scenic cruise of Maria Island's stunning coastline with a 2hr walk of the island's convict settlement. A big buffet lunch of gourmet local food, wine and beer is provided on the cruise whilst at anchor in the most beautiful of locations. A shuttle bus service is also available for guests in Hobart.

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Eco Tours Tasmania

Eco Tours Tasmania is a Hobart based tour business offering small group tours and private Bus Charter in their modern ten seat Mercedes Benz mini bus. Regular day tours departing the Hobart CBD are tailored so guests experience Tasmania's National Parks, spectacular scenery, and natural attractions. These tours are run all year round. Specialist tours to experience Tasmania's unique native orchids are run in the peak flowering times between August and January. Orchid tours are led by an experienced and expert guide who is passionate about the states native orchids and their conservation. Small group touring offers a personal experience as the client to Guide ratio is low and the experienced Guides can easily pass on their local knowledge. All tours are conducted at a relaxed pace to allow sufficient time to truly experience each attraction and are ideally suited to photographers who may require just that little bit of extra time.

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Edge of the World Tours

Edge of the World Tours is a new adventure tour company with a plan to 'access the inaccessible'. We plan to take small intimate groups to the 'real, rare and remote' areas of Tasmania's west coast, Bruny Island and Freycinet National Park for an experience like no other. Edge of the World Tours is committed to providing an outstanding customer service experience to all customers, travel agents, organisations, groups, families and individuals. The tours are all-inclusive of camping equipment, food and transport. We will operate both one and 3 night tours to both the west and east coasts. Edge of the World Tours wants to educate not only Tasmanian's and mainland Australians, but international visitors on the beauty of Tasmania's isolated areas, the colonial and Aboriginal history, environmental sustainability, minimal impact and the restriction of our ecological footprint.

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Elsewhere Vineyard

Always wishing you were elsewhere? Well now you can be. Elsewhere Vineyard is a family owned vineyard specialising in cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and the less common Gewürztraminer. Just a short drive from the picturesque town of Cygnet, Elsewhere is situated in Glaziers Bay, overlooking the stunning Huon River in southern Tasmania. Elsewhere is not just a vineyard, it is also a working farm with an assortment of friendly animals including miniature sheep, chickens, pigs and cows, providing an interesting distraction for those looking for more than just wine tasting. At the very relaxed cellar door Owen will take you through the wines available for sampling, as well as provide some history about the vineyard, explain how the wine is grown, and what life is like owning a vineyard and farm. So whether it’s sampling superb Pinot or patting Patsy the pig, be sure to come and visit this tranquil part of the beautiful Huon Valley.

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En Route Cycling Tours

Experience life like a pro cyclist in the lap of Tasmanian Luxury. En Route Tours are designed for the passionate cyclist and discerning traveller. Experience life like a professional on tour, whilst conquering the picturesque training ground of Tasmania's most famous cyclists, all in the lap of luxury as you stay and dine in only the finest of Tasmania’s boutique accommodation and restaurants. With former pro cyclist and local Tasmanian, Wes Sulzberger as your guide (and don’t be surprised if other famous Tasmanian cyclists sit on your wheel for a leg), you will take on challenging mountain climbs and roll through lush countryside, exploring the vast and unique wilderness of Tasmania. A full support crew including mechanic, sports massage therapist, and Soigneur are at your service from the moment your plane arrives. Like a professional, you won’t lift a finger and luxury will greet you every moment you un-clip.

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Encounter Maria Island

Encounter Maria Island is the official ferry operator to and from Maria Island National Park. All available sailings are listed online at their website. Located off Tasmania’s East Coast, Maria Island is only about 30 minutes by ferry from Triabunna, and as far from ordinary as you can imagine. Rich in indigenous and European history, abundant in wildlife, boasting spectacular views and remarkable geological features, the entire island is a National Park, managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. There are no shops or fancy hotels, and limited places to charge your precious devices. So come prepared. Maybe even turn your phone off – gasp! Accommodation is available in the old penitentiary building at Darlington, and there’s a number of camp sites on the island. Leave your ordinary world behind and experience something extraordinary – encounter Maria Island.

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Esperance Adventures

Esperance Adventures offer daily kayak tours on the spectacular waters of far south Tasmania. Immerse yourself in the wild scenic beauty of southern Tasmania while learning about the amazing local history from our friendly guides. Half and full day tours available on Port Esperance Bay, Lune River, Huon River and Recherche Bay. All tours are easy flat water trips with no experience required, all equipment and morning tea provided. For a family holiday adventure join our Treasure Hunter Tour. Paddle to your own deserted island and explore for treasure on your own island treasure hunt.

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Every Man and His Dog Vineyard

Every Man & His Dog vineyard, winery with cellar door and bed and breakfast in Tasmania's beautiful Coal River Valley is just a stone's throw from the historic town of Richmond. We produce cool climate Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Unwooded Chardonnay and specialised exotic varieties. Set in amongst the oldest vineyards in the Coal Valley, we are possibly the smallest commercial company operating in Tasmania. Owner run and operated we aim to produce excellent wine and experiences for visitors to enjoy and remember.

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Experience Tasmania

Choose from the widest range of quality half and full day sightseeing tours then sit back and relax in modern vehicles while our experienced driver/guides provide you with a safe, fun filled and informative tour to Hobart's major attractions. Learn about Tasmania's convict heritage on a Port Arthur day tour or experience pristine forests and unique timbers with a visit to the Huon Valley/Tahune Forest Airwalk or Russell Falls and Mt Field. The rocky alpine environment of the Mt Wellington summit provides unsurpassed views of Hobart and surrounds while our comprehensive City Tour will give a unique insight into the history and lifestyle of Hobart and its inhabitants. Maybe just indulge yourself with a visit to some of our world renowned Southern Vineyards. Whether it is our nature, history, heritage or wildlife that interests you - sit back, relax and... 'We'll take you there'! Experience Tasmania is the franchised Grayline Tours operator for Southern Tasmania - you can be sure of the highest standards from their association with this international brand name.

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Edward 'Teddy' Sheean Memorial and Sheean Walk

The Edward 'Teddy' Sheean Memorial and Sheean Walk is a military memorial at Latrobe, North West Tasmania. Latrobe is a ten-minute drive south-east of Devonport (9 km). The Walkway begins in Latrobe's main street, where you can see the Edward 'Teddy' Sheean Memorial, commemorating the courage and sacrifice of this young seaman. Born near Latrobe in 1923, Edward 'Teddy' Sheean served aboard the HMAS Armidale during the World War II. While en route to Timor in 1942 the Armidale was attacked from the air and destroyed. Although seriously wounded, Teddy Sheean manned an anti-aircraft gun in defence of the Armidale's survivors, remaining at the gun as the ship sank and sacrificing his life to save his shipmates. Teddy was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches, second only to a posthumous Victoria Cross. A Collins Class Submarine has been named after him - the first Australian warship to be named for a Junior Sailor of the Royal Australian Navy. You can follow the Sheean Walk from central Latrobe to its conclusion at Bell's Parade. Plaques placed along the route commemorate the actions of Australian soldiers who fought in World War II and in the Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam and Korean conflicts.

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Effervescence Tasmania

The "Effervescence Tasmania" Sparkling Weekend serves as a celebration of the world class sparkling wines emanating from the island state of Tasmania. Described as one of the best sparkling wine festivals in the world, Effervescence Tasmania will celebrate some of the world’s finest sparkling wine in Hobart 11th November and Launceston from 16-18 November 2018. The sparkling producers featured at Effervescence Tasmania are by invitation only, ensuring that the highest quality sparkling wine is presented to guests. In its fourth year now, Effervescence Tasmania in 2017 attracted over 1200 wine enthusiasts over five days and sold out dinners and master classes presented some of the best sparkling wine to have ever been produced in Tasmania.

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Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden

The Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden is a stunning garden in north-west Tasmania. The 11-hectare garden is located 8km south of Burnie, off the Ridgley Highway and features over 23,000 selected rhododendrons and companion plants, creating a spectacular display between late August and January. Colourful foliage in April makes it a good time to visit too. In addition to the hybrid rhododendrons familiar to gardeners, you can see many wild species of rhododendrons planted to reflect their geographical origins - from Asia, across the Himalayas to China, Japan and North America. You can take a number of walks through the garden to enjoy the plants and tranquillity of this lush environment. Platypus, echidna, and diverse bird life are routinely sighted in amongst the gazebos, bridges, waterways, and the fountain. The Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden is a partner garden of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The tea room is open Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays during August and December through till April. Open every day during peak flowering months of September, October and November. The tearoom is closed from May to end of July.

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Entally Estate

Entally House is a lovely old house located in Tasmania's north at Hadspen, about 15-minutes' drive (13 kilometres/8 miles) from Launceston. It is named after a suburb of Calcutta, India, and built in 1819 for Thomas Reibey. While he lived there he was reputed to have the most extensive library in the colony. The house contains a magnificent collection of Regency furniture and fine silver. It is surrounded by superb gardens and grounds, in which there is a greenhouse, a chapel, a coach house and stables. Across the road you will find its sister property, the newly renovated Entally Lodge, which houses a restaurant, bar, and 20 rooms of accommodation.

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Eric Thomas Galley Museum

Housed in the original Imperial Hotel (built 1897)(,The museum has an extensive collection this collection is 98% donated and it is run by a volunteer committee and volunteers) historic West Coast photographs, more than 1,000 photographs are displayed many of which were collected by Mr Eric Thomas, who first established the museum. There are 30 rooms of historical items including personal effects, documents, cameras, theater projectors,house hold items, gems and minerals , military, emergency services,mining artifacts and the very varied social life all depicting aspects of West Coast heritage. Also take the time to view an extensive Royal Family memorabilia collection from Queen Victoria to the present and watch a film about Mount Lyell and the memories of the towns people.

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Evandale Market

The Evandale market is a popular country market in historic Evandale in Tasmania's North. Come and be a part of one of Tasmania's favourite markets with over 100 stalls, including a wide range of wares from high quality crafts to bric-a-brac for every budget. There are also plenty of food stalls and children's amusements. Evandale is a lovely Georgian village with well preserved cottages, houses, churches, inns and shops. It is a great place for browsing in antique galleries and art and craft shops. The Launceston airport lies between Evandale and Launceston. You can also visit other historic towns nearby including Longford and Westbury. A short drive into Launceston will offer you a host of street-side cafes, boutique shops and leafy city parks. You can also head down the Tamar Valley Wine Route to sample some of Tasmania's finest cool climate wines. The market is open every Sunday from 0800 to 1400. Evandale is located just 15 km south of Launceston.

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Evandale Market - Weekly

Let loose the bargain hunter in you as you browse through the wide range of goods for sale. Come and be a part of one of Tasmania's favourite markets with over a 100 stalls including a wide range of wares and high quality crafts, plants, trees, shrubs and garden ornaments and bric-a-brac for every budget. Choose from a wide selection of Tasmanian food products such as jams, sauces, relish and honey. There are also plenty of food stalls and children's amusements. The Evandale market is a popular country market in historic Evandale, located just 15 kilometres south of Launceston. Evandale is a lovely Georgian village with well-preserved cottages, houses, churches, inns and shops. It is a great place for browsing through the antique galleries and art and craft shops in the village.

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Evercreech Forest Reserve

Evercreech Forest Reserve is a beautiful natural reserve located in Northern Tasmania. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the shady canopy of the world's tallest white gums (over 90 metres high) and explore the short bushland walking tracks through forest and alongside the headwaters of the South Esk River. Nearby are the Mathinna Falls Forest Reserve and the Griffin Camping Area. These north-east forest reserves are attractive spots to break your journey on the A4 between the Midland Highway and the east coast. To reach them, turn left on the B43 at Fingal towards Mathinna. An interesting alternative route continues beyond Mathinna, taking gravel roads through the Mt Victoria Forest Reserve to reach the rich north-east farmlands at Ringarooma.

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Exploring your Spirituality, hosted by the Hillwood Road Meditation Skills Centre

This workshop is a chance to refresh your spiritual side, whatever that means to you. We will sample some meditations which focus on spiritual qualities, and we will have time to get in touch with our current spiritual needs and aspirations. Let your inner voice have a day out! Participants will need to book and prepay to be part of this special event. Please RSVP directly to the email address provided or via their Facebook page if you would like to attend. Full day workshop, 10am-5pm please contact us for further details and price.

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Farm Gate Market

Every Sunday, come rain hail or shine, a busy street in the heart of Hobart transforms into a bustling farmers' market. It's all about Tasmanian produce and getting to know your farmer, and it always has been. Five years back, our market began with an honest and simple philosophy, that if you couldn't eat it, drink it, grow it or meet the producer, then you wouldn't find it at the market. That ethos has always held true. And now, the little farmers' market that began with 12 stallholders has grown into an essential Sunday ritual for locals, one of the top five farmers' markets in the country as voted by Australian Traveller Magazine and Silver Medal winner at the 2015 Australian Tourism Awards for Excellence In Food Tourism. Tasmania's distinct growing seasons make for an ever-changing array of produce and that's what we celebrate every Sunday. Staying true to what's in season locally is reflected throughout the market; on fresh produce stalls, in artisan foods and foodie menus. We know our farmers very well and we'd like to share their stories with you. Whenever you're in Hobart, we'd love to... see you on Sunday.

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