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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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Elmslie Tasmania

Located in the beautiful Tamar Valley at Rosevears, just minutes from Launceston, Elmslie Tasmania is a tasteful extension to the lovely 1900’s federation homestead. Wide airy verandas with their breathtaking water views surround the homestead providing the perfect setting for weddings and functions. With beautiful views of the picturesque vineyards and countryside, Elmslie Tasmania is a popular choice for couples looking for a unique venue with distinguished elegance. Elmslie Tasmania was established in 1972, and is situated in one of the oldest vineyards on the western side of the Tamar Valley. Elmslie also features a modern cafe, with casual dining available during the day. offering an affordable and yet great local selection of dishes . Great coffee, interesting wines, excellent cuisine, friendly staff, and amazing views, make Elmslie Tasmania an excellent place to visit.

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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 www.encountermaria.com.au 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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Entourage Sailing

Entourage Sailing offers unique skippered sailing adventures primarily in the cool clear waters of Tasmania. Our 42 foot Jeanneau Entourage can take up to six guests outside sheltered waters to access those special places in Tasmania's waterways and coasts that few get the opportunity to experience. We visit iconic locations such as Wineglass Bay, Schouten Passage and the Freycinet Peninsula, Tasman Island, Fortescue Bay and Port Arthur, Bruny Island, the River Derwent and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, Recherche Bay, Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. Our most popular cruises cover a cruise on the Derwent River, Twilight Races on the Derwent River on Thursday evenings or a cruise to the southern end of the Channel and as far South as the historic Recherche Bay. Tours depart from the Derwent Sailing Squadron at Sandy Bay.

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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 on flat water with no experience required, all equipment and morning tea provided.

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Eric Thomas Galley Museum

Housed in the original Imperial Hotel (built 1897), the museum has an extensive collection of historic West Coast photographs, memorabilia and minerals. More than 1,000 photographs are displayed across 23 rooms, many of which were collected by Mr Eric Thomas, who first established the museum. There are also numerous household items, personal effects, documents, coins, cameras, theatre projectors, antique mantel clocks, kerosene lamp collections, medallions, badges, gems and minerals - 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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Exeter Golf Club Inc

Exeter Golf Club Inc is a 9-hole golf course just outside of Launceston in Tasmania's North. The course has 18 alternate tees (par 71) and a spacious club house with licensed bar. The fairways and greens are well maintained and in good condition year round. There is also a driving range to fine tune your swing. Saturday is competition day and all days are open to the public for a round. The course has its challenges with some testing hilly areas and visitors are always welcome. While you are in the area, visit the neighbouring fruit orchards and take time to venture out to Beauty Point and Beaconsfield. At Beauty Point you can visit Seahorse World and Platypus House while in Beaconsfield learn of the intriguing mining history. Also not far away is the Tamar Valley Wine Route, where you can sample some of Tasmania's finest cool-climate wines. Have lunch at one of the picturesque vineyards or take a bottle of your favourite wine down to the banks of the Tamar River and enjoy a picnic. The river is home to a range of wildlife and birdlife. Exeter is a 20-minute drive north (26 km) of Launceston.

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Fanfare at Beauty Point

An ever changing treasure trove of the beautiful, interesting and exotic including paintings, sculptures, antiques, oriental ware, retro & curiosities and quality second hand objects and furniture. The store is a veritable jewel box with five rooms of treasures large and small. Relax in our free micro-theatre and take a virtual trip "Barging around Europe" a film made by the owner about her own experiences cruising on ‘Galileo' a live-aboard barge, with her husband Ric and their two Aussie dogs, Monty & Dooley. Fanfare at Beauty Point is a destination not to be missed by anyone appreciative of fantastic value and excellent, friendly customer service.

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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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Festival in the Park

Bring along your family and friends. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine, entertainment, activities, demonstrations, and of course the fine food and beverages. The Festival in the Park is a major celebration of lifestyle, food, wine and entertainment of Tasmania's North West Coast. It is held in Anzac Park on the banks of the beautiful Leven River, in Ulverstone, and is run by the Rotary Clubs of Ulverstone and Ulverstone West, and the Rotaract Club of Central Coast. All proceeds from the day go to local projects that benefit the North-West community.

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Festival of Roses

Awarded Best Community Event of the Year in 2014 and 2015, the Festival of Roses at the historic World Heritage Listed Woolmers Estate offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the spectacle of thousands of roses blooming in the Rose Garden. There will be a variety of food stalls including wood fired pizzas, Devonshire teas, crepes and breads, and a selection of wines, beer and cider. Other attractions include plant nurseries, craft and jewellery stalls, whip cracking, chainsaw art, vintage farm machinery and cars, and many children's activities. Open 9am - 4pm.

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Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices transforms our towns into singing cities every winter. As Australia's premier celebration of the voice, the Festival attracts thousands of singers, choristers and music lovers, for the chance to hear harmonies soaring in concert halls, theatres and public spaces across the state. The Festival is proud to bring some of the most respected singers from across Australia and overseas to our shores. For twelve years we have presented a remarkable program of performances and - uniquely - vocal workshops run by critically acclaimed artists, creating a Festival experience like no other. Hobart's most iconic winter event returns; the City of Hobart Big Sing Bonfire. Now thirteen years strong, this remarkable night brings together the people of our city and unites them in one voice - creating light and warmth, banishing the dark...on a magical winter's evening.

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