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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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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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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. Amongst the oldest vineyards in the Coal Valley, we are possibly the smallest commercial 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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Eye See Personalised Tours

Eye See Personalised Tours is a unique way to experience Tasmania. We tailor our tours to suit budget and time constraints. We have the flexibility to do things others cannot offer in packaged tours. Our tours are half day, full day or extended days depending on requirements. Prices are competitive and everything for your enjoyment and peace of mind is included. All tours are fully accompanied by friendly, professional and experienced local guides. All necessary licences, insurance and accreditations are current and all tours are conducted in clean, reliable modern vehicles. Bookings are essential for all tours. Please check Trip Advisor for full list of excellent reviews. We want you to “see Tasmania as a guest not just a tourist”.

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Fat Pig Farm

Fat Pig Farm is home to Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans and Sadie Chrestman. Together, they run their 70 acre family farm in the beautiful Huon Valley, south of Hobart, where they live and nurture food from the soil to turn into great meals for the farmhouse table. Along with their namesake Wessex Saddleback pigs, the farm is home to chooks, a beef herd, a pair of full cream cows, a market garden and heritage apple orchard. They host Friday Feasts, taking what’s great from the garden and turning it into long, lazy meals shared around their extended table. Their cookery school is a hands-on workshop experience, over one or two days, where you’ll get to visit the pigs, raid the garden and then bring the bounty back to the kitchen to cook it up before sharing the produce at one of their signature feasts. Matthew Evans is a chef by trade, an advocate for sustainable seafood and is a strong believer in knowing and trusting what you eat. Fat Pig Farm is an extension of this philosophy and you’re invited to share in the spoils!

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Federation Artisian Chocolate

Federation Artisan Chocolate is located on the Tasman Peninsula. This is a unique chocolate experience where you can see the rich creamy chocolate being hand made, taste the end result and buy direct from this family business. Owners Maurice and Helen Curtis love chocolate as much as you. They search the world for the finest cocoa to produce decadent memorable chocolate sensations. So you can take a trip around the world from the Chocolate kitchen, sampling chocolate from Papua New Guinea, Tanzania or Madagascar. Ever sampled Australian grown Cacao? Federation Artisan Chocolate proudly supports Australian Farmers and producers and creates a range of Chocolates made from Cacao grown in Australia. Fudge and Nougat are also made on the premises and you can enjoy a hot cup of Chocolate Desire, our own blend of chocolate that includes our Papua New Guinea Dark Chocolate as you watch our chocolatiers lovingly create daily.

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Find Your Feet Tours

"There is something uniquely different about exploring a new place under your own steam – A small pack on your back, feet pattering over foreign soils. Your senses alert with the sense of exploration as you get deeper under its skin." Having travelling to the far reaches of the globe, we believe that Tasmania is super special. In fact, more special than we ever give it credit for. When you stand on a peak, looking out at the layers of indented coastlines or craggy spires, you know that you really are wild. Far away from the madding crowds and right in the heart of where you want to be. We are proudly, excitably Tasmanian and we now feel it is time to really, truly show you are home. Our Find Your Feet Tours are designed to suit anyone of any ability. The small group sizes and high guide-to-guest ratio allows us to cater for everyone’s individual needs. Whilst we always have a ‘grand plan’ for each day of our tours, the intimate detail of each run is left open, allowing your guides to determine the precise routes based on the group’s desires, the weather and what makes our toes tingle.

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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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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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Fishing in Kentish

Central to iconic trout waters lakes Barrington, Cethana, Paloona, Rowallan, Parangana and Mackenzie and nestled between the river fishing meccas of the Mersey, Forth, Don, Wilmot and Dasher rivers, picturesque Sheffield is the place to get your day trip or multi-day fishing and camping supplies. Book cost-effective, cosy accommodation in one of the region’s B&Bs or self-contained cottages. Information, guided tour and accommodation bookings at Kentish Visitor Information Centre ph: 6491 1036 or www.sheffieldcradleinfo.tas.gov.au Fishing licences are required for inland waters and can be purchased from Service Tasmania in Sheffield. Pick up an Inland Fisheries brochure from the Kentish Visitor Information Centre at 5 Pioneer Crescent, Sheffield.

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Flinders Island Art

Maria La Grue's Art Studio located in Whitemark. Visitors are welcomed to see Maria's work at the studio. Art workshops can be tailored to adults and children for small groups or individuals. Media worked with includes watercolour, acrylics, inks, pencils and printmaking. Further examples of Maria's work can be seen on her website, Instagram and Facebook. Items for sale include greeting cards, tea towels, t-shirts, original paintings, prints and more. These products are also available at The Purple Swamphen and A Taste of Flinders. Most days Maria works in the studio. Contact to confirm availability and upcoming exhibitions and classes.

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Flinders Island Sports & RSL Club

Flinders Island Sports & RSL Club has a nine-hole golf course located at Whitemark on Flinders Island. The course (par 71) enjoys picturesque views and provides a challenge for amateurs through to experienced players. The golf course situated on the shore of Parry's Bay is open all year round with mens and womens competition each Wednesday and Saturday open to visitors. Clubs are available for hire. At the end of your game, relax in the licensed bar open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday or by arrangement. The Sports & RSL Club also has a full size synthetic surface lawn bowls green. Visitors are invited to join competition on Saturday afternoon, or social activities Friday afternoon during Summer and Sunday in February. Lawn bowls are available for visitors use. Flinders Island is a 45-minute flight away from Launceston or Melbourne.

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Forest Secrets

Experience a unique and unforgettable taste of Tasmania's forests. Taste, touch, sniff, look and listen your way around the amazing Forest Tastes walk with your own forest flavours sample box. Discover fascinating Tasmanian forest stories and secrets. See if you can spot a wild platypus. Forest Secrets is a sensory trail, unique in Australia - graded Easy, at about 750 metres in length. Browse the distinctive forest-themed gallery and shop, where they support local makers and suppliers wherever possible. They offer delicious 'flavours of the forest' ice creams as well as free Tasmanian forest honey tasting. The site has beautiful picnic areas so please feel free to bring a picnic. They also have a fun Forest Facts kids quiz (with a prize). Let them warmly welcome you to Forest Secrets, only a two-minute drive from Mt Field National Park in a spectacular riverside setting. From May 1 to September 30, they open for group bookings only. Please phone to enquire.

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Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, this national park protects Tasmania's great western rivers - the Franklin, Gordon, Jane and Denison - and the remote mountain ranges from where they rise. The Lyell Highway passes through the national park on its way to Queenstown. It's worth taking the time to stop and explore the rainforest bordering the road. Look out for signs to several excellent short walks. The Franklin River Nature Trail, 60 kilometres east of Queenstown has picnic tables, toilets and excellent walks through stunning rainforest to the Franklin and Surprise rivers, while further west, Donaghys Hill Lookout offers more stunning, panoramic wilderness views. And four kilometres west of Victoria Pass is the Nelson Falls Nature Trail, an easy boardwalk through ancient rainforest to a spectacular 30 metre waterfall. The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is also accessible by boat. Daily cruises depart from Strahan to explore the densely forested banks of the lower Gordon River, downstream from where the Gordon and Franklin Rivers meet.

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Franklin House

Franklin House was built by convicts and is located in northern Tasmania at Franklin Village, Launceston. Built by former convict and successful businessman Britton Jones, Franklin House is notable for its rich use of imported Australian Red Cedar. Extended to accommodate one of the colonies leading private schools which operated there from 1842 until 1866 the house finally became the birthplace of the National Trust in Tasmania in 1960. Franklin House survives with house, stables and garden. Nearby and also accessible is St James Church which was built in 1845 and has many associations with the House. The Tearooms are open during house hours for light meals and refreshments. The Metro Bus services, numbers 40 and 50 from the City to Franklin village, stop outside the House.

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Franklin River Nature Trail

The Franklin is one of the best known of the many rivers that run through the Wild Rivers National Park. A walk along the banks of the Franklin and through cool temperate rainforest will give you an idea of the beauty that lies within the heart of this wild river wilderness. Those travelling on the Lyell Highway between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge will cross this iconic river around 60 kilometres east of Queenstown. The Franklin River Nature Trail has picnic tables, toilets and excellent walks through stunning rainforest to the Franklin and Surprise rivers.

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

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