Freycinet Vineyard is a family-run vineyard and winery overlooking Tasmania's famed Freycinet National Park. Established in 1980 by Geoff and Susie Bull, the east coast site was selected for its ideal microclimate - long sunshine hours and lean soils that encourage vines to focus on fruit not foliage. The family tradition of winemaking is continued by their daughter Lindy and her husband Claudio Rodenti. You will observe the traditional techniques of barrel fermentation and maturation. Tight-grain French oak casks are used and minimal intervention ensures the wines retain their maximum colour and flavour. You can sample some of the vineyard's handcrafted wines, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling/Schonburger, cabernet sauvignon and the Rodenti sparkling, against the spectacular backdrop of the Freycinet Peninsula. The vineyard is open to the public for tastings seven days a week, 364 days a year. There are no tours of the vineyard. Freycinet Vineyard is located approximately 15 minutes' drive (18 kilometres) south of Bicheno on Tasmania's east coast. Bicheno is just over two-hours' drive from Launceston.
Friends of Burnie Penguins Inc.
Friends of Burnie Penguins provide a free interpretative guided experience to visitors to the Burnie Little Penguin colony. You will have an opportunity for an intimate view into the seasonal life of penguin families from courtship, through to chick rearing and to moulting adults at the end of the breeding season. The colony is located along the foreshore in Burnie a very short distance from the city centre, you can walk to the Penguin Observation Centre along boardwalk from your hotel, or park in the area behind the Makers Workshop. The viewing area is level with wheelchair access and is child friendly. Knowledgeable volunteer guides talk to you about the penguins, answer questions and help you view and photograph (without flashes!) penguins as they go about their normal activities. You will find the guides for the evening at the Burnie Penguin Observation Centre at dusk, nightly from October 1st until March 31st, regardless of the weather. The Little Penguins might be cosy in their snug feathers, but humans do need to be warmly wrapped as our viewing area is exposed to the weather, fair or foul. Donations are welcome.
Frogmore Creek Wines is now the largest, ultra premium, cool-climate winery in Southern Tasmania. Frogmore Creek not only produces exceptional cool climate wines, it also features an award winning Cellar Door, Restaurant and Function Centre. Frogmore Creek’s home base is located just 15 minutes from the CBD of Hobart in the picturesque Coal River Valley. Set amongst the vines with breathtaking views over the valley and waterways, Frogmore Creek is the perfect place to sample Tasmania’s highly acclaimed, cool climate wines and fresh local produce.
Fudge'n'Good Coffee is a boutique cafe and specialty fudge store that offers the ultimate indulgent experience. We offer a large range of fresh gourmet Fudge and top quality barista-made coffee. We give our visitors a complete experience; including free wifi, luxurious Victorian period decor, monthly art exhibitions and even an interactive Fudge robot! We make Fudge every day and our range changes daily. Customers enjoy free Fudge tastings in-store as well as online shopping via our website. For visitors looking for a light meal, we have a delicious menu including breakfast and lunch items. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Situated in the tourist region of Cradle Mountain, we are well known as both an attraction and a cafe and feature on many tourist itineraries.
Gasworks Cellar Door Tasmanian Wine Experience
Located in the original Hobart Gas Company office building at number 2 Macquarie Street in Hobart, the Gasworks Cellar Door is an exclusively Tasmanian wine tasting and retail experience in the heart of Hobart's colourful dock precinct. With 16 Tasmanian wines always on tasting and served from our state of the art temperature controlled Enomatic wine dispensing units, a knowledgeable wine expert will guide you through the ever-changing labels, the stylish interior design and fascinating information about the Island's wines and history; this is no ordinary tasting experience. Tastings cost $10 and you can select from 3 different styles of tasting experiences. Taste 12 wines (20ml each), 6 wines (40ml each) or 3 wines (80ml each) that are currently on tasting in the Enomatic units. The 12 wines tasting gives you the widest options whilst the 3 wines tasting lets you savour a trio of your choice. But don't forget to give yourself plenty of time as the 12 wine tasting can take up to hour to complete. Over 400 Tasmanian wines are also available to buy from our online store, supporting more than 81 local vineyards and delivering interstate FREE for any orders of 6 or more bottles.
Ghost Rock Tasmania
Ghost Rock Wines Tasmania is a family owned winery, located on the beautiful coastline of Northern Tasmania, just 15 minutes from Devonport/Spirit of Tasmania terminal and one hour from Launceston and Cradle Mountain. Ghost Rock’s Award Winning Cellar Door and Eatery overlook their vineyards, with striking views of the ocean, rolling patchwork hills and mountains. Open 7 days from 11 am to 5 pm they provide complimentary wine tastings of their world-class cool climate premium wines and lunches focusing purely on local artisan produce. A family friendly winery, the options are plentiful - relax on the deck, sprawl out on the lush green lawns with a picnic blanket or bean bag, or cosy up inside as you wine away the hours. A five star James Halliday rated winery, the award-winning wines are exclusively grown, vinified and bottled on the Estate. The family is fuelled by the sort of obsession that only comes from being a regional pioneer. Live music is held regularly in the Cellar Door & Eatery and an annual Concert in the Vines brings hundreds from near and far. The winery also has a modern and timeless events space, perfect for weddings and special events.
Giant Tree Expeditions
Based in southern Tasmania, Giant Tree Expeditions visits a variety of locations where you will get to view some of the world's tallest trees and largest flowering plants. Learn the science and experience the magic of the ancient forests. Day trips depart from Hobart, Maydena, Geeveston and Huonville. Transport, picnic lunch and observation gear are all included. You can even book online. Meeting the giant trees is a life-changing and memorable experience. Join an expedition soon and discover yourself!
Goaty Hill Wines
Goaty Hill Wines is owned by two families who are living the dream of making fine wine in the beautiful cool climate Tamar Valley. The Goaty Hill cellar door and vineyard are located in Kayena, a short drive from Launceston. The natural beauty of the Goaty Hill location is framed with the backdrop of the Tamar River and the cellar door provides a wonderful venue for locals and tourist to relax and enjoy the scenery. A tasting at GH will provide you with an intimate and informative tasting of the estate grown wines. Learn about the history of the vineyard or perhaps enjoy a glass of wine with a Tasmanian cheese plate or vineyard platter with fresh local produce taking in the amazing views. Goaty Hill is very connected with its local community and the cellar door regularly showcases a range of local music, food and art events through out the year.
Gordon River Cruises
The award-winning Gordon River Cruise departs from Strahan and takes guests into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Cruising the Gordon River on the purpose-built Spirit of the Wild, you experience quiet cruising under the power of the vessel's electric motors. Cross Macquarie Harbour to Hell's Gates, the narrow entrance into the Southern Ocean. You then cruise to the Gordon River, where you give yourself the best chance of seeing the famous reflections while on board Spirit of the Wild, the first cruise boat on the river each day. Step ashore at Heritage Landing and walk through rainforest to see ancient Huon Pines. Step ashore again at Sarah Island, a 19th century penal colony, hearing stories of the convicts who laboured there. Local guides enhance the tour with interpretation on the region's history. Seating is allocated to each guest. The main deck offers two seating styles - Main Deck Central and Main Deck Window. All are spacious and comfortable and include a delicious lunch that showcases Tasmanian produce. The third option is the Premier Upper Deck, including complementary lunch, morning and afternoon tea, open bar and exclusive viewing deck. Audio tours available in German, French, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Gourmania Food Tours Tasmania
Wander the city streets, soaking up the urban beauty around you. Discover those off-the-tourist-trail finds that reveal the real Hobart. Indulge in a vast array of generous tastes: sweet, savoury, and sippable too. Do all this in the company of a seasoned local foodie as you are taken to those not-to-be-missed foodie haunts tucked away in the city. Gourmania offer a number of tour options. Enjoy a small group tour with fellow travellers at a leisurely pace, a private bespoke tour, or choose your own adventure by grabbing yourself a copy of our Good Things eGuide. For pastry fans, the self-guided Pastry Pilgrimage is a must. Peruse the website for an option to suit your palate and itinerary! Bookings are essential for all guided tours.; you can do this via the Gourmania Food Tours website using the secure online booking system (bookings close 24 hours prior to departure). Any questions? Just drop Mary a line via the "Contact Us" link, and she'll be very happy to assist. Join Gourmania on tour soon - they'd love to see you!
Make your way via Hellyer Gorge for a spectacular scenic route to the West Coast or Cradle Mountain. The windy route and steep cliffs make for a jaw-dropping wilderness drive, and is a favourite route for bike riders and touring cars. The welcoming canopy of rainforest provides a spectacular picnic spot along the banks of the Hellyer River. There are toilet and barbecue facilities, and the picnic area is the starting point for two short walks: the River Walk and the Old Myrtle Forest Walk. From Wynyard, take a 30-minute drive via Mount Hicks Road to Yolla where the road joins the Murchison Highway. Follow this through Hellyer Gorge and on to the historic town of Waratah, the iconic Cradle Mountain or the wild West Coast.
Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve
Australia's only orchid reserve, this site is renowned for the diversity of native terrestrial orchids. Some of the orchids are listed as rare and endangered species. Some are not only endemic to the state of Tasmania, but to the local area. Take Railton Rd (B13) about 5 minutes' drive south from Latrobe. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes. The reserve does not have any public facilities and there are no entry fees to pay. Some 43 species have been recorded within the reserve, varying from the tall 60cm tall Hyacinth orchid Dipodium roseum, a leafless saprophyte that appears annually in early summer, to the tiny 2cm Winter Helmet orchids Corybas species. Recent taxonomic review into the Genus Caladenia by the Centre for Plant Biodiversity, Australian National Botanical Gardens in Canberra, has resulted in the discovery of a new species, Robust Finger orchid, Petalochilus tonellii, named after the reserve founder and Hon. Warden Peter Tonelli.
Highfield Historic Site
Highfield Historic Site offers a historically accurate vision of a gentleman's home and farm of the 1830s. It sits on a hillside overlooking the lands the manager would have once controlled, with views across to Stanley, The Nut and Bass Strait beyond. The house is being restored over time and its elegant Regency design, convict barracks, barns, stables, and a chapel are surrounded by a large ornamental garden. Edward Curr, the chief agent of the Van Diemen's Land Company, started construction in 1832, and later additions were made by John Lee Archer. The VDL settlement began in 1826 on 350,000 acres granted under Royal Charter by George IV. Today, the original farm has reduced and covers around five acres, which is open to visitors daily from 0930 - 1630 from 1 September to 31 May. During June, July and August the site is open Monday to Friday. The site is also available as a venue for weddings, meetings and artists in residence. School groups and coach groups are also welcome. Highfield is the story of success or tragedy - you decide.
Highlands Power Trail
Tour the Highlands Power Trail for a unique experience in the rugged Central Highlands of Tasmania. This self-guided driving trail provides an insight into the history of hydro power within Tasmania. Stop at points of interest on the journey to see key sites and learn about the extraordinary challenges faced by the workers. Take the circular trail north from Bothwell, heading towards Waddamana Village. Continue along to Penstock Lagoon and Waddamana Canal before re-joining the Highland Lakes Road for the return journey to Bothwell. To make the most of your journey along the Highlands Power Trail, ensure you allow plenty of time to tour through Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site.
Hillwood Road Meditation Skills Centre
Not just for meditators, this is a place where anyone is welcome to drop in to enjoy the views, ask for advice or just have a good conversation. The centre is beside a creek and surrounded by hobby farms in the quiet beauty of North East Tasmania. The building was once an apple shed and the original beams and weatherboards can still be seen. The decor includes apple memorabilia and a three metre high apple mandala. You are welcome to make yourself a cuppa, browse the bookshelf, have a chat with our friendly host or just have some time to yourself. There is a quiet time from 11:00 to 11:30 am for those who wish to meditate. There is no entry fee, but we ask for $5 or $10 if you participate in a facilitated meditation. For a fee, you can arrange to have a guided tour or a private session for counselling, deep-state therapy or tuition. We also offer retreats nearby. Make it a complete spiritual getaway by spending a few nights in Hillwood and attending a combination of sessions for stress management or spiritual growth. A program can be tailor-made for you or your group. See our website.
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
One of Australia's most significant convict precincts is only a short walk or Red Decker bus ride from Hobart's CBD (at the 'Hobart Convict Penitentiary' stop). The Tench, as it was known by its inhabitants, was the convict prisoners' barracks for Hobart Town. It originally spanned over two acres and some 40,000 male convicts passed through the complex. Following the cessation of convict transportation, the site became Hobart Gaol for more than 100 years. Sections of the chapel were converted into two Supreme Courts connected by tunnels to the gaol. An execution yard and gallows were added. This fascinating history can still be discovered in the buildings which remain - a captivating insight into over 175 years of Hobart's shadier past. Access to all areas is by guided tour and events only, book via our online booking system.
Hobart Record Fair # 4
The Hobart Record Fair kicks off again on Sunday, February 17 from 1 pm at The Republic Bar & Café in North Hobart! There will be 1000's of vinyl titles for sale from local and interstate sellers including The Record Collector and many more! Rare and collectable vinyl, new releases, classics, 45s, etc Plus BYO Vinyl DJ Sessions from 2 pm Have you every wanted to spin your records at your local bar? Here's your chance! No experience necessary - first timers welcome! Be sure not to miss this great afternoon of records and music! Table enquires email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hobart Showground Sunday Market - Weekly
Great range of stalls including second-hand bargains, plants and bric-a-brac. Choose from second hand electrical goods, beautiful glassware and ceramics, tools, quality restored furniture, books or other collectables. Outfit yourself from head to foot with second hand clothing and accessories. The variety is always different and always new sunglasses, jewellery, crafts, lace, home cooked cakes, chutneys and jams. CDs, DVDs, albums, stereos, art, sculptures, bric-a-brac, trash or treasure. It's all here for the finding. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the supermarkets and visit the market for the freshest of veggies and seasonal fruits. Pick up some great bargains in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Revamp your garden with one of the largest selections of outdoor plants, soil enhancers and garden furniture. Or buy that someone special a bunch of freshly cut flowers. Parking is Free and easy with plenty of room in the showgrounds and also disabled facilities. Permanent and casual stall are also available by phoning the office during business hours. Unlike other markets, permanent stallholders can leave their goods on-site and their stalls in place form week to week.
Hobart Twilight Market
Eats, drinks, design, music! Tasmania is renowned for its quality produce, and that’s what you’ll find at this market; a diverse range of food and locally-crafted small batch drinks alongside a myriad of design stalls. Add in live music from local talent and the scene is set for a wonderful Friday night! Engage with passionate stallholders, who’ll share their story with you. The market is dog and family friendly. All markets operate from 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm and are at Long Beach Sandy Bay on the first and third Friday of each month. A free shuttle bus departs from Hobart's Franklin Wharf at 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm! Special pop-up markets are announced via Facebook and Instagram.
One of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks, this walk starts at the top of Peoples Park in Strahan and is a gentle, meandering stroll through sweet-smelling bush to a delightful waterfall. Local schoolchildren share their connections with the place on interpretive signs along the way. For a pleasant, more extended walk, leave the car in the town centre and take the foreshore walking track to and from the park itself.