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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.

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Frogmore Creek

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.

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Fudge'n'Good Coffee

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.

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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.

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Ghost Rock Tasmania

Ghost Rock 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 overlooks their vineyards, with striking views of the ocean, rolling patchwork hills and mountains. Open 7 days from 11am to 5pm (Winter - Wednesday to Sunday, 11am - 5pm), 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 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 Cellar Door 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, as well as a cooking school.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery

We are the only Organic Sheep cheesery in Australia and have invented 5 new foods never seen before in the World. We are a farmhouse cheesery which means Grandvewe exemplifies the Farm to Fork experience. We have won the highest awards for any sheep cheesery in Australia. Our Blue cheese won Champion Cheese against 360 cheeses of Australia. We then also placed in the top six of 6000 fine food producers of Australia. We have our farm cheesery located 45min south of Hobart in a place called “Birch’s Bay” where we are open to the public 7days/week 10am-5pm all year. Sheep milk makes exceptional cheeses as proven recently when our Blue cheese was voted top 6 of 6000 fine food products of Australia (Australian Presidents medal). Our products are EWEnique because we control the entire process from the grass grown for the sheep to eat, milking, manufacturing, packaging, distributing and selling. Grandvewe has invented many food products including the world’s first Vanilla Whey Liqueur, sheep milk in coffees and the first to make sheep milk gelato and fudge.

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Gray Line Tasmania

Gray Line Tasmania offers the largest and most comprehensive range of premium full day and half day sightseeing tours from both Hobart and Launceston. The emphasis on their tours is true Australian, with each stop giving active involvement in some aspects of the Australian way of life or flora and fauna. Visit the popular Port Arthur Historic Site which evokes a powerful sense of the past convict era. Choose from a variety of options, including Salamanca Market on Saturdays or Isle of the Dead guided tour and cruise. You may wish to choose a morning or afternoon tour of Hobart or venture out to historic Richmond or take in the Mona experience with an alternative combination or head to the Huon Valley to walk amongst the treetops at the Tahune Forest Airwalk. When in Launceston you have the opportunity to cruise Cataract Gorge or drive to the spectacular Bay of Fires. Launceston is also the departure point for the Cradle Mountain National Park tour where you will be taken deep into the Tasmanian forest and experience the solitary wilderness of waterfalls, glacial lakes, rainforest and wildlife.

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Gunns Plains Caves

Mr Bill Woodhouse entered Gunns Plains Cave in 1906 after a hunting trip. The cave consists of a series of caverns and short passages through which visitors are escorted along well lit concrete pathways. The cave entrance is situated 30 metres from the car park. Upon entry a flight of 54 concrete steps are descended. From this point the pathway is fairly level apart from a short ladder to be climbed down. The tour route into the cave is 275 metres long. Occasional dampness underfoot is not troublesome provided visitors wear low-heeled walking shoes. It is not recommended for those with health or mobility concerns. Please check first. The cave was formed by an underground stream that still flows and contains Giant Freshwater Lobster, fish and eel. Platypus sleep and nest in the sandy banks along the river. Lofty chambers contain many varied formations including magnificent calcite shawls. "The cave is renowned for magnificent shawl and flowstone formations. Improvements including LED lighting will assist visitors to enjoy the cave experience." Gunns Plain Cave is open daily (closed Christmas Day) Please see our website for tour times.

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Hadley's Gallery

EXHIBITION Hadley's Gallery presents an exhibition of artists active in Tasmania during the nineteenth century. The exhibition features reproductions of watercolours and drawings. Colonial artists engaged with the Tasmanian landscape in a variety of ways. The artists featured are John Skinner Prout, Francis Guillemard Simpkinson de Wesselow and Louisa Anne Meredith. COLLABORATION The exhibition presents a selection of reproductions. It offers a glimpse of the collection held by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Close collaboration between TMAG and Hadley's Orient Hotel has facilitated the presentation of this exhibition at Hadley’s Gallery. Due to the delicacy of works on paper, photographic reproduction is the only way that these priceless works can remain permanently on display. We are proud of our partnership with TMAG and encourage all visitors to Hobart to explore. Their extraordinary collections and exhibitions are housed at Davey Street and Dunn Place. VISIT Hadley's Gallery is open to house guests and visitors from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm daily. Admission is free. Gallery Brochures are available for $2 each from reception. On occasion, the gallery space is booked for private events and is therefore closed to the public, these times will be listed on this page

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Hartz Mountains National Park

The Hartz Mountains at the southern end of the Huon Valley are part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area. A range of walking tracks lead through subalpine woodlands to ice-carved crags, lakes and alpine moorlands. On clear days there are superb views east to the sea and west into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Waratah Walk takes just a few minutes to reach a lookout with sweeping forest views. The Arve Falls Walk takes you through alpine fields and woodlands to the edge of a plateau overlooking waterfalls and the valley below. There are no camping facilities at the park but camping is allowed 500 metres from any road. Day facilities are basic, with a toilet, running water and a picnic shelter near the entrance to the Waratah Lookout track with an open fireplace, gas barbecue and tables. A range of commercial accommodation can be found in any of the towns in the Huon Valley, including Huonville, Geeveston and Southport. The weather can change suddenly at any time of year, so be prepared for cold conditions, even in summer.

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Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market

Operating from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm, at 71 Cimitiere Street, this authentic farmers’ market has established itself as a signature weekly event where the community gathers to shop, share a coffee and feast on a diverse array of local offerings, dictated only by the colour palette of Tasmania’s four distinct seasons. Think of the blackness of fresh truffles, handmade pasta and pink smoked salmon, artisan sourdough loaves and pastries, the glorious colours of seasonal vegetables such as zucchini blossoms and heirloom tomatoes, the air scented with bunches of basil, freshly pressed olive oil, hand picked asparagus, plump apples and pears to the reds of the freshest berries or a cold climate pinot noir or riesling wine. Depending on the month of the year, this is just a small sample of what Tasmanian producers, the farmers, bakers, fishermen, growers, jam and pickle makers, winemakers and brewers bring from their paddocks, orchards, cellars and kitchens to transform an inner city car park into a bustling farmers’ market.

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Harvest Launceston Farmers' Market

Every Saturday morning in the heart of the Tamar Valley, Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market brightens a quiet inner city car park and brings the farm gate to you. Meet the farmers, connect with locals and feast your eyes on baskets brimming with Tasmania's freshest seasonal produce, ethical meat and fish, local dairy, artisan bread and pastries, bright summer berries or blushing autumn apples. Savour a locally roasted coffee and taste your way around our foodie State at this vibrant weekly event before collecting a myriad of premium produce, cool-climate wines, artisan ciders and home-made preserves for the journey home. Awarded Australia's Most Outstanding Farmers Market by ABC Delicious Magazine in 2013. Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 8.30am until 12.30pm at 71 Cimitiere Street (car park opposite Albert Hall), Launceston.

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Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs in the Huon Valley (Southern Trove) is a 90-minute drive south of Hobart. Formed millions of years ago, the dolomite cave is one of two show caves found in Australia. Guided tours are available with a Parks and Wildlife Service guide. You will discover spectacular subterranean formations including flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites. The cave is spacious there are no narrow passages. Each way inside the cave are 250 stairs, all equipped with handrails. Opening hours and cave tour times vary throughout the year, so we recommend you check times before arrival. You must arrive at the Hastings Visitor Centre 20 - 30 minutes prior to your tour. This is where you purchase tickets for cave tours or the thermal springs reserve. You can swim in the thermal swimming pool, fed by thermal spring water. The pool temperature is a tepid 28 degrees Celsius; outdoor temperature is often very cool. Forest and ferns with picnic/barbecue areas surround the pool, change room amenities are next to the pool. Light snacks and souvenirs are available in the Visitor Centre.

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Hellyer Gorge

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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