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Great Expeditions

Great Expeditions offer a selection of tours and tailored options, based in southern Tasmania. Great Expeditions make the effort to take you to the secret places that make this island so special. Operating with only small groups, tours are personal and flexible – travel for as long as you want and do whatever you want. Everybody is different and everybody has a different goal for their time on this beautiful island. Some people fill their day with adventure activities and hardly have time to breathe – others savour every breath by snuggling up on a rug with gourmet food, premium wine and impressive natural scenery. There is always something incredible to see or do so come with an open mind and you will have the time of your life. Great Expeditions is all about helping you live your wildest dreams or experiencing something new. Great Expeditions offer a number of pre-made full or half day tours, or can tailor anything to suit your needs. The choice is all yours.

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Great Rail Experiences Tasmania Tour 2019

For the 7th year, the Tasmanian Assoc. of Tourist Railways is proud to present our 2019 tour that will introduce you to Tasmania’s history and heritage. In a comfortable coach you will travel through some of the country’s most beautiful scenery while being entertained by coach captain Tony Coen's in-depth know-how as you visit every tourist railway in the state and more. Experience agricultural and steam history in action at SteamFest, wilderness with history on the West Coast Wilderness railway, visit iconic attractions in country towns and cities, as well as enjoying some of Tasmania’s famed fresh foods and beverages. Our tour groups are small enough to allow a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Fellow passengers will have the same interests as you and as on previous tours, you could make some new lifelong friends during the tour’s journey.

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Great Western Tiers Forest Walks Tasmania

Great Western Tiers Forest Walks offers short guided day walks on the Great Western Tiers through Tasmania’s magnificent old growth forests and alpine wilderness. On a short walk you will experience majestic eucalypts, mythic rainforests, unique wildlife and the spectacular landscapes of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. There are walks for all ages, abilities and levels of interest with local guides who enjoy sharing their love and knowledge of Tasmania’s natural environment. An easy-grade Rainforest Walk takes one to two hours over level terrain. This walk provides an exciting insight into Tasmanian’s world famous rainforests. It is suitable for younger children and older people of reasonable fitness. The moderate-grade Wild Forest Walk takes three to four hours and is partly off track. This is a walk that will interest most visitors to Tasmania as it provides a broad overview of Tasmania’s typical forest and rainforest communities. The World Heritage Walk takes between six and eight hours and requires a much higher level of fitness and reasonable bushwalking experience. This walk traverses alpine wilderness. Our guides are informative with a passion for interpreting the Tasmanian environment.

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Green Island Tours Tasmania

Green Island Tours Tasmania were and still are the only Tasmanian company arranging and conducting pure bicycle tours in Tasmania. Our tours are "touring " style, neither off road nor racing tours. We are proud of our good value for money and attention to detail. Because of our location along the cycling route we have unmatched local knowledge. We offer different accommodation categories, all self-guided tours can be customised, supported tours are conducted on demand using a purpose-built, enclosed trailer. Our bikes are serviced to a very high standard and are covered by RACT roadside assist. Different models are available, including hi-end custom made touring bikes made in Germany.

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Grey Sands Vineyard

Grey Sands Vineyard has amazing views over the Tamar Valley and a one hectare garden as it's 'cellar door'. Grey Sands specialises in intensely flavoured wines ....and they do the initial cellaring for you! The vineyard is unirrigated, hand pruned and picked and produces wines with maximum concentration (not maximum yield). They have six different red wines and two white wines. Come and taste the difference. You can visit the cellar door at advertised times or by appointment. Sample Tasmanian wine while enjoying views of the valley, or explore the gardens before taking home a few bottles of your favourite vintage. Or bring your own picnic to enjoy there. Open first full weekend only from October 2018 to April 2019, 10am to 6pm, or by appointment.

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Hamlet Cafe

Hamlet Cafe serves smooth coffee, zesty juices and delicious food showcasing locally sourced produce. Situated at the start of the Hobart rivulet walking track, Hamlet is committed to the community, operating as a social enterprise. Hamlet provides much needed work experience opportunities to individuals in the community who face significant barriers to employment with the belief that it takes a village to create social change.

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Hartshorn Sheep Whey Distillery

The world's first Sheep Whey Distillery. Hartshorn Distillery is a new Tasmanian micro distillery making boutique batches of Vodka and Gin from our own sheep whey. We are the first in the world to create this unique product. We are proud to be the smallest distillery in Australia making small ten-bottle batches using a 50 litre glass column still. Each bottle and label is hand painted by head distiller Ryan, so you can display it proudly amongst your collection. Ryan and his family run Grandvewe Cheeses in Birchs Bay, located deep in Tasmania's south. When making cheese, the whey is often discarded and put to little use. Ryan has spent the last two years discovering how to turn the complex sugars held within the whey protein and convert them into a basic sugars to then ferment into alcohol and eventually distill. The resulting distillate has a delicately sweet bouquet and extremely smooth finish, thanks to the dairy influence and unfiltered methods.

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Hartzview Vineyard

Spectacular views wherever you look are a feature at Hartzview looking across vineyard slopes, and Port Cygnet to the Hartz mountains. Enjoy tastings from estate grown hand picked Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnays. Tastings also of unique preservative free fruit fortified wines and liqueurs. All made from 100% high quality Tasmanian fruit. Ranging from the dryer Blackcurrant Port (similar in style to a Tawny Port), Blackberry, Cherry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Tasmanian Cassis and Spiced Apple Liqueur Mead. All day lunches are served in the glassed in cafe, featuring vineyard and cheese platters. A large dessert menu incorporating the ports and liqueurs with freshly roasted coffee. Photo opportunities abound, often with bumble bees or take a stroll through the self-guided Heritage listed pickers huts and be refreshed with the clean air and listen to the stillness.

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Hartzview Vineyard Heritage Pickers Hut Village

The Hartzview Vineyard Heritage listed Pickers Hut Village is at Gardners Bay, in Tasmania's South. Take a stroll into history as you enjoy a self-guided discovery walk of the seven different restored small fruit pickers huts that families lived in during the picking season and established in the 1920s. During World War Two, some huts were home to Italian prisoners of war, who replaced agricultural workers serving overseas. You can also visit the cellar door which is open every day and taste from the estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Chardonnays and the large range of preservative free fruit Ports, Liqueurs (Blackcurrant, Blackberry, Cherry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Tasmanian Cassis) and Mead. The Vineyard Cafe is also open every day from 1000 to 1700 and serves all day lunches specialising in vineyard and cheese platters. Treat yourself to a delicious Hartzview dessert made especially with one of their fruit Ports or Liqueurs. At the end of the day, unwind and stay a while to experience true luxury in Hartzview Vineyard's self-contained spa homestead, relaxing in front of the log fire with a platter and glass of Hartzview Pinot Noir. Gardner's Bay is a 45-minute drive (46 km) south of Hobart.

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Hazelbrae House @ Hazelbrae Hazelnuts

Visit one of Australia's most productive and innovative hazelnut farms. Set amid the 5000 tree orchard, under the magnificent Great Western Tiers, the on farm restaurant and farm gate shop, Hazelbrae House, will alight your tastebuds with the delights of freshly cracked hazelnuts in all their forms. Enjoy a guided tasting, lunch or glass of wine from the deck overlooking the orchard and experience their passion, knowledge and skills, direct from the source. Restaurant specialties include hazelnut icecream, hazelnut cappuccino and a chef prepared menu, filled with delicious produce from Northern Tasmania.

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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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Hillwood Road Meditation Skills Centre

Not just for meditators, the Hillwood Road Meditation Skills Centre is a place where anyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy the surroundings. The centre is beside a creek and surrounded by hobby farms in a small country town, close to the Tamar River in the quiet beauty of North East Tasmania. The building was once an apple shed in one of the Tamar Valley's many orchards. The original beams and weatherboards can still be seen. The interior is decorated with original artwork including a three metre high apple mandala. You are welcome to drop in, make yourself a cuppa, and relax in an armchair. Enjoy the scenery, there is plenty to read and you are welcome to join a class ($5-$10) if one is about to begin. You can ask for a guided tour, guided meditation, or book a session for counselling, deep-state therapy or tuition (fees apply). We also offer accommodation or retreats nearby. Make it a complete spiritual getaway by spending a few nights in Hillwood and attending a combination of meditation meetings and personal sessions for stress management or spiritual growth. A program can be tailor-made for you or your group. See our website.

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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 50,000 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. National Trust Shop access available at all times during opening hours.

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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.

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Hobart Twilight Christmas Market 'Civic Square Launceston'

This is the inaugural pop-up Christmas market to be held at the newly renovated Civic Square, right in the heart of the city of Launceston! Eats, drinks, design, music! Tasmania is renowned for its quality products 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. The Hobart Twilight Market operates a number of pop-up events throughout the year, check the notes/events section of the Facebook page for more details!

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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.

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