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.
Great Western Tiers Forest Walks Tasmania
Great Western Tiers Forest Walks offers short guided on the Great Western Tiers through Tasmania’s magnificent forests. 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 two to three 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. It is our most popular walk, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ice cream, hazelnut cappuccino and a chef prepared menu, filled with delicious produce from Northern Tasmania.
Hellfire Bluff Distillery
The love and dedication that is found in every bottle of Hellfire Vodka can be traced right back to the day our first potato was planted. Our farmers pride themselves on the produce they grow, only providing the finest ingredients so that we can produce the most premium vodka. We use locally sourced water from the most pristine environmental conditions the world has to offer; ultimately providing you with elegant smooth hand-crafted vodka straight from the paddock to the bottle.
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.
Hollybank Forest Reserve
Hollybank Forest Reserve is just a 20-minute drive from Launceston. This is one of Tasmania's most popular picnic areas and has a distinctly European flavour. In autumn, exotic deciduous trees are a colourful contrast to the natives. A 40-minute walk passes through examples of Tasmania's major production forest types in a demonstration forest. Interpretive signs show how each forest type is harvested and regenerated. The reserve also contains 20 kilometres of dedicated mountain bike trails descending through the forest with short and long loops suitable for beginner and advanced riders. For the more adventurous there's a ten kilometre descent called the Juggernaut that will challenge the best of riders. There is bike map, a toilet, tap and bikewash at the trailhead.
Now owned and operated by the National Trust, Home Hill was the family home of Tasmania's only Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, his wife Dame Enid Lyons - the first woman elected to Australia's federal parliament - and their 12 children. Built for the family in 1916, it became their haven from public life and remains largely as it was when Dame Enid last lived there in 1981. Dame Enid's style is evident throughout the house, with an amazing array of wallpapers from the 1940s to the 1970s beneath classic pressed tin ceilings; and in the garden through the rock walls and paths, the pond and the garden rooms. Every part of Home Hill houses a rich collection of the political and personal mementos of two people who dedicated their lives to public service and their family, providing an unexpected insight into Australian political life and international relations during the momentous events of the mid-twentieth century. Situated only a five-minute drive from either the centre of Devonport or the Spirit of Tasmania dock, Home Hill is accessible by guided tour only. Bookings recommended. Age 6 and under free. Child price is for age 7 to 16.
Honey Farm - The
Discover the tastes, flavours and textures of honey at The Honey Farm in Chudleigh, Tasmania. Nestled under the Great Western Tiers mountain range, the vibrant cartoon bees adorning the building are difficult to miss. Inside you will be taken on a journey of discovery into the amazing world of the honeybee. There are over 50 different honeys to taste, from single origin honeys, such as Tasmanian Leatherwood, to indulgent gourmet delights like the rich Honey Chocolate Paste. After tasting the honeys, explore the secrets of the hive with audio-visual and interactive displays. A feature is the glass beehive. Watch the bees busily producing honey, try to spot the queen bee and maybe even watch a newly born bee hatching from its cell- all from behind the safety of glass. Not only does The Honey Farm have the widest range of honey available in Tasmania, but also a unique range of honeybee related giftware, skincare products for both therapeutic and cosmetic use, and health-boosting Apitherapy products such as Propolis, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Manuka Honey. Tastings and entry to The Honey Farm are free. The village of Chudleigh is just under a one-hour drive west of Launceston (64 km).
Honey Tasmania - The Beehive
Honey Tasmania invites you to experience the delicious and fascinating world of honey, learn about the remarkable journey from flower source to jar and appreciate the wonder that is the honeybee. At The Beehive, you will find yourself immersed in all things bees and honey and learn about the unique Tasmanian environment. You will be able taste uniquely different varieties of pure raw honey made by our millions of industrious bees. At Honey Tasmania, we move our hives to various locations in the north of Tasmania, following the flow of nectar and pollen, allowing us to bring you over 15 distinctive honeys. In The Beehive, we are also showcasing two wonderful new display beehives, where you can watch the queen laying eggs, see a new baby emerge from a cell and experience the delight of the bees communicating through their waggle dance. Along with our delicious honey, we sell honey alcohol (the largest selection in Australia), as well as Tasmanian whisky and gin; we stock beauty products made from honey and beeswax; and offer honey and bee related handmade gifts, books on bees and honey, and many more honeybee focused products. Come in and try our delicious honey ice cream!
Horse Riding Tasmania
Join Horse Riding Tasmania for an unforgettable trek as you explore some of South East Tasmania's best scenery! On arrival you will be greeted by your qualified and friendly guide before being fitted with a helmet and boots. A safety briefing will follow and you will be introduced to your obliging horse that will lead you on a memorable adventure. Ride into the luscious high country. Be guided through native bushland surrounded by magnificent views on this spectacular trek. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, wombats as well as bird life and prolific native flora. Ride past incredible sandstone cliffs at Bluff River Gorge, climb Mt Hobbs passing through glorious rainforest for a mountain top view of Maria Island or brave the descent into Tin Pot Creek. We also offer multi day rides and or Exclusive rides at 7 Mile Beach, Horse Riding Tasmania is the ultimate in horse riding experiences.
Ida Bay Railway and Cafe
***Please note that the railway will be open for business from 30 January 2019********** Step aboard their historic WWII Diesel locomotive,enjoy an unforgettable two hour journey alongside the water's edge, through bush planes and enjoy a history talk from your tour guide at the historic cemetery. Once you arrive at 'Deep-hole' you will be able to walk around a pristine white beach or even take a walk to the Southport Lagoon. This Heritage listed railway is one of the last operating bush tramways in Australia! Their cafe is the last place in Tasmania to get a great feed! They have a diverse menu including Home-made Burgers, Fish and Chips, Freshly ground Coffee and even some Tasmanian Valhalla ice cream. Their staff are passionate about the local area and are focused on showing you the hidden gems. They stock all the local brochures and information maps. They can cater for all groups, so please call today to arrange a custom dining menu, even an exclusive train ride can be arranged.
Inverawe Native Gardens
Inverawe Native Gardens will inspire you with its extensive collection of Australian native plants. It is the largest landscaped native garden in Tasmania. Just 15 minutes from Hobart, Tasmania's capital, Inverawe is easy to access. Enjoy the sweeping views down North West Bay towards Bruny Island. Take tea on the terrace or just sit on one of the many seats, soak up the atmosphere of peace and serenity. Watch some of Inverawe's 102 bird species bustle about. All twelve endemic bird species have been seen here. Bring a note book and list plants you want for your own garden. They're identified by name. Borrow some of our landscaping ideas. Your visit will be enhanced by the whimsy, poetry and interpretation signs, and the year round colour of a native garden. The early botanists and French explorers were here, over 200 years ago. See some of the plant species they named. Imagine what the scenery would have looked like then. You'll be met on arrival, introduced to the garden and given a coloured map to help you navigate around this extensive garden. Guided tours are available on request.
Iron Pot Golf Course
The Iron Pot Golf Course is a public golf course in south-east Tasmania. South Arm is a 40-minute drive south-east of Hobart (37 km) overlooking the mouth of the Derwent Estuary and northern entrance to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The Iron Pot Golf Club is a relatively flat nine-hole golf course with coastal views. The course features watered greens which present several challenges for the golfer. You can enjoy a drink in the bar after your round seven days a week, and the club offers dinner Friday and Saturday evenings and lunch on Sunday. Holes: 9, Par: 70, Length: 5,174 metres, Australian Course Rating: 67.
Jackson's Emporium at Hamilton, specialises in Derwent Valley products, cafe with local food, visitor information and accommodation. Hamilton is a classified historic town, a one-hour drive north-west of Hobart (70 km). Originally constructed in 1856 as the Hamilton Centre of Commerce, Jackson's Emporium now showcases a choice of Derwent Valley produce. The Cafe at Jackson's offers delicious home cooked meals, cakes, slices, biscuits, jams, relish and other local products, all prepared in our commercial kitchen. Our menu includes a large range of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Jackson's Emporium also incorporates Hamilton Heritage Holiday Homes. The booking office can arrange accommodation in a local heritage cottage right in the heart of this charming and historic pastoral town.