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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 minute drive from Devonport/Spirit of Tasmania terminal and one hour from Launceston and Cradle Mountain. Ghost Rock’s Award Winning Cellar Door overlooks the 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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Go Dive

Go Dive offers diving tours almost anywhere around Tasmania. Sites include the Tasman Peninsula, Bathurst Harbour, Flinders Island, Tasmania's East Coast and Launceston. Tasmania offers some of the world's best temperate water diving, and is a must dive for any serious diver. Each area in which we dive, has many different dive sites along with an incredible variety of dives, including kelp forests, wrecks, sea caves, seal diving, reef dives, and deep dives, there's a dive that will appeal to everyone's sense of adventure! Tasmania is fortunate enough to have diverse sea life along its coastline, offering many different diving opportunities all around the state. With Go Dive, you can dive almost anywhere that you want to. We do group tours around the state, providing you with accommodation and food.

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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, as they take you to those not-to-be-missed foodie haunts tucked away in the city. Come and 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, their self-guided Pastry Pilgrimage is a must. Peruse their website for an option to suit your palate and itinerary! Bookings are essential for all guided tours.; you can do this via their website using their secure online booking system (bookings close 24 hours prior to departure). Any questions? Just drop them a line via their "Contact Us" link, and they'll be very happy to assist. Join them 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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Great Aussie Photo Tours

Great Aussie Photo Tours shares the stunning beauty of Tasmanian wilderness while personally improving your photographic skills. Based in Mt Field National Park, resident photographer Greg Power will give you confidence in using your camera and producing beautiful landscape imagery. Join Greg on a pre-planned tour, or create a special custom tour for you or your friends. Ranging from just two hours up to several days, there is a tour to suit everyone.

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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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Grindelwald Swiss Village (Attraction)

Grindelwald is a 15-minute drive north of Launceston (15 km) in the Tamar Valley. The Swiss-themed Tamar Valley Resort at Grindelwald includes a range of activities including, a shopping arcade, news and gift store, clothing store, hairdresser, day spa, golf pro shop, chocolate cafe, you can test your skill at the 18-hole mini-golf course, or play a round on the ten-hole public golf course, paddle boat hire and canoeing on the lake, and then have a jump on the world's longest bouncing pillow available for children. If you are feeling hungry you can go for a meal or snack at the lakeside Alpenrose Bistro. The Tamar Valley Resort also has many accommodation options include the Grand Chateau Hotel and self-contained family chalets. The Tamar Valley Resort is located in the Swiss-style village of Grindelwald, Northern Tasmania. The village of Grindelwald was established in the 1980s as a unique residential development. All houses in Grindelwald have been built in Swiss style, with wide eaves, flowerboxes, window shutters and balconies. The settlement is fringed with glassy lakes and views of the Tamar Valley.

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Guide Falls Farm

Welcome to Guide Falls Farm. Nestled just above the gorgeous Guide Falls on the North West Coast of Tasmania is where you will find Guide Falls Farm. Set on a large acreage, come along and wander through the native gardens and feed the growing family of animals. Bring the family and your friends and come for a tour of the animal park. Buy a bucket of feed and hand feed Edward the emu, Andy the horse, as well as goats, rabbits, pigs, sheep, peacocks, deer, chickens and alpaca (just to name a few). We have giant rainbow trout in our trout ponds which feed like piranha! The kids will love our baby animal nursery. You can also bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon in the sun. We host regular food and music events and sell farm fresh produce direct from our farm shop. Please see our website or facebook page for current opening times. We look forward to welcoming you onto the farm soon.

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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) with tours from 1000 1100 1200 1330 1430 and 1530.

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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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Harmony Harvest Health Retreat

Are you overworked and feeling worn out? Would you like to relax and revive your energy? Harmony Harvest Health Retreat offers an effective detox and energy cleansing program that will revive your energy, mind and body. Some say our five-day Detox Retreat will make you look and feel 10 years younger! Our property includes on-site accommodation and is set in a private 42-acre bush area with beautiful mountain views. We encourage you to unwind and forget about your busy life. Listen to the birds singing, observe the native wildlife, stroll through the bush or perhaps enjoy your spa bath and read a book. See our website for details for retreat and spa packages.

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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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