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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 ice cream, hazelnut cappuccino and a chef prepared menu, filled with delicious produce from Northern Tasmania.

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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.

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Hellyers Road Distillery

Australia's largest boutique whisky distillery is located in Burnie, an easy 30-minute drive from Devonport's Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal. The Visitor Centre is open daily from 1000 to 1630, (except public holidays), offering a superb cafe with breathtaking views over some of the nation's best pastoral lands and the beautiful Emu Valley precinct. Visitors can enjoy a fully interpreted tour of the distillery (Whisky Walk) to find out the fascinating origins behind the brand and learn how Hellyers Road crafts its award-winning single malt whiskies. The Whisky Walk also provide guests with the opportunity to pour and wax seal their very own bottle of Hellyers Road Distiller's Choice whisky - complete with signed Certificate of Authenticity. Bookings for the Whisky Walk are highly recommended. Following the tour you can sample their range of single malts, vodka and whisky cream liqueurs at the dedicated tasting counter - or enjoy a superb meal or coffee in the cafe. Even if you are not a whisky lover, a visit to Hellyers Road Distillery is a fascinating experience and insight into how one of the world's emerging whisky brands plies its craft.

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Herbaceous Tours

Herbaceous Tours cater for all who are passionate about food and wine in Tasmania as well as offering iconic tourism. Herbaceous Tours offers a unique opportunity to actually meet farmers and vintners. We take you to farms; vineyards and food producers where you will experience meeting and talking to the people producing the product, be it wine, cheese, oysters, small goods, salmon, abalone, chocolates, olive oil and a host of other wonderful Tasmanian produce. You will also see some spectacular Tasmanian scenery, learn some local history and taste amazing food. We also offer personalized day tours to many iconic spots all over Tasmania, maybe a day trip to historic Oatlands with the largest collection of Georgian buildings in Australia, or a trip to the beautiful Derwent Valley and Mt Field National Park, the far south to the Tahune Airwalk, Hastings Caves or the Ida Bay Railway, the choices are endless! We are also able to personalise extended tours which allows for visits all over the state wherever you wish to explore, just ask and we will work with you to ensure your stay in our beautiful state is truly memorial.

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Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages

Experience the romance of a bygone era by taking a leisurely carriage ride through the unique historic areas of Battery Point, Hobart Waterfront and Salamanca Place. Our carriage tours immerse you in the colonial past of Hobart. Drawn by two beautiful horses, the carriage is a stunning replica of 19th century vis-a-vis (face to face) carriage. Feel like royalty travelling with the top down, enjoying the sunshine or close the top in inclement weather and still enjoy the sights. Your driver and groom are also dressed in 19th century livery to complete the picture. What is more special than to treat your loved one to a romantic carriage ride, complete with champagne and chocolates? We can work with you to make your first date, proposal or wedding anniversary a truly memorable occasion. In fact, whatever the occasion, we can be there. Weddings are a specialty and we can promise you a truly wonderful addition to the best day of your life. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure the finer details are just perfect.

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Herons Rise Vineyard

Herons Rise Vineyard Accommodation is a family-owned vineyard with holiday cottages in Kettering in Southern Tasmania. Kettering is the gateway to Bruny Island and is on the Huon Trail. The Vineyard is located on hills overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, a 30-minute drive south of Hobart 34 km. We are about a five minute drive from the ferry to Bruny Island. Herons Rise offers two private, self-contained cottages, with parking – the Studio Cottage and the Wine Loft Cottage. The Studio is an open-plan cottage ideal for a couple. A single bed can be set up for a child. The Loft is up a flight of stairs and has two-bedrooms and is ideal for two couples or a family. It can accommodate six people - four in one room (queen and two single beds) and a couple in the second bedroom (queen bed). Both cottages have lovely rural and sea views and stunning night skies. Our guests come here to explore the area, and to enjoy the peaceful rural environment.

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Highland Getaway ATV farm tour

Walk amongst the Highland Cattle, feed the friendly alpacas and go for an ATV farm tour at Highland Getaway in the Huon Valley. Its an amazing experience. Bring your cameras to get some selfies with the animals. The Highland cattle love having their photo taken and the alpacas are always happy for a feed. You'll go for a ride in Julie's 6 seater ATV around the 127 acre property to see the Highlands and stop at the Summer House on the dam and look onto the Huon river. Then back up to the Homestead for some refreshments. Its roughly two hours altogether. Boots will be supplied for bio-security purposes. Please contact Julie to find out more about this tour.

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Hillwood Berry Farm and Farmgate

Open 7 days during berry season (Nov-May) Hillwood Farmgate is an iconic, family run pick your own berry farm, situated in the very heart of the scenic Tamar Valley producing the sweetest berries. We not only produce the finest fresh berries, fruit wines, vinegar's, and jams, we offer the ultimate berry farm fresh experience for families, friends and visitors. Come and relax in our berry inspired sweets Café, cellar door and gift shop with delicious sweet and savoury items.

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Hobart Cat Cafe

Home to ten of the smoochiest cats in Tasmania Hobart Cat Cafe is the perfect place to relax whilst in Hobart. Fully licensed and serving fresh and delicious snacks, meals and sweets with a range of gluten free and vegan friendly options, Tasmanian Art of Tea loose leaf teas, Villino coffee, fresh juice, smoothies and milkshakes for the little ones we're open seven days a week and welcome visitors of all ages. Working closely with RSPCA Tasmania and other local animal welfare organisations Hobart Cat Cafe is dedicated to promoting responsible cat care with our cats acting as adoption ambassadors to support the Adopt Don't Shop message in the most adorable way possible! With a variety of special events held throughout the day or after our regular cafe hours we always have something fresh and exciting going on. Located near the corner of Tasma and Elizabeth Street North Hobart with a bus stop right outside our front door we're open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday (closed Wednesdays), 9am to 4pm Friday to Sunday and are pram/wheelchair accessible. Bookings are $10 per person and include your hour long snuggle session with the cats (or longer if we're not too busy).

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Hobart Convict Penitentiary -Tours & Activities

Immerse yourself in an incredible place of Tasmanian criminal history, that's only a short walk or Red Decker bus ride from Hobart CBD (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site stop). The Hobart Convict Penitentiary 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 that remain - a captivating insight into over 175 years of Hobart’s shadier past. Access to the site is by guided tour or events only. These include Ghost Tours, and Pandemonium - 'The Convict Film Experience' There is also a National Trust gift shop on site. Open every day except public holidays (access by guided tour or event only, book online).

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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.

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Ida Bay Railway and Cafe

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.

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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.

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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.

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Jackson's Emporium

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.

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Joe Lyons Cottage

Joseph Aloysius Lyons was born in this tiny workers cottage in 1879. Joe was the fifth of eight children who experienced early childhood in this humble cottage at Stanley. Joe attended the local Stanley school and started his teaching career here before his political career in 1909. By 1914 Joe was deputy leader, then in 1923 elected as State Premier. Joe remained premier till the party lost office in 1928, before moving into federal politics in the Scullin Labor ministry in 1929. In 1931 Joe resigned from the Labor Party and led the newly formed United Australia Party in its successful federal campaign in December. From 1932 to his death in 1939, "Honest Joe" was Prime Minister of Australia, being the first (and only) Tasmanian to aspire to that office. Joe was also the first Prime Minister to win three consecutive federal elections. The cottage is preserved as much as possible in the period of Joe's childhood. The static display is a tribute to the life of Joe and his equally famous wife Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the federal House of Representatives. The cottage is currently owned by Parks and Wildlife and operated by volunteers.

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John Elliott Classics Museum

A boutique antiquities museum housing examples of the art and culture of the major ancient Mediterranean civilisations. It was established in 1955 by John Elliott, Professor of Classics, to create a teaching and research collection which was also accessible to the public. From Egypt come the assorted amulets, scarabs and ushabti figures found in most ancient Egyptian tombs. A limestone false tomb door, through which the deceased's spirit could pass, is a highlight. Much of the Greek collection comprises pottery which traces stylistic developments in Greek art, from early static, geometric decoration to the fluid, elegant figures of the Classical era. Beautiful yet functional, they speak equally of mythical tales, religious reverence, and wild party nights. Closed during Summer Whether it's a centurion's sword, floor mosaics, jewellery and cosmetic items, or bronze surgical implements, the Roman artefacts give many insights into daily life in the Roman world. Once unearthed by archaeologists, they now await discovery by you. The extensive range of Greek and Roman coins, often miniature works of art, reveal much about political realities and ambitions by their use as propaganda tools - proof that political spin and manipulation has a long history.

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k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers

"k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers", situated in the heart of St Helens, the gateway to the Iconic Bay of Fires, is a shopping experience like no other. Offering the visitor an authentic look into the contemporary Jewellers craft, you can; Talk to the maker in his intimate Studio setting. See him design and create in his workshop. Specialising in fine Handcrafted, Bespoke Jewellery made on the premises from solid Silver, gold, Palladium and Platinum, the pieces feature exquisite local Tasmanian, Australian and World Gems. Island lifestyle Jewellery at its best, "k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers" offers you the visitor the opportunity to purchase a unique piece to celebrate your memorable Tasmanian adventure. With pieces representative of Tasmania like the "Cradle Mountain, lake Dove" Pendant and the Tassie Devil slide bead, to more classic lines like the "Teardrop" and the "Tree of Life" Pendants there is something for everybody. And from inexpensive Sterling Silver pieces to "one offs" in Gold with valuable gems, all price points are catered for as well. "k.mueller Design, Studio Jewellers" is easily accessible in the centre of town, with parking out the front and good food and coffee only a few shops away.

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kanamaluka Trail

To know Tasmania, is to know its coastline, and this has never been so accessible since the opening of the kanamaluka Trail. Running 6kms from George Town to Low Head, the trail takes in some of the most beautiful and interesting sights of the Tamar Valley - Lagoon Beach, Windmill Point and York Cove. Along its route are museums, historic buildings, nature reserves and the shopping precinct. Continuing to attract tourists and locals, the kanamaluka Trail is enjoyed for walking and cycling and gentle recreational exercise. Contact the Visitor Information Centre if you wish to hire a bike and ride from George Towns York cove to Low Head's Light House.... what other way would you experience it.

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Kaydale Lodge Gardens

Kaydale Lodge Gardens is an amazing two-hectare garden and is open daily 0900 till sunset. Wander through the garden, enjoy morning/afternoon teas and light lunches. The Lodge also features country-house accommodation with old-style farm hospitality. The garden has been a family obsession for two generations and continues to grow and expand. Enjoy the visual delights of this unique large country garden with a grand scale rockery, pear walk, zen garden and the productive vegetable garden with it’s seasonal produce used in the dining room. Truly showcasing all the four seasons from spring with thousands of massed daffodils and and fritillaria, to the summer months with hundreds of peonies creating a riot of colour. In autumn the maple leaves flame red, yellow and orange underplanted with drifts of cyclamen. What really sets Kaydale apart is the quality and creativity of the hard landscaping and attention to detail that ensures Kaydale's popularity and reputation as one of Tasmania's premiere garden attractions. Established in 1979 on a 70 hectare farm at Nietta a 30 minutes drive inland from Ulverstone. Kaydale is a perfect base to see all the beautiful local attractions and is seven kilometres from the magnificent Leven Canyon.

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