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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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Hobart Explorer Coach Tram Tours

Hobart Explorer Coach Tram Tours lets you explore Hobart and surrounds in a converted historic tram. Note that due to operational reasons, other vehicles may be used. In this three-hour comprehensive tour you will see over 40 of Hobart's historical sites aboard the converted coach tram, including four stops. Stop at the Cascade Gardens, the ruins of the Female prison, Rosny Park lookout and some free time at the Botanical Gardens. Your experienced driver/guide will give expert live commentary providing you with an in depth knowledge of our city's history, lifestyle, features and attractions. Bookings can be made at the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, 20 Davey Street Hobart, at the GrayLine desk inside Brooke St Pier or by the contact details on this page.

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Hobart Free Walking Tours

Explore the cultural and historical capital of Tasmania with a Free Walking Tour. At Hobart Free Walking Tours, we want everyone to share our love of Hobart, no matter their budget. For this reason, we don't charge up-front. Instead, we leave it to you to decide what you thought the tour was worth at the end. We will take you on a 2 hour tour of Hobart, Salamanca & Battery Point, explaining Hobart's fascinating history and contemporary culture. Please check our website for the latest tour schedule.

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Hobart Historic Cruises

Hobart Historic Cruises runs a wide range of tours including Harbour Explore cruises. Cruise options includes morning, lunch, afternoon, dinner, firework cruise and boat charter for party and function use. Bus tours include the Port Arthur Mega Tour, Bruny Island Sights Tour, Richmond, Mt Wellington and Devil Zoo. Their vessel can carry over 120 passengers, with full commercial kitchen, freshly cooked meals and full liquor licence.

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Hobart Historic Tours

Discover Hobart by foot and hear the fascinating stories of how Tasmania's capital city was established and how it became the vibrant waterfront city it now is. Choose your preferred small group walking tour and explore Hobart with your local guide on the Hobart Historic Walk (90 minutes), the Old Hobart Pub Tour (90 minutes) or the Grand Hobart Walk (three hours). The Hobart Historic Walk will provide an introduction to Hobart's history and orientation of the city today. Identify the heritage listed buildings and hear the stories of the early characters and issues that were major influences in the early days of Hobart. Or join the Old Hobart Pub Tour and learn about old taverns, pubs, brothels, smugglers, convicts and the characters involved. The Grand Hobart Walk combines the Hobart Historic Walk with a tour of Salamanca and Battery Point, this three hour experience with your local guide will give you in depth insights into Hobart's past and present. Visit their website for full details.

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Hobart Mountain Bike Tours

Want to ride experience Hobart's best mountain bike riding with a local? Suitable for all levels, whether you want easy scenic cruising or a single track odyssey or somewhere in between. We provide the bikes, the gear, the guides, the local knowledge and a monster dose of passion and enthusiasm. Hobart Mountain Bike Tours is a family owned and operated business dedicated to showing visitors the best mountain bike riding in our beautiful city.

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Hobart Shuttle Bus Company

Hobart Shuttle Bus Company provides an affordable means of transportation and short tours to some of Hobart's top tourist attractions. It offers tours daily from the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre Hobart (hotel pick-ups also available on morning departures) to Mt Wellington, Richmond Historic Village and ZooDoo Wildlife Park. Also check out our combination tours. Our tours start from as low as $30 per adult and $20 for children. Hobart Shuttle Bus Company operate 12 and 22 seater coaches which offer personalised small group tours. Commentary and local tour guides are provided on all tours.

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Hobart Snap Shot Tours

My name is Carmel and I am the owner and founder of Hobart Snap Shot Tours! My aim is to create a day you will remember for years to come, a day you will not forget in a hurry. I feel passionate about where I live, its history, its old buildings, its culture, its flora and fauna and most importantly its amazing wines. I would be delighted to impart my knowledge in a personalised tour, especially for you. I understand when you go on holiday, time is precious and you will want to see as much as you can without feeling rushed or lost or share tour with a bus load of strangers who may not share the same interests as you. I encourage you to bring your cameras as there will be many photo opportunities. Great memories of your trip to Tasmania need to be preserved. Included with your personalised tour I would be more than happy to take photos for you at no additional cost. These will be given to you by either email or USB. Please feel free to choose one of the organised tours or customise your own. Enjoy!

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Hobart Yachts

Whether it's a casual afternoon sail on the beautiful Derwent River or an extended epic yacht charter around some of the world's most spectacular coastline, Hobart Yachts has a trip to suit you! We have a selection of charters to choose from on our website but we are also happy to sail wherever you like. All our yacht charters include a professional and friendly crew to ensure you get the most out of your voyage. All our cruises include the best of fresh Tasmanian food and local wines and beer are available at regular bar prices. At 62 feet, Helsal IV is one of the largest yachts to race in the Tasmanian sailing fleet. A veteran of three Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races, she has the body of an ocean racer and the living quarters of a luxury cruiser; thrills and comfort go hand in hand with experiences that will stay with you a lifetime.

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Lake Mackintosh

Lake Mackintosh is five kilometres from Tullah in Tasmania's west and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the region. The lake and surrounding country is magnificent with myrtle, sassafras and eucalypt forests along with native ferns growing almost to the lake's edge. Like all Hydro Tasmania lakes, Lake Mackintosh is stocked with brown and rainbow trout and a great place to go fishing with several boat ramps available on the lake. Lake Macintosh is also a terrific place to enjoy a picnic or barbecue on the shore. There are several easy bush walking tracks around the lake or take a three-hour return walk to the summit of Mt Farrell through lush forest past old mines and through areas of buttongrass. From the summit there are amazing views of Tasmania's wilderness. You need a licence to fish for trout in Tasmania's lakes. A free brochure - Fishing Code for Anglers - is available from licence-selling agents and the Inland Fisheries Commission.

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Lake Meadowbank

Lake Meadowbank is between Hamilton and Ouse on the Lyell Highway, a one-hour drive north-west of Hobart. Lake Meadowbank is the most downstream lake in the Derwent River hydro-scheme. Like all Hydro Tasmania lakes, Lake Meadowbank is stocked with trout. Try your luck fly fishing, spinning or trolling for brown trout - the lake’s most abundant fish - or perhaps a big rainbow trout. Water-skiing, canoeing and swimming are popular here and you can pitch your tent by the shore for a few days and truly get away from it all. Boat launching facilities, toilets, picnic and barbecue areas are available on the lake’s eastern banks and there's easy access from most shores. You need a licence to fish for trout in Tasmania’s lakes. A free brochure - Fishing Code for Anglers - is available from licence-selling agents and the Inland Fisheries Service.

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Lake Rowallan

Lake Rowallan is a Hydro Tasmania lake in north west Tasmania. The Lake is a 30 minute drive (25 kilometres/16 miles) south of Liena, past Lake Parangana and the Mersey White Water Forest Reserve. The last few kilometres of road to Lake Rowallan is unsealed. Lake Rowallan offers excellent bush-based trout fishing, with a stocked population of rainbow and brown trout as well as some native species. You can launch your boat at the northern end of the Lake or follow the four wheel drive vehicle tracks to sheltered camping areas where small boats can be launched from the shore. Lake Rowallan is also the starting point for walks into nearby highland areas including the Walls of Jerusalem national park. Along with Lakes Parangana and Cethana, Lake Rowallan forms part of the Mersey-Forth catchment—a system of lakes created by Hydro Tasmania for the generation of electricity. There are seven power stations in this catchment system, contributing about 15.8 percent of Tasmania’s energy needs. You will need a licence to fish for trout in Tasmania’s lakes. A free brochure - ‘Fishing Code for Anglers’ is available from licence-selling agents and the Inland Fisheries Commission.

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Lake St Clair (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Lake St Clair is at the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Aboriginal people of the area called the lake Leeawuleena, meaning sleeping water. Carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years, this is the deepest freshwater lake in Australia (167 metres/ 547 feet) and the headwaters of the Derwent River. The area around Lake St Clair offers a wealth of walks, ranging from leisurely 45 minutes strolls to overnight bushwalks, as well as beautiful forests to explore. Lake St Clair is also the end point of the famous Overland Track, which runs from Cradle Mountain in the north to Cynthia Bay on the southern shore of Lake St Clair. Try fishing, boating or the ferry service travelling the 18 kilometre length of the lake, and meet bushwalkers completing the Overland Track. To help you make the most of your stay, information officers are available at the centre seven days a week. They can advise you on what to do and where to go and assist with general enquiries.

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Launceston's Gorge Scenic Chairlift

Launceston's Gorge Scenic Chairlift lets you view magnificent Cataract Gorge from above, located in Northern Tasmania. Take in the spectacular features of Cataract Gorge from this single-span chairlift. View the South Esk River in a serene or turbulent mood after a flood as well as tree rhododendrons and fern glades. It takes about eight minutes to take the ride across Cataract Gorge and First Basin. Top speed is a sedate one metre per second, but usually the chairlift runs slower than that to afford passengers a longer ride. It is about 457 metres (1462 feet) from station to station, with a central span between two pylons of 308 metres (985 feet), believed to be the longest single span of any chairlift in the world. Since its opening in 1972, the chairlift has established a 100 percent safety record. Be sure to also wander the grounds below the chairlift, where you can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, tea rooms and the delightful peacocks who inhabit the area. Launceston's Gorge Scenic Chairlift is around a 15-minute walk from Launceston's central business district.

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Lavender House - The Perfumery

Lavender House - The Perfumery is Tasmania's only working perfumery. Entry is free, with a smile. The focus and winning points of difference for visitors to enjoy are the perfumery manufacturing area with a large observation window allowing a unique opportunity to see 'the makers making', a spacious gift shop offering the extensive range of herbal well-being products made, free product sampling and helpful advice. This innovative niche business that is focused on the uses of lavender was established in 1991 inspired by the owners passion for lavender and the natural therapeutic values of herbs. Steady painstaking research and development over nearly 25 years has resulted in a generous range of contemporary personal body care products, simple natural remedies, aromatherapy and perfumery plus, fragrant home care. All with the natural benefits of pure Tasmanian lavender. Lavender House - The Perfumery is at Rowella, a 35-minute drive (48 kilometres / 30 miles) north from Launceston on the Tamar Valley Wine Route, close to Beaconsfield, Beauty Point and the Batman Bridge. An easy round trip from Launceston seeing both sides of the lovely Tamar River. OPEN: Monday-Friday 10am -5pm CLOSED: Good Friday and Christmas Day. July and August visitors by appointment only.

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Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees

Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees are trees sculpted into World War One soldiers in Dorset, Tasmania. The 25 statues depict the fallen men they were planted for in 1918. During a ceremony at the railway reserve at Ringarooma Road (renamed Legerwood in December, 1918) trees were planted in honour of fallen soldiers. As the names were called out, a relative of the soldier came forward to hold the tree before planting. In 2001, a report indicated that the trees were no longer safe and the community were devastated that the memorials would be lost. By 2004, it was decided that each of the stumps would be carved into the likeness of each soldier. A chainsaw carver, Eddie Freeman of Ross, was asked by the Legerwood Hall and Reserves Committee to sculpt the masterpieces. Various scenes depicting world War One were also carved. Walk along the avenue of trees and take in the World War One history displayed. Notice the Weymouth Pine at each end of the avenue representing Gallipoli and the Anzac soldiers who fought during this time. Enjoy the picnic area and peaceful surroundings. Dorset is approximately one hours’ drive (86 kilometers/53 miles) from Launceston.

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Leven Canyon Lookout Track

Come to the edge of a dramatic canyon with a river twisting and roaring 275 metres below - and hear nature's wild call. It's rare in the world to find a powerful place like Leven Canyon that's so easy to access. Enjoy the excitement of the canyon, only 45 minutes away from tranquil beaches and coastal parklands. The reserve, almost 2,500 ha, is a refuge for Tasmanian plants, animals and birds. Experience them on a range of fascinating walks, most of them easy. Relax in bushland surrounds while having a picnic or barbecue. There's much to explore, so allow at least two hours on-site. Walks include Cruickshanks Lookout, Forest Stairs, Edge Lookout Track, Fern Walk and Canyon Floor Walk. Facilities include stories and information revealing the significance of the Canyon and surrounds, picnic area with barbecues, tables and picnic shelter and toilets.

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Liffey Falls Reserve

Liffey Falls State Reserve is nestled in the cool temperate rainforest of the Great Western Tiers mountain range in Tasmania's north and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Liffey Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tasmania, along with Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park in Tasmania's south. The Liffey River rises on the northern edge of the Great Western Tiers and plunges through dense rainforest of myrtle, sassafras and leatherwood, running over several magnificent waterfalls before reaching rich farmlands and joining the South Esk River. There are four sets of falls along the 45-minute return walk from the picnic ground downhill to the majestic Victoria Falls (commonly referred to as Liffey Falls), all of which can be viewed from sturdy observation decks.

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Lilium Bulb Sale

Our 2019 Lilium Bulb Sale will be held at the Latrobe Memorial Hall from 11 am to 1 pm on Sunday 2nd June. Our Lilium Bulb Sale offers a very broad range of Lilium bulbs along with some select companion bulbs and plants. Many of these bulbs are unavailable elsewhere and are often in short supply. Best bulbs always sell quickly – be early! The emphasis is on easily-grown, garden lilies although there are also rare species liliums for the collector and many different Lilium Hybrids. This includes many of the great new Tasmanian-bred hybrids. Asiatics, Martagons, Trumpet/Aurelians, Orientals, OTs and more – all at reasonable prices. Most of our experienced growers have their own tables and are available to give personal advice on their lilies. Our 2018 Lilium Bulb Sale was again, very successful. These events just keep on getting better every year. Buyers travel from far and wide to attend this event. Thanks to all those who supported us and good luck with your lilies!

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