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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 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. We are proud for good value for money and attention to details. Because of our location in St. Helens along the cycling route we have far greater local knowledge than other companies located far away. Our tours are "touring " style, neither off road nor racing tours. All self-guided tours can be customised, supported tours are conducting 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 from Germany.

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Grey Sands Vineyard

Grey Sands Vineyard overlooks the Tamar Valley at Glengarry, Northern Tasmania. Established in 1989, Grey Sands specialises in intensely flavoured wines, suitable for cellaring...and we do the cellaring for you! That's why you'll be tasting/buying wines of older vintages; we only release them when they are ready for drinking but still with cellaring potential. Come and taste the difference. The vineyard is unirrigated and produces wines with maximum concentration (not maximum yield). 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. From October 2017 to April 2018 the vineyard will be open from 1000 to 1800 for tastings and purchases on the FIRST (FULL) weekend of the month only. Other days/times by appointment...or if sign is out on the road The garden at Grey Sands Vineyard is part of 'Blooming Tasmania' and the garden will be open for viewing on the above weekends also. Admission $5 per adult. Buses welcome by appointment. Glengarry is a 30-minute drive north-west of Launceston (37 km), on the B71, Frankford Road. Check on Google Maps

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Hamlet Cafe

Hamlet serves up smooth coffee, zesty juices and delicious food showcasing locally sourced produce. Situated at the start of the Rivulet walking track Hamlet is committed to 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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Happy Times Vacations

Explore the history of Port Arthur, walk amongst ancient forests, visit the Cradle Mountain National Park, explore the city of Hobart and Mona art gallery or head up to the peak of Mt Wellington to enjoy expansive views, etc. Choose one of them or all of them to visit with our comfortable new tour bus and certified tour guides. We can provide tour guides fluent in Mandarin (中文), Cantonese and English. Multi day tours include accommodation and breakfast, hotel and airport pick up and drop off services that are great value. You can make you own tour plan, decide wherever you want to go in Tasmania, decide which hotel you stay in, just tell us and we will plan an itinerary for you.

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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 complex filtering methods.

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Hartzview Vineyard

Spectacular views are a feature at Hartzview looking across vineyard slopes, and Port Cygnet to the Hartz mountains. In the chapel-like tasting room you can sample from estate grown hand picked Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnays. Unique preservative free fruit ports and liqueurs are 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, locally made gourmet pies and fresh salads. There is also a very large dessert menu incorporating the ports and liqueurs with something for everyone (even Brandy snaps with Hartzview raspberry liqueur). Or just relax and enjoy a devonshire tea and the photo opportunities, 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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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 'Old Hobart Gaol' 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 vegies 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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Hogarth Falls

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.

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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.

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Home Hill

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.

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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).

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