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Julie Burgess

One of Devonport's unique attractions, the Julie Burgess, a fully restored historic ketch offers two-hour sailings, taking up to 20 passengers out of the mouth of the Mersey River and into Bass Strait. The aim is to 'catch the wind', hoist the sails and experience the workings of this historic vessel. With a 'fair breeze', the vessel heads west toward Mersey Bluff, further west to Don Heads, before turning round in the Strait and heading back to port. Passengers get a different view of Devonport, the dolerite cliffs of Mersey Bluff and the North West coastline. While on board, you'll hear more about the ketch, now the last of the Burgess Family fishing vessels that plied the seas of Bass Strait and its islands.

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Jump Tours

All Jump Tour departures are GUARANTEED! Jump is the low cost, maximum fun way for budget travellers to see Tasmania. You will walk on white sandy beaches and swim in crystal clear waters. Gaze across stunning World Heritage wilderness while you breathe some of the freshest air on earth. Take the opportunity to sample the gourmet delights of the island, including delicious cheeses, smoked salmon and chocolate. We show you stunning places that many people don't even know exist, along with the places that have made Tasmania famous. In a place like this local knowledge goes a long way - you will hear about the history and heritage of the state, how the natural wilderness has changed over the millennia and some entertaining stories about the local characters. With Jump tours you can cook for yourself or eat out as you please. Stay at quality hostel accommodation in dorms or doubles, not in tents. Tour groups are small, guides are all locals, and are young and full of knowledge. Pick-up and drop-off in Hobart and Launceston. Contact Jump Tours for an unforgettable Tasmanian experience!

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Kalangadoo Store

The Kalangadoo is located in a pleasant bush setting and is a great place to stop for fuel and refreshments. Conveniently located half way between Campbell Town and Swansea where you can rest and stretch your legs, refuel and replenish yourself with home cooking that is made on the premises daily. The Coffee Nook is a cosy, comfortable warm resting place, especially to enjoy your freshly made coffee, tea, chai or hot chocolate, maybe with a home made biscuit or freshly made toasted sandwich. Serving take away food, drinks and some groceries as well as fuel and bottled gas. We have an interesting gallery filled with bric-a-brac, second hand books, felted artworks and pre oved clothing items. The store stocks predominantly locally made Tasmanian goods, authentic Aboriginal Art and Jewellery (local artist), along with local produce including honey which is bottled on the premises. Kalangadoo is close to the popular fishing destination of Lake Leake, so come on in and select your fishing lure from our Hurricane, ProLure, Tassie Devil, ZipBaits and D & A lure range. We also have a selection of bait for fisherpeople travelling to the Coast. Open 8am - 6pm, 7 days a week.

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Keen Angler Charters

Keen Angler Charters provides game,bay and reef fishing and sight seeing tours on Tasmania’s east coast. Nearly all year round with weather permiting Join skipper Lionel Peters aboard ‘Keen Angler’ for a fishing adventure departing from Burns bay boat ramp St Helens and the first fishing ground is 10 minutes away to get you onto your first fish Whether you are experienced or a holiday angler, Lionel will cater the tour to your needs. Remember Bay game or reef fishing - the choice is yours. We aim to please to make it a memorable holiday memory for you. The vessel is tourism accredited and a comfortable survey built fully equipped built for the purpose‘Steber Persuader.’ You can enjoy either full or half day trips for one person yes thats right one or we take up to four people. There is high quality gear for each person too use no need to share. We supply everything you need, sunscreen and hot/cold drinks cake there is a toilet on board all you need is you,hat glasses camera When you step aboard ‘Keen Angler’ for your full or half day fishing adventure you are going to have a great time.

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Kentish Visitor Information Centre - Story of the Sheffield Murals Audio Tour

Kentish Visitor Information Centre - Story of the Sheffield Murals Audio Tour is located in Sheffield. “Story of the Sheffield Murals” audio tour is a self-guided walking tour that tells the story of why the first mural was commissioned in Sheffield and how a rural town in economic decline was transformed into a thriving outdoor art gallery! Local characters share their vision, tell their stories and fill us in on the history of Sheffield. The audio tours are excellent and entertaining – not to be missed – as recorded in our visitor’s book at the visitors centre! The visitor can experience the strong community spirit and listen to the town’s unique characters whilst viewing the stunning mural exhibits. The “Story of the Sheffield Murals” audio tour really does bring the murals to life. The audio tour is captured on hand held digital devices with headphones hired from the Kentish Visitor Information Centre at Sheffield.

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King Island Coach Tours

King Island Coach Tours offer tours of the Island's well-known landmarks and attractions. Visit the famous King Island Dairy, take an evening penguin watching tour, or visit the Cape Wickham lighthouse - the tallest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere. King Island Coach Tours also offers accommodation packages whilst on the Island and morning and/or afternoon tea along with lunch is provided on tour. Refreshment options will vary from tour to tour depending on the length of tour. Additional transfer options are available to/from key locations such as airport, golf and your accommodation.

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King Island Cycling Tours

King Island is known as serene and green, offering pristine crystal clear water, wild ocean vistas, and inland journeys through farms and forests. The island roads are perfect for cycling. The cycling tour packages give visitors the chance to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of King Island at their own pace. The knowledge of the local area, the people and experiences make for some truly spectacular cycling. Bring your own bike? - It's easy! Combine your cycling holiday with some of the world's best golf or surf or simply sit back and relax dining on fresh, quality produce. Your tour will be personalised and carefree. King Island is a 40-minute flight from Melbourne.

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King Island Dairies

Founded in the early 1900's King Island Dairy are producers of award winning and world class specialty cheese and dairy products. Amongst our most popular products are soft white, blue vein, washed rind and cheddar cheese. Guarding the stormy western entrance to Bass Strait is a lonely, rugged island. Situated at 144ᵒ longitude and 40ᵒ latitude, this isolated place is cut off from the rest of the world by jagged reefs, raging seas and howling Roaring Forties winds. With mineral rich soils, cool annual temperatures, abundant rainfall and a consistent salt spray thanks to the constant westerly winds, the environment contributes to quality milk production which helps us create some of the finest cheeses on earth. If visiting King Island, make sure you stop by the King Island Dairy cheese store. We have our award winning range available for tasting and purchase. Our friendly staff are always ready to answer any questions you might have about our types of cheese and how King Island cheese is made. We serve a cheese platter of the day featuring Tasmanian produce as well a selection of hot and cold drinks including craft beer and Tasmanian wine.

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King Island Farm Tours - Meat Your Beef

This is a personalised tour around our farm. We will share our knowledge about beef production and other food production on King Island with you. We are a young couple that found our way in agriculture. We run around 1500 head of cattle on 800ha on King Island. We want to share with you our passion for sustainable agriculture and food. Our cattle are 100% grass fed. We also have some chooks, bees and veggies The farm tour runs for around 1.5hrs and you will have the chance to see all our classes of livestock and how we manage our farm. We will also share our personal journey and how did we get to here. At the end of the tour, you can stay for lunch or dinner. We offer a paddock to plate experience. Our beef is selected especially for the farm tours. Our Tours have been rated top 6 paddocks to plate experience in Tasmania! You will also be able to taste other farm products and other King Island produce. Please check our website for more information.

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King River Rafting

King River Rafting offers one day white water rafting experiences out of Queenstown and Hobart. Raft the King River through the West Coast Wilderness with a spectacular gorge, wild rainforest, huon pine, west coast pioneer relics and a different view of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. You may like to mix your day in with the train on our King River Gorge, Raft and Steam Experience, or enjoy the tranquillity and reflections in the King River Gorge Explorer. When not in Queenstown we raft the Derwent River out of Hobart. Our Day on the Derwent takes you through the beautiful warm rural country side of the Derwent Valley with possible encounters with sea eagles and platypus. With our trained guides and quality equipment you will have a memorable day. See our website for more details

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Mawson's Huts Replica Museum

The Mawson's Huts Replica Museum stands on the waterfront in Hobart, near the wharf from which the SY Aurora sailed south to Antarctica with Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 on board. This world-class small museum gives visitors an historic insight into the daily lives of the AAE expeditioners who spent two winters living and working in the windiest place on Earth - the true 'home of the blizzard'. "For two years, through two dark winters, the huts were home - a haven of warmth, light and companionship". The Mawson's Huts Foundation's mission: the ongoing conservation of the unique historic buildings that were built as the base for Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 at Cape Denison on Commonwealth Bay in January 1912. Assisted by enthusiastic volunteers and staff, all profits from the Museum go towards the conservation of the original huts in Antarctica. We welcome special interest and school groups. Please call us for a special group rate.

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May Queen

Floating in Constitution Dock in Hobart is Australia's oldest sail trading vessel SV May Queen. A significant vessel in the maritime heritage of Australia, SV May Queen is listed at No. 22 on the World Ship Trust register of historic vessels and is included on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels. Built before the development of roads and land transport routes, this type of vessel helped to establish and supply coastal communities and industry in the South East of Tasmania. The May Queen is recognised internationally as an authentic floating example of the sea craft technology of the mid 1800s. The May Queen was built on the banks of the Huon River at Franklin, just upstream from where the Wooden Boat Centre is now located. Suitable timber growing near the banks of the river, or close by, was selected by the shipwright Alexander Lawson. The May Queen is maintained entirely by volunteers. Throughout the year, and in the summer months, volunteers are on hand to show visitors around the vessel.

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Maydena Bike Park

The Maydena Bike Park is a year round mountain bike and adventure park, located in Tasmania's Derwent Valley. The bike park operates a commercial uplift service, with trails having a strong gravity focus. With access to over 820m vertical elevation and stunning wilderness, the park is Australia's biggest gravity-based bike park. The park offers uplift mountain biking, a free access skills park, two cafes, a bike store, hire shop and a range of tours, including sightseeing tours.

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Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve

Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve is a conservation area south of Swansea on Tasmania's east coast and a great spot to break your journey along the coast, unpack a picnic and get out your camera. Mayfield Bay's sandy beach and coastal area offers good camping, fishing, swimming, surfing and diving, as well as wonderful views across Great Oyster Bay to Freycinet Peninsula. The reserve has shady trees and toilet facilities but you'll need to bring your own drinking water and camping gear. A little further north from Mayfield Bay is the convict-built Spiky Bridge. This unusual looking bridge was built in the 1840s by a convict road gang. The bridge was built from local fieldstone with stones placed vertically along the parapet, giving the bridge its spiky appearance. It's been claimed that the spikes were designed to prevent cattle falling over the sides. There are also interpretation signs with information about the nearby Rocky Hills Probation Outstation convict ruins. The reserve is a 15-minute drive from Swansea and one-and-a-half-hour drive from Hobart.

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Meditation and Rejuvenation Weekend

Come for Saturday or Sunday or make it a weekend retreat! This weekend is designed to give you rest, discoveries, friendship and laughter. Accommodation is available on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday night at a nearby retreat which has a 5-star rating on Airbnb. Please advise if you would like to book into all or part of this retreat. See below for further detail Day 1 – Saturday 19 January - "Meditation and Play" 10:00am to 8:00pm Consists of ice-breakers, theory and discussion about mindfulness and play, a 20 minute silent meditation (with tips for beginners), Shared lunch, Rest, nap or explore, followed by playing with nature and mandalas; Cook together; Sound play (voices, percussion & rhythm). Day 2 – Sunday 20 January - "Meditation and Emotions" 10:00am to 5:00pm. Consists of ice-breakers, theory and discussion about using meditation for emotional development, a 20 minute silent meditation (with tips for beginners); Enjoy a packed lunch together; Joy-strolling, meditative techniques for unpacking tension and exploring emotions, and how to create new emotional strengths. Contact Stephanie via the Grace Junction website for further information, including costs, accommodation options and payment.

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Metal Urges Fine Jewellery & Diamonds

Metal Urges Fine Jewellery is a jewellery workshop and gallery located in the centre of Hobart's business district. On location you will find diamond, platinum and 18 carat gold jewellery. The craftspeople at Metal Urges have been drawn together by their passion and love of fine handcrafted jewellery, motivated by quality and design beauty above all else. When you visit Metal Urges you will be welcomed into the gallery and workshop spaces and are encouraged to view the jewellers working up-close. The gallery includes a wide range of the jewellery produced within the workshop and a large collection of rare and beautiful gemstones from around the world. Metal Urges is completely unique in its style and methods. The Metal Urges team work diligently on every jewellery item to custom make it the best it can be. Excellent customer service before, during and after each jewellery commission is an essential part of the Metal Urges experience. Metal Urges Fine Jewellery passionately crafts fine quality jewellery. Staff happily answer any questions about jewellery or gemstones, and share their passion with every visitor.

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Mole Creek Karst National Park

Mole Creek Karst National Park, in northern Tasmania, features richly decorated limestone caves. The Park is 40 minutes west of Deloraine and a short drive from the village of Mole Creek. Mole Creek Karst National Park protects deep limestone caves of superb stalactites, stalagmites and columns, glow worm displays, subterranean streams and cathedral caverns. The Park is best known for the superb Marakoopa and King Solomons Caves, which are open to the general public, but its 1,345 hectares (3,324 acres) contains a total of 300 caves and sinkholes. You can view the caves on guided tours which depart several times each day, or join a specialised adventure-caving experience. If you plan to visit both Marakoopa and King Solomons Caves, remember that it will take about 15 minutes to drive between the two. There is an entry fee to explore the caves, and national park entry fees also apply to other areas of the Park. Current park passes must be purchased for entry to Tasmania's national parks. For full details please visit the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife website.

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MONA - Museum of Old and New Art

Looking at the art used to be boring. It still is, maybe, but at least here at Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, you can get drunk and/or rage against the machine. Located just up the river from Hobart (Tasmania's southern capital), Mona's subterranean architecture showcases the highlights (and lowlights) of David Walsh’s $110m private collection of art and antiquities, as well as hosting a busy exhibitions program. Mona is also home to the Moorilla winery, Source Restaurant, bars, cafe, accommodation pavilions and more (plus Moo Brew, an off site brewery). MONA also hosts two festivals. Each January, our summer festival, Mofo, which unleashes an eclectic mix of music and art. Come June, Dark Mofo winter festival delves into centuries-old winter solstice rituals and celebrates the dark through art, music, food, film, light and noise. Mona is located at 655 Main Road, Berriedale, Tasmania, Australia; a 15-minute drive from Hobart's centre, or a 30-minute ride on our MR-1 fast ferry from Hobart's Brooke Street Pier (Posh Pit: $55 per person return/Cattle Class: $22 per person return). For more information, or to book transport, please visit the Mona website.

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Montezuma Falls

Montezuma Falls, near Rosebery on Tasmania's west coast, is Tasmania's highest waterfall. The track to the falls begins at Williamsford, two kilometres south of Rosebery. This easy, three-hour return walk along a level track takes you to the base of the 104 metre falls through pleasant park-like rainforest of leatherwood, myrtle, sassafras and giant tree ferns. You may see native wildlife along the way, including several species of birds. The track follows the historic route of the former North East Dundas Tramway right to the base of Montezuma Falls. The creek immediately below the falls was once spanned by a wooden trestle bridge, 160 feet long and 50 feet high. Today derelict pieces of timber, moss-covered concrete piers and rusty bolts are the only remains of this bridge. Facilities at nearby Rosebery include picnic facilities, shops and toilets. Rosebery is a 90-minute drive south of Burnie.

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Moonah Arts Centre

Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) is a regional focus for arts and cultural development in Glenorchy City and across southern Tasmania. MAC’s new, contemporary, state of the art facility featuring purpose build exhibition, performance and workshop spaces, promises to surprise and delight people of all ages. Owned and operated by Glenorchy City Council, MAC aims to enrich the local community by providing accessible and affordable arts and cultural experiences. A ‘once in a lifetime’ investment has seen MAC move into a brand new, purpose built space on Albert Road. Here, MAC will continue to provide accessible, affordable arts and cultural experiences to the local community for decades to come.

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