Roaring 40\'s Tours take you into the wildreness and beyond with a number of expeditions to chose from. The experience is one of sublime landscape and isolation, exploring a mysterious waterway that remains untouched in the heart of Tasmania\'s World Heritage Wilderness. Kayaking exploration of the calmer waters of Bathurst Harbour and the Narrows is an ideal way to experience the majesty of this area if your time is at a premium, or you\'re new to paddling or wilderness camping.
Harmony Hill Wellness and Organic Spa Retreat, located in a 17 hectare peaceful bush setting in Margate, 25 minutes from Hobart, offers a wide range of spa and healing therapies in beautifully appointed private spa pavilions. Therapies that you can experience include organic anti-aging facials, detox body wrap and exfoliation, chi energy healing, aroma therapy massage, herbal hot stone massage, head spa treatment, full body massage and abdominal massage. You can also enjoy a infra ray sauna and relax in a luxurious Jacuzzi spa bath set in a beautiful private glass atrium! You can book from a one hour treatment, to half and full day or multi-day spa retreat packages. Harmony Hill also offers 2 luxurious accommodation cottages and a special spa cuisine menu can be provided. The spa is eco-friendly and uses only certified organic Harmony Harvest spa products made on site. Transfers from/to your hotel can be arranged. You can spend your whole day at Harmony Hill or combine a treatment with visits to other attractions in the Channel and Huon areas.
Tasmania's largest landscaped native garden is situated 15 minutes drive from Hobart, Tasmania's capital. Be inspired by this garden with its enormous collection of Australian native plants that sweep down to the shoreline of North West Bay. Be overwhelmed by the colour, texture and subtle scents. 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 94 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. French explorers and early botanists anchored in the bay and fetched water from our river. Interpretive signs tell that story. 9500 native plants have gone into this eleven year old garden, supplementing natural regeneration. Plants are chosen for minimum water requirements and sustainability. Paths, rock walls, sculpture and poetry enhance your experience. 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.
Peppermint Bay is a waterfront restaurant, bar, providore and venue at Woodbridge, southern Tasmania. The multi-award winning Peppermint Bay complex includes The Dining Room a la carte restaurant. Here, sweeping cathedral ceilings and a wall of windows frame views of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. The seasonal menu of Huon Valley produce includes heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetables, organic beef, seafood and farm cheeses. Meats and fish from the smoke house, fresh herbs from the trellised garden and plump fish from the fish race are also featured. Enjoy a drink in the Local Bar or Terrace, or visit the Providore to choose from house made and locally-produced preserves, meats and cheeses. You can arrive at Peppermint Bay in style - aboard the luxury, high-speed catamaran, Peppermint Bay II. The fully guided cruise takes you from the Hobart waterfront along 40 kilometres of coastline to your water-side destination. Accolades: Winner of the 2005 Tasmanian Tourism Award, Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services; Winner of the 2004 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, New developments Woodbridge overlooks the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, 40 minutes' drive south of Hobart (43 kilometres/27 miles). Accolades: Winner of the 2005 Tasmanian Tourism Award, Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services; Winner of the 2004 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, New developments
The Channel Heritage Museum aims to promote and preserve the history of the Channel area from Margate south to Gordon. There are displays of memorabilia and information on fruit growing, the 1967 bush fires, local schools, sporting teams, the scallop and fishing industry, timber industry, shipping in the Channel and many items used in everyday life in the early days of Channel settlement. The museum has a unique collection from the Electrona Carbide Works. A colonial style kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and washhouse depict home life in years past. There is a library with books, photographs, maps and newspaper clippings relating to the Channel. The Museum is seen as being of special educational value for children and there are special programs for school groups by arrangement. Group visits from community and tour groups are arranged and catered for. There is easy access for the elderly and disabled.
The Woodbridge Hill Handweaving Studio is a textile studio in southern Tasmania. With spectacular views of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel as a backdrop, this small intense textile space lets you experience a weaver's work at the loom. You may enjoy the colourful display of hand woven, hand dyed and knitted goods made from natural fibres such as alpaca, wool, cotton, silk, mohair and even dog hair. There are luxurious scarves,shawls, throws, vests, shoulder bags, beanies, berets, cushions, rugs and tapestries. The studio is open most mornings from 0930 to 1300 or by appointment. It is closed on Saturdays. The Handweaving Studio is just up from the famous Peppermint Bay Restaurant- follow the Highway sign. If you follow the road to the top you will find "Woodbridge Hill Hideaway" and a bit further you will come to the Harzview Wine Centre. Woodbridge a coastal town is 40 minutes south of Hobart (43 kilometres/26 miles).
Find Tudor Court Model Village and German Model Train World at Brookfield Margate south of Hobart. Discover the life of early England, stories of poachers, archers, and gypsies. Polio victim John Palotta made replicas of building he had known in England. See the intricate work where John cut match sticks into thirty pieces to make the tiny stain glass windows. There are over 40 buildings, including St. Mary's Church of Chillam and Anne Hathaway's cottage. You are then taken on a journey to Germany and visit the German Model Train World built by Eric Sablowski. The night lights finish the breathtaking tour. Each tour takes about 35 minutes leaving you time to relax and enjoy some food at our retro cafe in the heritage listed Brookfield Shed. Whilst in Margate visit the Inverawe Native Gardens situated behind the popular Margate Train. Also the Channel Heritage Centre is a must. Tour times of the Tudor Court Model Village and German Model Train World are 1000, 1100, 1400,1500, 1600 or other prearranged times.
The Margate Train offers shopping with a difference at Margate, southern Tasmania. Margate is 20 minutes south of Hobart (19 kilometres /12 miles) and a short drive south of Kingston. The Margate Train - formerly known as the Tasman Limited - made its final rail journey on 28 July 1978. The Tasman Limited was built in England in 1950 and served as a passenger service between Hobart and Launceston until 1978.The train's carriages now house a variety of retail businesses including arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, a specialist book exchange, and a buffet car offering espresso coffee and delicious Tasmanian produce. There is also a huge antiques warehouse and second hand shop here, located in an old IXL apple packing shed, as well as a children's play area, toilets and plenty of car parking. Each week, you can also visit the Margate Train Sunday Market to browse stalls of antiques and collectables, crafts, second hand clothing, plants, and fresh produce.
Nandroya Vineyard is a boutique, cool-climate vineyard at Margate, in southern Tasmania. Margate is a 20-minute drive south of Hobart (19 kilometres), in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel district.
The name 'Nandroya' is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'a family living in harmony' - reflecting the approach that vignerons John and Joy Rees take to all aspects of the winemaking process. Established in 1995, the 1.5-hectare (four acre) vineyard specialises in Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Small quantities of high quality fruit are grown at the vineyard to produce fine wines made by a local winemaker..
Visitors to Nandroya can sample the latest vintage while enjoying views of Mount Wellington, North West Bay and Bruny Island.
The Tinderbox Vineyard, in southern Tasmania, offers fine, cool climate Tasmanian wines. Located on the coast at Tinderbox, the boutique vineyard is a 25-minute drive south of Hobart (24 kilometres)..
The one-hectare vineyard, overlooking the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island, specialises in Tasmanian pinot noir crafted by acclaimed Tasmanian winemaker Andrew Hood. Open by appointment only, the vineyard offers an opportunity to taste award-winning Tasmanian wine in a stunning rural and coastal setting.
Tasmania's cool climate sets it apart from the rest of Australia as a prime wine-growing region. Since the first wines were produced here in the mid-19th century, the Tasmanian wine industry has grown to over 200 vineyards, producing more than 6,500 tonnes of grapes per year. Tasmania's cool climate with its long, sunny autumns is perfect for growing intensely-flavoured Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gewürtztraminer and Riesling grapes.