The Cascade Brewery is nestled in the foothills of South Hobart and is the oldest operating brewery in Australia, with a history that dates back to the early 1800s. It is also one of the best-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of settings. It is certainly amongst the most photographed ‘factories’ in Australia.

Legend has it that founder Peter De Graves drew up the initial plans for the now famous Tassie establishment when he was serving time in the Old Hobart Gaol.

Today the brewery is a tribute as much to his pioneering spirit as the desire to produce high-quality beer. Cascade is also a stickler for tradition – it is the only Australian company of its kind that still continues to do its own malting.

You can taste the craftsmanship in each and every bottle of their premium lagers and ales, and it is a great experience to see how these brews are made.

Ready to give you expert tips are the friendly staff at Casade Brewery, who organise daily tours for groups of up to 25 people.

There are a number of tours to choose from, including the Brewery Tour and Heritage Tour that showcase three acres of heritage 'Woodstock' gardens and the Cascade Museum.

But for a real taste of Tasmania you can't go past the beer and food matching session – dubbed The Cascade "Ale & Hearty" – organised for groups of six or more at the newly renovated restaurant.

Footnote: Lark Distillery also entrust the start of their processes to Cascade, with the malting of their barley from which their whiskies emerge.

The Impressive Cascade Building image credit - Robert Della-Piana

Restaurant and gardens and the the Cascade Brewery - image source Business Events Tasmania

Cascade Brewery tour outside hobart tasmania - image source viatour

Beer Bottling Area in the Factory - image source Tripadvisor

Cascade Brewery Restaurant and their fine ales on tap - some taps! image source Business Events Tasmania

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Tours of the west coast of Tasmania are an ideal way to unwind and reconnect with the island state's rich mining history.

With famous old train routes like the award-winning West Coast Wilderness Railway (formerly the ABT) following the twists and turns of the King River, boats cruising the Gordon River and charter flights roaming the sky, it is hard not to want to stay in the region for just that little bit longer.

But when it comes to creating your own unforgettable travel experience it is often the small things that have the biggest impact.

Zeehan is a historic mining town to the north of Queenstown that used to be one of the most populous areas in the island state. With a main street over two miles long (3.2 km); it also claimed over 20 hotels. In the 1970s it saw increased activity due to operations at the nearby Renison Bell Tin mine, and again in the 1990s.

Its rich history dates back to the mid-1600s when Abel Tasman first spotted the area, and later early settlers staged their establishment of the towns of Strahan and Queenstown by building a small anchorage on the northern side of Ocean Beach, named Trial Harbour. Zeehan was named by Matthew Flinders after Abel Tasman’s brig the Zeehaen.

The West Coast Pioneer Memorial Museum is a must-see destination for history buffs (and kids) and has an excellent collection of minerals and small and large equipment which were at the core of the town’s early life.

It will help give you an overview of the highs and lows of the state's mining boom, as well a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of locals at the time. The museum traces the fact that tramways and railways into and out of the area totalled an incredible sixteen over the years.

The town boasts one surprise which is a tribute to its past as a much larger metropolis – the Gaiety Theatre.

Performers from around the world including Australia's first opera singer Dame Nellie Melba would regularly step on stage during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Zeehan is just a short drive away from Lake Pieman another tourist hotspot that is also a favourite destination for fishermen in Tasmania.

This particular waterway is famous for its trout, but if you prefer the delicate taste of crayfish you are better to head toward Granville Harbour.

You will need a set of special fishing licenses to take advantage of these activities – freshwater lakes, rivers and estuaries from the Inland Fisheries Service (Online) and for ocean based fishing for recreational taking of crayfish, abalone and scallops by diving, from Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

After spending your morning on the water, you can busy yourself in the afternoon by climbing to the top of Mount Zeehan. The views of the town and coastline are sure to take your breath away.

Zeehan from an old postcard - image credit UTAS

Gaiety Theatre Image Credit Ally Rolls

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Tasmania has cultivated a reputation over the years as something of an 'it' destination for the country's many foodies.

Market stalls around the state are often full to over-brimming with fresh, local produce.

The state's many waterways are also known as some of Australia’s best sources of oysters, crayfish and other fine delicacies.

And it is not uncommon for people to while away the hours at their favourite eatery or enjoying a hearty, home-cooked meal using this fine produce.

But it is not until you reach the Tamar Valley that you really get a taste of Tasmania.

If you are travelling from Launceston in the north of Tasmania, you simply follow the trail of vineyards north-west in order to reach the first part of the trail split in two by the Tamar River. Known locally as TVWR, there are over 170kms of vineyards, orchards and small pasture holdings in the oldest wine growing area in Tasmania. A full two days should be set aside to explore the vineyards and the attractions in the area. With Beaconsfield Mine, Beauty Point all the way through to Narawntapu National Park.

With greater frequency mainland wine companies/makers are procuring Tasmanian land or established vineyards to source grapes for their premium sparkling wines. Tasmania’s cooler climate is able to achieve a delicacy of flavour not achievable in warmer regions. This is testimony to the quality of wines which come from this region.

The valley is best known for its Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and complex Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines with a special place held for fine sparkling wines. Say the name Jansz and any wine drinker’s eyes will light up.

You can take part in wine tastings at many of the vineyard cellar doors, where you will find the producers very hands-on. After sampling, maybe even pack a few extra bottles to share with friends.
If your purchases are reds you will want to cellar them to allow them to reach their full potential. Elm Wood and its accommodation options has some of the best information on wineries in the region.

Map Tamar Valley Wine Route

Tamar Valley View with the river meandering seaward

View from Josef Chromy

Batman Bridge marks the point at which you move to the Eastern Side of the River

Winter Fog in the Valley

Fine Dining at York Cove on the Tamar

Vineyards and grapes along the banks of the river

What it is all about

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The people have voted and it seems that Tasmania has some of the best views in Australia.

In the latest collectors edition of Australian Traveller magazine, the island state’s sandy beaches, pristine waterways and snow-capped mountains made it to the publications ‘Best 100 views in Australia‘ list.

Featuring in the magazine’s top ten was Cradle Mountain, with a stunning photo by Jeff Crowe showcasing the beauty of a cold winter’s day from Marion’s Lookout.

“Cradle Mountain is the iconic centrepiece of Tasmania. The ancient rainforest, soaring peaks and plunging gorges, glacial lakes and a range of wildlife offer truly captivating sensory experiences and hundreds of photo opportunities,” managing editor Quentin Long told The Advocate (April 5).

The photo took out seventh place in the competition – which was judged by a panel of nine experts including Ken Duncan, Chris Bray, Grenville Turner, Gordon Undy, Nick Rains, Mark Gray, Nicholas Watt, Tim Bauer and Peter Link.

Also in the top 50 were Cape Hauy (17), Lake Oberon (28), Wineglass Bay (49) and Russell Falls (50).

When asked why so many photos from Tasmania made it to the top 100, Long made it clear that the results were only natural.

“It’s as though the diverse geography of a whole continent has been crammed into one small island bursting with dramatic appeal.”
That is almost exactly what Matador Network Traveller Scott Sporleder said when he was here.

Tasmania’s Top 100 Best Views (Images are Copyright The Photographers and/or Tourism Tasmania):

  7 Cradle Mountain
17 Cape Hauy, Tasman Peninsula
22 Bicheno
28 Lake Oberon, Western Arthur Range
29 Bay Of Fires, East Coast
32 Overland Track, Cradle Mountain
49 Wineglass Bay, Freycinet NP
50 Russell Falls, Mount Field NP
52 Cape Grim, North-West Coast
54 Gordon River
56 Hobart From Tranmere
67 Mount Wellington, Hobart
76 Pieman Heads, Arthur River
80 The Neck, Bruny Island
99 The Nut, Stanley

Intro Pic for the 100 Best Views in Australia Australia Traveller

007 Cradle Mountain by Jeff Crowe from Somerset Tasmania

017 Cape Hauy at Tasman Island Toby Story

022 Binalong Bay Scott Sporleder

023 Overland Track Chris Bray

028 Lake Oberon Glen Turvey

029 Bay of Fires Nigel Honey

050 Russell Falls Ken Duncan

052 Cape Grim Peter Ellingham

054 Gordon River Scott Sporleder

056 Tranmere looking to the City and Mt Wellington Michael Walters

067 Mt Wellington looking West Michael Walters

076 Edge of The World at Pieman Heads Joe Shemesh

080 The Neck Bruny Island Scott Sporleder

099 The Nut Stanley Scott Sporleder

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On first setting foot on the Bay of Fires, it is hard not to be struck by the sheer beauty of its seemingly endless white beaches.

Aqua marine water only adds to the breathtaking beauty of this idyllic setting, which is a great place to unwind and let the world pass you by. You may also be completely alone and that is a rare and special treat!

But these are just some of the many natural attractions that make the Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires such an attractive holiday destination.

You can get a bird's eye view of the inlet and nearby coastline when you board a scenic flight which operates in the area – be sure to take your camera with you so that you don't miss out on capturing an unforgettable photo of your airborne journey.

The Billabong Bay Cafe is the perfect place to talk about your recent endeavours over a steaming cup of coffee and tasty meal with old and new friends.

After spending the day in paradise it is back to Hobart, but not before you stop at the Ironhouse Brewery.

A local establishment with a big reputation, the brewery is well known for its handcrafted brews that are made using traditional recipes and high-quality ingredients.

Other places to see on your drive back include the historic Spiky Bridge near Swansea, which takes its name from the jagged rocks that are used to ornament the bridge.

Built by convicts in the 1843 this man-made structure is in many ways a testament to Tasmanian ingenuity. 

A pair of binoculars will come in handy at the Tasmanian Bushland Garden at Buckland. The park is free to enter and will have you wanting to put on your explorer’s cap and traverse its botanical garden and nature reserve for hours on end.

You can catch a glimpse of the reserve’s abundant birdlife while you are there or enjoy meandering along the many paths that wind throughout the gardens.

Binalong Bay

Binalong Bay The Impossibly Blue Water

Binalong Bay Beach

Seaton Cove Binalong Bay

Tasmanian Bushland Gardens at Buckland

Period Accommodation at Buckland Brockley Estate

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Driving from Orford to Bicheno is an unforgettable journey along the stunning east coast of Tasmania.

Located just 73 kms northeast of Hobart, the small coastal town of Orford is an easy drive or bus trip away from the state's capital city.

It is also a great place to stop on your tour of Tasmania and take time out to reconnect with nature in a safe and relaxed environment. There is a glorious view across to Maria Island.

Further along the coast overlooking Great Oyster Bay, Kelvedon, Spikey and Cressy beaches are popular local picnic destinations, but if you are in the mood for a treat you might want to call into Kate's Berry Farm just before Swansea.

Kate's handcrafted chocolates, jams, sauces and jellies, dessert wines and hearty country produce will have your mouth watering before you even bite into your hot crisp Belgium waffles with berry compote.

If you prefer a coffee break then it is hard to go past Onyx for a rich and aromatic blend that will have you asking for seconds.

If it is lunch time be sure to stop at The Bark Mill restaurant, and a look around the Mill itself, Australia’s only restored Black Wattle Bark Mill – or you can sample fresh seafood at one of the town's many eating establishments.

In between ducking in and out of gourmet restaurants and cafes, you might want to find time for a spot of wine tasting.

The region is famous for its award-winning wines that are highly sought after in Australia and around the world. It is also famous for the Spiky Bridge located just out Swansea.

For those who are travelling with kids or have a passion for animals, you can get up close and personal with the locals at East Coast NatureWorld.

When you do finally set foot in Bicheno, you will want to stretch your legs by taking a walk to Rocking Rock and the blowhole – make sure to take your jacket with you for later so that you be prepared for the fun of watching the nightly penguin march.

Parts of this itinerary are described in the 7 Day East Coast Touring itinerary on DiscoverTasmania.

Orford - Nothing More to Say - Image Credit Threadgarden

Shelly Beach at Orford

View From Orford Beach House a Stayz Holiday Accommodation Property

Bay Outlook from Orford across to Maria Island

Avalon Coastal Retreat near Swansea

Spiky Bridge

Baby Echidna often seen near Little Swanport

Great surfing for all levels at Little-Swanport

Sunset View Swansea near Dolphin Sands

Blowhole at Bicheno - Image Credit DailyPhoto

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There is a world of discovery awaiting you in Tasmania, but in order to be swept off your feet you have to know where to look. Among one of the more popular destinations close to the capital of Hobart and just a short drive from the Huon Valley is Bruny Island.

Getting to this remote wildlife hub is a journey in itself, with most people keen to rise early to catch the car ferry from the small town of Kettering to Bruny Island.

When you make it to Bruny Island, you will want to taste the region’s gourmet fine foods including oysters, cheese, wine, berries and gooey fudge that is sure to have you asking for seconds.
After a hearty meal, it is time to put on your exploring hat and head out around this must-see destination.

Take a cruise – high sea cliffs from Adventure Bay are a feature of the Bruny Island Cruise, as is the rich variety of marine life, and the experience of being ‘out’ on the edge of the great southern ocean including the point at which it meets the Tasman Sea.
(Cruises also depart from the city if you don’t want to drive).

The island is 105 kilometres long – about the size of Singapore, with a LOT less people, so if walking is what you want to do, you can cover all the coastal and inland walks in two to three days.

Must see attractions to walk are the Spit (the photo you see in all the publicity shots – check out DiscoverTasmania’s facebook page – and lighthouse.
Staying over is also a good idea, as you don’t have to rush to meet the ferry. There are some great lodges and retreats, back packers and camping.

In fact Bruny has a whole lot of great things to experience. It’s that sort of place.

the lighthouse spiral staircase image credit brunyisland life

Amazing Beach on Bruny Island

OK-Bruny-Island-travel article  image credit madetasmania-dot-com

Bruny Island Ferry The Mirambeena

Bruny Island

The Bruny Island Monument Rock - you cruise through the gap with Bruny Island Cruises

Spot a white wallaby with Bruny Island Safaris

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There is nothing like a road trip to make you feel you are on vacation.

Open expanses, farms, views of the upper harbour and rivers plus historic small towns are just some of the reasons you will want to pack your bags and head north from Hobart along the Heritage Highway.

For those planning a day trip out of this journey you might want to leave early because there are so many things to see and do.

Just 45 minutes north of Hobart is the small town of Kempton, which is home to Dysart House – an impressive mansion that is a testament to the area’s rich architectural history.

Kempton is also home to a number of other heritage-listed buildings that are sure to make you feel as if you are stepping back in time. Look out for the homestead Mount Vernon, one of the areas grand homes.

Another great place to stretch your legs is the historic town of Oatlands, a town known for its heritage flour mill and the largest collection of Georgian sandstone buildings in Australia. A former garrison town 80 kms north of Hobart and 115km south of Launceston it was important coaching stop for a time when horses were changed and a night off the road was required in a comfortable Inn. Oatlands was thought to be such an important town for a future time that surveyors laid out almost 80 kms of pre-planned streets and amenities.

Take time to explore the Topiary trees dotted around the township. There are more on the main road north created by the late Jack Cashion.

Today modern Oatlands is a service centre for a large surrounding farming community and thus it is a better choice for a coffee break before continuing on your journey. It has the usual array of modern facilities which blend successfully with the town’s historic past.

And while you are still on your way north you might want to take a turn off the beaten track to Bothwell, which golf enthusiasts will know as the home of Australia's first golf course.

It is now the place to go if you want information on the sport's history in Australasia due to its popular Golf Museum.

When it comes time for your afternoon pick me up there is no better stop than the Nant Estate to sample a superb single malt whiskey.

You might also want to ask the locals about the superb trout fishing while you are in the area.

You may reach as far north as Ross. With another of Tasmania’s most widely recognised convict constructed bridges, this was another town with a large female prison which supplied large numbers of women to serve in the area’s grand houses. Ross and Oatlands make up the two towns featured in a modern detective game ‘Skulduggery’ which recreates through real characters, the history of the area – there are written and ‘search-the-area’ clues in three episodes.

On the side of the road at number of locations you will see cut-out scuptured Silhouette figures depicting the characters of olden days. Soldiers, shepherds, highwaymen, road fixers, horses and coachmen.

Historic Oatlands Lodge

Heritage Highway Logo

National Trust Cottage in Oatlands

Tasmania's Heritage Highway Figures

Town of Ross view

Ross Bridge



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Kids of all ages – and even mums and dads – love animals, and if you're looking for a great place to pay tribute to some of Tasmania's most entertaining birds, a trip to Penguin could be the perfect day out.

Penguin is famous for – what else? – its resident colony of little penguins and the community celebrates the charming creature with gusto.

With its heritage based in mining and timber, Penguin was named by Robert Campbell Gunn after the petite seabirds that nested in rookeries along Tasmania's north coast.

Today, visitors to Penguin can embrace the local wildlife by taking part in a guided penguin tour, or by making your way to Penguin Point to see the birds make their way from the beach to their nests.

You'll find evidence of Penguin's love for penguins everywhere – from themed rubbish bins to the 3.15-metre statue known as the Big Penguin that pays tribute to some of the area's smallest residents.

And while penguins are the main attraction, this charming destination is a great place to spend a leisurely weekend at any time of year.

The Penguin Market is the largest covered market in Tasmania – it runs year-round on Saturdays and you'll find more than 200 stalls offering everything from local produce to wooden handicrafts.

This is also a great destination if you are looking to get back to nature – there are a number of well-marked bushwalking trails in the nearby Dial Range, which boasts beautiful views of the island state's dramatic north-west coast, as well as the town of Penguin itself.

Penguin is just a short 15-minute drive from Burnie or Ulverstone – and whether you're spending the day or staying overnight, you are sure to be charmed by this friendly seaside town.

The Big Penguin at Penguin

Google Street View at Penguin

Coastline and beaches stretching toward Ulverstone

Coastal View at Penguin

Penguin Foreshore (Photo by Dan Fellow) credit Think-Tasmania

Dial Ranges signage

Stream on the Bush Walk behind Penguin

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The Tasman Peninsula while seemingly restful and relaxed, is a hive of activity with an almost endless list of things to do and see.

Located a comfortable hour outside of Hobart, the peninsula is a popular destination with both locals and visitors to Tassie.

At Pirates Bay near Eaglehawk Neck jump on board an eco-cruise to wild Tasman Island and prepare to marvel at the windswept coastline with sheer cliffs and wild seas. Back on land spend time surveying the Tessellated Pavement.

If you have a passion for wildlife you will no doubt want to catch a glimpse of some of the area's most famous residents, the Tasmanian Devil.

These marsupials like to spend time running through the bush at the wildlife Park at Taranna, but you may want to pack your binoculars if you are going to lock eyes with the local birdlife.

When you start to feel peckish, you might want to rest on the soft grassy lawns at the nearby Port Arthur Historic Site.

This is a great place just to sit back and reflect while watching the world and a rich visual and disturbing history pass you by.

Night owls will want to take part an evening ghost tour that is also organised at the Port Arthur site.

The Peninsula is a place that many locals go for their own holidays – it is dotted with shacks and small places where the pace of life is defined by what is missing. No rush, no timetable, no large shops – it is total kick-back. It is also a place to stay over if you do the late night activities at Port Arthur.

Sheer cliffs on the Tasman Peninsula

Port Arthur

Coastal Cliffs Tasman Peninsula

Amazing houses and shacks - this is not a shack image credit and copyright Room11 studios

View towards Tasman Island from Coastal Walk

Tessellated Pavement

White Beach on the Peninsula near Nubeena

Some of the largest most ferocious waves in the world for surfing - Shipstens Bluff

Tasmanian Coastal Hiker Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Arch - Tasman Peninsula at Eaglehawk Neck

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