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Julia's Guidebook

Julia

Julia's Guidebook

My pick of festivals & markets
Just a 2.5 hour drive to Hobart from Launceston - this market (every Sat) shouldn't be missed. Salamanca Market is located on Hobart's waterfront and is one of Australia’s largest and most vibrant outdoor markets.  Each Saturday* from 8.30 am to 3 pm with more than 300 stalls featuring the best of Tasmanian produce and makers.
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Salamanca Market
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Just a 2.5 hour drive to Hobart from Launceston - this market (every Sat) shouldn't be missed. Salamanca Market is located on Hobart's waterfront and is one of Australia’s largest and most vibrant outdoor markets.  Each Saturday* from 8.30 am to 3 pm with more than 300 stalls featuring the best of Tasmanian produce and makers.
On every Saturday morning in the heart of Launceston, this farmer's market is a favourite of the locals, featuring the best of Tasmanian produce.
Harvest Market
71 Cimitiere Street
On every Saturday morning in the heart of Launceston, this farmer's market is a favourite of the locals, featuring the best of Tasmanian produce.
If you're a lover of markets, this one is set in an historic village, it's on every Sunday.
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Evandale Market
8 Logan Rd
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If you're a lover of markets, this one is set in an historic village, it's on every Sunday.
Held in the first week of September, this festival features performance art and bands, food and drink, this is grunge arts at its best. Held at various venues around the city.
Junction Arts Festival
28 Frederick Street
Held in the first week of September, this festival features performance art and bands, food and drink, this is grunge arts at its best. Held at various venues around the city.
We go to this every year, (Dec - Jan) free entry except on New Year's Eve. Set on the Hobart wharf sip wine or beer and enjoy the best of Tasmanian food while watching the maxi yachts come in from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Listn to live music, this huge festival is a favourite of all Tasmanians.
The Taste of Tasmania Festival
We go to this every year, (Dec - Jan) free entry except on New Year's Eve. Set on the Hobart wharf sip wine or beer and enjoy the best of Tasmanian food while watching the maxi yachts come in from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Listn to live music, this huge festival is a favourite of all Tasmanians.
Independent cafes - best coffee
Even though I'm not a vegetarian, I love this cafe. As you walk up the path fresh veggies are growing either side, this guarantees fresh ingredients. Chefs prepare food from the menu to order and the coffee and cake are great.
Mad Apple Café
122 Saint John Street
Even though I'm not a vegetarian, I love this cafe. As you walk up the path fresh veggies are growing either side, this guarantees fresh ingredients. Chefs prepare food from the menu to order and the coffee and cake are great.
Great coffee and pastries and bread freshly made on the premises. Set in an adapted industrial building. Reasonably priced.
Bread & Butter
89 Cimitiere St
Great coffee and pastries and bread freshly made on the premises. Set in an adapted industrial building. Reasonably priced.
Consistently good. Coffee is great and the food is delicious, prepared to order and reasonably priced.
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Inside Cafe
10-14 Paterson St
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Consistently good. Coffee is great and the food is delicious, prepared to order and reasonably priced.
Very friendly service, delicious food you can see being prepared. Always busy, but extra seating available at rear of cafe. Food freshly prepared off menu. There are several great cafes on this street which feels a bit like Paris - with an avenue of trees and old buildings.
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Sweetbrew
93 George St
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Very friendly service, delicious food you can see being prepared. Always busy, but extra seating available at rear of cafe. Food freshly prepared off menu. There are several great cafes on this street which feels a bit like Paris - with an avenue of trees and old buildings.
An Independent cafe run by a cool young couple who do great coffee with a simple but delicious menu. By the way, the cafe owner (guy) does the b&w photography - scenes of Tasmania, and it's for sale at a very reasonable $100...I know because I asked. 😊
Tinka Coffee Brewers
147 Saint John Street
An Independent cafe run by a cool young couple who do great coffee with a simple but delicious menu. By the way, the cafe owner (guy) does the b&w photography - scenes of Tasmania, and it's for sale at a very reasonable $100...I know because I asked. 😊
Great little cafe for a quick bite to eat, choose from freshly prepared food in the display case. They do a great coffee as well. Formerly a well known icon, Alberto's was the name of the hairdresser/owner (last photo) and was originally a hair salon of the same name.
Alberto's Espresso
94 George St
Great little cafe for a quick bite to eat, choose from freshly prepared food in the display case. They do a great coffee as well. Formerly a well known icon, Alberto's was the name of the hairdresser/owner (last photo) and was originally a hair salon of the same name.
To be honest this is high on my list of cafes to visit, but I hear nothing but good things. Set in an isolated area just off the highway this Victorian era conservatory The Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory is a cafe/providore stocking 100% Tasmanian produce from the best growers & producers across the state.
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Tasmanian Food and Wine Conservatory
9 Conservatory Rd
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To be honest this is high on my list of cafes to visit, but I hear nothing but good things. Set in an isolated area just off the highway this Victorian era conservatory The Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory is a cafe/providore stocking 100% Tasmanian produce from the best growers & producers across the state.
Lovers of all things chocolate, this the place! They put it in drinks, on chocolate taste platters and the make good coffee - all creatively presented and served. You can also take some home with you in the form of beautifully boxed gifts.
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Cocobean Chocolate
82 George St
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Lovers of all things chocolate, this the place! They put it in drinks, on chocolate taste platters and the make good coffee - all creatively presented and served. You can also take some home with you in the form of beautifully boxed gifts.
Great coffee, situated on the sunny side, in one of Launceston's popular laneways. Close to the Village Cinema.
Off Center Coffee
2A Kingsway
Great coffee, situated on the sunny side, in one of Launceston's popular laneways. Close to the Village Cinema.
If you're in Hobart, this cafe is in an old service station. Great place to go for breakfast or visit the bar at the rear for drinks at night. Sit outside or in. Cool vibe. This area in North Hobart is often missed by tourists, it has other great bars, cafes and shopping.
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Room For A Pony
338 Elizabeth St
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If you're in Hobart, this cafe is in an old service station. Great place to go for breakfast or visit the bar at the rear for drinks at night. Sit outside or in. Cool vibe. This area in North Hobart is often missed by tourists, it has other great bars, cafes and shopping.
If you're in Hobart this is an excellent place to go for breakfast or lunch. Great atmosphere, friendly staff set in a quiet area of South Hobart. Wander around afterwards and check out the vintage shops nearby.
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Bear With Me
399 Macquarie St
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If you're in Hobart this is an excellent place to go for breakfast or lunch. Great atmosphere, friendly staff set in a quiet area of South Hobart. Wander around afterwards and check out the vintage shops nearby.
This cafe has an Eastern European vibe that I love. Set in the historic town of Richmond, Czegs (pr. Cheggs) offers an amazing breakfast and lunch menu which includes Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options. Great coffee and cakes you won't see anywhere else all made on the premises.
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Czegs' Cafe
46 Bridge St
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This cafe has an Eastern European vibe that I love. Set in the historic town of Richmond, Czegs (pr. Cheggs) offers an amazing breakfast and lunch menu which includes Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options. Great coffee and cakes you won't see anywhere else all made on the premises.
Part of Tasmania's Apple growing history, and set in the Huon Valley. Large cafe/restaurant (licensed) set in an old apple shed, with a small museum celebrating our apple history. Well worth the stop.
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Willie Smith's Apple Shed
2064 Huon Highway
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Part of Tasmania's Apple growing history, and set in the Huon Valley. Large cafe/restaurant (licensed) set in an old apple shed, with a small museum celebrating our apple history. Well worth the stop.
Sightseeing
This bird sanctuary has a boardwalk which is an easy walk to Tamar Island, a must for bird lovers. Free Entry
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Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
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This bird sanctuary has a boardwalk which is an easy walk to Tamar Island, a must for bird lovers. Free Entry
A place full of history, an eerie setting amongst a rocky river with a swinging bridge and small museum. Not visited much by tourists but known to the locals.
Duck Reach Power Station
A place full of history, an eerie setting amongst a rocky river with a swinging bridge and small museum. Not visited much by tourists but known to the locals.
The Evandale Village Fair and the National Penny Farthing Championships is on Sat. Feb 22nd 10 am - 4 pm. Set in an historic village this is an annual event and is a day well spent.
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Evandale
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The Evandale Village Fair and the National Penny Farthing Championships is on Sat. Feb 22nd 10 am - 4 pm. Set in an historic village this is an annual event and is a day well spent.
Cradle Mountain is a pristine wilderness experience, choose from a moderately easy walk around Dove Lake on a well constructed boardwalk. This is a Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains. You can do several other harder walks. Be prepared for the cold, weather can change suddenly.
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Cradle Mountain
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Cradle Mountain is a pristine wilderness experience, choose from a moderately easy walk around Dove Lake on a well constructed boardwalk. This is a Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains. You can do several other harder walks. Be prepared for the cold, weather can change suddenly.
Freycinet National Park should be high on your list of sightseeing. Visit the interpretation Centre first and ask the rangers about how to get to Sleepy Bay, Cape Tourville, Bluestone Bay, Hazards and the now famous Wineglass Bay (I recommend visiting this either early morning or late afternoon to avoid the tourist crush).
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Freycinet
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Freycinet National Park should be high on your list of sightseeing. Visit the interpretation Centre first and ask the rangers about how to get to Sleepy Bay, Cape Tourville, Bluestone Bay, Hazards and the now famous Wineglass Bay (I recommend visiting this either early morning or late afternoon to avoid the tourist crush).
Battery Point is an historic part of Hobart with great cafes (Jackman & McRoss) and book shops and antique shops. It's the suburb next to where Salamanca Market is held.
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Battery Point
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Battery Point is an historic part of Hobart with great cafes (Jackman & McRoss) and book shops and antique shops. It's the suburb next to where Salamanca Market is held.
Just South of Hobart, this has it's fair share of pretty towns set along the Huon River.
Huon Valley Council
Just South of Hobart, this has it's fair share of pretty towns set along the Huon River.
An emerging trendy town with gorgeous shops and antique shops galore. Visit Willow Court (an old mental asylum) where many interesting antique shops and a cafe have inhabited the old brick buildings.
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New Norfolk
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An emerging trendy town with gorgeous shops and antique shops galore. Visit Willow Court (an old mental asylum) where many interesting antique shops and a cafe have inhabited the old brick buildings.
Art galleries, design and craft
If you're looking for good quality Tasmanian souvenirs or just enjoy quality craftsmanship in furniture, jewellery etc
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Design Tasmania
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If you're looking for good quality Tasmanian souvenirs or just enjoy quality craftsmanship in furniture, jewellery etc
Situated in old repurposed industrial buildings with a train station past, this museum and art gallery is a great place to visit. one of my favourites. Great for families and anyone really. The planetarium it has been said is one of the best in the world.
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Queen Victoria Museum and Planetarium
2 Invermay Rd
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Situated in old repurposed industrial buildings with a train station past, this museum and art gallery is a great place to visit. one of my favourites. Great for families and anyone really. The planetarium it has been said is one of the best in the world.
This art gallery situated in the city centre features quality work by Tasmanian artists.
Gallery Pejean
57 George St
This art gallery situated in the city centre features quality work by Tasmanian artists.
This museum is not to be missed, the amazing architecture of the building is an experience in itself. Opened by local identity David Walsh it is situated in the suburb where he grew up, he wanted to give back to his community.
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MONA
655 Main Rd
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This museum is not to be missed, the amazing architecture of the building is an experience in itself. Opened by local identity David Walsh it is situated in the suburb where he grew up, he wanted to give back to his community.
Independent bars
A longtime favourite pub of the young and not so young locals, good meals, classic pub setting, live music, great vibe.
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The Royal Oak Hotel
14 Brisbane St
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A longtime favourite pub of the young and not so young locals, good meals, classic pub setting, live music, great vibe.
Favourite independent bar for a drink and snacks, good range of handcrafted beers from around Australia.
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Saint John Craft Beer Bar
133 St John Street
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Favourite independent bar for a drink and snacks, good range of handcrafted beers from around Australia.
This is a popular nightspot for young hip locals, set in a laneway in Launceston's cbd.
Bakers Lane
81 York St
This is a popular nightspot for young hip locals, set in a laneway in Launceston's cbd.
With options to sit outside or in this bar is popular with locals, meals are also available.
Star Bar
113 Charles St
With options to sit outside or in this bar is popular with locals, meals are also available.
Trendy place for a drink or a delicious meal, situated on Seaport Boulevarde in Launceston. It's where business people go to chill after work.
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Mud Bar & Restaurant
28 Seaport Blvd
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Trendy place for a drink or a delicious meal, situated on Seaport Boulevarde in Launceston. It's where business people go to chill after work.
Attractions
Beautiful scenic walks, historic setting, lovely water views of gorge. Free entry.
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Cataract Gorge Reserve
74-90 Basin Rd
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Beautiful scenic walks, historic setting, lovely water views of gorge. Free entry.
Great for families, this adventure theme park is situated next to the Cataract Gorge. It has several cafes and restaurants within the park with several different family eating options.
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Penny Royal Adventures
1 Bridge Rd
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Great for families, this adventure theme park is situated next to the Cataract Gorge. It has several cafes and restaurants within the park with several different family eating options.
The seahorses you will see here are found in the Tamar River. Beautiful drive with river vistas to Beauty Point where Seahorse World is located.
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Seahorse World
200 Flinders St
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The seahorses you will see here are found in the Tamar River. Beautiful drive with river vistas to Beauty Point where Seahorse World is located.
Only 15 minutes from my airbnb, you can get up close to Tasmanian Devils.
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Tasmania Zoo
1166 Ecclestone Rd
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Only 15 minutes from my airbnb, you can get up close to Tasmanian Devils.
With a tragic past in many respects, this site has tasteful and creative displays depicting the convict history. Well worth the entry fee.
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Port Arthur
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With a tragic past in many respects, this site has tasteful and creative displays depicting the convict history. Well worth the entry fee.
Events
Targa Tasmania is an annual historic car race, on from Mon. 27th April - Sat. 2nd May. Many types of cars from classic to new sports cars take part from all over Australia.
Targa Tasmania
46 Mornington Road
Targa Tasmania is an annual historic car race, on from Mon. 27th April - Sat. 2nd May. Many types of cars from classic to new sports cars take part from all over Australia.