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Picture: Tourism Tasmania/Bill Chestnut
Garden of delight
Inverawe Native Gardens and
Nature Trails is 15 minutes south
of Hobart at Margate and is
Tasmania's largest landscaped
native garden open to the public.
Gardeners Bill and Margaret
Chestnut have planted more than
7000 natives and that's not
including the tens of thousands of
plants that regenerate naturally
on the garden's 9.5 hectare site.
It includes semi-formal areas,
open forest and lightly timbered
Inverawe is designed to be in
harmony with the environment
and to do all those things a good
garden should --- inspire, relax,
stimulate and delight.
The garden winds around the
shores of North-West Bay and
features more landscaped native
gardens, nature trails, stunning
views and abundant bird life.
Grevilleas, callistemons, acacias
and hakeas are among the natives
planted with informative signs
allowing visitors an understanding
of the garden.
The gardens are at 1565
Channel Highway, Margate, and
are open from 9am till 6pm seven
days a week.
An entry fee applies.
Call 6267 2020.
at the Forest and
Heritage Centre, Church
Street, Geeveston. Call
(03) 6297 1836.
2Marvel at the
of Hastings Caves,
one hour south of
Huonville. Choose from
undergound tours. Call
(03) 6298 3209.
3Hook a rainbow
trout or Atlantic
salmon at the
Snowy Range Trout
Fishery, Little Denison
River, via Judbury.
Call 6266 0243.
4Admire the art of
boat building at the
Wooden Boat Centre.
Call 6266 3586.
5Stop at a roadside
stall for luscious
berries and crisp
apples in season.
A crafty design
On your way to the Tahune Forest
Airwalk, a great place to stop is at
the Southern Design Centre,
formerly the Southern Forest
Just a short drive or walk from
the Geeveston town centre, it
captures the natural beauty of
Tasmania's unique timbers.
The centre showcases a vast
variety of Tasmanian art and craft
products and visitors can view the
furniture being made on site.
There is a huge craft area with
working artisans on site most days
and they include a silversmith,
spinner, woodturner, potter, batik
and glass jeweller.
Items include fabric collage,
quilting and gorgeous photo
Cabinet makers also work on
site, creating furniture using
timber from the southern forests
such as blackheart sassafras.
The centre is at 11 School Road,
Geeveston and is open 10am till
5pm daily. There is a large parking
area and entry is free. For more
details call (03) 6297 0039.
All aboard for the
Ida Bay Railway
Ida Bay Railway, a two-foot gauge
line constructed in 1922, is the last
original operating bush tramway
in Tasmania and has the
distinction of being the most
southerly railway in Australia
running Malcolm Moore diesel
Enjoy a scenic two-hour return
trip on a heritage listed bush
railway through bushland to a safe
and secluded beach.
View the spectacular rivers, the
magnificent mountain vistas,
wildflowers, wildlife and birdlife,
and take a stroll down one of the
many walking tracks.
Many passengers enjoy catching
an earlier train and spending time
at the end of the line on the beach
or doing one of the walks and then
returning to the station on a later
Enjoy picnic and barbecue
facilities, which are available at
both ends of the line.
The toilets, cafe and ticket office
all have disability access plus
cabin accommodation and camping
sites are available.
Ida Bay Railway is a two-hour
drive south of Hobart.
Come and enjoy this unique
experience in a truly scenic
environment in the Far South of
Retailer of fine fresh
Bruny Island deep water
oysters just $9.95 a dozen
Salmon and trout and
when in season, scallops,
crayfish, deep sea blue
eye trevalla and pink ling.
Dress up as a Victorian lady
and gentleman, gangster,
cowboy, saloon girl, great
Thursday - Sunday
10.00 am - 4.00 pm
0427 839 149
A.H. 6229 2223
Experience Australia's most
Southern train ride
Ida Bay Railway is one of a kind - the
only narrow gauge bush tramway in
Tasmania - stretching over 7km.
This unique 2 hour journey is
not to be missed.
Railway Lune River Road, Lune River
Ph. 6298 3110
for departure times.
11 SCHOOL RD -- GEEVESTON, TASMANIA -- Ph: 03 6297 0039
FREE ENTRY -
OPEN DAILY 10AM - 5PM
Tasmanian Timber Furniture -- Resident
Artisans -- Art and Craft -- Giftware
Jet Boating on the Huon River
Enjoy a 35 minute/24 kilometre ride on the Huon River. Experience
the thrill and excitement of white water jet boating as this agile
craft negotiates a series of rapids and shingle beds with water only
centimetres deep. View the reflections in still deep pools.
The highlight of your visit to the Huon Valley.
Phone 03 6264 1838 w ww.huonjet.com
Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs
For information phone (03) 6298 3209
the magic of a vast dolomite cave
Department of Primary
Industries, Parks, Water and
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