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Tassie is a nature lover's seventh heaven

The Apple Isle is sometimes overlooked as a holiday hot spot, but that just adds to its charm – a visit to Tasmania can make you feel like you're in on one of Australia's best kept secrets. Naturally spectacular Tassie packs so much diversity into such a small space that it is an ideal short break desintation, especially if you are seeking a weekend getaway from Melbourne or Sydney. Seaside capital Hobart has grown from its historical roots to become a foodie paradise and the state's cultural heart. Kick off your weekend away with a wander through the iconic Salamanca Market where hundreds of local artisans peddle their edibles and admirables while Mt Wellington looms proud in the background.

Tasmania: HobartDowntown Hobart

When you've indulged on tours of the Cascade Brewery and Cadbury's Chocolate Factory, venture north to river city Launceston. Tasmania's second largest city has also undergone a bit of reinvention to become a premier destination for fine dining and leisure while retaining its heritage with colonial estates dating back over two centuries. Launceston is also the gateway to wine country, Tamar Valley, named for the river snaking its way through the region. Slow-paced Tamar Valley is best experienced via road trip, taking your time to sample tasting plates at boutique vineyards and admire the breathtaking scenery.

Tasmania: The NutThe Nut, Stanley

It's easy to work a little culture into your weekend escape with convict ruins and sites of significance scattered across the island. Former penal colony Port Arthur is a snapshot of time where thousands of convicts once laboured – stick around for a tour of the paranormal variety when the sun sets on the peninsula. Check out Flight Centre's mini holidays in Tasmania and experience the unparalleled vistas of Cradle Mountain and the old-world charm of seaside villages dotted along the windswept headlands.

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