Compact in size, in one day you can slide into a dismal sinkhole; hear stories of the convict past; breathe the cleanest air in the world; sip a local pinot at a cellar door; and devour a paddock-to-plate degustation come nightfall.

Expect the extraordinary because this is a land of contrasts. World Heritage sites meet soaring sea cliffs. Wade knee-deep in salty waters, plucking and shucking oysters, or down them in swanky waterfront bars – the choice is yours.

It’s little wonder Lonely Planet considers Tasmania one of the most desirable regions on Earth, listing the state as one of the world's top 10 regions to visit in 2015.

Tassie is a nature lover's seventh heaven

The Port Arthur Historic Site, on the Tasman Peninsula, is Australia's best maintained convict site with various significant buildings to explore. Other historic towns include Ross, Queenstown and Richmond. For natural beauty, Bay of Fires is a secluded coastal spot providing the opportunity for a range of outdoor pursuits. With many national parks including Tasman, Freycinet and Cradle Mountain, a holiday in Tasmania is a popular with cyclists and hikers and offers iconic tracks, bushwalks and organised rides for the outdoor enthusiast. Tasmania is also the destination of choice for those wanting a wedding and honeymoon with a spectacular natural backdrop and a cooler climate.

Tasmania: HobartDowntown Hobart

Despite Tasmania's historical significance, the capital, Hobart, is making a name for itself as a progressive city with the bustling Salamanca art and craft markets and MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) which houses some confronting pieces! For the gourmand, a Hobart specialty is freshly caught seafood paired with regional wine from many established and renowned wineries.

Tasmania: The NutThe Nut, Stanley

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