Christmas Day is almost upon us and we would like to take the opportunity to wish everybody the very best for the season.
Wherever you are in Australia we hope you and your loved ones have a safe and pleasant long weekend filled with happiness, humour, fine food and some exciting gifts.
For those of you spending the holiday season in beautiful Tasmania we trust you will enjoy everything the island state has to offer – from picturesque towns and breathtaking landscapes to wonderful fresh produce and warm hospitality.
If there is a more relaxing and serene place in the country to spend Christmas Day then we have not discovered it.
Whether you choose to barbecue or picnic in the great outdoors, sit down to a traditional lunch, or move from venue to venue visiting family and friends throughout the day, this is a fantastic time of year and every moment should be cherished.
Tasmania is renowned for its superb wines, cheeses, meats, fruit and vegetables – all produced and sold locally – so there is no better way to prepare for your Christmas feast than by stocking up at your nearby delicatessen or market.
Travellers who find themselves away from close friends and family this week will no doubt be welcomed enthusiastically and made to feel right at home by down-to-earth Tasmanians.
Locals love to play host and the island's shopkeepers, publicans, restaurateurs and market stall operators are known for their friendly banter and top-quality service.
If you visited Tasmania this year we sincerely hope you had an unforgettable experience.
For those of you not yet lucky enough to grace our pristine shores we would love to see you in 2012.
Merry Christmas and best wishes to all.