Queen’s Birthday long weekend in Tasmania

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The 2012 Queen's Birthday long weekend is just around the corner, which for most people means holiday break preparations are well underway.

And while many will already have some idea of what they will be doing – bonfire nights, eating marshmallows or catching up with friends – others may be looking for inspiration.

With this in mind, it could be time to get out your map and start looking at the many great weekend destinations on offer in Tasmania.

Just a short drive outside of Hobart will take you into the heart of the internationally renowned Huon Valley.

While those who live near the historic mining city of Queenstown or nearby Zeehan will no doubt want to make a beeline for Cradle Mountain.

There are also a number of small villages with their own unique arts and crafts that are situated between the major city centres that might also feature on your to-do list.

For example, the restored mining town of Corinna at the southernmost point of the Tarkine is a great family destination that can also help to break up a long car ride. It is also a rustic destination in its own right.

If you cross the Pieman River – which is still on your way to Cradle Mountain – you can also try your hand at kayaking.

For those who may not be so keen on water sports in winter there is always the option of going on a brisk walk through our temperate rainforests.

The sight and sounds of nature will quickly help you to forget about your day-to-day life and reconnect with nature.

However, just make sure to plan ahead because bookings tend to increase in peak holiday periods and it may be hard to find a place to stay if you leave things to the last minute.

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