We are planning a trip late June/early-mid July 2013, and have 4 or 5 nights dedicated to Tasmania. It's not long enough, I know, but we do want to see other parts of Australia, including Cairns/GBR, Brisbane/Fraser Island and Kakadu. In Taz, we are interested most in seeing the World Heritage wildnerness area, but this area seems the most problematic due to winter weather. Everything I've found says weather is completely unpredictable, which makes planning difficult. We will likely fly into/out of Hobart and rent a car (do we need 4WD?). Will definitely be watching weather to see if Mt. Field, Lake St. Clair and Cradle Mtn are possible destinations. Don't know what to expect for driving conditions. Will roads be open? Is it a good plan to visit this area in winter? Can we at least stay at a cabin, get out and do some short walks, see wildlife?
The more I look at what Taz has to offer, the more intrigued I am, and it has been a challenge to choose just a few major areas. We like Bay of Fires/Mt. William NP, Freycinet NP, Tasman NP, and Bruny Island (boat excursion to see seals). We are interested in seeing as much wildlife as possible. We tend to favor short hikes, and trying to cover as much territory by car as we can (also keeping in mind we need to "stop and smell the roses"). We are not R&R people. We prefer nature/wildlife to cities. (Though I would love to shop the Saturday Salamanca market in Hobart!). Based on the allotted amount of time and the time of year, what is your advice on which areas to cover?