1. It would take a couple of weeks to cover the whole island, so if you don't have that long you will have to plan to see the West or East side and should plan accordingly.
We made the hour and a half from Adelaide to Tasmania to be greeted with rain and cold. Luckily it was a travel day as we got our car and headed up to spend our first night in Coles Bay, right outside of Freycinet National Park. We got up there and found our hostel, which had twin beds and sleeping sacs, and over a bottle wine at dinner decided to stay an extra night to be sure we were able to hike. The next day turned out to be beautiful and we hiked down to Wineglass Bay, a highlight of Tasmania that did not disappoint. The hike was about 3 hours of rocks and steps, so we definitely got our workout in for the day. After checking out more of the park, we headed back to our room, where we were upgraded to a cabin with our own TV and bathroom. The evening was very Australian as we drank wine and watched the Cricket Final match, which was actually pretty good now that Scott has figured out the game, and explained it to Amy. The next morning the drive back down to Hobart was just beautiful. Once in town, we found a room above an Irish Bar to call home for the night.