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5 days in Tasmania--help needed

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We are a couple with two young-adult daughters. We love nature/history/culture (not beaches/shopping) and want to see and get out into as much quintessential Australia as we can without spending all our time in the car. (Thanks to those who made suggestions for Melbourne/GOR leg of our journey. Fodorites are the best.)

Tas: We've been able to carve out 5 days (6 nights), arriving New Year's Eve (probably late) and leaving Jan. 6, not too late (flying to Cairns). I know it's not long enough to see the whole island. How much should we bite off? Complicating matters, most hotels I've found have 2- or 3-night minimums.

Option 1:

Hobart 3 or 4 nights. It'll be the end of the Taste, I think, and that sounds like fun. So 1 or so day for Hobart itself (the Taste, MONA, strolling around and seeing the architecture, Salamanca market briefly on Sat.) plus a day or two for day trips: Huon Valley? other national park or natural beauty accessible in a day? We'll do Bruny Island cruise unless we do Tasman Island cruise while in Port Arthur. Opinions of which is better?

Port Arthur 2 nights (because of min. stays): Richmond en route, explore peninsula, historic site and convict trail, perhaps Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park? (Tasman Island cruise unless we did Bruny Island.)

If we only do 3 nights in Hobart plus the 2 in Port Arthur, we'd have a night for a side trip (assuming we can find a place that will let us stay 1 night). Where should we go?

Option 2:

Hobart 4 nights. Similar to above but we'd fit Port Arthur in as a day trip. That'd give us 2 nights for somewhere else. Would it be worth driving to Cradle Mtn. and spending 2 nights there, then flying out of Launceston? (Googlemaps says it's 2 hrs. from Cradle Mtn. to Launceston Airport, which sounds doable, or we could get to Launceston the night before just to be sure?) We love hiking/mountains, and it does seem like a place not to be missed. Or is there somewhere better to go with 2 days?

Another option? Thanks so much for your advice.

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