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Tasmania - car-free itinerary?

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Hello,

We’re planning a trip to Australia in Jan. 2017. Our priorities are seeing the native wildlife and being out in nature, though we are not fit enough to be doing the Overland Track (or anything remotely like it). Our entire trip is shaping up like this: three days in Port Douglas (snorkel reef one day, two days open for relaxation), one week in Tasmania, three days in Melbourne (including an overnight on French Island - glamping! That’s our style).

Question: Can we get by without a rental car? We planned to get one in Tasmania only, relying on tours/public transport in Port Douglas and Melbourne. However, only one of us is a licensed driver, and we’re from the States, so she is not accustomed to driving on the *wrong* side of the road (that’s a joke, sort of … it feels wrong to us, so it could be stressful on our driver).

Our original plan was to rent a car for our week in Tasmania, and do Bruny Island - Bicheno/Freycinet - Cradle Mountain. But I’ve done some research, and I think we can do Tasmania more inexpensively and stress-free if we don’t get a car -- but we have to drop one of our desired destinations.

Would love to get opinions from you all. Here are our proposed car-free options for Tasmania:

Tasmania itinerary option A: Freycinet and Cradle Mountain
Saturday - arrive in Hobart (overnight)
Sunday - Tassielink to Bicheno (arrive 2 pm); overnight in Bicheno
Monday - Calows Coaches to Freycinet Park & return (morning); afternoon, overnight in Bicheno
Tuesday - Calows Coaches to Launceston (arrive 11 am); overnight in Launceston
Wednesday - McDermott's Coaches or TassieLink to Cradle Mountain; stay in Cradle Mountain through ...
Saturday - TassieLink to Devonport (arrive 2 pm) (overnight on Spirit of Tasmania to Melbourne)

Tasmania itinerary option B: Bruny Island and Cradle Mountain
Saturday - arrive in Hobart (overnight)
Sunday - metro to Kettering, ferry to Bruny, taxi to Inala (overnight in Bruny)
Monday - Bruny Island
Tuesday - taxi to ferry, ferry to Kettering, Metro to Hobart, Tassielink to Launceston (arrive 5 pm) (overnight in Launceston)
Wednesday - McDermott's Coaches or TassieLink to Cradle Mountain; stay in Cradle Mountain through ...
Saturday - TassieLink to Devonport (arrive 2 pm) (overnight on Spirit of Tasmania to Melbourne)

I estimate Bruny Island will cost $200+ more (transportation, accommodation) than Freycinet Park/Bicheno, but we are willing to pay more if the experience is worth it.

Assuming we do not get the car (I suspect many will recommend doing so) -- would you choose Option A or B?

And we're not wedded to this plan - suggestions welcome!

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