We had a great experience on-board the Spirit of Tasmania! Very quick and easy to get on and off, great meals and we were lucky enough to have smooth sailing both ways!!
Our decision was to always take our caravan over, regardless of the cost, and was based on the following:
- When we arrived, we had our accommodation with us! And yes, we do pay camp fees, however, Tasmania is renowned for its free or low cost campsites. So for us, as a family of four it was a cheaper option than B&B’s or Motel style accommodation.
- With two younger kids it allowed us the convenience of taking their bikes and assorted caravan toys with us.
- We eat in our van for most meals therefore saving costs on restaurants/cafes, etc.
- We could take our fishing gear, weber, camp oven, fire pit and all those essential camping items we just can’t do without!!!!
- Most of all – we love our caravan and jump at the chance to travel in it!
As everyone is different, we suggest you research all options. Hiring a campervan, taking your car/tent, flying and hiring a car and staying in accommodation. It is a very individual decision and one that you have to make to suit your own family situation.
$2,544.00 return (peak season).
We booked a night sail both directions and paid the extra for a cabin so we could sleep in a bed for most of the trip.
This was for 2 Adults and 2 Children (6 & 9) with a cabin.
We took our 200 Series Land Cruiser and 19ft Bushtracker Caravan.
We booked through Travel With A Cause as it was slightly cheaper than booking with the SOT direct.
Our research prior to going to Tasmania had us wondering where the best place to park was prior to jumping aboard the boat. Many comments we read mentioned there isn’t much parking available or it is costly! Our experience was great!!
We arrived a few hours early but didn’t have any problems finding FREE parking close by.
We parked one street back from Station Pier, left at 5pm and were boarding the boat shortly after.
Boarding from Devonport was even easier!! We arrived with 40 minutes to spare so we parked on Wheeler Street and then made our way to the Spirit once we were able to check in.
The whole process from arriving at the Pier to walking into our cabin only took around 30 minutes both times.
Firstly, you will drive through the quarantine area and your fridges get checked for food you are not able to take over, gas bottles get tagged and that was pretty much it for us! Follow this link for more information on what you can and can’t take into Tassie.
Once through quarantine you drive to the check in booth and hand over your e-ticket. You are issued with boarding passes and cabin key cards (if applicable) and then it’s onto the ship! You are directed where to park and then once you have your bags and locked your car you are free to roam the decks!
When you walk through from the parking area to the door that leads to the stairwell, they have flyers that tell you where your car is parked – take one!!
NOTE: once the ship sails you cannot access your car, so ensure you have everything you need for the trip with you!
We had a four berth cabin with an ensuite. Towels and linen are provided.
Front row seats (or beds) on the way back to Melbourne!!
- There are many options for meals and drinks on board – from light snacks to buffet meals and pizza.
- Kids play area.
- Gaming consoles.
- Tourism hub where you can stock up on your Tassie brochures.