The Spirit of Tasmania was never on our radar as a means by which to get to the Apple Isle. Normally we’re in too much of a hurry! This time around we had a couple days up our sleeves so thought we’d give it a try, and it turned out to be a great decision.
- Taking your own vehicle allows you to pack all the extras you often leave behind due to baggage restrictions on flights. The best thing about this is that it means no skimping on outfits! In Tassie you’ll want loads of options as the weather can be incredibly varied and there’s also a huge variety of things to do, from climbing mountains to dining at fine restaurants.
- Having your own car saves on vehicle hire costs and if you’re anything like us also makes you more comfortable on the road. You know how the vehicle handles, are more confident behind the wheel and don’t fret about taking it off-road. Hiring a car is also a time waster as you need to fill out forms, make sure it’s not damaged before leaving, then fill it up prior to return, which can be a headache if you don’t know where the service stations are.
- Load the camping gear in because a few nights under the stars are not only inexpensive (or even free!) but are food for the soul. Having plenty of space to pack means you don’t have to rough it either. You can have a comfy doona, a pillow and a cooler full of food and drinks. We even managed to convert our SUV into being able to sleep in the back, however the tent was hard to beat.
- The trip across the sea is a nice way to spend the night. We did the evening sailing and not only did it mean we could work a normal day on the Friday before heading off, it also meant we simply boarded, ate dinner, had a drink, fell asleep and woke up bright and early at the other end. The 4-berth cabin had plenty of space and our own bathroom, it was whisper quiet and the gentle swaying of the ship lulled us to sleep.
- Standing in the check-in line, going through airport security and waiting for your bags at the other end is always annoying. With the Spirit you quickly drive aboard, park and then relax. Then upon departure you pack your night bag, have breakfast, hop in your car and hit the road. It’s quick and easy with no time wasted.
- A night at sea on the Spirit makes for a lovely way to start your holiday. We left an hour prior to sunset so enjoyed a beautiful end to the day with views back across Melbourne. The passing scenery was soothing and helped us wind down ahead of the adventure. Inside we ate lovely food and had a drink at the bar while chatting to fellow travellers. Essentially the holiday started as soon as we were aboard, not once we arrived at the other end.
If you’re planning a trip to Tassie and are heading off from Melbourne, then we strongly advise going on The Spirit of Tasmania. Even if you aren’t taking your car, it’s a lovely way to travel.
For more info visit: https://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au