Generally when people travel to Tasmania from mainland Australia, they fly. It’s the most direct way from Point A to Point B and although the airport experience isn’t always the best, it tends to offer little in terms of unexpected surprises.
Recently we made our way south to the Apple Isle using a completely different mode of transport – on board the Spirit of Tasmania, a ferry that sails between our hometown of Melbourne and Devonport, a town in the north of Tasmania.
And let us tell you – compared to flying, our journey was full of surprises!
The ship departs Melbourne each night at 7:30PM so we arrived at Station Pier 90 minutes beforehand in our car that was packed full of luggage.
We joined the back of the queue as cars slowly made their way onto the ship.
The best part was that we didn’t need to leave the comfort of our vehicle the entire time, going through a check-in booth where we were handed our boarding passes, ship directory and cabin keys. The next time our feet would step out of the car, we were on-board the Spirit of Tasmania.
After locking our car and dropping our overnight bags in our cabin, we headed to the main area of the ship so that we could experience the boat setting sail.
We grabbed ourselves a refreshing drink from the main bar and stepped outside where we were treated to some fantastic views of Melbourne’s city skyline.
If you take the Spirit of Tasmania journey, don’t miss this view!
Before we headed off for our dinner, we took a few minutes to explore the on-board facilities on the Spirit. We grabbed some brochures from Tourism On Board to get some ideas for next couple of days in Tasmania, picked up supplies from the gift shop and popped our heads into the cinema on the ship.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay for the movie, some tasty food was calling our name and the two of us were starving!
Our meal at the Leatherwood Restaurant was one of the highlights of our experience – a three course meal with some delicious Tasmanian produce served up by a lovely wait staff in the restaurant.
We started with a Tasmanian tasting plate, followed up by separate mains of Nichols chicken breast and a tenderloin of beef. Then how could we say no to a House of Anvers tasting plate of supreme chocolates and fudge!
After dinner we headed straight for our room as the two of us were exhausted and wanted to get as much rest as we could before the following day.
To be honest were a little worried about the sleeping situation – our cabin was cosy which wasn’t an issue but it was more the fear of sea sickness that had us concerned.
One of the biggest surprises was that we slept through the entire night and were only awoken by the announcement over the PA system that we had arrived in Tasmania. A good night’s sleep!
We quickly got ready and made sure to got a quick snap in front of the city of Devonport.
Overall, our Spirit of Tasmania experience exceeded all expectations – we got to enjoy a tasty meal, had a good night’s sleep and had arrived with our own car ready to check out a fantastic destination.
Now, it was time to explore Tasmania!