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Our Spirit of Tasmania Experience

Our Spirit of Tasmania Experience

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.

Driving onto the Spirit of Tasmania

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.

Views of Melbourne from the Spirit of Tasmania

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!

Meal at the Leatherwood Restaurant Spirit of Tasmania


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!

Cabin on the Spirit of Tasmania


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.

Arrived in Devonport, Tasmania

Now, it was time to explore Tasmania!


  1. Posted December 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    That sounds really cool! I’m very interested in visiting Tasmania (I didn’t know it was nicknamed the Apple Isle!), and this is definitely how I’d do it. The food looks really fancy for a boat, and it’s good to know you managed to get a good night’s sleep!
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    • Posted December 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      Tasmania is a fantastic destination, we found it to be a lot like the South Island of NZ. The food was amazing, there’s also a buffet there too which we would have loved to have tried.

      And the quality of sleep was very surprising! We were sure to take some motion sickness tablets as well which did help relax us a little.

  2. Posted December 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    I’d travel everywhere by boat if I had the chance. It’s by far the most relaxing way to go.
    Add some great food and you can’t beat it. Looks like you had fun.

    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      It certainly was much more relaxing and enjoyable than flying or even a road trip.. if only everywhere was accessible this way!

  3. Posted December 24, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I’ve always wondered what this ferry trip was like. Great to see the pics and to know you didn’t get seasick. That would be my concern too.
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    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

      We did take some motion sickness tablets just to be on the safe side but were lucky enough to have smooth sailing across Bass Strait.

  4. Victor@Wildlife Tour
    Posted December 24, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this. At least I now know how the Spirit of Tasmania looks on the inside. I am planning a trip on it.

  5. Posted December 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Although I have always been intrigued about Australia, I have begun to notice Tasmania just lately. I’m sure it’s a fun destination. Looking forward to reading more about it.
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  6. Posted December 30, 2013 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Omg that meal looks yummy! I wish I was just a boat ride away from Tasmania.. sigh
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    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

      The meal was one of the major highlights of our journey, would nearly take the trip again just for another sitting at the Leatherwood Restaurant!

  7. Posted December 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Great review guys!
    Have wondered about takig the ferry compared to flights.
    also wondered about sea sickness!

    What was the cost to take your car over and hire the cabin?
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    • Posted December 30, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

      Hey Sam, the cost can vary depending on when you’re going but taking your car can be as little as $89 each way – much better value than worrying about car hire plus as we said, you can pack it full with everything you need!

      Probably best to go to the Spirit website (http://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/) and get prices that way. 🙂

  8. Maureen
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic way to get to Tasmania. Wouldn’t go any other way. I have been on board when it was rough and no sea sick pills slept like a log. 🙂 Better to take your own car because some of the places to see take in some dirt roads and most hire cars don’t let you.

  9. Posted December 31, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks guys!
    I agree much better than trying to organise a hire car!
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  10. Posted January 7, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    I was always curious about the spirit of tasmania vs flying… sounds like a good way to travel, much more relaxing and personally I love boats. how does it compare price wise?
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