Getting to Tasmania
If you want to travel to Tasmania, you can choose between two modes of transport. That is flying or sailing. Although the plane is of course much faster, many people choose to book the ferry to Tasmania.
A big advantage of the ferry is that you can bring your car and more luggage. Besides that, the ferry is a greener alternative.Ferry Emissions Research: Carbon Footprints Compared, Ferrygogo.com The ferry is of course also just fun and a great trip for both locals and tourists.
Scroll further down for useful information about the ferry to Tasmania, which now departs from Geelong!
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Map with crossings to Tasmania
There really isn't much choice for an island the size of Tasmania. You can only book with one ferry company: Spirit of Tasmania.
From October 2022 : The Spirit of Tasmania will no longer sail from Melbourne but from Geelong. A completely new terminal has been built there.
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Ferry from Geelong to Tasmania
Spirit of Tasmania operates two ships back and forth between Geelong and Devonport. The ships are luxurious though new ships will arrive next few years.
While the departure port used to be Melbourne, they moved the terminal to Geelong to make especially the ‘parking near the dock' easier and more convenient.
Australia (Victoria) ⇔ Tasmania
Spirit of Tasmania
The ships sailing to Tasmania are well-equipped. You will find a restaurant, several bars, a shop, a cinema, a children's playground, a game zone, and children's entertainment.
Frequently Asked Questions
The ferry to Tasmania will depart from a different departure port in October 2022. Instead of Melbourne, you will then be able to depart from Geelong. A completely new terminal has been built there.
The travel times are comparable with the Melbourne-Devonport crossing. Spirit of Tasmania sails to Tasmania in about 9.5 to 11.5 hours.
When you take your own car on the ferry it simply is cheaper to go by ferry as renting a car for 10 or 15 days can be very expensive.
|↑1||Ferry Emissions Research: Carbon Footprints Compared, Ferrygogo.com|
|↑2||New Ships, spiritoftasmania.com.au|