Tasmania lies roughly 400 km from mainland Australia however it seems like a world away; a magical destination where you can escape the crowds of Australia’s main cities, and access vast wilderness and astounding natural wonders like no-where else in the world.
There’s a relaxing pureness about this small island State, and its towns transport you back to simpler times. It offers all the modern conveniences you could hope for, though modern stresses cease to exist once you arrive; a contemporary land which has somehow managed to maintain its unique cultural heritage and charm; managed to preserve it’s World Heritage Areas, wildlife, beautiful landforms, and natural and cultural history, which draw local and international travelers alike.
But it’s difficult to experience all Tasmania has to offer without a car, so there was no question about how we would travel; we would journey overnight on Spirit of Tasmania. By transporting ourselves along with our personal vehicle we were assured of getting the most rewarding experience Tassie could offer. Our trip to Tasmania would be a spirited one!
A Journey From Mainland Australia Aboard Spirit of Tasmania
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National and State Parks, historic towns, pristine beaches, stunning landscaped gardens, and unique eateries are strung together like pearls making Tasmania a premier destination for an Australian road trip. With so much to see and do no matter where you are in the state, you have the freedom to pull over on a whim and explore each destination at your own pace.
After having just wrapped up an around the world trip, we’ve had our fill of busy airports and long lines. The physical act of travel these days has become more like a thorn in your side. But Tasmania is different. Tasmania offers a non stress holiday before it even begins.
To our relief and utter surprise, on boarding Spirit of Tasmania, we simply drove onto the impressive ship and walked ourselves straight to our room. We kept waiting for some kind of catch or hassle to arise but from start to finish it was some of the easiest and most enjoyable travel we have experienced.
The Spirit Experience
As experienced travelers, we prefer to do things on our own terms and at our own pace. And the freedom and choice of how to spend your time while onboard the Spirit really appealed to us.
Sailing by night, we opted for a private cabin with ensuite which would give us a comfortable and private night’s sleep so we would awake in Tasmania refreshed and ready to explore. There are cabins to suit families and deluxe cabins for those wanting the ultimate in luxury travel.
Those not opting for a cabin can instead relax in the comfort of a recliner seat in a private lounge with floor to ceiling windows. Think of it as basically being in a Business or First Class airline seat but available on anyone’s budget and with the added benefit of having the freedom to get up and stretch your legs as you explore the ship and all its facilities.
When you’re traveling by plane or train, it’s quite easy to get bored. But granted, these forms of transport don’t have the space or facilities that Spirit of Tasmania has onboard.
The ship offers numerous options for travelers including cinemas to catch the latest releases, kids play rooms for both toddlers and teens, a reading room, numerous dining options, and beautiful sea views whichever way you look.
As dinner rolled around we took advantage of the Tasmania Market Kitchen (TMK) to sample some Tasmanian- inspired flavors such as fresh oysters, smoked salmon, and roasted leg of lamb.
The self service buffet made it so easy to simply head down when we were ready and quickly satiate our appetites. If this was what we could expect from Tasmanian cuisine we knew we were in for a real treat.
TMK also serves breakfast before arrival, and the Spirit has a number of bars onboard, from the stylish and intimate surrounds of Bar 7 to the bright, summery, beached-themed spaces on Decks 9 & 10. All offer an array of Tasmanian wines, ciders and beers.
The Tourism Hub
One of our favorite areas of the ship was the Tourism Hub where we loaded up on brochures and fliers of not to miss adventures.
We had studied up on Tasmania beforehand but were surprised at all the exciting ideas they offered we had missed. The Hub also allowed us to purchase our National Parks pass saving us the hassle of finding a vendor on land.
With places like Cradle Mountain and Narawntapu National Park, a pass is a must. Narawntapu is known as Tasmania’s Serengeti as it offers abundant wildlife viewing including kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, abundant birdlife, and even the iconic Tassie Devil.
Be sure to also check out the Spirit’s Tassie Travel Planner which offers a wealth of knowledge and ideas for your Tassie itinerary.
The Ultimate in Stress Free Travel
We retire to the comfort of our cabin almost too excited to sleep as we know what awaits us in the morning. The entire experience onboard seems to build up the anticipation of what Tasmania has to offer. It seems fitting that the Spirit offers ultimate stress free travel to an island which is all about just that. Tasmania is more than a holiday it is an escape.
We could not imagine traveling to Tasmania any other way as the cost, ease, and enjoyment are all in order to make it a no brainer when deciding to sail or fly. Added Loyalty Programs make it an even more enticing option.
It is hard to believe that Tasmania has escaped the tourism masses that have swarmed other destinations around the world but I have a feeling this will not be for long. The sheer beauty and opportunities that are on offer along with the service of travel to reach it make Tasmania a must visit destination for any traveler.
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