Last Day on the Mainland

We are on the ferry home to Tassie tonight. We are allowed to leave our van in the caravan park for a late departure around 4.30pm. We were lucky that we stayed 3 nights and could of had a fourth night free (special in park for a while). It meant we didn’t have to leave by 10.00am.

We had to fill the day in without being late for the ferry, so we decided to check out the local Iveco dealership for an upgrade for our tow rig. While a new ute is still a few years away, a bit of research never hurt anyone. An Iveco Daily is high on the list as a replacement for my trusty Holden Colorado. While my ute is legally able to tow my 5th wheeler, I must watch what I load in it so as not to overload. The Iveco lends itself to carrying a few more toys.  An eight speed automatic makes for very easy low speed driving and reversing.

Iveco Daily

Iveco Daily

Iveco Daily Interior

Iveco Daily Interior

The Iveco also has plenty of options for wheelbase and diff ratios and also has plenty of room for toolboxes so we can carry all our toys.

A drive to Werribee South also unveiled another surprise. As we headed back towards the van we stumbled across five open homes at Tristania Drive, Point Cook by Metricon. As we are looking to build in the next few years, a quick look would fill in the day. Lots of ideas and layouts were on view here and another sight just up the road to get us thinking.

Two storey house not for us

Two storey house not for us

 

Open Homes all in a row

Open Homes all in a row

Lots of different kitchen designs

Lots of different kitchen designs

Back in the caravan park and hooked up ready to leave for the trip to Port Melbourne. Boarding starts at 5.00pm for a 7.30pm sailing. lots of people start lining up very early in the afternoon. Our plan was to arrive about 5.15pm, well before the 6.45pm last check in time. For anyone that is thinking of a caravan holiday to Tassie, don’t get there too early as it is very hard to find parking if you have a caravan in tow, unless you plan before you get there.

Getting aboard is a journey in itself, you get through the main gates, line up for quarantine and the safety checks are carried out. You then inch your way to the end of the wharf, turn around and make your way back to dry land and enter through the front of the ferry (only in Melbourne).

We have travelled to end of wharf and halfway back down. It is still daylight

We have travelled to end of wharf and halfway back down. It is still daylight

Daylight has gone and we still have to check in yet. You need plenty of patience.

Daylight has gone and we still have to check in yet. You need plenty of patience.

We are finally on board and the all the upgrades to the Spirit have been completed and while it all looks good, I am yet to be convinced it is for the better.

Three TV's in this area, all on different channels, with sound from only the ABC. The footy on the middle tv has no sound (crazy)

Three TV’s in this area, all on different channels, with sound from only the ABC. The footy on the middle tv has no sound (crazy). The comfortable chair under the tv’s are mounted to the floor and are not ideal for viewing.

One good change was live music on Level 9. They are focusing on Tassie talent which should keep you entertained for a while.

Live entertainment on Deck 9

Live entertainment on Deck 9

We are finally going through the heads of Port Phillip Bay around 10.00pm and it is the only slightly rough part of the trip across Bass Strait. A little bit of roll making lots of people look like they have spent too much time at the bar.

 

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