Wednesday July 27th 2016, is our first mid week trip back to Tassie on the the “Spirit.” With a 13m ute and 5th wheeler, parking can be a problem around Post Melbourne. Arriving just in time is a bit of a juggle, arrive too early and you need to sit in your car and wait patiently, get caught in traffic and miss your sailing.
We chose to leave Ashley Gardens at 4.30pm, return to the Western Ring Road via Ballarat Road, over the Westgate Bridge and then make your way to Port Melbourne, a total of 29km and 30mins drive time. We gave the shorter 14km and 23mins drive time alternative a wide berth in case peak hour traffic created us some truoble. It would be OK on a weekend sailing.
The trip around the Western Ring Road was uneventful, only took 30mins so we parked up on Williamstown Rd. Plenty of parking but nothing else, so we just sat it out. The last 10mins to the terminal was easy. The gates to the terminal open at 5.00pm, we arrived at 5.30pm, only a few in front of us. Getting through quarantine is straight forward, they just check to see if you have anying you can’t take to Tassie. Once you are through the checks you drive to the end of the pier, turn and come back alongside the “Spirit”, turn the ute off and wait some more. We won’t be on board much before 7.00pm for the 7.30pm sailing.