Spirit of Tasmania, Day or Night sail?

So you have decided to visit the Apple Isle? You have decided when you want to go? You have made the decision Do I fly or Do I sail? If you have chosen the Spirit of Tasmania.

Now to make the next decision. Do I choose a day sail or a night sail? Who knew there were so many options.

We have done both and thought we would write a list of the pro’s and con’s of both. Ultimately it comes down to who is travelling with you, and where your priorities lie.

Spirit of Tasmania

Length of trip

Day –  9 hours

Night – 11 hours (Whilst it is longer you spend majority of it asleep)

Cost  (Depends on age of Children) 

Day sail is cheaper but……

Day – you can get away without a cabin, Especially if your children are older. However if you have preschool aged children (or younger) I would suggest getting a cabin anyway for day sleeps, space away from people.

Night – Realistically you need a cabin or a recliner (Recliners are not as comfortable and there is nowhere to store your belongings.)


Day – Have a great view of Melbourne as you are leaving port, some people have told of seeing dolphin pods on the way across.

Night – Great view of sunset as you travel, or pre-daylight savings great view of Melbourne lights, however once you pass through the Heads, not much to see until you arrive in Devonport

Keeping entertained.

Entertainment depends on the age of the travellers.

No general internet/phone service about thirty minutes after you leave port. However, you can purchase Satellite WiFi in lounge areas for $18. This WiFi is very patchy and you cannot use it for streaming services, ie videos, also not available for some games that require a fast internet connection.

Small playground – great for preschool age, however, will not keep them entertained for hours.

Day sails – face painting, circus performers, trivia, and disco bingo.

Small arcade – very busy and normally unless you get in early more time waiting than playing.

Cinema – extra cost Adults $10, pensioners $7.50 Kids $5

(Limited seats)

two kids movies (day sail) one kid’s movie (Night sail) aimed more at school age plus

Two Adult movies (day and night sail)

You can find out screening times here.

Gaming lounge – Open until midnight on night Sails

Reading room
Realistically there are benefits of both the day or night sail, and you need to look at who is travelling?

4 bed cabin spirit of tasmania

Cabin Spirit of Tasmania

Availability of day sails

Day sails are not always available. Through the winter months there are no day sails, and through spring and autumn, they are once (maybe twice a week). In summer day sails are 3-4 times a week. So if you have a set day you want to sail, you need to keep that in mind.

Head across to the Spirit of Tasmania site to check out their Sailing schedule

My thoughts

I hope this has helped you make an informed decision about taking a day or night sail on the Spirit of Tasmania

Previously when our youngest were toddlers we always headed across on a night sail, booked a four berth inside cabin (fits two portacots) and they slept almost the whole way. Now they are older there are no cabins that fit us all. So if we have the choice for our next trip we will probably head across on a day sail. We will still book a cabin so we have space to relax.


To find out more about the Spirit of Tasmania.

To find out more about Tasmania.



Take a visit to Cataract Gorge in Launceston

Cataract Gorge in Launceston

Located on the South Esk River

Cataract Gorge Launceston

Only 1.5 Kms from Launceston is the must-see location the beautiful Cataract Gorge. Cataract Gorge is found at the lower section of the South Esk River. It is readily accessible from the centre of Launceston. It is either a two-minute drive into the Gorge. Or a lovely fifteen-minute walk from the city centre along the banks of the Tamar river. Even though the city centre is so close, Once you are in the base of the gorge, you forget that civilisation is just a stone throw away.

Cataract Gorge Launceston


Cataract Gorge in Launceston is free to visit and has so much to do. There are walking trails, playgrounds, restaurant, cafe, a suspension bridge, swimming pool, native flora and fauna and so much more.

Cataract Gorge is the location of the world’s longest single span chairlift. The longest span is just over 1000 feet long (1010 feet) with the total span being 1499 feet long. The chairlift was built back in 1972, to showcase the amazing South Esk River. The seats include a safety bar, and it is quite slow in speed to allow you to take some amazing photographs as you go across.

Enjoy a meal at Cataract Gorge

Whether you are after a leisurely meal in their restaurant, a quick snack in their cafe or kiosk, or a relaxing picnic in their amazing grounds. They have some BBQs to cook your favourite meat or veggie patties. Cataract Gorge really is the place to go in Launceston. Every time we head to Tasmania, we go straight from the Spirit of Tasmania in Devonport and drive the hour trip to Launceston to enjoy breakfast at the Basin Cafe. You can check out their fantastic breakfast menu here.

Basin Cafe

The highlight though is the amazing Peacocks that you see showing off their feathers all around the area.



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Little Blue Lake

Little Blue Lake
Little Blue Lake

Legerwood Memorial Carvings



Cataract Gorge in Launceston Located on the South Esk River Only 1.5 Kms from Launceston is the must-see location the
Cataract Gorge in Launceston Located on the South Esk River Only 1.5 Kms from Launceston is the must-see location the
Cataract Gorge in Launceston Located on the South Esk River Only 1.5 Kms from Launceston is the must-see location the
Cataract Gorge in Launceston Located on the South Esk River Only 1.5 Kms from Launceston is the must-see location the

Little Blue Lake

Little Blue Lake

If you want to find a beautiful Blue Lake, with the most turquoise water in Australia. Where would you go? Would you instantly think of Queensland, the Daintree? Or Instead of heading north would you head south to the Apple Isle to see the amazing “Little Blue Lake”

Located between Derby and Gladstone, in the Far North East of Tasmania is the site of an old tin mine. The tin mine was operating from the 1880s to the mid-1980s and is now a majestic Blue Lake.

The Little Blue Lake is just one of many amazing sites in the East Coast Tasmania.

Over the years many different methods were used to mine the Cassiterite (Tin oxide) from the area. Thousands of tonnes of Sand, Clay, and gravel was extracted, the Tin oxide removed and then the material was returned to the hole with the Tin Oxide. This caused a large hole that they decided to fill in and become the tourist destination that it has become.

The water looks amazing. The vivid turquoise is due to the blue of the sky reflecting off the white clay now visible on the surface. As tempting as it is to swim in the blue water of “Little Blue Lake” you would be wise not to, as it has an alarming aluminum content. During the mining, process aluminum has leached from the decomposing granite.  Signs littered around the lake remind you not to swim or drink the beautiful turquoise water.

So when you head to the South Mount Cameron area, visit “Little Blue Lake” you won’t be disappointed by the view.

Little Blue Lake

Little Blue Lake

What is the bluest Lake you have seen?

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Check out some of our other favourite locations in Tasmania

Cataract Gorge in Launceston

Legerwood Memorial Carvings


Journey on the Spirit of Tasmania

Take a magical journey to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Spirit of Tasmania

Spirit of Tasmania is a fantastic way to bring your car and Caravan over to Tasmania

Depending on the time of the year there are both day and night sails available, we have been on both and found the night sails so much more relaxing and enjoyable.

The spirit of Tasmania departs at 7:30 pm and the trip is about 10 and a half hours arriving at Devonport at 6 am.

With a great variety of cabins available from deluxe / cabins, twin bed, four-bed porthole and four bed inside cabins that also accommodate 2 cots. It’s great for couples and families alike. If there are just two of you the deluxe cabin is definitely an amazing experience.

Cabin Spirit of Tasmania
Deluxe Cabin

It has a great queen size bed, private bathroom, twin porthole windows, your own tv and for those with young children will fit two cots as well. These deluxe cabins are up the front of the boat and you can take in the views via the twin porthole windows. (Just be careful on rough trips – you might feel a little green looking out the window)

When we travelled with all four kids we enjoyed the 4 bedroom inside cabin with two additional cots. Thee cabins have their own private shower, reading lights, adjustable air conditioner, power points perfect for us to charge our phones, as well as a desk and comfortable chair. (Although with two cots we found there wasn’t much room for the chair).

4 bed cabin spirit of tasmania

For a cheaper option, there are also recliners or a shared cabin.

For night sails, you can board 2.5 hours before sailing at around 5 pm and have to be on no later than 45 minutes before they set sail. All people boarding need photo Id to sail.

When driving on the spirit of Tasmania it is roll on, roll off which means no awkward turning, reversing on the ship.

We have been across a few times now and our go to dinner option after boarding and putting our overnight bag in our room is TMK (The Tasmanian Market Kitchen) it is a great casual self-service buffet style restaurant. You can also purchase a desert.

There are also a variety of snacks, sandwiches available over at the Pantry, to take back to your recliner or room.

For the adults there a great selection of bars.


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Little Blue Lake
Little Blue Lake

Legerwood Memorial Carvings

The sacrifices of Legerwood

In 1914, many of the then unnamed town of Legerwood, husbands, fathers, sons and brothers bravely went to fight in World War 1. Unfortunately seven of these brave men would not return.

  • Private Thomas Edward Edwards
  • Private Alan Robert Andrews
  • Private William Henry Hyde
  • Lance Corporal John Charles Ernest Riseley
  • Private Robert James Jenkins
  • Private George Peddle
  • Private John Henry Gregg McDougall

On the 15th of October in 1918, the families of these brave men planted nine trees. One in Memory of each man, one for Gallipoli and one for all the Anzacs.

But time takes it’s toll on man and on trees, and just over 80 years later, in 2001 the trees were declared a safety risk, and therefore the memorial that once stood so tall, seemed lost.

But the community did not want to see it lost, they held true to the saying “Lest we forget” and they fought to protect the memory. The Legerwood Hall and Reserves Committee hired Eddie Freeman to sculpt the tree trunks into masterpieces. Each of the tree trunks have a different image, seven in the likeness of the soldiers that they are in memory of, one for Gallipoli, a lone soldier leaving for war, and the Anzac tree.

The first tree completed was The Anzac Tree. The carving depicts an Anzac soldier, the Australian flags, an Anzac cross and the Battle of Lone Pine.





The memorial is in the Main Street of Legerwood, with a gently rolling parkland, picnic area and BBQs. Their is a gorgeous restored Train Carriage that is manned by friendly volunteers to buy souvenirs. A great place to remember to take time out to and remember the stories of the brave men represented in the carvings.

The War heroes of Legerwood, Dorset are now forever Immortalised, they forever stand tall.

The next time you are in the North East of Tasmania make sure you visit.





Three Capes track – Tasmania

Australia’s great Walks

Three Capes track – Tasmania

The gorgeous Three Capes track walk was only recently opened and starts and ends at the Historic Port Arthur Site. The Path itself is about a meter wide and is often made up of gravel, rock or timber surfaces. The Path itself has no fences blocking your view of the amazing site.

Its a Four day / 3 night walk with easy to moderate terrain.

Along the way you stay in Cabins that are equipped with comfortable beds, Gas cooktops, dining tables, so you don’t need to cart your tent with you.


46 km walk over 4 days
Grade – Easy – moderate
SKILL LEVEL – You need to be able to comfortably walk 4 hours a day for 4 days in a row.
Accommodation – Shared Cabins with bunk facilities and Host Ranger stying at each location to answer questions, toilets, Cabin on 2nd night has cold water shower, Charging stations for mobile phones
Mobile coverage – Mobile coverage is quite good on Day 1 and 2, intermittent on day 3 and 4.
Long term parking available for your car and caravan at Port Arthur site

Cadbury Visitor Centre – Closing December 18th

Cadbury Visitor Centre – Closing December 18th

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post, my favorite place to visit in Tasmania, the Cadbury chocolate factory, a highlight of our trips for the last ten years is closing its door for the final time, on December 18th 2015.

Each trip to Tasmania we have made we happily pay our $4 each to see how they make their Chocolates. We head into the shop and purchase some yummy chocolates at a great price.

Cadbury have decided to focus on their manufacturing operation to make it more sustainable, by being more globally competitive.

So if you are in Tasmania before the 18th of December head down to the Cadbury Factory in Hobart.

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 1 The Overland Track

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 1 The Overland Track

So you have your Jayco Ballarat Caravan and you are heading off on your trip, not content to sit idly in Caravan Parks? Then we have a list of some great walks around Australia guaranteed to get you out and about in the Australia’s beautiful scenery.

Tasmania – Overland Track (65KM)

The overland track runs straight through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (The home of the Iconic Cradle Mountain).

Not for the fainthearted this trek will take you six to seven days, in an area that year round can experience, Sun, rain wind or even snow.

You need to book (1st October – 31st May and pay a Fee (Overland Track Fee) $200 for Adults, $160 for Seniors, Children under 17 (Walk not recommended for children under 8) as well as a national Parks Pass.

This contribution helps with the management of the track, huts, toilets, signage and staffing.

The Overland Track walk starts at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley, situated beside the majestic Cradle Mountain.

Following hour is based on being moderately fit. Allow a couple more if you are a bit of a paparazzi with the camera.

Day 1 –
Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley
(4-6 Hours)
Day 2
Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere
(2.5 – 3.5 hours)
Day 3
Lake Windermere to Pelion
(5-7 hours)
Day 4
Pelion to Kia Ora
(3-4 hours)
Day 5
Kia Ora to Windy Ridge (Bert Nichols Hut)
(3.4-4.5 hours)
Day 6
Windy Ridge to Narcissus (Ferry terminal)
(3-4 Hours)
Then it’s decision time, do you take the 30 minute ferry trip to Lake St Clair Visitor Centre or do you walk on one more day

Optional Day 7
Narcissus to Cynthia Bay (via the Lakeside track)
(5-6 Hours)

Jayco That’s Freedom

Jayco, That’s Freedom

The one thing we have learnt over the last few years of traveling is the freedom you have when you are on the road with a caravan behind you.
With the help of Camps 8, we are able to map out our days and travel around this amazing country.
If we decide we like somewhere we are able to stop for a few days, if we have enough we can move along to the next place.
Australia really is a beautiful place.

Spirit of Tasmania, – travelling with kids

Spirit of Tasmania, – travelling with kids

Back in October last year we took our four kids over to Tasmania, when we were planning it we were tossing up whether I would fly over separately with the four kids and my husband take the car and caravan over, or whether we would all go on the boat.
 We were a bit concerned whether all of us would fit comfortably in a cabin, as unfortunately with four kids we often run into trouble finding accommodation to fit us all and we didn’t know if it would be the same on the boat.
We looked online and it seemed as though the inside 4 berth cabins had two cots so we booked and hoped for the best (actually I rang the helpline to confirm)

The day of our trip arrived and I still worried that we would be squished, and have a long sleepless night.

The kids loved driving into the boat, they thought it was so exciting that the back of the boat was opened up and you could drive right on.
The boat starts boarding about 5pm but by the time we got on it was about 6pm so we headed straight to our room to leave our bags then headed upstairs to have a look around and grab dinner.

We dined at the Captains table (a self serve Bain mare style) option that had great variety of food, that was ready without waiting, heaps of high chairs available and reasonable prices.
Whilst we were still eating the captain informed us that we were about to leave, so my husband and Miss J, and Master L, headed out whilst I sat inside with our two youngest, to watch the boat leave port

travelling with kids
We then headed back to our room for the kids to go to bed and settled in for the night.
The room was actually a lot bigger than I expected, with room beside the cots for us to walk around. My daughter (2) is in a toddler bed at home, but loved her special camping bed.

The rooms have their own toilet and shower which is a must with four kids.
The boat has a kid’s movie that plays at around 7pm, whilst we didn’t watch it on the way over (the big kids did on the trip home)
I settled in expecting a rough night, however the gentle waves actually helped the kids sleep, probably better than they were sleeping at home at the time.

I woke up at 6 telling us we were almost in Port, quickly got the kids dressed and headed to the car.
By far the easiest 12 hour trip we have done as the kids (and the adults) slept for most of it.
If you are going to go over on the boat I recommend a cabin and a night sail.