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Set Sail for Family Fun Onboard Spirit of Tasmania – Bring Your Car too!

Choose sea over sky and set sail to Tasmania – take the whole family including your furry family members! Spirit of Tasmania offers the ultimate sailing experience that not only takes you to a stunning location but allows you to bring your own car, your pets and as much luggage as you can pack in your car.

Ditch the hassle of lost luggage and worrying about weight limits and forget about the stress of booking a hire car and entertaining restless kids who don’t want to sit still.

Spirit of Tasmania delivers the exact opposite – freedom, fresh air and family fun from the moment you drive on board. Comfortable, convenient, and catering to families with kids of all ages. Spirit of Tasmania is in a sailing class of its own.

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Freedom, fresh air and family fun on board Spirit of Tasmania. Source: Supplied

Smooth sailing aboard Spirit of Tasmania

Sailing is one of the most popular and stress-free ways to travel, especially if you have children. Everything is taken care of for you, with an array of food and entertainment options available including a kids play area, arcade-style game zone, Xbox gaming station plus two cinemas and live music.

Get ready for the most relaxing way to get to Tassie! Source: Supplied

All you need to do is pack your car with everything you need, enjoy the onboard facilities and entertainment while sipping on boutique Tasmanian beer and wine and spending quality time together as a family.

Spirit of Tasmania offers a unique holiday experience for the spirited traveller. Not only do you get a unique sailing experience on board, both there and back, but you also get to arrive at one of the most beautiful parts of the country – Tasmania.

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What an incredible way to start any holiday in Tassie. Source: Supplied

Unlike flying, your holiday starts the moment you drive on board Spirit of Tasmania. Expect nothing but comfort, convenience and family fun as Spirit of Tasmania delivers you to your next family holiday destination.

We’re talking fresh air, sea views and the freedom to move, eat, sleep, and play, on your way to your destination. Spirit of Tasmania sails across Bass Strait between Geelong, Victoria and Devonport, Tasmania. With a new terminal in Geelong, equipped with modern facilities, a café and kids play area, Spirit of Tasmania offers an efficient, easily accessible and safe boarding process for all its passengers.

So many choices, and one amazing sailing experience 

Every family is different and Spirit of Tasmania takes this into account. With endless options available, you can choose your own adventure, quite literally.


Both day and night journeys are around 9-11 hours but there is something so magical about sailing under the stars. Enjoy a few night time activities before retiring to your cabin. Then wake up refreshed and ready to drive straight into the road tripping paradise that is Tasmania.

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Enjoy the freedom to explore the ship and the many activities and facilities available on board. Source: Supplied


If you’re sailing overnight, we love the idea of a cabin, especially if you are travelling with little ones. Cots are available free of charge upon request and subject to availability. You can also choose to travel in a recliner which is a more budget-friendly option available for families with children aged 3 years and older.

There are 222 cabins (two and four-bed options) and 121 recliners on board.

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Choose a cabin or a recliner. Source: Supplied


This is one of the things that sets Spirit of Tasmania apart – you can bring your own vehicle which is incredibly convenient, especially if you do want to explore Tassie without the hassle of hiring a car or relying on tours.

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Load up with your essentials. Source: Supplied

Some families choose to bring their caravan too and take advantage of the many caravan parks in Tasmania.

And because you’ve got your car, you can bring as much luggage as you want (or can fit). No need to stick to the 7kg carry-on bag rule which is especially great when your daughter announces that all 18 of her Squishmallows want to make the journey too. But be sure to leave some room in the boot for all that Tassie produce you’ll want to bring home!


Squishmallows, stuffed animals and real animals too! All are welcome on board so kiss those pet-sitting services fees goodbye and bring your furry friend with you.


There’s an epic Kids Play Area. Older kids will love the Game Zone which has heaps of arcade games and a Gaming Station with Xbox consoles… The ship also features two cinemas screening the latest film releases.

During school holidays, you’ll also find family-friendly entertainment and live music.

Take in a flick or two. Source: Supplied


When you’re ready for a bite to eat, pop over to TMK (Tasmanian Market Kitchen). Choose from a selection of delicious Tasmanian-inspired favourites. For the fussy eaters, there are plenty of kid-friendly options.

For something lighter, head to The Pantry for snacks, sandwiches, and souvenirs or the upper decks for pizza and toasted focaccias. And if you’re thirsty, check out one of the three bars including Bar 7, The Terrace Lounge Bar and Top Deck Lounge.

A feast for families, fussy eaters included. Source: Supplied


There are A LOT of amazing things to see and do in Tasmania. Charming towns, pristine waters, impressive natural wonders and wildlife galore, to name a few. The Tourism Hub on board can help you plan your itinerary and help organise any tours, accommodation or other requirements.

After all, the journey on Spirit of Tasmania is only the beginning – but what an epic way to start your holiday!

Give the gift of travel this Mother’s Day

If you are looking at a trip to Tasmania in the upcoming days, weeks, months, or years, keep Spirit of Tasmania in mind! This is by far your best family-friendly way to venture over to this iconic part of Australia.

Night sailing fares start from just $99 for adults and $40 for kids and infants 2 years and younger travel for free. Or, purchase a gift voucher to use whenever you want! It makes for a great holiday with extended family and friends, or as a gift, especially with Mother’s Day around the corner. *Hint hint*.

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* Terms & Conditions. Competition entrants must be 18+. The competition is open to Australian residents only. Prize includes return travel for two (2) adults, two (2) children, one (1) Four Bed Porthole Cabin and one (1) Standard Car (maximum height 2.1m) on board Spirit of Tasmania. Travel dates and accommodation are subject to availability. The winner is responsible for all other expenses, including but not limited to costs incurred to and from the terminal, all on board expenses including food, beverages and entertainment, and all costs once arrived in Tasmania. This prize is dock to dock only as included above.

Travel must be taken prior to Friday 15 December 2023. In the event a winner does not take the prize by the time stipulated, then the prize may be exchanged for a $2,000 Spirit of Tasmania Gift Voucher. Gift Voucher terms and conditions apply. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash. Prize does not include travel, transport, accommodation to or from Spirit of Tasmania, or other related expenses.

This is a sponsored post for Spirit of Tasmania

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.


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