There’s no better way to get around on holiday than having your own car – especially in a country as big as Australia – and as Tasmanians the best way to do this is to take the car north across the Strait.
We are happy to hear that the Spirit of Tasmania II has now been repaired and fully operational after suffering damage to its boarding ramp during a wild storm in Port Melbourne in January.
If you’re considering a trip north this year, here are our top tips for making the most of your driving holiday.
Before you go
- Take your car for a pre-trip safety check. Be sure to book in advance to give you time to rectify any issues.
- If travelling with children check that their current seats are still appropriate for their height and age. See Department of Transport for full details: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/licensing/publications/tasmanian_road_rules/road_safety_rules/child_restraints
- Update the software in your GPS for latest maps.
On board the ship
- Once on board, take note of where your vehicle is parked on the ship. It may help to take a photo with your phone to remind you of the level and section.
- Bicycles on racks on the back of your car can stay in place - no need to remove them for sailing. (There may be extra charges to carry bikes so check when booking.)
- As there won’t be access to your car during the voyage it’s important to pack essential items such as medicine and toiletries in your overnight bag to be taken with you into your cabin.
On your road trip
- Have the details of the local roadside services handy in case you get caught with a breakdown.
- Let family or friends know roughly where you’ll be during your trip and check in with them periodically.
- Check tyre pressure along the way and take into account any big fluctuations in temperature that may affect it.
Taking a road trip can come with its ups and downs – especially when travelling with the family. If you follow these top tips you will save yourself unnecessary worry, and get you on the right track for a wonderful trip.