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Spirit of Tasmania

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Alexander Sep 12, 2016. 9 Replies

hi all, I'm heading off to Tasmania in 3 weeks. travelling across on the Spirit of Tasmania and would like to know if anyone else has done it. Did you leave your panniers on the bike ? Who and where…Continue

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Started Jul 19, 2016 0 Replies

Looking for a Garmin Virb Elite , lost mine overseas and have all the bits and pieces left. Secondhand or new, let me know if someone has one for sale.Continue

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Neil Alexander replied to paul's discussion Spirit of Tasmania
"We flew down, sailed home. Best of both worlds... more or less."
Sep 12, 2016
John Knight replied to paul's discussion Spirit of Tasmania
"I remember coming back up the coast - past the heads of Jervis Bay - yes, absolutely spectacular. We had a bit of a bashing going down, but smooth on the way back up."
Sep 12, 2016
Neil Alexander replied to paul's discussion Spirit of Tasmania
"It was a fantastic experience, and sailing up the NSW coast as the sun came up was really spectacular. Unfortunately I am a lousy seaman. Had to stand in the gale on the open deck for much of the night sucking in lungfuls of cold, fresh…"
Sep 12, 2016
John Knight replied to paul's discussion Spirit of Tasmania
"Probably true, But, doing as I did once, taking a car, boat and camping gear, it was far cheaper and faster than any other way. And more fun."
Sep 12, 2016
cafard à deux roues replied to paul's discussion Spirit of Tasmania
"I recall when they were running from Sydney, I scoped out the cost. Basically, for the price of a trip from Sydney you could fly to Melbourne, spend the night in a 5-star hotel, have a meal at a very nice restaurant, catch the ferry from Melbourne…"
Sep 9, 2016
Jon replied to paul's discussion Spirit of Tasmania
"They didn't so much as can it, but sold the boat for a much larger sum then they paid for it, or could possibly make running it. I'm guessing the market that lead to such a sale also lead to buying a new boat out of affordable reach."
Sep 9, 2016
Bill Elder replied to paul's discussion Spirit of Tasmania
"It was at Garden Island a couple of weeks ago....you missed the stowaway chance! From what I remember, it was at best, a year or two max, when they had sailings from Sydney. The old Empress used to do the run regularly, but that must be 35 or 40…"
Sep 8, 2016
John Knight replied to paul's discussion Spirit of Tasmania
"Yep, that was the best ever way to get from Sydney to Tassie. I crying shame they canned it."
Sep 7, 2016
Neil Alexander replied to paul's discussion Spirit of Tasmania
"I am very envious... I don't think you need worry too much about bike security on the trip over and back. Memories are fading but my family and I took the overnight "Spirit" from Devonport to Sydney (in January 2006, the good-old-days…"
Sep 5, 2016
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Spirit of Tasmania

hi all, I'm heading off to Tasmania in 3 weeks. travelling across on the Spirit of Tasmania and would like to know if anyone else has done it. Did you leave your panniers on the bike ? Who and where do they secure it? I travel to Japan every year and use ferries there , they secure your bike really well and leaving everything except money etc; on the bike is nothing to worry about. I'm afraid that I don't place that much trust in the honesty of my fellow aussies. I have trawled the internet for…See More
Sep 5, 2016
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Looking for a Garmin Virb Elite , lost mine overseas and have all the bits and pieces left. Secondhand or new, let me know if someone has one for sale.See More
Jul 19, 2016
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paul replied to Fred's discussion Ortlieb Classic Back Roller Panniers
"Did you manage to sell your panniers? I'll be back in Australia second week of May and looking for a pair."
Mar 23, 2015
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"After dodging lots of trucks (better , more courteous drivers than Aussie counterparts) on highway 2 heading to Okayama, i got some downhill relief. It was still cold but no rain."
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"A splash of sunshine before entering Nara. The clouds in the background were freezing cold and had dropped snow on one section of this trip on Highway 25 between Kameyama and Igaueno."
Mar 23, 2015

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