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Book In That Annual Leave, You Can Take Your Car To Tasmania Via Ferry For Free

By Morgan Reardon
7th Jan 2021

a heavy sky sits above rugged, rocky mountains. In the middle is still lake.

If you, like us, have Tasmania on your travel hit list this year (and you really should), then we have some excellent news for you.

Between the travel period of 1 March 2021 and 30 June 2021, you and your crew can take your car to Tasmania for free—not a typo. And even better, there is absolutely no catch.

You can say thank you to the Federal Government who announced this morning that they will be giving Tasmania’s economic recovery a welcome boost by injecting $6 million into making it free for Spirit of Tasmania passengers to take their car from Melbourne to the Apple Isle.

That means you can explore the beautiful and diverse island, soaking up all of its natural rugged beauty from the comfort of your own vehicle. Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up the very best roadies to tackle, as well as 15 stunning under the radar towns that are very much worth your time. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the move would support a boost to passenger vehicle bookings on TT-Line and Bass Island Line ferries.

“[It’s] a win-win for both Tasmanians and visitors looking to discover more of what the island has to offer,” he said. 

Assistant Minister for Industry Development Jonno Duniam added, “The coronavirus pandemic hit Tasmania’s tourism industry in an unprecedented way, with Spirit of Tasmania Bookings dropping by up to 85 per cent.”

And just think, that $240 you saved on your car ferry pass, you can now spend on Tassie’s epic food scene. We’re talking award-winning seafood, cheeses and spirits. Need further proof? Check out these drool-worthy restaurants

FYI, the $6 million boost will apply to all new bookings for travel from March 1. When travellers book their ticket, the rebate will automatically apply to the purchase price of the ticket.

Haven’t got a car? Ticket prices for motorbikes and pushbikes will also be zero. Winning!

Tickets are available from 14 January, until sold. For more information and to book your pass, head here.

Once you’ve booked your ticket, dial up the wanderlust with these five cosy Tassie retreats. 

Image Credit: Posnov

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