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Published: February 3rd 2013
It was a cool morning but sunny as we left Daylesford and drove through the countryside towards Melbourne. We were on a different road to that we normally take – miles of flat country with new housing estates, new industry and new wide freeways – space and money! We booked into the caravan park at Coburg, had lunch and then decided we'd find our way through the city to the waterfront as we would be having an early start next morning.
It's 'fun' driving a motor home through a city you're not sure of. The motor home suddenly seems huge and the roads seem narrow. It was so nice to be back in Melbourne, busy on a Saturday morning. An hour later we arrived at the Bay and drove towards the wharf. We could see the Spirit of Tasmania berthed, it would leave that night for Devonport. The boat/s leave at 9pm and also at 9am. Motor homes and caravans were already parked, waiting to board. We found just where we were to bring the motor home this morning, so all bases covered.
We drove around the waterfront as far as St. Kilda Wharf, the weather had warmed up
Not this morning, but one I prepared earlier
Waiting to sail from Melbourne yesterday evening.
and it was sunny, and there was quite a breeze. Many kite surfers were racing across the Bay in the wind. We drove back through the city, got lost a few times, but finally got back to the caravan park. We would have to leave at 5am next morning so prepared the motor home as much as we could and hoped we'd wake in time next morning.
Of course, I woke much earlier so we were early leaving and early arriving at the wharf. It was a cool, wet, grey Melbourne day. There were quite a few caravans, cars and motor homes already waiting - I think some must have stayed the night there. At 7am they began loading us into the boat, quite a job as there were so many of us.
Once we'd parked we left the motor home and went up into the ship. It was quite nice and roomy, there are cabins for those who take the overnight trip. There are also different eating areas - snack bar, bar, and a restaurant. There are quite a few different areas to sit, a children's playroom and a theatre. Once we were underway at 9am, we
moved around the ship, had croissants and coffee, and settled down for the nine hour trip.
There were several movies on during the day - when we walked into the cinema during the morning, we saw they were showing Breakfast at Tiffanys. It's years since we last saw it so we enjoyed watching it again. We had a roast for lunch, went through the gift shop, bought magazines to read, and were generally lazy.
We finally berthed in sunshine at Devonport, (though there was a cool wind), at 6.15pm, walked down to the motor home to wait (and wait) to drive off and then another wait as we waited for Customs to go through the motor home - we had been busy the day before eating the last of our fresh fruit and vegetables as they weren't allowed into Tasmania.
We booked into a nearby caravan park, went into town to grab some fast food for dinner, then back to settle in the for the night - it had been a long, but very enjoyable, day.
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