Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge -2015 – Week #13

Which Way To The Ferry

As an island state Tasmanian’s say that Bass Strait, the crossing between Victoria and Tasmania is our part of National Highway Route 1. We have become very familiar with the Bass Strait ferries over the past couple of decades.

My first trip to Tasmania was in 1998 when my sister and I came for a holiday.  Some of these photos were taken on that trip when we travelled on the previous Spirit of Tasmania ferry. I like the colour scheme of Station Pier back then. Station Pier at Port Melbourne was probably where we disembarked from the ship that first brought us to Australia way back in 1966 so it’s a special place to me. At that time passengers were not allowed to remain in their cars while they were being boarded so I had to jump out and board separately while my sister drove on somewhat nervously all by herself. I stood on deck and watched her making her way along the dock in the queue and snapped a picture for my album.

In 2002 two new ferries replaced the old one, both called Spirit of Tasmania. By this time the rules had changed and the passengers were allowed to remain with the driver. The trip is usually an overnight one leaving Melbourne or Devonport mid evening and arriving around breakfast time the next day. We like to book a cabin but there are airline style seats which are much cheaper. In summer there are day sailings as well and I’d love to do one of those one day so I could enjoy the view of the sea.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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