It’s time, the Spirit of Tasmania officially arrives in Geelong this weekend

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It’s time, the Spirit of Tasmania officially arrives in Geelong this weekend

Geelong is the new Victorian home of Spirit of Tasmania.

The countdown is on until the region calls Geelong the new Victorian home of Spirit of Tasmania.

After 37 years of departing from Station Pier, Spirit of Tasmania will sail from Port Melbourne for the final time at 7:30pm on Saturday 22 October, and then officially sail into Corio Quay, Geelong, on Sunday morning.

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The first ferry will dock at the new state-of-the-art terminal on Sunday morning, October 23, arriving by 8am.

The Spirit of Tasmania is hosting an opening celebration, inviting the public to some welcome the new Spirit of Tasmania Quay in Geelong to welcome Spirit of Tasmania’s inaugural sailing arriving in Geelong and be one of the first to see inside Spirit of Tasmania’s brand new passenger terminal. This is a family-friendly event including free kids activities, giveaways and entertainment and Coffee and breakfast will be available for purchase from local Geelong suppliers.

Located about 70 kilometres south-west of Port Melbourne, this brand-new, purpose-designed terminal has been fitted with cutting-edge technology and exceptional facilities for an enhanced travel experience. With easy access and ample parking, undercover areas for vehicles, seamless boarding and security processes, and comfortable and accessible passenger lounges with a café and children’s play area, Spirit of Tasmania’s Geelong terminal will make any journey truly unforgettable.

The $135 million 12-hectare Corio hub will provide smooth boarding and disembarking with the facility offering marshalling for 600 cars, freight parking for 150 semi-trailers and a world-class three-level access ramp.

While the Corio Quay port base is roughly an hour’s drive from the capital city, it’s claimed that the changed journey is not expected to add any time to the trip and the company said it was anticipating “time savings” due to greater efficiencies at the new port, as well as leading to increased passenger growth.

The Corio Quay will also able to accommodate two larger Spirit of Tasmania vessels – Spirit of Tasmania IV and Spirit of Tasmania V – in the first quarter of 2024 and the last quarter of 2024. The new ships will replace our existing fleet, Spirit of Tasmania I and Spirit of Tasmania II, and will be built in Finland by Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC). Measuring over 212 metres, with space for up to 1,800 passengers, featuring 12 deluxe cabins, 2 family suites, 120 porthole cabins, 159 inside cabins, 8 accessible cabins with an interconnecting cabin, 301 total cabins. With innovative interiors, superb facilities and increased capacity for passengers and vehicles, the arrival of Spirit of Tasmania IV and Spirit of Tasmania V will mark the beginning of a new era of sea travel across Bass Strait.

Alongside all of this, it’s also going to create major economic, employment and tourism opportunities for Geelong, the Bellarine and the wider G21 region, which is news that we all appreciate right now.

Find out more and book your trip on the Spirit of Tasmania here