Spirit of Tasmania - Day time travel.

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We are catching the Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne and need to find a caravan park reasonably close to the departure point.

I know I have previously read about a caravan park close by BUT now I am looking cannot find it. Have found one about 30km away.

Many thanks for your help.
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Reply By: Rob K (VIC) - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 08:17

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 08:17
Hi 24T,

Have you tried the Wikicamps app on your phone? Discovery Park in Braybrook looks like the closest to Melbourne CBD. According to app its about 10kms away.


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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 08:48

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 08:48
That park used to be known as Ashley Gardens. If you wish to search the forum then use that phrase. Link to route map. The shortest route on that map is 13.6 km. If you stay there ad advice that you are going on the ferry they will give you a mud map that routes you via Ballarat Road and the Wstern Ring Road (which is the easiest to direct interstaters.) That involves 27 km of driving.

The other park that receives good recommendations is Werribee South. I have used that when Ashley was booked out.
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Reply By: uncle arthur - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 09:51

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 09:51
Have stayed at the Five Ways Caravan Park on Lower Dandenong Road Dingley.
Found it a straight forward run into Port Melbourne, less traffic and away from the toll roads to the city. They have a regular requests for early departures for the Spirit. Also cater for those on night sailings to "store" the van during the day of departure.
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Reply By: new boy - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 10:52

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 10:52
Another vote for the old Ashley Gardens very easy to get to the ship at the time required and you wont be the only one leaving from there.Dependant on the height of your van there is 2 route from the C/Park one has a low bridge on it ,but the freeway route although further is very simple . Get to Melbourne a day early and do a dummy run I found that helped.
There is a free camp at Forth about 12ks, from the ship ,enjoy Tassie it,s awesome.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 20:49

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 20:49
Confirming the Ashley Gardens was a suitable spot in 2014 and we did the 'dummy run' beforehand and found it well worth while as it can be very confusing getting to area and then around to the wharf - the queue can be miles long and the approaches at a standstill.

The locals must hate the traffic intensity around loading times.

The free map is a bonus.

Have a great trip

P & J
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 18:38

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 18:38
Like they others, we chose what was then called Ashley Gardens at Braybrook. A nice caravan park in a convenient location near a ring road, and a bus stop just outside the CP. Their main trade is Spirit of Tasmania traffic. They let us stay hitched for early departure, and gave us a map. We did not do a dummy ruin, but left following the crowd and followed the convoy all the way onto the Spirit. Recommended.

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Reply By: 2 4 T - Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 20:33

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 at 20:33
That’s great! Thank you.
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