The tassie boat question....replies

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 23:47
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Thanks everyone for your replies.

I have checked out the ferry internet sights recently.

In answer to some of the replies I got.....Yes the $1350 was with an inside cabin and towing the camper van each way. The patrol and van = 10.5 metres.

The van adds an extra $200 each way. Just the car would have been free.

Based on 4 persons crossing, the trick is this.....book and pay for 3 persons to stay in the cabin. For the 4th person you book a seat only. You will be charged for 3 people in the cabin even though you will have to be given a 4 berth (they don't have 3 berth sleepers). The 4th person then sleeps in the cabin anyway but only pays for the 'seat'

This saves about $100 each way.

And before anyone jumps down my throat, that was actually suggested to me by the booking agent and I was told it is an excepted practice for those in the 'know'

These are off peak prices, and must book 30 days in advance.

For all your info crew. Happy sail'n and sava da money!!!

Andy
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 00:08

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 00:08
Who would jump dwn ya throat!?!?!

Im all for saving $$!!!
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 00:12

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 00:12
You never know truckster, just thought i'd through it in to save any hot tongue...

cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 05, 2003 at 15:47

Saturday, Jul 05, 2003 at 15:47
WHY would you want to save hot tongue?So many places to go!
So much work to do :0(
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Reply By: Member - Chris (W.A.) - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 06:35

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 06:35
i'm not jumping down your throat either, eventually these *ssholes will finally realise that their pasengers only want to go to tazzy and back - not england and back on the QEII.
....overpriced....yes...big time.Gibb River in July.
Chris
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Reply By: flappan - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 10:57

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 10:57
Its all about supply and demand.

People demand it, they supply it, so they'll charge whatever they see fit.

I think its the Tassie Govt that makes vehicles "free" with some sort of subsidy to the ferry. I bet its not out of the goodness in their heart.

PS, thanks Andrew for the tip.
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Follow Up By: Member -Phoggi - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 14:04

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 14:04
The subsidy for vehicles is paid for by the Main Roads Department. Seems reasonable to me because they havn't supplied a road.
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Reply By: diamond (bendigo) - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 19:04

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 19:04
one question to ask travel agent.
if your a paying customer who gets your car taken over for free then why cant your wife take up another car park for free with the van??.
together they would only take up 2 spaces.looking foward to september(landcruiser park/fraser island)
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Friday, Jun 27, 2003 at 00:55

Friday, Jun 27, 2003 at 00:55
I'm heading over on Wednesday for a couple of weeks work. By myself could only get a sitter.... damn.... at least on the last one you could get a bunk to spew in comfort from!Royce www.funshow.com.au
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Reply By: rodeoowner - Saturday, Jul 05, 2003 at 10:40

Saturday, Jul 05, 2003 at 10:40
The vehicle subsidy is supplied by the federal government under the Bass Strait Ferry Subsidasition Scheme. Ie. the federal goverment isn't spending money on Highway 1 (cause there isn't one to Tassie) so they let you travel cheaper. This is only in effect for 45 weeks of the year.

The reason that you can't just book two car spaces for free is that if you tow a trailer or caravan you are placed in with trucks, and the vehicle is actually taking up (valuable) truck space.

If Andrew wasn't towing a camper the price would have been $950 including his car. That's for 4 people. That would be equivalent to 4 airfares, but you can take your car as well, so it isn't really that expensive.

Cheers.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 05, 2003 at 18:44

Saturday, Jul 05, 2003 at 18:44
Theres a new Ferry starting soon from Sydney to Tassie.......

Now I dont think there would be enough traffic for it, but if there is RIP Tasmaina, as all the resorts, and crap like that flood the place.
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