Bacchus Marsh to Port Melbourne

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 17:48
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Hi all, just wondering what the road conditions are between Bacchus March and Port Melbourne. The reason I ask is that a relative of mine is telling me that I will have to go through Melbourne (due to roadworks) to get the to Spirit of Tasmania pier. But 10 years ago when we moved from WA to Tassie, we turned off just before Melbourne. Have things changed?

This is my plan:

Head on to the Western Freeway out of Bacchus Marsh. Keep heading down the Western Freeway on to the West Gate Freeway.

Just after driving over the Yarra river, I turn left off of the Freeway on to Todd Rd, via Cook St.

Head down through The Boulevard, turn right on to Beach St and virtually end up on the pier.

This is what we did 10 years ago. Is it still this simple?

I have studied Google Maps (hoping that they are updated) and seems that this option is still valid.

I will be driving from Kalgoorlie so any info on diesel prices across the bottom half of the country would also be greatly appreciated. I am planning to tank up (main and reserve tanks) in Kal, and see how we go. Will also have a couple of jerries in the back. I will be trying to avoid places like the Nullarbor Roadhouse due to fuel prices!

Thanks for any help.

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Reply By: dazren - Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 18:34

Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 18:34
Gidday mudripper , the way you have planned is fine !! although when you get close to the pier, you have to divert off the boulevard and go through all the new high rise apartments, Are you towing a van ??? if so it could be a little tight as there is about 5 little roundabouts in the narrow street going through the high rises !! Not impossible, just a little tight. Regards dazren

PS if not comfortable when you come off the westgate there are signs clearly marked to take you to the Tas/Ferry.
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Follow Up By: Mudripper - Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 20:23

Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 20:23

Thanks for that mate. I will be towing a single axle trailer, so shouldn't be too bad. I had a look at Google Street View re the high rise apartments - certainly weren't there 10 years ago! The place looked so open back then. Anyway, we'll see how we go.


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Follow Up By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 21:33

Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 21:33
Hello Mudripper,

If you need to buy diesel on the Nullarbor use the Mundrabilla Road House in the past when I have travelled it fuel was 20 cents per litre cheaper there.

It would also be worth checking because the last time I travelled on the Ferry to Tassy you could not carry jerry cans on board, and portable gas bottles had to be surrendered and stored on deck in a special container for the trip.

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Follow Up By: Mudripper - Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 21:42

Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 21:42

Thanks for the heads up re the jerry cans and gas bottles. I will check with them next week.


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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 16:35

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 16:35
G'day Tim, jerrys are ok but must be empty. Gas bottles not mounted on a caravan or camper are supposed to be surrendered , but I was told to cover a small 2kg one
up. They wanted to take my axe..tied on running board of C/t, but when asked if it was a "Competition Axe"..I said yes, & they said put it inside & cover it up... we
laughed about that for the next hour it took to get on board...:))))).........oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Mudripper - Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 17:17

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 17:17

I had a look on their website re the jerry cans and you confirm what they say. I will be carrying two small gas bottles (used for a blowtorch) so I might just cover them up (no body needs to know that they are there).

We'll see what happens, I may have to hand them over and have them keep the bottles for the voyage and then collect them once on land. No big deal really.

Thanks for the reply.


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