Take your 4X4 to Tasmania… for free!

ByWes WhitworthJanuary 7, 2021
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Take your 4X4 to Tasmania… for free!

Free 4X4 travel on the Spirit of Tasmania between 1 March 2021 and 30 June 2021.

That’s right! Free 4X4 travel to Tasmania! In a move set to increase Tasmanian tourism, the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme is being expanded to allow for passengers to travel with their vehicle free-of-charge on the Spirit of Tasmania. This expansion will be for travel between 1 March 2021 and 30 June 2021.

The four-month period will apply to travel in both directions; from Melbourne to Devonport and returning from Devonport to Melbourne. The expansion of the scheme has come from the Federal Government, with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack announcing the changes.

“For travel between 1 March 2021 and 30 June 2021, Australians can take their car or motorbike to the Apple Isle at zero cost and discover everything this beautiful state has to offer,” Mr McCormack said.

Along with the heritage and history, the beauty and remoteness of the Tassie West Coast is the big drawcard for 4WDers.

Along with the heritage and history, the beauty and remoteness of the Tassie West Coast is the big drawcard for four-wheel drivers.

With the downturn in travel and tourism over the past 12-months due to Covid-19, the Spirit of Tasmania has seen a drop in bookings by a staggering 85 per cent. The free travel on the Spirit of Tasmania translates to a saving of $240 for a round trip.

While this expansion of the scheme will not cover the cost of a caravan, camper or motorhome heading over to Tasmania, it will however still apply, thus those towing or in motorhomes can still take advantage of the free travel opportunity on the Spirit of Tasmania. The free travel opportunity will end on 30 June, or after $6 million has been spent; whichever comes first.

Worth noting, it seems this may well be an exceptionally popular opportunity, as at the time of writing, the booking site for the Spirit of Tasmania was not working.