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Melbourne - Day 4 - Catching the Ferry Tonight

Wednesday 16 September 2015

We were all packed up and ready to go at 9:45 am when we discovered that we had a flat battery. We had left the caravan connected to the Navara and it seems that something was not switched off when we left on Saturday, probably the rear view camera system. We will not leave the van connected to the van overnight again. Luckily we had some jump leads and a nearby caravanner offered assistance.

First port of call today was the Trailblazers factory in Braeside to discuss a few jobs that we would like done next year when head north again in April or May. The traffic across Melbourne was a bit slow because of a couple of accidents but we eventually arrived at about 11:15 am. We spent an hour or so with Matt discussing our requirements, and also had a look at a couple of new vans that they are building, including their new off-road model, that we had first seen at the Brisbane Caravan Show in June.

We had lunch next door to the factory at the Red Pillar Café, and passed an hour or so reading the papers. From Braeside it was back into the City where we parked on the Esplanade at Albert Park to wait for boarding to commence at 5:00 pm. While we waited we wandered across to the Beach hotel for a drink and continue reading the papers. At about 4:45 pm we headed for the ferry terminal to start the check-in process. This year they are undertaking the quarantine checks in Melbourne rather than waiting until arrival in Devonport.

Once again we ended up going over the Hump as it is called onto vehicle deck 5 with a few of the trucks. In the last six months the ferries have received a much needed face lift and effect is quite noticeable. The up-market restaurant is no more and the area has been transformed into a quiet library come reading room. The Cafeteria has been upgraded and enlarged with more tables and chairs. Overall the ferries now have seating for a thousand passengers, which gave the impression that the ferry was not full. No doubt the extra seating will come in handy now that they are doing more daylight crossings.

No photos today.

Posted by TwoAces 18:01

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