Council contemplating tenting choices for ferry passengers


Rebecca McDonald / October 24

The Spirit of Tasmania is settling into its new home in Geelong and the search continues for a low cost campsite for caravans and other recreational vehicles in the city’s northern suburbs.

The City of Greater Geelong expects to see up to 25,000 recreational vehicles in Geelong each year with the opening of the new ferry terminal at Corio Quay.

A feasibility study has found many locals supporting low-cost campgrounds and facilities at a North Geelong location for those about to board or disembark the Spirit of Tasmania.

A number of options are being explored for the location, including Seagull Paddock.

Mayor Peter Murrihy said he expects a proposal to be presented to city councils soon.

“I’m still looking into this and trying to find a location closer to Corio Quay,” Cr Murrihy said.

“There are a number of characteristics that have been identified.

“It’s coming back to the council in the near future.”

The Spirit of Tasmania I docked in Geelong on Sunday morning, marking the partnership between owners TT-Line and GeelongPort.

TT-Line chairman Michael Grainger said it was a beneficial deal.

“We ran out of space at (Melbourne’s) Station Pier, we ran out of ideas at Station Pier,” he said.

“This relationship we have with the City of Greater Geelong and GeelongPort is very long-term.

“It’s a 30-year lease — we couldn’t get a 30-year lease at the previous facility.”

Image: Thousands of recreational vehicles are expected to pass through the Spirit of Tasmania facility in Geelong each year [Geelong Broadcasters]