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Spirit of Tasmania in Sydney Harbour
 

By HAIG GILCHRIST.

If you were on Sydney Harbour this week, you may be forgiven for thinking that the mighty Spirit of Tasmania had lost its way.

The iconic red and white ship, famous for its Bass Strait journey between Melbourne and Devonport, was spotted by a number of Mosman locals just before 6am on Friday, who were left wondering why the super-fast ferry was such a long way from home. 

Spirit of Tasmania in Sydney Harbour
Spirit of Tasmania in Sydney Harbour

Turns out the Supermax ferry has been in dry dock at Garden Island for the past few weeks, with 150 contractors given the monumental task of overhauling the tired old dame.

With 750 berths - and a 1400 passenger capacity, it was no easy task.

The spruced-up ‘Tassie’ is said to boast stylish new dining and entertainment areas, including a marketplace inspired buffet, two new cinemas – and an arcade style game zone. 

Spirit of Tasmania in Sydney Harbour
Spirit of Tasmania in Sydney Harbour

As it made its way down the Harbour and through the Heads yesterday, we couldn’t help but hark back to the early 2000’s, when the Spirit of Tasmania regularly sailed between Darling Harbour and Devonport.

Although popular with passengers, the loss-making service was discontinued in 2006.

Would you like to see the service return? Would you use it?