And not a moment too soon.
Tasmania is accessible only by air and sea.
The vehicular ferry Spirit of Tasmania is the vital link, running between Melbourne and Devonport.
Anyone who has endured the frustration of being unable to obtain a timely vehicle booking, especially when coming home to the island, will understand the importance of the promised bigger ferries.
Read more about them HERE.
The new boats will get a rock star welcome … perhaps Bryan Ferry could MC?
Meanwhile, book your ferry trips early …