Get the Games underway early. Participants can arrive to north west Tasmania in style with a special Australian Masters Games Spirit of Tasmania day sailing.

“Why not come down on the ship with your team, or a few mates and get the Games going before you even step foot in Tasmania?” said Scott Wade, the General Manager of the 16th Australian Masters Games.

“Spirit of Tasmania is proud to support the Australian Masters Games, held in our home port on the north west coast of Tasmania,” said Spirit of Tasmania Chief Executive Officer Bernard Dwyer.

“And we are even more excited to announce that we have scheduled an exclusive day sailing for this event from Melbourne to Devonport on Thursday 19 October 2017.”

The ship will depart from Port Melbourne, Victoria at 9.00 a.m. and arrive in Devonport, Tasmania at 6.00 p.m. the same day. Devonport will host the Games Opening Ceremony, which kicks off the week-long festival of sport on Saturday 21 October.

“Spirit of Tasmania is a great Tasmanian icon and we are glad to have their support for the Australian Masters Games in October,” Wade said.

Travelling to Tasmania onboard Spirit of Tasmania is easy, comfortable and is more than just sailing.

“On a day sailing, there is so much to do – there’s live music in The Terrace Lounge Bar, local Tasmanian produce at the Tasmanian Market Kitchen, cool-climate wines at Bar 7 and sports fans can tune in to Fox Sports up on our Top Deck Lounge… all this surrounded by those unforgettable ocean views,” Dwyer said.

As an offer for only those registered for the Games, the special day sail comes with a discounted rate of $69 for adults and $29 for children. This discounted fare will also be available for Games participants from Devonport to Melbourne – Saturday 28 October 2017 to Saturday 25 November 2017 (Saturday day sailings only).

“Participants and spectators travelling to the Games can enjoy the ease of taking their own car, driving straight on and exploring every inch of the ship once on board.

“We’ve taken the stress out of your holiday planning; competing in the Games has never been easier,” Dywer said.

It is perfect for those participating in sports that need extra, or special cargo like cycling, hillclimb and shooting.

“We are encouraging participants to bring their own vehicles because driving is the easiest way to get around the north west coast and perfect for those doing specialty sports, or looking to travel through Tasmania beyond the Games,” Wade said.

Only registered participants will have access to a link to book the special Australian Masters Games day sailing on Spirit of Tasmania, or the option to take advantage of the 5% discount on all other passenger fares for those unable to make the 19 October day sailing.

Australian Masters Game snapshot:

When: Saturday, 21 October – Saturday, 28 October 2017
Where: Tasmania’s North West, across nine local Council areas, including Burnie City, Circular Head, Central Coast, Devonport City, Kentish, King Island, Latrobe, Waratah/Wynyard and West Coast.
Who: Approximately 5,000 people from across Australia and overseas. The event is open to anyone who meets the age requirements of their sport of choice. It does not impose qualifying standards and welcomes participants from all over the world. The only criteria to compete in the Australian Masters Games is you must meet the minimum age criteria which in most sports is 30 years.
What: A week-long festival of sport and festivities. Australia’s largest regular multi-sport Games will feature 40 plus sports, ranging from lawn bowls to softball to touch football. Visit for the list of sports.
Entertainment: As well as an extensive sporting schedule, the Australian Masters Games will also comprise a variety of social events throughout the week, including an Opening Ceremony in Devonport and Closing Ceremony in Burnie, providing a uniquely Tasmanian festival throughout the region for visitors and local communities of Tasmania’s North West.

The Australian Masters Games is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.

Media enquiries regarding the 16th Australian Masters Games can be directed to:

Christy LaPlante
Games Media and Communications
T: 03 9822 7110 or 0439 246 489

Scott Wade
Games General Manager
T: (03) 6433 8445 or 0400 219 203