Spirit of Tasmania safe for horses

Potential interstate entrants to TQ18 might like to have a look at a statement form the Tasmanian Government about the deaths of 16 polo ponies during or after a Bass St crossing on the Spirit of Tasmania.

"Examination of the evidence obtained at this stage indicates the deaths of the horses was an isolated incident and movement of horses across Bass Strait is safe to continue in line with animal welfare regulations and TT Line’s conditions of carriage when transporting horses. The Department is confident that there is not an ongoing risk for the transport of horses across Bass Strait."

Read the full DPIPWE statement here.

'Travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania with your horses' - by TQ16 winner Debbie Grull

Click here to read Debbie Grull's piece on crossing Bass St with your horses.

Travelling with your dog to the TQ18?

The ride base is a dog-free zone but there are boarding kennels closeby if you want to bring your dog with you; Bridport Boarding Kennels. Phone (03) 63561546 (and the owner is a former endurance rider!)

Getting feed in Tasmania - mainland competitors/crews

For all your horse feed requirements prior to arriving at the ride base at Santarena Park, Scottsdale, you will be able to pre-order what you need through one of our TQ18 Committee members, Pat Lamprey.

Pat lives a short distance from the ferry terminal and can have horse feed ready for pick up with purchases through Roberts Ltd. Pat will take your orders and discuss payment options. Give Pat a call on 0400125267 or email her at Lampreys46@bigpond.com


The biosecurity arrangments below will apply for TQ18:

Click here (updated 5/9/2018)

Crossing Bass St - update


Update 2 June:

Are you still thinking about coming to TQ18 from mainland Australia on the Spirit of Tasmania? Quite a large number of 'mainlanders' have already made their plans and have booked their tickets. However, if you have not booked due to problems with dates ex Devonport, the Groups and Special Events staff may be able to assist as there is a possibility that more return space can be made available. Spirit of Tasmania staff are very keen to help with finding the best crossing dates for all those making the trip down and back for the Quilty. You are asked to contact 'Groups and Special Events' on 1800 635 877 Monday to Friday 9-5pm to discuss your preferred dates (mention Tom Quilty 2018 as the registered Special Event first up). Good luck - Tasmania looks forward to seeing you all in October!!!


Due to overwhelming support from mainland endurance riders the TQ18 committee acknowledges that TT Line bookings are keenly sought after and some entrants may have to spend a bit of extra time in lovely Tasmania. To try and meet the need, TT Line has made additional ventilated space available on Sept 30th and Tasmanian horse transport company, A1 Horse Transport (contact details below), has offered to make an extra crossing on the Spirit if needed. Please let us know of any difficulties you have in arranging your Bass St crossing and we will assist in any way we can.

Arrangements have been made for an initial stopover point at the Sassafras property of Pat and Dicky Lamprey. The property is approximately 15 minutes from the Devonport ferry terminal. The Lamprey property will also serve as the initial biosecurity checkpoint. Upon arrival in Devonport and clearing Tasmanian quarantine you are required to call into Pat and Dicky’s property for your initial biosecurity check. You are welcome to stay there for as long as you like (training tracks etc). Other agistment options are available – contact Sonia Hodgetts (see below).
Feed will be available for purchase and pick up at Sassafras as well as from local feed merchants in the Scottsdale area. Details will be made available closer to the event date.

A1 Horse Transport

For those interstate riders who are experiencing difficulty booking vehicle and float with horses on the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry please consider calling Christopher and Keryn Mahoney of A1 Horse Transport.  Phone (home) 03 63 623502, Keryn 0447 623 502 or Christopher 0429 865 049.

Christopher and Keryn are well known endurance riders and experienced with transportation of horses across the water and up and down the mainland coast. Although already booked with a full load of horses for TQ18 event they are offering to make up another load for a special crossing to cater for those in need. TQ18 appreciate the dedication that Christopher and Keryn have to our sport of endurance and their support of the TQ18 event.

Agistment for non Tassie horses

Are you looking for a stopover point to rest your horse/s on the way to the TQ18?

We have decided to show some initiative and have put a request out through social media and local papers asking all farmers and small property owners with suitable paddocks available, to register their interest with a Tasmanian contact, Sonia Hodgetts. Sonia will pass on names and contact details of property owners to mainland riders on request so you can contact the property owners directly to discuss requirements and negotiate terms of agistment for your horse. Please note the negotiations are your responsibility and we would encourage you to ensure the paddock/s offered are safe and meet your requirements (perhaps a photo of the paddock/s might assist in this). Sonia is available on Facebook or by emailing Soniah@utas.edu.au .

Crossing Bass St - Spirit of Tasmania bookings

Spirit of TasmaniaIt is with pleasure we confirm that Spirit of Tasmania has made the Tom Quilty Gold Cup 2018 a 'Special Event' for participants travelling aboard the vessels and bookings are now open.

Bookings must be made via the Customer Contact Centre on 1800 634 906.

Please note: Booking and amendment fees do not apply, if made outside 24 hours of the scheduled departure time. All passenger, accommodation and vehicle space is subject to availability at the time of booking. Fares do fluctuate and are subject to change until payment has been made and a booking number and e-ticket provided.

Bookings for the event are valid for travel between 7 Sept 2018 – 3 Nov 2018.  

In order to accommodate participants, limited space has been protected for crossings on the following dates:

Protected space for vehicles is based on vehicles travelling with horses. Protected space for accommodation is based on inside and porthole cabins. Protected space will be held until 12 July 2018, or until sold out.

When booking via the Customer Contact Centre remember to state that you are booking for the Tom Quilty Gold Cup ‘Special Event’.


For information about the local area, including accommodation options, please visit the Discover Tasmanian website.

Here are links to the local towns.


The excellent TASMAPS are available to guide you around the island state.