From Frankston the first toll is at Thompsons Rd, Carrum Downs. It is $1.16. It is one of two at that price and then 50c applies at the next toll point. The toll costs are capped. GoSee uses it regularly and enjoys low stress travel and towing plus fuel savings running in higher gears.
Time and stress saved is significant when compared with the stop-start frustrations of popular un-tolled feeder roads like the often choked Stud Rd.
EastLink, formerly known as the Mitcham-Frankston Freeway, is Melbourne's second fully-electronic tollway, comprising about 39km of freeway-standard road connecting the city's eastern and south-eastern suburbs.
It is a major commuter road and a key intracity arterial route.
The tolled motorway saves time and stress on drivers and vehicles. It provides the eastern and southern regions of Melbourne with a more efficient and accessible transport network.
EastLink also delivered the Ringwood Bypass and Dandenong Bypass as untolled additions to the road network as well as more than 35 km of bicycle and walking paths for local residents.
To travel on Melbourne's CityLink it is best to make arrangements before using the road system.
CityLink has a number of passes to help travellers get around and enjoy Melbourne.
Each pass can be purchased up to midnight three days after travel.
24 Hour Pass: Unlimited access on CityLink for a 24 hour period from the first trip.
Tulla Pass: Unlimited travel between Bulla Road and Flemington Road only, for a 24 hour period from the first trip.
Weekend Pass: Unlimited travel on CityLink from midday Friday to midnight Sunday.
On the CityLink website.
Over the counter at Victorian Australia Post outlets.
At selected newsagencies using the Touch over-the-counter payment systems; or by calling 13 26 29.
An alternative to a CityLink Pass is the Melbourne Pass.
A Melbourne Pass covers travel on CityLink as well as EastLink.it is aimed at customers who are visiting Melbourne or travel infrequently on CityLink and EastLink.
All tags are accepted on CityLink. Check with your tag provider on where you can use your tag before you travel.
To travel on CityLink you must register your vehicle on the CityLink vehicle register before travelling on the roadway.
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To register your vehicle for travel you can buy a CityLink pass, up until midnight the third day after you have travelled. Alternatively you can choose to register your vehicle in advance. Where you have travelled on the weekend you have up until midnight the following Tuesday to register your vehicle.
If you are an account holder, even when you travel with your e-TAG you also need to advise CityLink of your vehicle details. You have up until midnight on the day of travel to notify CityLink of your registration number.
Interstate roaming on CityLink:
If you hold a toll account and have an e-TAG (or an equivalent tag) in your vehicle you are covered for travel on any toll road in Australia, including CityLink.
Before you travel, make sure your vehicle is registered to your CityLink account.
Make sure your tag is in the correct position (refer to your toll road operator).
You can be in any lane to use your tag on CityLink.
You dont need to slow down when you are approaching a CityLink toll gantry.
If you buy a CityLink pass, remove your tag so tolls are not also charged to your account.
If your tag doesnt beep when you pass under each CityLink toll gantry you need to call your toll road operator immediately to avoid being issued a Late Toll invoice or a fine.
Charges incurred while travelling on other toll roads are not always processed to your CityLink account immediately.
Please note: A CityLink Access account is only for use on CityLink and EastLink. It cannot be used on any interstate toll roads.
One e-TAG device, one CityLink account, Australia-wide:
With interstate roaming, this service is extended to New South Wales and Queensland, where travellers can use their e-TAG on all tollways in those states.
Being able to use your CityLink e-TAG all around Australia is especially convenient if you travel interstate regularly or currently have multiple tollway accounts. By using your e-TAG in New South Wales and Queensland, travellers no longer have to process and pay separate accounts, or have cash on hand ready to pay tolls.
Vehicle classifications and charges differ from state to state. For example, both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Harbour Tunnel charge a flat fee per trip, irrespective of your vehicle classification. The New South Wales M1, M2, M4 and M5 motorways and the Queensland Gateway and Logan motorways charge tolls based on your CityLink e-TAG classification. In both New South Wales and Queensland, toll charges are displayed on roadside signs.
CityLink has developed a convenient trip planner which clearly shows entry and exit points for the CityLink roadway as well as the costs involved in doing the selected trip.
The trip calculator will only calculate toll prices on CityLink. It does not include fees such as the vehicle matching fee or no tag in vehicle fee.
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These fees will need to be added to the toll totals to get your total trip cost.
The toll calculator is for calculating tolls for CityLink account customers only, Pass customers pay a flat rate for the Day, Weekend or Tulla Passes.
Check Whats New on the CityLink website for the latest road works and traffic reports.
Ashley Gardens has a particulary good to here - from here trip planner on its website. Strong maps, a street level picture and specific directions written directions are easy to follow. The link is hard to find, it is under the Destination Planner option and in the bottom left of the caravan parks ID.
Melbourne is a tricky city with it habit of the same route changing names as you go. An is example is Princes Hwy which becomes Western Hwy on the run to Braybrook.
It is 15.3km from Port Melbourne to Ashley Gardens.
From Port Melbourne:
1. Head northeast on Bay St toward Pool St 0.8 km
2. Continue on Buckhurst St 0.3 km
3. Turn left at Montague St 0.5 km
4. Take the ramp onto West Gate Fwy 1.1 km
5. Take the exit onto Citylink exit 1.1 km
6. Take the exit onto Citylink 3.7 km
7. Take the exit toward Princes Hwy 0.6 km
8. Turn left at Princes Hwy 3.5 km
9. Continue on Western Hwy 3.4 km
10. Turn left at Ashley St
Destination will be on the right 0.2 km
Frankston Holiday Village is -
5km from Frankston centre 41 km south of Melbourne City and Port to Tasmania, Peninsula beaches (4km), wineries, gardens and homesteads, Dandenong's Puffing Billy Phillip Island. Trains to Melbourne. Major roads Nepean Highway, Frankston Freeway, Moorooduc Highway. Major airports Melbourne (Tullamarine) (62 kms),Geelong (Avalon) (94 kms).
Again Melbourne runs the road names together as the Moorooduc Hwy becomes Frankston Fwy. Veer Left off the Moorooduc Fwy at Davey St past Frankston Hospital turn right and pick up the Nepean Hwy to follow the Port Phillip Bay beaches to Mordialloc.
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Just over the Mordialloc Creek bridge a left at the roundabout leads to Beach Road and a scenic slow but sure route to Port Melbourne. It has the big benefit of traffic only coming from the right at intersections. The Port Phillip Bay is on the left.
Hereare some useful thoughts and opinions on Touring Tasmania from GoSee Forums in the Big Island and Tasmanian GoSee website users -
In Tassie that are a lot of the parks designed as cabin parks, so be wary when you book without knowledge.
Near Launceston Haspen, 10 minutes out and has a lot of history without the volume of tourist, the park there is nice, we came straight of the ship, went towards Launceston and stopped at the chocolate factory for breaky, highly recommended.
Travelling over on a day sail it leaves Melbourne at 9am and arrives in Devonport at about 7pm.
With care lighter caravans allow big family sedans as tow vehicles
Tip, when you get onto the boat book at the restaurant otherwise you may be eating at what is similar to a take-away. On the way over we did the take away thing and didnt like it. If you enjoy a good, reasonably priced meal with a wine then go for the restaurant, but book as soon as you board.
Or do the night thing and sleep on the way over.
When you arrive and tow off the ship pick up you gas bottle at the same time. The unload does not take long but going through checks slows you down a bit, I think we were one of the first off and went throughin about 10 minutes.
The caravan park at Hadspen (about 6 or 7 mins from Launceston) is quite nice and yes .. the 7 Mile Beach park in the south is also pretty good.
This time of the year is very busy in Tassie .. its our best weather and a lot of locals schedule their holiday break for February/March for that reason.
Where ever you chose to stay, check ahead as you may need to book in advance. While you are visiting, we would strongly recommend a stay along our east coast. There are lots of very pretty and pleasant places to stay and the scenery is pretty stunning - particularly Freycinet National Park (Coles Bay).
Don't know if you've come across this site or not.http://home.vicnet.net.au/~badger04/
Badger has user-written reviews of caravan parks. These are by real people with real experiences. It makes fascinating reading and is more than just an auto club's rating of an amenities block. We use this as our main source of information.
All details referring to Toll Roads in Melbourne may be viewed at www.citylink.com.auand with a little manipulation you can find believe everything you need to know re toll roads in Melbourne
If you are to use the Western Link/Tullamarine Freeway to Port Melbourne your cost I believe will be $5.50 as unsure of your rig.
I think the nearest Caravan Park is the Big4 at Coburg. They are geared up to cater for 'Spirit' travellers and provide an easy to follow mud map to Station Pier.
Hate to be a bit negative here but the big4 at Coburg is a 'packed like sardines' park..you'll need to book...we booked 3 months ahead and they gave us a site so small we couldn't put our awning up without touching the van next door and had to park the tug 30 meters away.
To top it off, a group of panic merchants started packing up at 4 a.m. to head for the Spirit...woke everybody up and they didn't get onto the ship any quicker.
The Loading of the Spirit at Station Pier is an absolute shambles...Do not get there early.. they wont start loading until an hour or so before departure and there's no room to park nearby while you wait. It is worse coming back..absolute bottleneck jam,, frayed tempers, gridlock..you name it.
GoSee Forum travellers report that the Devonport side is much better parking.
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