Maria Island Tasmania


"Maria Island Tasmania - You won't be disappointed!"

This is the place to come if you want to step back in time - no shops, no cars just intensely beautiful scenery and plenty of endangered Australian animals.

You can come here for a day tour or stay over night. The accommodation actually on the island is extremely limited but is an experience in itself!

It's not to be missed if you want to get back to nature.



How To Get To Maria Island Tasmania


The island is on the East side of Tasmania and access is by ferry.

You need to get to Triabunna which is approx 90 minutes from Hobart Australia following the A3.

From here you can catch the ferry (Maria Island Ferry ) and there's usually only two a day - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The times vary depending on winter or summer so check the times before you go.



Things To Do On Maria Island Tasmania


This is a great place to do some walking. You can do organised walks or go it alone.

The main walks on the island are:

  • Fossil Cliffs
  • Painted Cliffs
  • Bishop and Clark
  • They take between 1.5 hours to about 4 hours and vary in level of difficulty

    The guided walks are a really good option as they show you points of interest along the way and teach you so much about the island itself, wildlife etc. They offer one day or four day options depending on how much time you have.

    The four day one means staying in nice tents with comfy mattresses and costs about $1200 or more if you want to include a scenic flight.

    If you are into marine life, then consider scuba diving on the north side of the island. Keep your eyes peeled if you are walking on the cliffs at the top looking down to the sea as you may see whales or dolphins.

    Look out for rare animals whilst on the island. You may discover rare types of Kangaroos or Wombats and plenty of bird life as well as possums and the like.

    Check out Maria Island Guided walks for more details

    The Island is also rich in history with the Old Penitentiary in Darlington. The building is pretty much still in tact from the penal years of Van Diemen's land.



    Where To Stay


    This isn't the place for luxury accommodation! It is very basic and there really aren't many options.

    This is all about getting back to nature so camping is the way to go.

    You can stay at the Old Penitentiary in Darlington in bunk beds which is a real experience!

    Whatever you decide to do, you'll need permission to either from the Maria Island National Park.

    Most people either camp though or stay on the mainland and just go for a day trip.



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