Maria Island National Park, Spring Beach

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Unwind and admire tall cliffs amidst greenery at Maria Island National Park, a natural wildlife sanctuary featuring World Heritage-listed historic ruins off the east coast of Tasmania. Explore a well-preserved convict probation station in the ghost town of Darlington, featuring a commissariat store built in 1825. Wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, and Tasmanian devils populate the grassland areas and tall eucalyptus forests. With excellent hiking and cycling opportunities, the island draws both day-trippers and overnight visitors. Accessible only by ferry, the park offers basic tourist facilities. Make Maria Island National Park a centerpiece of your Spring Beach vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Spring Beach online trip itinerary planner.
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  • Came here for the wombats ! with a party of 3 including elderly family member. Writing this review bearing in mind person who is not a hiker/push bike rider The ferry over Encounter Maria Island... 
    Came here for the wombats ! with a party of 3 including elderly family member. Writing this review bearing in mind person who is not a hiker/push bike rider The ferry over Encounter Maria Island...  more »
  • What an amazing island. We rode bikes around and watch the wildlife. The wombats were amazingly friendly. The cape Barron geese were entertaining and the Bennett’s wallabies so beautiful 
    What an amazing island. We rode bikes around and watch the wildlife. The wombats were amazingly friendly. The cape Barron geese were entertaining and the Bennett’s wallabies so beautiful  more »
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  • The whole family enjoyed our adventure on Maria Island. It is absolutely stunning. We aim to return to this wonder again! If you can visit the island I highly recommend you do. You won’t be disappointed.
  • I spent a wonderful day checking out the natural attractions of Maria Island. I wanted to visit the Painted and Fossil Cliffs and Bishop and Clerk. I booked the 10am ferry across to the Island the 4.15pm return ferry. The assistant at the ferry terminal advised that low tide was at 4.30pm (which is apparently best for viewing the Painted Cliffs). Once we landed, I headed out toward the cemetery and then on to the Fossil Cliffs and onward to Bishop and Clerk. For those visiting the Fossil Cliffs, I’d advise you to push on up the hill on the path to Bishop and Clerk as there are magnificent views of the Cliff face. As luck would have it, Bishop and Clerk was blanketed in fog, but I pushed on in any case. The walking tracks are of excellent quality, however there is a fair degree of walking over rocks. I stopped just before the top as I was on my own and didn’t like the camber of the steps on the final push to the top. This plateau however was great for a lunch break and I imagine the views would be spectacular if clear. I then ascended and took the Brickfield Valley Track to Darlington and then on to the Painted Cliffs which I reached at just after 3.00pm. I still had time to check out the Darlington Settlement before heading to the ferry terminal. I was fortunate to have mild weather early in April with cloudy and occasional blue skies. You’ll need to plan accordingly for wet and/or cold weather. It was a full day, but just magnificent.

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