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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We travelled across to Maria on the ferry and pre-hired bikes for the day. Both bikes in good condition. The ride down to French's Farm then around the Peninsula to Encampment Cove and Pt Lesueur...
We travelled across to Maria on the ferry and pre-hired bikes for the day. Both bikes in good condition. The ride down to French's Farm then around the Peninsula to Encampment Cove and Pt Lesueur... more »
We had never heard of Maria Island until we arrived in Tasmania, and we are so glad we chose to go! The whole trip was so simple and gave you the flexibility to plan your own day as you pleased. We...
We had never heard of Maria Island until we arrived in Tasmania, and we are so glad we chose to go! The whole trip was so simple and gave you the flexibility to plan your own day as you pleased. We... more »
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.
Beautiful National Park with amazing wildlife, beaches and scenery.
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