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“Maria Island Walk”

Maria Island National Park
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USD 111.89*
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Maria Island Active Day Trip from Hobart
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USD 169.76*
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Full-Day Maria Island Scenic Cruise Including Buffet Lunch and Guided Walk
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USD 173.62*
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Explore Maria Island Day Trip from Hobart Including Gourmet Lunch
Ranked #61 of 707 things to do in Tasmania
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: National park offers excellent bushwalking, fishing and wildlife viewing of the island's more than 80 species of birds and native animals, including emus and wallabies that are frequently sighted.
Reviewed 30 April 2012

Sensational guided walk. 3 nights/4 days of nature, great company and wonderful meals. Small groups of 8-10 ... Experienced, informative and fun guides. I'd recommend this walk with this company to anyone from easy walkers to those who enjoy a challenge. Thanks to all at Maria Island Walks.

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Reviewed 25 April 2012

My wife and I had considered the Island walk and decided to put on our back packs this year and were not disappointed .Mariah Island Walks were wonderfully professional,the camp sites first class,it was great to arrive tired after the days trekking to be met with an array of cold Tassy beer or wine and great food.The history of the Island is fascinating,the guides were patient and knowledgeable .It was a great 5 star experience

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Reviewed 19 April 2012

You catch the ferry from Triabunna to Maria Island. There are several forms of accommodation on the island. We stayed in a room at the old convict penitentiary cells at Darlington. There are gas heated pay showers available. You need to take a sleeping bag, cooking utensils, food etc. We hired a bike and rode down to French's Farm and Encampment Cove. On the way back we stopped off at the Painted Cliffs to take a few shots. We also climbed Bishop & Clerk about a 5 hour walk from Darlington. There is an amazing amount of wildlife on the island. Plenty of wallabies, kangaroos and wombats. There are a few Cape Barren Geese at Darlington. A great place to photograph the wildlife and the spectacular scenery in general. A National Parks pass is required (as with all of Tasmania's National Parks).

2  Thank Sriver
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Maria Island is an incredibly special place. Nowhere else do you have such a feeling of truly escaping from the world. We have just returned from one of many long weekends there. As a veteran Maria Island goer here are some bits and pieces about visiting the island.
There are no shops on the island. You must bring all your gear/ food with you and take all your rubbish off the island with you(dont be put off, this is whats special about the place). Water is available at Darlington and Frenchs Farm. There is a Parks and Wildlife office at Darlington. They can assist with info on your visit. Parks entrance fees apply.
You will arrive by ferry via Triabunna. Either Eastcoast cruises or Maria Island Ferry will take you. return is about $35 with bikes an extra $10.
Day trips
If you are able, go by bike. You can see such alot of the island this way even for a day trip. painted cliffs, fossil cliffs, four mile creek and maybe even Frenchs farm are possible as day trips on a bike if you are not staying overnight. It would take maybe 1 hour to Frenchs farm on a bike (it took us 2 1/2 hours to walk there). if you went to Frenchs farm on a bike you would see painted cliffs and four mile creek on the way. Painted cliffs you can only see at low tide though. The riding would require a medium level of fitness. it is on formed gravel or sandy roads all the way. The part from four mile creek to Frenchs Farm is a bit sandy in places and requires a bit of bike pushing here and there. Bikes are available to hire for i think about $20. Enquire with Parks and Wildlife before you go or you can take your own on the ferry ($10).
For those not able to ride a bike you can walk from Darlington to Fossil cliffs and /or painted cliffs. Also dont forget to allow an hour or two to look around Darlington. The old buildings are so interesting and photogenic. The old coffee palace has been partly restored and you can spend some time in there reading and looking at old memorabelia.
For those more adventurous Mt Maria and Bishop and Clerk are possible as day walks.
Overnight at Darlington.
To really enjoy the remoteness and peacefulness of this lovely place, stay overnight.
You can camp at Darlington. There are bbq facilites, toilets and hot showers (coin operated)
You can also stay in the old penitentiary. Facilities are basic (a bit like camping inside) but comfortable. There are bunk beds (with matresses)for 6 people, a table with seats and a great wood heater in each room plus a sort of bench where you can cook. Best though is that all 10 room open onto a big shared veranda that looks over the ruins, coffee palace and water. The shared atmosphere is lovely. Rooms dont have power or running water. A water tank is nearby and toilets are close. You need to book ahead via Parks and Wildlife
As you can imagine, there is a bit of gear you will need to bring and there are large trolleys available on the jetty for you to transport you stuff to the rooms or campsite.
For those of you who can carry an overnight pack, you can walk to Frenchs farm and camp overnight. There is also a campsite at encampment cove but has less of an escape modern life feel about is as people with boats tend to camp here. There is a lovely old farm house at Frenchs farm which has been restored. Lots of room for camping and toilet and water available. From Frenchs farm day trips to Robeys farm and Haunted bay (both full days in themselves) are possible as well as shorter walks to the convict cells and bloodstone point.
Well i could go on and on about how fabulous this place is. Countless beautiful beaches to explore. convict and farming history to soak up. Incredible natural beauty. Would thoroghly recommend.

18  Thank kmiatae
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

-My husband wanted to go. I went along.
-We were picked up in Hobart by the wonderful steve.
-Out to Triabunna and then off for a few hours os bird, fur seal, cave, and penguin sighting.
-On out boat was a company employee on her day off - this is how much they love the job!
-Then a few hours touring the island with the majestic painted cliffs, cute animals, and convict history.
-Driven back to Hobart.
-Worth every penny.


2  Thank FraserCarrie
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