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“Lifes An Adventure 3 day walking tour”

Maria Island National Park
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USD 85.30*
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Full-Day Tour to Wineglass Bay from Hobart
Ranked #11 of 843 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 5 November 2014

Best ever walking tour...climb Bishop and Clerk...see all sorts of wildlife ( including the Tassie Devil in the wild at night!) Learn the history of this incredible island ...geology , wildlife and the families of those who lived there. Fantastic support from guides Jef and Declan. Would not hesitate to recommend.

4  Thank cori2Sydney
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Reviewed 22 October 2014

We only had one day to spend at Maria Island, so tried to get a guided walking trip. However, as this was low season, the single day guided tours were not available (only the 4 day trips were on-going), so we decided to head there on our own.

Caught the morning ferry (10.30 am) from Triabunna. It was a pleasant 30 min ride, and we even spotted a whale along the way. Upon reaching the island, given that we were close to low tide, we headed out to the Painted Cliffs first (these are apparently best viewed within 1-2 hours of low tide). It was a very pleasant walk, which my 68 year old mom was able to complete comfortably. The Hopground beach along the way had beautiful soft sand and the water was a clear crystal blue/green/turquiose (depending on your angle of view). The painted cliffs were enjoyable to view up close and even sit along the ledges. The colours and layers were beautiful, and the abundance of marine life in the intertidal pools was very intriguing -- we saw mussels, barnacles of various sizes, mini anemones, sea grass, snails, chitons/molluscs etc just to name a few). We took the alternate loop back via Oast House -- this was not as nice a view and it is a longer walk. Based on the plaque, Oast House was built in the 1800s, and not much else was written about it. So it looked like a crumbling old brick house, though we did spend a bit of time wondering what the different remaining foundations of the house could represent.

We took a very slow walk with plenty of stops to admire wild life (spotted a coulple of Tasmanian devils, and two wombats). In all, the Painted Cliffs loop took us 2h 45 min. We could have easily completed it under 2 hours, but we spent quite a long time at the cliffs.

We then stopped for lunch at the main Darlington Township. Sat in the shade and ate some pies and sandwiches we had packed earlier. It was then one more loop to see the Fossil Cliffs. This loop had a fairly long uphill climb (going past the twelve apostles and passing the Reservoir circuit). My mom found this uphill climb quite challenging, and if anyone is bringing senior citizens along, do consider bringing hiling sticks. The view of the fossil cliffs was spectacular from the top of the hill, and we could see where hikers heading to the more ambitious Bishop and Clerk were going. However, we had to be back to the jetty by 3.55 pm (for the 4 pm return ferry), so we just walked along the Fossil cliffs, and came back via the airstrip. This loop took us 1 hr 20 mins (compared to the estimated 2 hours written in the guide).

Overall, we found this to be a very enjoyable day trek, which even my mom enjoyed. We were blessed with good weather, and the treks are sufficient to fill a day, and yet not be too strenuous for a senior citizen. Do remember to bring enough food and water, and check the weather and tide times so you can plan your visit. And of course, plenty of sunblock and a good hat too :)

5  Thank Running R
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Reviewed 20 October 2014

Unfortunately, we didn't have the time, but it was worth the $35.00 per adult to get the 10.30 am ferry from the Triabunna Marina wharf to Maria Island, have a quick look around at the Commissariat Store (1834) and return to Triabunna at 11.15 am for the 30-minute or so ferry ride back to Triabunna. Normally a lot of marine life can be sighted: we saw one lazy seal, but whales and dolphin sightings are quite common at this (October) time of year. The ferry is fast and comfortable, has no facilities and offers no refreshments, but the skipper does provide you with a few clues on the sights offering on Maria Island and recommendations as to the best use of your time. Most visitors intend to camp there, and have to take all their own provisions, including water, but you can buy these at Triabunna if you need to. Whether you go, as we did, just for the immendiate return trip, or if you go for a couple of days, you'll enjoy being immersed in the colonial/convict history of Tasmania on this tiny penal settlement.

1  Thank mccorquinn
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Reviewed 17 September 2014

Absolutely adored the day spent on the island - from the ferry over, to having the island virtually to ourselves, more wombats than I've ever seen in my life - it was all brilliant, and helped by perfect spring weather. Walking so that we did the Painted Cliffs last was a good decision - whilst we had beautiful sea / cliff views from the higher elevation (north), the sandstone cliffs on the SW part of the island are worth saving for last because they're just gorgeous and if you got there first, you'd never want to leave. Take a picnic, a blanket to stretch out on and you'll have one of the most fun days of your life.

3  Thank YR R
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

It is easy to get things between the ferry and the camp site. If you have too much to carry there are caged carts to wheel everything down in.

Darlington - There are showers (bring $1 coins for hot water) and toilets at the main camp. The camp site has a great shared space with gas BBQs and two open fire pits. Keep your food in your tend at night as there are many possums out on the hunt for a good meal. The camp site is close to the beach and about half way between Fossil Cliffs and Painted Cliffs.

Walks - There are some great walks on the Island. You cannot go to Maria without visiting Fossil Cliffs and Painted Cliffs. At Fossil cliffs, make sure you head down to the water line. There are many more fossils down there. Painted cliffs are best seen within 2 hours of low tide. The longer walks from Darlington are either Bishop and Clerk or Mount Maria.

Cycling - You can hire bikes on the island (so long as there is one available but they are limited) or from the ferry company if you organise it in advance ($20 per day). Alternatively you could take your own for $10 return. I find the Island much better by bike, If you want to camp for free and with less people you can ride down to French's Farm or Encampment Cove. It is a relatively easy ride (10km) on a dirt road. (great ride... very boring walk). Riding makes the isthmus very accessible (the best beach on the island) and walks such as the one to Haunted Bay. For some mountain biking take the centre road between French's Farm and the Mt Maria turn off.

Lots of wombats. If it is quiet you might even see a Tassie Devil.

5  Thank Elllli
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