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Bishop and Clerk

58. Bishop and Clerk

time 3-5 hours return, 12 km return
access
A ferry operates to Maria Island. The ferry departure point is at Triabunna. For ferry bookings, timetables and further access details, see our "Visitors Guide to Maria Island". 
See map.
fees Park entry fees apply, ferry charges and camping fees apply
facilities Picnic, toilet and gas barbecue facilities. There are no shops on the island. Basic hut and camping accommodation (own bedding, stove and food required)
grade Level 4 Steep and difficult
what to take Group B items
cautions Supervise children, hazardous cliffs, unprotected track edges, rock screed scramble
prohibited Pets or firearms not allowed. Bicycles are permitted to the point where the Bishop and Clerk track departs from the Fossil Cliffs track.

Located in the Maria Island National Park, this challenging walk offers exhilarating cliff-top and ocean views. It is for the physically fit, and involves an up and downhill walk, through an extensive field of rock boulders.

Highlights

These towering dolerite columns are so named because of the resemblance to a bishop, wearing a mitre, being followed by a clergyman. The walk takes you from grasslands, through open forest and tall woodland, to the rocky slopes and finally the summit.

The summit is often cloaked in a layer of cloud. Remarkably, species commonly found in the wet rainforests of the west also occur in tiny pockets on the summit due to the microclimatic conditions.

Needless to say, the views from the summit are magnificent, as our Virtual Visit Panorama shows.