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Second round of consultation begins on the future of Freycinet Peninsula

13/03/2019

Tasmania's unrivalled natural environment is a key driver in our nation-leading visitor economy and the Freycinet Peninsula is one of our most popular tourism destinations.More

Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service issue safety message

08/03/2019

Over the coming weeks, a number of roads inside of fire impacted areas will reopen.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 22 February 2019

22/02/2019

To date, the fire area has affected around 94,000 ha (about 6%) of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and approximately 42,476 ha (about 3.4%) of other reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.More

Maria Island National Park

Introduction

Maria Island Icon New Maria Island ferry service
Access to Maria Island is via ferry from Triabunna, the nearest town on the coast to the island. Encounter Maria Island operate the ferry service, for current timetables, fares and crossing information please visit www.encountermaria.com.au BEFORE your planned departure.
Maria Island is a special place with something for everyone - historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, and remarkable wildlife. Set just off the warm East Coast, the island is easily accessed by ferry. 

Once on the island you will discover a place where there are no motor vehicles, no shops and no worries.

Whether you're here for hours or days you can choose the kind of stay that suits you and let Maria work its spell on you.

World Heritage Listed Darlington
Probation Station

The significance of the convict probation era at Darlington was recognised recently as part of the 11 Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. (PDF 2.2 Mb)

Darlington is the most representative and intact example of a probation station in Australia. Its 14 convict buildings and ruins are preserved in a layout that reflects the key features of the probation system in Van Diemen’s Land. The site has remained relatively unchanged since the convict era.

Further information on the rich history of Maria Island can be found at our Visitor's Guides to Historic Places.