The ideal combination of nature and history rewards those who seek to explore Maria Island, off Tasmania’s East Coast. After arriving on the Maria Island ferry, start your exploration at Darlington Probation Station – a World Heritage Australian Convict Site. From Darlington, continue your Maria Island discovery by weaving along the numerous trails on foot or by bike and leave your ordinary life behind.
Spectacular cliffs wrap around the eastern side of Maria Island, providing a perfect vantage point for watching birds dive and swoop into the ocean. In season, you may even be lucky enough to spot the whales that frequent these waters during their annual migration. On the western side of the island, the Painted Cliffs are one of Maria Island’s more memorable spectacles, showcasing the power of nature in their weathered contours, where the combination of wind and waves has eroded the sandstone to reveal a striking facade.
Maria is a special place where long sandy beaches, turquoise water, mountaintop vistas, abundant wildlife and a multi-layered human history come together to create a perfect island destination.
Changes due to COVID-19
See the COVID-19 safety information page for general and state-wide changes.
If you are feeling unwell please do not visit the Island.
Please arrive at the Maria Island Gateway in Triabunna 45 minutes prior to ferry departure to allow time for check in and hand washing.
Ensure you bring your Parks Pass to show for check-in. You may purchase a pass if you do not already have one.
Please note that if you have any additional luggage you will need to place it on the scales in the Maria Island Gateway for weighing. Encounter Maria Island and PWS staff will provide assistance/direction regarding your luggage but will not handle it.
The use of the hand wash facilities is a critical component of the reopening and there may be some delays, allow plenty of time for this.
Please follow instructions on all signage on the Island.
See the Penitentiary accommodation page for specific requirements due to COVID-19.
If you are staying overnight at (Penitentiary accommodation or camping) be sure to let staff know when you check-in at the Maria Island Gateway. Payment of fees is taken care of here and no longer on the island.
The campgrounds at Darlington, Frenchs Farm and Encampment Cove are open subject to all campers maintaining physical distancing particularly in relation to the use of shared facilities (e.g. barbecue shelter, tables).
For further information please contact the Maria Island Office on (03) 6257 1420 or at firstname.lastname@example.org