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. 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.
Please follow instructions on all signage on the Island.
See the Penitentiary accommodation page for specific requirements due to COVID-19.
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) 6123 4040 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The story of Maria Island is dominated by the ocean: from the rise and fall of the sea that created the island and left a legacy of creatures fossilised in its cliffs, to the history of its human occupation.
Start your explorations at Darlington, the most intact example of a convict probation station in Australia, and a World Heritage Australian Convict Site. You can visit convict buildings dating back to 1824 and ruins that reveal key features of the convict probation system. Rediscover the fascinating history through interpretive displays at the Coffee Palace Museum and Commissariat Store. You can even stay overnight in the old Penitentiary buildings or camp in the nearby campground.
There are plenty of rewarding short walks, day walks and even overnight walks. No matter where you are on the island, you're going to see wildlife, including wombats, devils, kangaroos and Cape Barren geese.
Cycling is another great way to explore, or explore further afield, on the island, as there's no vehicle access. Bring your bike on the ferry (fees charged) or hire one on the island (limited availability).
Maria Island Marine Reserve protects a range of beautiful marine life and is home to a diverse range of plant, invertebrate and fish communities, making it a fabulous place for swimming and snorkelling, or a ramble among the rockpools.