Critical Alert 

Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, v​​isitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Travellers to Tasmania are encouraged to register online for a G2G PASS at least three days before their planned travel. Those who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days when coming into Tasmania. If you are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation​, fees will apply. 

​Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may  be in place. ​

Last reviewed 17/8/2020 08:52 AM


Maria Island cliffs
Maria Island cliffs

Maria Island National Park

A tranquil island of rich heritage.

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Alerts for Maria Island National Park

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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, v​​isitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Travellers to Tasmania are encouraged to register online for a G2G PASS at least three days before their planned travel. Those who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days when coming into Tasmania. If you are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation​, fees will apply. 

​Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may  be in place. ​

Last reviewed 17/8/2020 08:52 AM


Planned event: Maria Is infrastructure works at Darlington Sept -Oct 2020
Applies from 23/9/2020, until 31/10/2020

​​Through the School Holiday period 26 September to 11 October 2020, the road from the Jetty to Darlington will be reopened and luggage trollies available for use. The road will be a little uneven underfoot.​ (The road will be closed after the school holidays as works continue.)

Earthworks in the immediate Darlington area will be revised back to 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. 

There will be heavy machinery onsite and significant vehicle movements between the Jetty and Darlington.  Visitors can expect loud noise, dust and ground vibrations at the rear of the Penitentiary.

For visitor safety, please adhere to all signs and directions.

The Commissariat Store Visitor Information Centre and Visitor Service staff can be contacted on the number displayed on the information board on the Rangers Office should the Comms Store be unattended during normal operational hours.​

Last reviewed 23/9/2020 04:28 PM


Safety alert: Temporary diversion track in place from the jetty to Darlington
Applies from 28/8/2020

Due to infrastructure works a temporary diversion track is in place from the jetty to Darlington.  Visitors should be prepared to walk on unformed tracks that are uneven and slippery and overnight visitors will need to carry their luggage approximately 500 metres on uneven and slippery surfaces. 

Please follow the red flagging markers and Parks and Wildlife signage whilst on island.

Last reviewed 28/8/2020 01:06 PM


Planned event: Maria Island - showers closed
Applies from 11/3/2020

​​​​Visitors to Maria Island National Park are advised that due to infrastructure repairs on the island, the public showers at Darlington will be closed until further notice.

For further information, contact the PWS Maria-Triabunna Field Centre on (03) 6257 1420.​​

Last reviewed 11/9/2020 09:18 AM


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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

If you are feeling unwell please do not visit the Island. 

The Triabunna Visitor Centre is open- please allow 30 minutes prior to departure time for check-in, present or purchase your parks pass and boarding.

Please note that if you have any additional luggage you will need to place it on the scales in the Visitor Centre for weighing. Visitor Centre, Encounter Maria Island and PWS staff will provide assistance/direction regarding your luggage but will not handle it. 
 
All visitors must use the hand wash facilities provided at Triabunna and Darlington before boarding the ferry- please ensure that you allow at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time for this to occur. The use of the hand wash facilities is a critical component of the reopening and there may be some delays.
 
Please follow instructions on all signage on Island including:
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Not exceeding the maximum number of visitors permitted in each building
  • Following directional signage within buildings
  • Use of hand sanitiser and soap dispensors
  • Waiting your turn to be served by our staff
  • Please follow the instruction of Visitor Centre, Encounter Maria Island and Maria Island staff at all times
  • Cashless transactions preferred
  • Showers in Darlington remain closed.
Click here for the online booking system for the Penitentiary Accommodation.  Bookings will reopen on the 15 June with rooms open from 21 July 2020 to 31 January 2021. Penitentiary Accommodation check-ins can occur from 2pm on your day of arrival onto island.  Rooms must be vacated by 10am on your day of departure. This is to allow time for the room to be cleaned between occupants. If you have any luggage you wish to store until your room becomes available or until your departing ferry, please use the Penitentiary laundry room or Mass Hall. Keep all valuables with you.
 
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).
 
If you are staying overnight (Penitentiary Accommodation or camping), please check into the campgrounds at the Visitor Centre once you arrive on the island.

For further information please contact the Maria Island Office on (03) 6257 1420 or at maria.island@parks.tas.gov.au

 

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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.

Experiences in Maria Island National Park

Maria Island National Park

Bishop and Clerk

A challenging walk offering exhilarating cliff-top and ocean views from the towering dolerite summit.

4-5 hours return, 11km, Grade 4
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Maria Island National Park

Darlington Township Walk

Discover the stories behind the island’s rich human and natural history.

1-2 hours, 1 km, Grade 2
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Maria Island National Park

Encampment Cove Walk

Look for the ruin of a 1920s home in this sheltered cove.

4 hours one way, 13km, Grade 3
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Fishing on the rocks at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park

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Fishing

Tasmania has a wealth of excellent inland and ocean fishing locations where you can cast your line.

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Maria Island National Park

Fossil Cliffs

This stunning set of cliffs on Maria Island hold stories both ancient and modern.

1.5-2.5 hour circuit, 4.5 km, Grade 3
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Frenchs Farm Walk

Explore the old farmhouse and shearing sheds on Maria Island.

3 hours one way, 11 km, Grade 3
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Haunted Bay Walk

Located in the far south of the island, breathtaking Haunted Bay is worth the walk.

7 hours one way, 20 km, Grade 3
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Hills Walk

Wander the hills that surround the Darlington Settlement, uncovering ruins and learning the fascinating history.

1-2 hours return, 2km, Grade 3
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Maria Island by bike

Maria Island is a cyclist’s paradise with gently undulating roads and an opportunity to explore more in one day.

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Maria Island National Park

Maria Island History

Maria Island is a special place with something for everyone - historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, and remarkable wildlife. Whether you’re here for hours or days, you can choose the kind of stay that suits you and let Maria work its spell.

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Maria Island National Park

Maria Island Marine Reserve

Maria Island’s marine reserve protects a range of marine habitats, perfect for coastal explorations – both on land and in water.

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Maria Island National Park

McRaes Isthmus Walk

The beautiful white, sandy beaches on either side of the isthmus shows nature at its finest.

4 hours one way (to northern end of Isthmus), 14km, Grade 3
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Mount Maria Walk

Mount Maria is the highest point on the island – a dolerite outcrop with sweeping views south of the twin bays and beyond to Tasman Peninsula.

8 hours return, 16 km, Grade 4
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Mountain biking Meehan Range

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Mountain biking and cycling

Tasmania is fast creating a name for itself as a premier mountain biking destination and a must see on your mountain biking holiday.

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Maria Island National Park

Painted Cliffs

One of Maria Island's most beautiful features, these cliffs lack height but they more than make up for it with their amazing colours and swirling patterns.

1.5-2.5 hours return, 4.3km return, Grade 3
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Maria Island National Park

Point Lesueur Walk

Explore the convict ruins that once made up the Long Point Probation Station on Tasmania's Maria Island.

4 hours one way, 14 km, Grade 3
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Group rafting on the Franklin River

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Rafting and kayaking

Tasmania’s oceans and rivers have a well-deserved reputation as some of the cleanest in the world, and what better way to explore these wondrous waterways than up-close and self-propelled.

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Robeys Farm Walk

Traverse McRaes Isthmus and continue down the island’s west coast through woodland forest to a small farm tucked into the hillside.

6 hours one way, 19 km, Grade 3
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Beachside snorkelling

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Snorkelling and scuba diving

Bring your wetsuit, mask and fins to discover the underwater life.

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The Reservoir Circuit

Capture a glimpse of Maria Island’s wildlife and history on a quiet discovery walk through open woodlands. A beautiful place to relax and reflect.

1.5 hours return, 4km return, Grade 3
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Wedding at Highfield Historic Site

East coast, Hobart and South, Launceston and North, North West

Weddings

There are a number of locations around the state that offer a unique setting for your wedding ceremony.

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Accommodation

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  • Maria Island camping - Darlington

Located close to the heart of Maria Island, Darlington campground is the perfect spot to pitch your tent on your island adventure.

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Maria Island camping - Darlington

  • Maria Island camping - Encampment Cove

A free campsite is available at Encampment Cove, where you can explore the convict ruins that once made up the Long Point Probation Station at nearby Point Lesueur.

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Maria Island camping - Encampment Cove

  • Maria Island camping - Frenchs Farm

A free campsite is available at Frenchs Farm, providing an excellent base for exploring McRaes Isthmus – a narrow neck of sand with sweeping beaches on either side.

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Maria Island camping - Frenchs Farm

  • Maria Island Penitentiary accommodation

Basic bunkhouse-style accommodation is available to visitors in the old penitentiary at Darlington.

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Maria Island Penitentiary accommodation