Cycling past Ruby Hunts Cottage, Maria Island National Park.
Cycling past Ruby Hunts Cottage, Maria Island National Park. (photograph: Dan Broun)

Maria Island by bike

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Alerts for Maria Island by bike

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Incident: Maria Island - Track Closures
Applies from 10/5/2022

Due to recent weather events and storm activity, the following areas on Maria Island are closed until further notice. 

  • Fossil Cliffs – Access down to the Fossil Quarry floor is closed due to a landslip, however, the Fossil Cliff Circuit along Skipping Ridge and back to Darlington remains open.​
  • Darlington Beach Access- via the campground is closed.
The weather conditions have also resulted in rapidly changing surface conditions from Darlington to Encampment Cove. Please ride and walk to the conditions.

For more information please contact Maria Island Gateway on 6123 4040 between 9am and 3:30pm


​Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience caused.


Last reviewed 11/5/2022 08:20 AM


Planned event: Maria Island ferry service change
Applies from 18/3/2022

​​The Maria Island ​ferry service is currently running with an alternative vessel whilst the regular vessel is undergoing repair.

The timetable has not changed, but carrying capacity has been reduced. Bookings remain open and the online ticketing system continues to operate as normal. 

Last reviewed 29/4/2022 08:47 AM


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About

Maria Island is a cyclist's paradise, with gently undulating roads and no cars (except for a few Parks management vehicles).

Many roads and vehicle tracks are suitable for riding and it's an ideal way to explore the island. The tracks in the north of the park are accessible to most cyclists, while more experienced cyclists can also head south to reach more remote areas. If you have limited time, riding allows you to explore further afield than you can on foot. With this being said,  McRaes Isthmus is slow going as the sand makes ​riding considerably more difficult.

You can bring your own bike across on the ferry or hire a bike once on the island. Visit the Encounter Maria Island website for details of costs and bookings for both options.

Just remember, safety helmets are required by law – bring your own or hire one when you organise your bike hire. There are no bicycle repair facilities so if you plan to venture to more remote areas, come equipped with a repair kit.

All roads are shared use with walkers, bikes and Parks and Wildlife Service vehicles, please be aware of other users. Riding is not permitted on the beaches due to threatened shorebirds which nest there. ​

Cycle times

Cycle times are riding only, please allow extra time to explore ​features along the way and make it back in time for the ferry or plan your​​ stay overnight.

When climbing the mountains you are not able to ride all the way, you can leave your bike and continue on foot to the top.


Times and distances return from Darlington.

​​Maria Island North

​Time

​Distance

Reservior track
0.5-1 hour​
​4km
Painted Cliffs and Oast House Circuit
​0.75-1 hour
4.3km​

​Fossil Cliffs Circuit
0.75-1.5 hours​
4.5km​
Bishop and Clerk​
​3-5 hours
11km​​​
Mount Maria
3-5 hours​
​​16km
To explore South Maria, you will need a detailed topographic map available for purchase at The Maria Island Gateway in Triabunna. When purchasing your map, please also take the time to log your trip intentions in the log book.​​​

Times and distances return from Darlington.

​Maria Island South

Time​

​Distance

Frenchs Farm​​​
3 hours
22km​
Encampment Cove​4 hours​
26km​
Point Lesueur​5 hours​28km​
McRaes Isthmus (northern end)​​5 hours​
28km​
Robeys Farm​8 hours​38km​
Haunted Bay​8-10 hours​

40km​

Contact

Maria Island Field Centre
c/- Corner Charles St and Esplanade West
Triabunna TAS 7190
Phone: 03 6257 1420
Email: maria.island@parks.tas.gov.au