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Closed area: All parks and reserves closed
From 26/3/2020, last reviewed 31/3/2020

​​​​​Following advice from the Tasmania Department of Health and Tasmanian Government that our community should limit non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PWS has closed all national parks, reserves and campgrounds until further notice.

The PWS is calling on Tasmanians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home during this time. 

From midnight Thursday 26 March, PWS is temporarily closing all national parks, reserves, campgrounds and facilities to recreational and tourism use. This means that all short walks, day walks, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, tours and camping are now closed to the public.  Washrooms, day use facilities, showers and visitor centres are closed until further notice.​

For more information on these closures please refer to the frequently asked questions.​


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

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Closed area: All parks and reserves closed
From 26/3/2020, last reviewed 31/3/2020

​​​​​Following advice from the Tasmania Department of Health and Tasmanian Government that our community should limit non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PWS has closed all national parks, reserves and campgrounds until further notice.

The PWS is calling on Tasmanians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home during this time. 

From midnight Thursday 26 March, PWS is temporarily closing all national parks, reserves, campgrounds and facilities to recreational and tourism use. This means that all short walks, day walks, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, tours and camping are now closed to the public.  Washrooms, day use facilities, showers and visitor centres are closed until further notice.​

For more information on these closures please refer to the frequently asked questions.​


Closed area: Maria Island - showers closed
From 11/3/2020, last reviewed 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.​​


A valid parks pass is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks.

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.


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 Ranger Station in Darlington. 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/- Triabunna Field Centre, 3 Victoria Street
Triabunna TAS 7190
Phone: 03 6257 1420
Email: maria.island@parks.tas.gov.au