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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Planned event: Website maintenance
Applies from 17/5/2024

​Please visit the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook page​ for updated alert information. 

This website is undergoing scheduled maintenance between Friday 17 May and Monday 20 May and will not be updated.​

Last reviewed 17/5/2024 06:39 PM


Planned event: Maria Island Jetty Maintenance
Applies from 13/5/2024

Maintenance work on the Maria Island jetty will start from 13 May and is expected to take up to three months to complete. 

The ferry will operate as normal throughout the operations. 

There will be increased vessel traffic in the area, as well as contractors on the jetty and in the water. 

Visitors are asked to comply with all signage and directions from PWS staff. 

Last reviewed 10/5/2024 01:18 PM


Closed area: Painted Cliffs - Partial closure
Applies from 8/5/2024

​A section of the Painted Cliffs will be closed to public access, pending ​​geotechnical surveys to determine safety risks of loose overhanging rocks.

For further information, please contact the Maria Island Gateway on (03) 6123 4040.​

Last reviewed 7/5/2024 11:16 AM


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.

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 6123 4040
Email: Maria.Island@parks.tas.gov.au