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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Fire ban: Campfire restrictions are in place
From 21/10/2019, last reviewed 28/10/2019

​Campfire restrictions are now in place for this site.  This means you will not be able to use campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves. Gas stoves and gas barbecues are still permitted.

Parts of the east coast are experiencing the driest conditions for the past three years with traditionally wet or damp gullies now dry. An above average fire season has been forecast for the east and south eastern parts of Tasmania due to warmer and drier conditions.

These conditions have increased the risk of unattended or poorly constructed campfires escaping and becoming bushfires. We have a duty of care to our community and want to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable camping experience.


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 National Park
Maria Island National Park
via
Triabunna TAS 7190
Phone: 03 6257 1420
Email: maria.island@parks.tas.gov.au