Camping at Encampment Cove, Maria Island National Park.
Camping at Encampment Cove, Maria Island National Park. (photograph: Dan Broun)

Maria Island camping - Encampment Cove

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Alerts for Maria Island camping - Encampment Cove

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Track closure: Fossil Cliffs Track
Applies from 4/11/2022

​​Due to the recent heavy rainfall, access to the Fossil Quarry floor is closed. 

Repair works are planned and the track is expected to reopen in June 2023.

For further enquiries please call: (03) 6257 1420

Last reviewed 3/4/2023 01:28 PM

Safety alert: Helicopter Operations and Intermittant Track Closures -Bishop and Clerk and Fossil Cliffs Track
Applies from 4/4/2023


Sections of the Bishop and Clerk Track on Skipping Ridge and the Fossil Cliffs Track near the Fossil Quarry will be closed for short periods between 04/04/23 and 7/4/23​ due to helicopter movements.

Parks and Wildlife staff will provide traffic control on either side of the closure and will advise when it is safe to continue.  Please follow directions of staff at traffic control points.

Last reviewed 3/4/2023 01:27 PM

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

​​Camping at this campground is free with a valid parks pass​​.


​Bookings are not available for this campground.


The small and sheltered campground is located alongside the calm waters of Encampment Cove. An overnight stay here allows you to explore the convict ruins that once made up the Long Point Probation Station at nearby Point Lesueur.

Access to Encampment Cove is via a 3 hour and 45 minute walk from Darlington, where the ferry service operates. Encampment Cove can also be accessed by private boat, which can be moored in the bay.​

Portable stoves are preferred for cooking; however, campfires are permitted within existing metal fireplaces (unless fire restrictions are in place). Bring your own firewood if you plan on having a fire​.​

A limited supply of non-treated tank water is available. For drinking water it is recommended that campers use purification tablets or boil the water for at least one minute before use. Frequent dry weather and high seasonal demand make water a precious resource. Please use it with care.