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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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.

​​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). ​

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.