Frenchs Farm campground, Maria Island National Park
Frenchs Farm campground, Maria Island National Park (photograph: Craig Vertigan)

Maria Island camping - Frenchs Farm

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Alerts for Maria Island camping - Frenchs Farm

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Closed area: Public showers on Maria Island
From 5/2/2020, last reviewed 12/2/2020

​​​Visitors to Maria Island National Park are advised that due to the current drought conditions on the east coast of Tasmania, the public shower at Darlington will be closed until further notice. This is in line with the Stage 2 water restrictions in surrounding towns including Orford, Swansea and Triabunna. Please help us conserve our water supplies. \

Visitors are also asked to bring their drinking water with them to the island. The Maria Island Ferry will waive the freight fares for people bringing their own drinking water to the island for the period of the water restrictions.​

​For further information, contact the PWS Maria-Triabunna Field Centre on (03) 6257 1420.​​​

Fire ban: Campfire restrictions are in place
From 21/10/2019, last reviewed 23/1/2020

​​​​​​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 Tasmania 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.

See the News Item on Campfire restrictions 2020 containing a map here. ​

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.


​Plenty of level, open ground offers good campsites with views to Mount Maria and the surrounding valleys, as well as the old farmhouse. Wallabies and kangaroos will join you at dusk and dawn, grazing in the open areas.

Frenchs Farm provide sheltered campsites that are a good option in wild weather and is an excellent base for exploring McRaes Isthmus – a narrow neck of sand with sweeping beaches on either side. The farm house is a day use shelter only.​

Access is via a 3 hour walk from Darlington, where the ferry service operates.

Portable fuel stoves are required for cooking as fires are not permitted. A limited supply of non-treated tank water is available. Frequent dry weather and high seasonal demand make water a precious resource. Please use it with care.