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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, v​​isitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Travellers to Tasmania are encouraged to register online for a G2G PASS at least three days before their planned travel. Those who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days when coming into Tasmania. If you are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation​, fees will apply. 

​Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may  be in place. ​

Last reviewed 17/8/2020 08:52 AM


Maria Island Marine Reserve
Maria Island Marine Reserve (photograph: Emma Flukes)

Maria Island Marine Reserve

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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, v​​isitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Travellers to Tasmania are encouraged to register online for a G2G PASS at least three days before their planned travel. Those who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days when coming into Tasmania. If you are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation​, fees will apply. 

​Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may  be in place. ​

Last reviewed 17/8/2020 08:52 AM


Safety alert: Temporary diversion track in place from the jetty to Darlington
Applies from 28/8/2020

Due to infrastructure works a temporary diversion track is in place from the jetty to Darlington.  Visitors should be prepared to walk on unformed tracks that are uneven and slippery and overnight visitors will need to carry their luggage approximately 500 metres on uneven and slippery surfaces. 

Please follow the red flagging markers and Parks and Wildlife signage whilst on island.

Last reviewed 28/8/2020 01:06 PM


Planned event: ​Maria Island - Infrastructure works at Darlington August-October 2020
Applies from 3/8/2020

​​​​​At Darlington on Maria Island National Park, Stage 2 of Critical Infrastructure Works will commence on 3 August and be complete by the end of October 2020.

A dedicated service trench down the centre of the road from Darlington to the Jetty and up to the PWS workshop precinct will incorporate water, power and sewage pipes and replaced aged infrastructure. The Penitentiary toilets services trench will run under the road at the rear of the Penitentiary. 

The dedicated service corridor is a preferred outcome for heritage protection.  Completion of Stage 2 will provide a new pressure sewer system for the public amenities including the re-opening of the jetty toilets. ​

The road from the Jetty to Darlington will be closed from August to September. A narrow  alternative access path will be provided - take care as this may be uneven underfoot.  

Luggage trollies will not be available during this period, overnight guests will need to carry their luggage.

The works will progress through Darlington to rear of the Penitentiary during September and October.

There will be large machinery onsite. Visitors can expect noise, dust and ground vibrations Monday to Friday 7am-7pm in the immediate vicinity of the works.

For visitor safety, please adhere to all signs and directions.

The Commissariat Store will remain open to visitors. 

Last reviewed 31/7/2020 05:01 PM


Planned event: Maria Island - showers closed
Applies from 11/3/2020

​​​​Visitors to Maria Island National Park are advised that due to infrastructure repairs on the island, the public showers at Darlington will be closed until further notice.

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

Last reviewed 11/9/2020 09:18 AM


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Maria Island Marine Reserve protects a representative range of the marine habitats found on Tasmania's East Coast and forms part of Maria Island National Park. The different habitats are home to a diverse range of plant, invertebrate and fish communities.

The amazing geology and clean waters of Maria Island make it a fabulous place for coastal exploration and the variation in the geological formations is reflected in the underwater landscape and the diversity of dive sites.

The marine reserve is ideal for snorkelling, scuba diving, birdwatching, beach walking and rock pool rambling. 

For snorkellers and divers, Darlington Bay and the Painted Cliffs are popular spots as they are relatively protected and there is lots to be seen. A fantastic array of creatures live in the waters surrounding the jetty at Darlington and can be easily viewed. The rock pools at the Painted Cliffs are also a great place to explore at low tide.

​Boating is allowed in the marine reserve; however, fishing is not allowed within the no-take zone of the marine reserve, which extends along the north-west coast of the island.

Please don't collect living or dead material, including shells, or remove plants or animals.

For more information on Tasmania's protected marine environments, please see  our pages on Marine Reserves and Marine Cons​ervation Areas​​.

Graphic showing the area of the Maria Island Marine Reserve on Tasmania's East Coast

Contact

Maria Island Field Centre
c/- Triabunna Field Centre, 3 Victoria Street
Triabunna TAS 7190
Phone: 03 6257 1420
Email: maria.island@parks.tas.gov.au