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

Maria Island Marine Reserve

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Fire ban: Campfire restrictions are in place
Applies from 4/12/2020

​​​​Campfire restrictions are in place for this location. This means you will not be able to use campfires, fire pots and other solid fuels stoves. Heavy penalties will apply to illegal campfires.​ Gas stoves and gas barbecues are permitted. 

The dry summer 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.

Further locations may be added if the fire risk in escalates over summer.

For more information please check the Campfire and safety - Fire restrictions pages.

Last reviewed 18/1/2021 10:03 AM


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 1/12/2020 12:55 PM


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About

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/- Corner Charles St and Esplanade West
Triabunna TAS 7190
Phone: 03 6257 1420
Email: maria.island@parks.tas.gov.au