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

Maria Island Marine Reserve

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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.​​​

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


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


Maria Island Field Centre
c/- Triabunna Field Centre, 3 Victoria Street
Triabunna TAS 7190
Phone: 03 6257 1420