Maria Island Penitentiary
Maria Island Penitentiary

Maria Island Penitentiary accommodation

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Track closure: Fossil Cliffs Track
Applies from 4/11/2022

​​Due to the recent heavy rainfall, access to the Fossil Quarry floor is closed. 

Repair works are planned and the track is expected to reopen in June 2023.

For further enquiries please call: (03) 6257 1420

Last reviewed 3/4/2023 01:28 PM

Safety alert: Helicopter Operations and Intermittant Track Closures -Bishop and Clerk and Fossil Cliffs Track
Applies from 4/4/2023


Sections of the Bishop and Clerk Track on Skipping Ridge and the Fossil Cliffs Track near the Fossil Quarry will be closed for short periods between 04/04/23 and 7/4/23​ due to helicopter movements.

Parks and Wildlife staff will provide traffic control on either side of the closure and will advise when it is safe to continue.  Please follow directions of staff at traffic control points.

Last reviewed 3/4/2023 01:27 PM

A valid parks pass is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks.
Per room, per night:
Up to 2 people
Additional adults (18+)
Family (2 adults, 3 children)
Additional children (ages 5-17; under 5 years stays free)
School groups (outside school holidays)

Bookings can be made up to 6 months in advance. Book online or by contacting the Sheffield Visitor Information Centre at or (03) 6491 1179.​​

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​​Basic bunkhouse-style accommodation is available in the old Penitentiary at Darlington – a unique opportunity to spend the evening at this World Heritage Listed convict site.

There are nine rustic sleeping rooms, each with six bunk beds and comfortable mattresses, a picnic-style table and chairs, and a wood-heater (wood supplied). A larger, tenth room sleeps 14 people. 

There is no electricity in the Penitentiary rooms and the toilet block is separate but nearby.