Maria Island Penitentiary
Maria Island Penitentiary

Maria Island Penitentiary accommodation

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Planned event: Maria Island - Darlington Campground showers closed
Applies from 18/3/2021

​The Parks and Wildlife Service is currently undertaking major upgrades to critical infrastructure at Maria Island National Park. Planning and approvals for the management of wastewater are underway.

As a result, the showers in the Darlington Campground are expected to remain closed until 2022.  The outdoor shower (adjacent to the female toilets) will remain available until Monday 26 April 2021.

We apologise for any inconvenience. If there are any extenuating circumstances, please see one of our staff on the island.

For enquiries, please contact the Maria Island Gateway on (03) 6123 4040.​

Last reviewed 23/3/2021 11:55 AM

Safety alert: Tasman Highway road closure near Orford
Applies from 26/5/2021

Road works on the Tasman Highway at Paradise Gorge, west of Orford, may cause some delays.  A 300m of the road is restricted to one lane while works are completed. A 40 km/h speed limit and traffic management control will be in place.

In the interests of public safety please abide by all road signage and allow for delays.

Last reviewed 22/7/2021 09:43 AM

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

Bookings are essential and can be made via the Kentish Visitor Information Network. 

Please note this accommodation is very popular particularly during December, January and February. Email your enquiry to 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 toilets block is separate but nearby. 

All drinking water on Maria Island is not potable water and treatment is required, use purification tablets or boil for at least one minute before use. Water is available in the Mess Hall. 

You'll need to bring your own food, bedding, a torch or lamp, cooking equipment, crockery and cutlery. Gas stove tops are provided for cooking in the Mess Hall's camp kitchen.  
Smoking is not permitted within the accommodation precincts. Please store your butts in your own carry-out container.

Changes to your departure due to COVID-19 All visitors must use the hand wash facilities provided at Triabunna and at Darlington before boarding the ferry - please allow at least 45 minutes prior to your departure time for this and to sign in.

See also COVID-19 safety informatio​n for general statewide information.

Changes to accommodation due to COVID-19 

Due to COVID-19, PWS has made some small changes to the Penitentiary accommodation on Maria Island. These changes have been implemented to improve the safety of visitors and include:

  • Check in to your room using the Check In Tas App
  • Strict check-out time of 10.30am
  • Check-in time is after 2pm
  • Maximum capacity signs are located at the entrances of each building
  • The spare mattresses that were in each Penitentiary room have been removed
  • There are cleaning kits provided in the Mess Hall
  • Please use the hand sanitiser stations located at the entrance of the main buildings. 
We understand that there may be delays for you due to some of these changes. Some suggestions to improve this for yourself and other users are:
  • Bring your own cooking equipment to avoid congestion in the Mess Hall. NOTE: Stoves are not to be used in the Penitentiary rooms.
  • Be mindful of other users and the building capacities particularly when using the Mess Hall. Please socialising away from this room (Chapel is available) so that other users can access cooking facilities.
Please be patient. The cleaning of the Penitentiary rooms is a critical component of the reopening and there may be some delays. 
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, we are doing our best to keep you safe.  
For further information please talk directly to Maria Island Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

Make a booking for the Penitentiary here. ​