Known to the puthikwilayti band of aborigines, wukaluwikiwayna/Maria Island is rich in natural and cultural heritage. People from many nations have visited this island that sits just off the Tasmanian mainland. Frequented by the Aborigines, named by the Dutch, explored by the French, transformed by the English, styled by an Italian and farmed by a South African – the human history is only the surface. For those intrigued by geology, flora and fauna, Maria is a wonderland of discovery with towering mountain peaks, dreamy white beaches, bird-rich forests and ancient, fossil-rich cliffs. Maria Island is like Tasmania within Tasmania, so if you only have one day, join us for a memorable day out!
Departs 8:15AM from Hobart Travel and Information Centre (20 Davey Street)situated on Corner of Davey and Elizabeth street, by Hobart’s waterfront.
We can drop you up back to your Hobart CBD accommodation on return.
Begin with a scenic drive from Hobart to the stunning East Coast. Enjoy rural farming scenery before following the beautiful Prosser River, arriving at sleepy Orford.
Arriving at Triabunna, departure point for the ferry, we enjoy coffee, black and herbal teas and local fruit. Over morning tea we view the walking map, introduce the layered history of Maria Island and learn the minimal impact bushwalking principles of leave no trace. Maria Island ferry takes 30 minutes to cross the Mercury Passage.
Arriving on the Island we set off on our first walk, depending on the tide levels we will visit the Painted Cliffs first. Walking along Darlington beach, we head south passing via the convict-built Oast House before arriving at the naturally eroded Painted Cliffs.
Arriving for lunch in the UNESCO listed Darlington Convict Site, we will have time to explore the incredible history before sitting down for a picnic lunch in the Mess Hall.
Our second walk for the day is another of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks, The Fossil Cliffs circuit. This gentle 1.5-hour walk is beautiful. Walking beneath bird-rich forests, we arrive at the Fossil Bay lookout with extensive out to the Tasman Sea. Gaze at the uplifted beauty of Bishop and Clerk, the Islands second highest peak.
Walking around the Northern tip of Maria, we visit the fossil cliff quarry, get up close with ancient fossil records. Walking back to Darlington Bay, we pass more convict ruins and kangaroo grazing plains. Keep an eye out for the famous wombats!
Before returning to Hobart, soak your feet in the bay & reflect on Maria’s history
We wear warm, comfortable clothing,
a base layer and jacket for the wind/rain.
Worn in jogging shoes or hiking boots.
Rain jackets can be borrowed.
Hiking poles available if needed.
Child age: 10-17
Please note: due to the nature of this tour, we require a minimum of 3 people for the tour to operate.
Walking time: 3-4 hours | Walking distance: 8-10KM
Track Rating: 2, involves hardened formed tracks, short hill section, cliff edge
Terrain: Beach, coastal, some hills
Food/Drink: morning tea/coffee, picnic lunch, water.
Cancellations by Us
If we cancel your tour, you can transfer the fare paid towards a tour on an alternate date or alternatively receive a full refund. Refunds will be provided where required by Australian Consumer Law. In circumstances where a cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.
Cancellations by You
We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance which includes cover for cancellation costs.
If you cancel your booking before departure for single day and multi-day tours we may at our absolute discretion charge the following fees;
30 days or more: 25% of fare;
8 to 29 days: 50% of fare; or
0 to 7 days or no show: 100% of fare.