maria island guided walk – 4 DAYS | easy – MODERATE GRADE | $1750.00

MARIA ISLAND WALK

Your 4 day tour starts with a picturesque drive to Triabunna where we catch the Ferry, Osprey 2 to Maria Island. Once on Maria Island your guides will immerse you in the islands history and lead you on an amazing 4 day exploration. You’ll experience close encounters with wildlife and marvel at spectacular cliffs, beaches and Maria’s convict past.

The walking each day is gentle but reasonably good walking fitness is required to manage the daily distances.

Your pack will be light and you are only required to carry your personal belongings for 2 out of the 4 days. If you are unable to carry your pack, we can carry it for you.

Your accommodation is in large twin share Safari Tents with comfortable stretcher beds for 2 nights and 1 night in the converted Penitentiary Cell shared accommodation.

Your meals are of fresh local produce with 3 course dinners.

How To Book

To make a booking, click on the BOOK NOW button opposite, select your departure date from the calendar, fill out your details and submit.

Our booking platform is 100% secure and you can choose to pay for your tour in full when you book, or pay a deposit. Deposits are $400 per guest.

Final payments are due 6 weeks prior to the tours departure.

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Departure Dates

This tour departs on Mondays and Thursdays during the months of September through to April. In the winter months of May to August we depart on Wednesdays only.

The BOOK NOW button will take you to a seperate website, mariaisland.com.au, which is owned and operated by Tasmanian Hikes. Please book your walk from there.

Our Itinerary

Day 1: Darlington to French’s Farm – 14km – 5 hours

Your amazing 4 day walk begins with a scenic drive to Triabunna followed by a 30 minute ferry ride across the Mercury Passage to Maria Island.

Maria Island has many layers of history. From 1825 – 1850 Maria Island became home to up to 900 convicts. From 1884 – 1925 the island had an industrial era, 1884 – 1968 farmers took up leases and in 1972 to the present day, Maria Island is a Wildlife Reserve.

On day 1 we head south to our camp at French’s Farm. We will pass by the famous Painted Cliffs for a look and then onto Four Mile Beach for lunch. After lunch we leave the 4WD track and walk 2 stunning beaches ending at Bloodstone Point. Soon after we arrive at the convict site at Point Lesueur, which was established in the second convict period of 1842 – 1850.

 

Day 2: French’s Farm to Haunted Bay – 19km – 6-8 Hours

The majestic Mt Maria greets you as you as you awaken and the wallabies and wombats scurry into the undergrowth as the morning sun rises.

Today you’ll walk to Haunted Bay along kilometers of stunning beach so beautiful and remote it gives you that feeling of total relaxation and escape. Oyster Catchers and Hooded Plovers dance along the beach and Pacific Gulls float restfully in the bay. You’ll pass by aboriginal middens, visit Riedle Bay and it stunning isthmus, and walk through tall eucalypt forests to Haunted Bay for a picnic lunch.

Following lunch you’ll retrace your steps back to our camp at French’ Farm and enjoy a pre-dinner swim or a sunset stroll amongst the wildlife with a glass of fine Tasmanian wine.

An alternate destination on this day, is a return walk to Robey’s Farm. Viv & Hilda Robey, farmed the southern half of the island for over 40 years and were one of the longest lease holders on the island. This walk is a lot flatter and shorter. 

Day 3: French’s Farm to Darlington via inland route – 12km – 3-4 Hours

Today you’ll walk back to Darlington via the inland track through a majestic forest of Stringy Bark and White Peppermint trees.

En-route to Darlington you’ll visit the Oast House, built in 1844 and believed to be the oldest in Australia. The Oast House was used to dry hops which are used in the process of beer making.

At Darlington, a World Heritage property, we will arrive for a late lunch, you’ll stay in the converted Penitentiary, the original cells of the convicts. The history of criminal reform, industrial foresight and a farming era oozes from the buildings. Darlington pre-dates Port Arthur, and it is home to the best preserved convict buildings in Australia.

After lunch we give guests the afternoon off to explore the convict site, or just relax.

Day 4: Mount Bishop & Clerk + History Tour – 3-6km – 3-5 Hours

The main settlement of Darlington and its surrounding coastline is unique and intriguing. Your guides will retell the tales of Maria’s past inhabitants as you walk from one historic building to the next.

Today a short Northern circuit walk will give you stunning views of the Fossil Cliffs and the Freycinet Peninsula. You will also have the option of climbing Mt Bishop and Clerk for even more spectacular vistas.

Late afternoon enjoy a cruise across the Mercury passage to Triabunna, often accompanied by pods of dolphins followed by picturesque coach ride back to Hobart.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time and where do you pick up customers on day 1?

You will need to arrive in Hobart the day before your tour. Guests will be collected @ 0700am from their accommodation provider on day 1. Please be ready outside your Hotel at this time. Guests who have their own vehicles/transportation are welcome to meet us at the Triabunna Wharf no later than 0830am. Allow a One hour and 30 minute drive from Hobart.

What is the average weight of our packs?

The weight of your pack is limited to what you bring to the island but typically around 7kg. Should you not be able to carry your pack during the tour, don’t worry, we can carry it for you!

Can you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, we can cater for most diets including, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free & Coeliac. Other diets, for example: Keto may attract a surcharge. Please contact us about your dietary needs.

Does The Maria Island Guided Walk provide any gear for this trip?

We have designed the tour, so that you only have to bring, your clothing, toiletries and personal items. We will supply the rest.

A gear list will be emailed to all guests at the booking stage. What is listed on the gear list, is all that you will need to bring.

We provide the backpacks, all sleeping gear and head torches. If you wish to bring your own backpack, you are welcome to do so. You are not required to carry any sleeping gear i.e: sleeping bags or bedding as these are set up for you at the camps. Once again, if you think that you can not carry your pack during the tour, we can carry it for you.

What amenities are there on the island?

We have to be mostly, self sufficient. At our camp we have de-composting toilets but no power. On the last night/day, in Darlington there are flushing toilets, showers and power to charge small items, phones etc. There is no WIFI.

Where do I store my excess luggage?

If your Hotel in Hobart cannot store your luggage for you, or if you are not returning to the same Hotel after the tour, we can store your bags for you. 

What is included in the tour price?

Included in the tour price is: 2 x Mountain Guides, transfers to the start and from the finish of the tour back to your Hotel in Hobart, all food & wine, return ferry service to Maria Island, accommodation, emergency communication equipment and 1st aid kits, group gear [pots and pans, cutlery, bowls, stove fuel and stoves], and National Park fees.

Is there phone reception on the island?

In most areas you can get reception.

What time do we get back to Hobart?

Typically we arrive back in Hobart @ 5:30pm on the last day.