maria island guided walk – 4 DAYS-$1950.00 | easy – MODERATE GRADE | $2250 for flight option
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.
We also offer a charter flight option at the end of your walk to exit the island. This is a spectacular way to finish your tour. Please contact us directly if you wish to book this option.
How To Book
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Final payments are due 6 weeks prior to the tours departure.
Day 1: Mount Bishop & Clerk + History Tour – 3-8km – 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.
Day 2: Darlington to French’s Farm – 12km – 5 hours
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.
Today 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. From Bloodstone Point we can see the convict site at Point Lesueur, which was established in the second convict period of 1842 – 1850. We will visit this site tomorrow.
Day 3: Day Walks to Reidle Beach | Encampment Cove
Today we do 2 short walks to Reidle Beach & Encampment Cove. Alternatively we can walk to Haunted Bay or Robey’s Farm depending on your fitness.
You’ll walk along kilometres of stunning beaches so beautiful and remote, it gives you that feeling of total relaxation and escape.
Oyster Catchers and Hooded Plovers dance along the beach in front of you and Pacific Gulls and Black Swans float restfully in the bay.
We’ll pass by Aboriginal Middens and cross McRae’s isthmus before heading back to French’s Farm for a picnic lunch.
Following lunch we’ll walk to Encampment Cove and the convict cells at Point Lesueur. Late afternoon enjoy a pre-dinner swim or a sunset stroll amongst the Wombats and Kangaroos.
Trip Distance: 12km for the 2 short walks combined or 16km – 19km for the Robey’s Farm / Haunted Bay option. Medium effort 5 hours
Day 4: 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 Barks and White Peppermints. The track undulates through the foothills of Mount Maria and over the upper reaches of Four Mile Creek.
En-route to Darlington you’ll visit the Oast House, built in 1844 by convict labour, and believed to be the oldest in Australia. During the many eras of Maria Island’s history, the Oast House was not only for drying hops, but it also served as a wine making facility as well as a abattoir in farming times. Here we will enjoy a picnic lunch.
After your picnic lunch we return to Darlington and our Ferry ride back to Triabunna. Alternatively, if you have chosen our ferry option, enjoy a magnificent charter flight over Maria Island and back to Hobart.
Trip Distance 12km – Medium 4 hours