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.
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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.