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

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 Wednesdays only throughout the year.

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: 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

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID 19 – How we’ll keep you safe

  • In our Vehicles – Free face-masks and hand sanitiser are available for all guests. Temperature checks will be conducted as guests enter the bus and the Check in App must be scanned. Masks will be carried on the tour and used if required.
  • Group Sizes – Our maximum group size is 10 and on average the group size is 8. These small group sizes carry less inherent risk of COVID 19
  • Social Distancing – Our groups camps are well away from the general public campsites and we follow the recommended 1.5m distancing rule whist in camp and on the walk.
  • Vaccinations – Currently most of the Leaders / Guides in our employ are fully vaccinated, or have had at least 1 jab.
  • Sharing Tents – Our hikes are based on twin share. Should there be a high percentage of couples or family members that can share a twin tent on any given tour, we will supply a single person tent to the remaining independent travellers. Campsite sizes and single person tent availability may impact this offer.
  • Self Isolating – We are able to receive COVID 19 updates / alerts via our satellite phones and local networks. If a guest on a tour has originated or visited a LGA of concern, and is required to isolate, we can accommodate that guest at a safe distance away from our camp. This guest will walk independently from the main group for the remainder of the tour, accompanied by a guide.
  • Evacuation – Should a guest develop COVID 19 symptoms on tour, that guest will be evacuated via the nearest evacuation route by a guide, and then taken to the nearest hospital or testing clinic.

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 @ 0800am 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 & 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.