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Maria Island National Park, Tasmania: Address, Phone Number, Maria Island National Park Reviews: 5/5

Maria Island National Park
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National Parks • Islands
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National park offers excellent bushwalking, fishing and wildlife viewing of the island's more than 80 species of birds and native animals, including emus and wallabies that are frequently sighted.
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Aled J
Home5 contributions
Maria island visit and cycling
Aug 2021 • Couples
Just been to mara bikes were excellent..all new Avanti mountain bikes which are pretty essential to see the island.. August 21
Written 30 August 2021
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,608 contributions
Maria Island National Park
Apr 2021
Maria Island is a truly special place, feels almost untouched, yet well signed and laid out to explore.

An abundance of wildlife, wombats, roos, birds etc to enjoy as you do long walks and explore
Written 26 July 2021
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Michelle Roberts
73 contributions
Amazing place of history
Apr 2021
We were so excited about visiting Maria Island and the day we went it was cold, windy and raining unfortunately. We still managed to walk quite a long distance and saw the many wombats and wallabies on the island. Even though the weather was miserable the island was still beautiful and we really did enjoy our time there.
I think if we ever went again we would hire some bikes so we could see more of the island. Lots of wonderful history associated with the island.
Written 7 May 2021
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S P
Brisbane, Australia159 contributions
Worth a visit
Mar 2021 • Couples
We spent a day there catching the 8.30 ferry to and the last ferry at 4.15 on the way back. While the website reports weighing your packs they only do this if you are planning on camping so you don't need to worry about weight for day trips! As it was we didn't have enough time! We elected to hire some bikes which were helpful in covering more distance. There was a lot of hype about the quality of the bikes but they appear to.be much better now. No problems with brakes and allmthe ones I saw appeared to be in good condition. They do need more people working on the bikes though as there was only one guy and it took a while to get our bikes. The island was fantastic. Spectacular views and lots of history too. We brought our lunches and ate it in the shade of one of the ruins with a spectacular reviews over the bay. We managed to get in panted cliffs and fossil cliffs and the reservoir and even the journey to these places was stunning. Definitely needs another trip back to explore the places we missed!
Written 2 April 2021
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Annelise B
Launceston, Australia53 contributions
A wonderful busy day
Mar 2021 • Couples
A busy 6 hours spent on the island.
Ferry from triabunna - 1/2 hr trip.
Time spent in the Darlington, Oast house, Painted cliffs, cemetery and ruins
Could not see everything so another trip will be needed to complete
Written 27 March 2021
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Craig_Tapper
Sydney, Australia806 contributions
Wonderful, accessible and varied scenery
Feb 2021
It takes about 30 minutes via ferry from Triabunna to get to the island. Make sure you take everything you need (food and water) because there's no place to buy supplies once you leave other than on the ferry. There are as number of walks of various grades and all on well formed and maintained tracks suited to almost any level of fitness. Island scenery is gorgeous, from white sandy beaches and beautiful coastal rock formations too walks amongst tall timbers and across windswept, bare coastal grasslands. Some interesting historic building to explore as well. Great for a day trip to see some beautiful and relatively unspoiled Tasmania that's a little away from the beaten track.
Written 21 February 2021
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TassieAusssie
Hobart, Australia236 contributions
Magnificent
Jan 2021
What a treasure, easy walks to spectacular scenery, lots of local wildlife happy to pose for photos, the interpretation at Darlington settlement is wonderful, particularly the Convict history & the museum.
Written 15 January 2021
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia955 contributions
Consider Staying Overnight for the best experience
Jan 2021
I would consider our time in Maria Island as one of our best experiences of a two and a half week holiday in Tasmania. This island is like a miniature version of the very best Tasmania has to offer and I would highly encourage people to spend some time and explore it. I would also highly advocate for staying here overnight in either the camping grounds or the penitentiary.

Logistically to get here you have to get the ferry return from the small town of Triabunna. Triabunna itself has very little to offer tourists and few accomodation options so you may be best actually driving from one of the large centres (It's only 1 hour 15 minutes from Hobart) in the morning rather than staying in Triabunna the night before. You can book the ferry online. Departure times change seasonally but can be checked online. You can leave your car at Triabunna ferry car park. There are plenty of spaces and no charge to do so.

It costs 45 dollars per adult on the ferry return, with an additional charge of 10 dollars per piece of luggage. Bikes can also be brought over. In addition to the ferry charge you need to have a active Tasmanian parks pass - if you are a tourist planning on visiting cradle mountain, wineglass bay you will need one for these anyway (The cost was about 80 dollars for a couple and car for 8 weeks for memory). Cost of camping was 13 dollars per 2 and the penitentiary had bunk bed style accomodation for around 44 dollars per couple. The penitentiary would need to be booked ahead on the Tasmania Parks and wildlife page while the camping can be booked at the visitors centre - they give you a tag to put on your tent to show that you have paid. For the camping there is a communal kitchen with hot plates, rainwater, microwaves, toilets and tables. The showers are not currently in use due to COVID.

Being a national park there are no restaurants or cafeterias on Maria Island and so you need to bring all your own gear across. Water provided is rain water and cannot be guaranteed so they suggest either bringing your own or using water purification tablets and/or boiling it.

I would highly encourage people to consider staying at Maria Island overnight. During summer it was light until 2100 at night so there was plenty of time post the last ferry at 1700 to continue exploring. In addition the cost of accomodation here is a lot less than the exorbitant prices charged along the east coast. Finally the wildlife really comes out as dusk. We saw about 40 wombats on a 2 hour walk to the painted cliffs at dusk.

You can hire hikes on the island at a cost of around 33 dollars a day. To be honest I don't think these are necessary as the island is quite mountainous and doesn't necessarily suit bikes. We went without and didn't really feel like we missed out on anything substantial. That being said we also did walk 25km in a single day. The bikes seemed to be used more by families with children who just did the shorter hikes listed below.

There is 4G phone signal throughout the island with Telstra.

In terms of what to do there was quite a lot.
* Wildlife - As I said best seen on dawn and/or dusk there was numerous wombats, kangaroos, pademelons, Cape Barren Geese. There were also reportingly echidnas and Tasmanian devils but we were not lucky enough to encounter either of these.

* Historical sites - Being a former penal colony the island is scattered with historic buildings. The biggest concentration is in 'darlington' which is the small settlement adjacent to the port.

* Hiking - There are numerous trails on the island. The two most famous would be the 'Fossil Cliff' Walk and the 'Painted cliffs'. The fossil cliff walk for memory was about 1.5 hours and takes you to a cliff face covered in preserved fossils. I believe it was mined for a brief period. The Painted cliffs is about 2 hours walk from darlington and takes you to some beautiful sandstone cliffs that have been shaped by the action of the waves. The issue with the painted cliffs is that they are only visible on low tide and so you must time you visit to be 2 hours either side of the low. With the way that the sun sits also you would be best visiting them in the afternoon/evening. The final hike I would highly encourage you to undertake is the Bishop-Clerk walk. This is a more difficult hike that takes you to the top of one of the mountains on Maria Island for fantastic 360 degree views. Its 6.3km with an elevation gain of 530m. It comes off the Fossil cliffs walk and so we just ended up combining it with the fossil cliff walk. This took about 5 hours total from darlington.

Overall my wife and I had a fantastic experience on Maria Island and would highly recommend it to others. I would encourage people to stay here overnight, to take advantage of the long daylight hours and also get the best out of wildlife spotting on dawn and dusk, long after the ferries have gotten rid of the day trippers.

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Written 12 January 2021
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Cassie W
Windaroo, Australia894 contributions
Adventure, nature and history
Dec 2020 • Family
This was our last activity on our Tasmanian holiday and was an amazing end.

We hired the mountain bikes in advance and picked them up when we reached the island. They were excellent bikes and helmets were provided.

We first rode to the painted cliffs, passing a wombat on the way. When you get to the painted cliffs make sure you climb past the first corner because they get more spectacular around the corner.

We stopped at a number of cottages and convict buildings along the way and learned a little of the history of the island.

Next we rode to the fossil cliffs. Killer hills. But the views at the top were fantastic. I don't know if it is always the case, but on the fossil cliffs beach there was a large rock next to the information sign and on that rock were examples of all of the fossils to be found there.

Lastly we looked through the Darlington buildings which were full of interesting historical artefacts and information.

We saw a number of port barren geese on our travels that were quite happy to sit and be photographed.

Such a unique day on a unique island.
Written 26 December 2020
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Bejoy M
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Great walk
Dec 2020 • Couples
We walked up the Bishop and Clerk track on the remote Maria island national Park. It was a uphill slog initially, with rocky stone quarry to pick through in the middle and finishes with a small segment of scrambling on massive dolerite stones to a dizzying peak. Fantastic 360 views.
Written 15 December 2020
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