Whilst there is a lot to do on-island, some visitors choose not to do too much. More relaxing activities include taking in the amazing scenery, wandering around Darlington learning more about the island’s history, and wildlife watching in between. High on the list of the Park Rangers’ manageable ‘must-dos’ are the Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs – both easier short walks from Darlington.
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service has lots of information about Maria Island here.
These maps may also come in handy when planning your visit.
From a casual stroll around Darlington, to scrambling up boulders to the summit of Mount Maria, and just about everything in between, there are short walks, day walks and overnight walks to suit all levels of ability. As always, come prepared – food, water, suitable clothing, instagram account, etc. Limited untreated water is available at Darlington, French’s Farm and Encampment Cove.
Bring your own or hire one through us, cycling around Maria is a great way to experience this island sanctuary. Once again, choose your own adventure – flat and easy, or steep and hard-going. Apart from a few Parks and Wildlife 4×4’s, there are no vehicles on the island – though the native hens (turbo chooks) do appear to be on wheels when going at full tilt.
To reserve a bike or bikes please book online at least 24 hours prior to your ferry departure. Bikes can be collected on Maria Island – next to the Penitentiary in Darlington – and returned to the same location. For more information about bike hire click here. For more information about riding on Maria Island click here.
Please note: Panniers need to be removed prior to boarding the ferry. Bike trailers are permitted, however luggage must not be stowed within them.
E-bikes: Must be less than 200 watt, or pedal assisted less than 250 watt output and must be fitted with a bell, rear reflector, front facing white light, and rear facing red light. Manufacturer plates with wattage output and cut-off speed specifications must be clearly visible. There are no charging facilities on Maria Island. Batteries must be removed prior to boarding. E-scooters are currently not allowed on island.
A good amount of the north coast of the island is a marine reserve, and with that there are designated ‘fishing’ and ‘no fishing’ zones. The reserve therefore – among other spots around the island – is a great spot to explore the island’s marine environment. Pack your wetsuit, mask and fins, we’ll even lug your kayak across on the ferry so you can navigate the water, above and below.
East Coast Cruises
Explore Maria’s hidden coastline on a captivating scenic cruise. Combine time spent on Maria Island with a cruise to the Painted Cliffs, Fossil Cliffs, Riedle Bay, Ile Des Phoques seal colony and Maria Island’s south coast. Experience a gourmet lunch and local wines in one of Maria’s secluded bays.
A scenic cruise is the perfect way to compliment your visit to the island National Park. A visit to Maria and a scenic coastal cruise can easily be done from Hobart as a day trip. Connections from Hobart are available.