Island Tasmania is a beautiful place to visit.
Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania is one of Australia’s
With its rugged cliffs,
beaches and kangaroos, fossil
rocks, and some
great bushwalks with views over the blue ocean, it is a wonder that
Maria Island is still not crowded with travellers. Here is some
information about the island and its bushwalks, and in the end of the
page there is a Maria Island map.
Darlington, Maria Island Tasmania
In the northern end of the island is the historical Darlington. It’s an
interesting place to discover with some old buildings and ruins from
the 1800s when a few people tried to establish vineyards and a cement
industry here. At one stage the population was big enough for a shop, a
hotel (pub), a school and other buildings to be built. But the
industries were knocked back by the 1890s and 1930s depressions and
people finally left. If you like history, you’ll enjoy spending a few
Northern Maria Island Walk
East of Darlington is one of the shorter but more demanding bushwalks
to the Bishop and Clerk. It’s a nice walk which goes constantly uphill
to the 599m mountaintop of Bishop and Clerk, but the views from up here
are worth the climb. There are no camping grounds here but you’ll
easily manage to walk back the same day. Don’t miss the Fossil Cliffs
on the Fossil Beach which can also be visited on short walks from
Southern Maria Island Walk
The other, longer bushwalk of Maria Island goes south from Darlington.
You first come to the Hopground Beach with the famous Jurassic sandstone
and further south are the Four Mile Beach and Booming Bay, before you
come to Frenchs Farm – one of the island’s three camping grounds.
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Southern Parts of Maria Island Tasmania
Southwest is another camping ground at the Escarpment Cove and nearby
you can visit some old ruins. Further south is the isthmus between
Shoal Bay in west and Riedle Bay in east, before the walk goes to the
southern part of the island and ends in Haunted Bay.
Camping on Maria Island Tasmania
From here you walk the same way back across the isthmus, until, after
the French Farm camping ground, you can turn right on a crossroad and
walk the inland way past Ned Ryans Hill (instead of the coastal track
that you’ve already made). From this path you can also turn right and
walk to the 711-m Mt Maria, where there are some great views. Further
north near Toarra Hill there are some more old ruins before you get
back to Darlington.
Maria Island Ferry and Tours
You can get to the island by the Maria Island Ferry from Triabunna. As
the island is still quiet and not very known for travellers, there are
not many guided tours either. There is one however, Maria Island Walk,
and it’s a new tour company that does four-day trips to the island,
supposedly very well organised.
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Here's a Maria Island Map, where I have
tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on
the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the
map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move
around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth,
click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.
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