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“I thought Bruny Island was good but this is better.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maria Island National Park

Maria Island National Park
Tasmania, Australia
+61-0-3-6234-2999
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
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Owner description: 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“I thought Bruny Island was good but this is better.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We took a Cruise/Walk Tour of Maria Island (only a leisurely 1.30 hour drive from Hobart). The cruise (3 hrs duration) starts from Triabunna with a short crossing to Maria Island & drop of for those passengers not taking the cruise. Cruise commences in a clockwise direction to Mistaken Cape and lastly dropping anchor at Riedle Bay before a return journey the same way we came. The scenery throughout is simply amazing with magnificent high cliffs of varying rock formations/fossil cliffs + sea caves including one which the cruise boat went entirely inside (Awesome). Add to that a host of spring fed waterfalls some of which came out of the rock face. Saw one lonely seal sunning itself on the rock. On our return did a walking tour to the solitary buildings on the Island at the Darlington Settlement. There are ruins a plenty from many years ago when it was a penal colony inhabited by convicts. Huge history surrounds the Island. No roads as such (quite unique) but plenty of walking trails and accommodation to take it all in. Loved the day and would highly recommend to any visitor to Tasmania.

Visited February 2013
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“Magnificent Maria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Just spent 3 days on beautiful Maria Island with friends. Walked up Bishop & Clerk, a 4-5 hr return hike where the views from the top north towards Freycinet Peninsula were stunning. As the island is all National Park and you take all food, drink etc. it appeals very much to self reliant people who are into hiking, bird watching, swimming, cycling and just having a great time without the technology. If you are into watching wombats up close, the antics of native hens, night walks to see Water Rats, Little Penguins and Muttonbirds then Maria is the place to go. And then there is the fantastic scenery; fossil cliffs, painted cliffs, history from convict probation station to an Italian entrepreneur's enterprises of vineyards, silkworms and grand hotels, to cement works etc. etc. Its a great place to get away and truly relax.

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Amazing Maria!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Just did the Maria island walk with 3 friends. It is a truly beautiful place, so much wildlife and some of the most amazing beaches i have ever seen! The guides Alana and Daniel were fantastic, nothing too much trouble for them. They produced great food from their packs, don't know how they did it! Also great Tassie wines with all the meals. The walk is not too hard and carrying the pack was fine, as they fit them so well. There are optional harder walks available every day if you want to extend yourself. If you are thinking about doing the Maria Island walk , go for it you will not be disappointed!

Visited February 2013
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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“Try not to miss this island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is truly a special place. Simply take a reasonably priced ferry here because there is no vehicle traffic allowed, except the park service vehicles. We rented bikes for the day, from the ferry operators also reasonably priced, and explored the island down to the neck at Chinamans Bay. Beyond here it is too sandy to bike well. The ruins of the penal colony are very informative of the attitude toward convicts at the time. The Painted Cliffs are gorgeous and the beaches inviting. We ate our lunch at the bay and went for a swim. The water was so clear, as it is all along the west side of the island. We are so glad we took the day here.

Visited February 2013
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“Maria island Tasmania”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We recently spent 3 nights on Maria Island with 2 other couples staying in the old penetentiary which is basic accommodation in bunk beds. You need to take all your food and bedding as there are no shops on the island. However there is a great dining area with gas hotplates, sink for washing up etc and it has lighting at night. You have to provide your own lights in your room. There are several easy walks to take and swimming is good near the jetty and at the painted cliffs beach. The climb up Mt Bishop and Clerk is fairly tough for the last half hour but the view is amazing. Take plenty mossie repellent as they are vicious! A lovely peaceful place with a very interesting history and the museum is very good

Visited February 2013
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