We did a day trip over to Maria Island National Park, taking the Maria Island Ferry to get there.
There are no shops or anything much in the way of facilities on the island, except for 2 toilet blocks, so take everything you may need with you. We packed a picnic lunch and hired bicycles from the ferry company, which was a great advantage to get a bit further around the island than the walkers.
Maria Island was once a convict settlement and many of the buildings from that time still remain. It was interesting to wander around the buildings in the small settlement of Darlington. Only national park rangers live permanently on the island and they are also the only ones with vehicles there, so bicycling and walking on the gravel roads is quite safe.
The real island is to be seen in its natural beauty, with the mountains of Bishop and Clerk and Mount Maria dominating the landscape. Only the western side of the island is accessible to people and there are walks to the top of the mountains for the fit and adventurous.
Birds and butterflies are prolific on the island and walking among the hordes of Cape Barren Geese and native flightless birds was a real joy. As the birds have no predators, including the human variety, they are very tame and you can get close up for that great photo shot.
There are beautiful secluded beaches and if you have a bike or are an intrepid walker, you can find plenty of scenic spots all to yourself, except for the ever present Cape Barren Geese that seem to be everywhere you are.
I've now added to my "bucket list" a night or two over on Maria Island and will definitely be back another time for the solitude, peace and natural stunning beauty of the place. Do go and enjoy, but please remember don't leave anything behind as this is pristine countryside.
There are no rubbish bins or facilities at all for rubbish removal, so everything you take in, must be taken out again.
Camping is available and also basic accommodation in old convict buildings.
Weather in this part of Tasmania can change at a moments notice, so do be prepared for sun, rain, hot, cold and everything in between.