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“Simply beautiful”

Maria Island National Park
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Maria Island Active Day Trip from Hobart
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Explore Maria Island Day Trip from Hobart Including Gourmet Lunch
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Full-Day Maria Island Scenic Cruise Including Buffet Lunch and Guided Walk
Ranked #60 of 708 things to do in Tasmania
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Reviewed March 15, 2012

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.

Thank SouthAussieTraveller
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

It's a beautiful place!
I think,you mast go there,it's better.

Thank itaisaru
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

We travelled over on the east coast cruises boat which was the least expensive of the two boats that go there. It took about 30 minutes. There are large trolleys to load the luggage on. We had fun pulling it to the campsite. The campsite is situated behind a nice beach and has a shelter shed with barbeques (free) and enough bushes for shade. It has hot solar heated showers and water. (there are bunkhouses too - at a higher cost - and hard to get a vacancy as they are booked out way ahead)
There is lots of wildlife. Cape Barren Geese everywhere, Butterflys and dragonflys galore. Wallabys of course. We went wombat spotting at dusk and saw 6 around the campsite in about 10 minutes. A blue tongue lizard lived around our campsite and slept under my tent. We saw a big tiger snake when walking. Great snorkelling but the water was so cold we couldnt stay in long. We lay on the pier and looked through the cracks to view the bright colored Jewel Anemones clinging to the supports. There are good tracks to different parts of the island. Many used bikes to get around. We walked (6) hours return to Chinamans bay. past some nice beaches, and swam at a few. The old ruins from convict prison days are interesting to look through too. We stayed 3 nights but really needed more time to do the island justice. It's quiet with no cars except the rangers. There were a lot of people at the camp ground as it was a holiday weekend. However we didn't see many during the day as everyone was off somewhere.
Taking a bicycle is a good idea. You would get around quicker. They do hire them over there for $20. We will definely go back one day to do more walks.

Thank Jeaniephelan
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

Just a brilliant trip. Relatively easy walking with harder options available; enthusiasistic and knowledgeable guides; great huts and super food and drink....

1  Thank theramsays
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

We recently completed the 4 day guided Maria Island Walk with some interstate and overseas friends. It is said you never really appreciate what you have in your own back yard!! As a Tasmanian I was completely blown away by not only the natural beauty and tranquility of Maria Island, but also by the quality and standard of The Maria Island Walk Company. It really is a world class operation. The wilderness camps are enchanting, the food and wine is amazing and the guides are first class. There are only 8 walkers with the 2 guides in the group; the walking is not too hard; the challenging climbs are optional; and you only have to carry around 8kg in your pack. A relaxed and friendly 4 day adventure I would recommend to anyone. I was proud to share this unique experience with our visiting friends.

3  Thank Tracy7000
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