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“Maria Island is a must visit”

Maria Island National Park
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Maria Island Active Day Trip from Hobart
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Full-Day Maria Island Scenic Cruise Including Buffet Lunch and Guided Walk
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Explore Maria Island Day Trip from Hobart Including Gourmet Lunch
Ranked #58 of 699 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 August 23, 2013

I spent a day on Maria Island and it was delightful. Steeped in convict history and covered in all manner of wildlife. A high level of fitness is not required to wander around this island. You can do as little or as much as you want. Absolutely amazing to see wombats roaming around and grazing like sheep. A real joy to see them outside a zoo environment.
Park pass required to visit here.
Had a lovely journey over on the Maria Island Ferry.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

My husband and I traveled over to the island for the with Maria Island Cruises and took our bicycles, which we recommend doing if you are only there for the day and want to get to see a bit of the island. There are also bikes to hire on the island. Wombats and Cape Barron Geese wander about the grounds of the old penitentiary with apparent little fear of humans. So much to see, we need to go back another time. Just remember to take your own food as there is nothing but a coffee machine over there.

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We recently stayed in the Penetentiary Units for one night with four children under 8, they all had a great time on their bikes riding around Darlington some of the gravel roads were a bit hard going for the kids bikes but no problems for adult riding. Make sure you take plenty of food as we underestimated just how much the children would eat over 2 days. The wombats were fantastic the only downside were the Geese they were quite aggressive and would fly at the children if they accidently got too close which was hard because one of them was nesting next to the toilets!

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

From the trip on the ferry across, with a wonderful Crew who were very helpful and friendly, to the staff at the rangers office and the walks, it was a magical day. It was so much more than we expected and can't wait to go back again. Next time we hope to stay over night. Very easy walking tracks, with so many wombats wandering around some with babies something to see every few minutes. White white sand and blue sea like the Greek islands ! So relaxing, only the noise of the sea and birds and cheery heollos from the other walkers as you pass them. Do yourself a favour and go. The buildings are great too and lots of information boards

2  Thank Mmaxine
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

There are free winter ferry services to Maria Island and our party of eight took advantage of this service today. It cost $10 to take a bike across on the ferry or you can hire them from the rangers station for $20 a day (geared bikes with suspension and helmets included in charge). The island offers a range of activities, the beautiful scenery, the abundant wildlife - there were so many wombats we initially thought they were rocks and the history of the many buildings. The more eager in our group cycled to French's Farm then returned inland along a challenging and hilly track. The coastal roads are all manageable for novice riders but if you love taking photographs (there are so many opportunities) walking could be the best option. We all loved it so much we are planning a return overnight trip. I will be bringing all my interstate visitors to Maria Island from now on - it is suitable for visits even from elderly people. One thing to consider - Maria Island is a national park and you need a parks pass to visit. These are available from the visitors centre on the island.

3  Thank keeptravellingHobart
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