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Reviewed January 19, 2020

We got the 9AM ferry and returned at 15:30 which was plenty of time to cycle around the island. Wombats are everywhere, wallabies a bit more shy but also there in abundance. No food or drink at all on the island.

Bike hire was chaotic with no obvious system in place, and a fairly painstaking cycling proficiency test before you are allowed your bike... but a really good day.

Date of experience: January 2020
1  Thank Jonocobley
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Reviewed January 17, 2020

As a participant in a Uni course, I spent 7 fantastic days camped on the Island. Although absorbed in the long day and night elements of the course, it was impossible to not to absorb the Island's scenery, wildlife and history.

Day trippers, campers and school groups likewise were all observed to be engrossed in what the Island had to offer. Self guided cycling and easy to moderate walks look to be the most popular activities but, as there are no shops, you need to self cater.

Bikes can be carried on the ferry or hired and respite from the elements can be had in the old convict dining room.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank Greg M
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Reviewed January 8, 2020 via mobile

Took 9am ferry, departed back to mainland on 2 pm. You need to book your bikes at least the day before either online or in person at the visitor centre together with ferry ticket. There were plenty of disappointed tourists who tried to get bikes on the day and none available ... very fun way to cover the island.

Having said that the old guy organising the bike hire is a bit disorganised and a bit of a fascist (this was a penal colony after all). He didn’t have the bikes ready for the boat arrival (rookie error) and then insisted on a single file bike riding test for each hirer where he failed people multiple times for not changing gears regularly... I mean really, this is supposed to be a customer facing business not a drivers license test.

Anyway when you get custody of the 2 wheeler it is great fun and awesome sights are scattered across the island (fossil and painted cliffs, a gorgeous wombat). Great day out.

Date of experience: January 2020
3  Thank PeterC7694
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Reviewed January 8, 2020 via mobile

Had a good look around the island, you can hire bike's they have different sizes available but probably a good idea to book ahead in the holiday season. No food available on the island so take whatever you think you need, take plenty of water but you can fill up there if needs be,
Plenty of wildlife, good swimming, easy walking

Date of experience: January 2020
1  Thank Dickiemint1955
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Reviewed January 4, 2020 via mobile

Two families including 3 teen boys spent 3 nights in the Darlington Penitentiary accomodation and hired bicycles for 3 days. We all had a terrific time on varied walks, cycles expletive the varied landscapes and also the old buildings and history. There is wildlife EVERYWHERE - truly remarkable. The accommodation was basic with no electricity or water. The mess hall has power, gas jobs, hot water and some pots & pans - bring everything else and $1 coins for hot water at the campsite showers. An esky is good as no fridge in mess hall. Great mobile reception all over the Island which kept the boys happy during downtime. The penitentiary accommodation can be noisy with young children and chatty old men

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Lisa O
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