If you are looking for a unique way to see Tasmania on your next trip, why not travel by ferry to one of its fascinating and unspoiled islands?
Ferry travel by the two companies serving the route is a great way to discover a new place and when you choose to spend the day or stay overnight at Maria Island, you’ll find you are in for a natural treat.
In the summer months, Maria Island is particularly popular with families as a camping destination.
No cars are allowed on the island, but holidaymakers are welcome to bring along their camping gear and bicycles – and trailers are provided by Parks and Wildlife Tasmania to help carry equipment to the bunk-style accommodation at the Old Penitentiary in Darlington or one of the island’s many level campsites.
It is important to book your accommodation in advance – contact the Parks and Wildlife Service to arrange a place to stay.
Maria Island is one of the best places in Tasmania to see a huge range of wildlife in their natural habitat, including the Forester kangaroo, potoroo and wallabies, as well as Cape Barren geese and Flinders Island wombats.
During your visit, it is well worth taking in the incredible Fossil Cliffs walk, where you’ll be able to see a number of fascinating shellfish fossils.
This walk usually takes between 1.5 and two hours to complete.
If you are looking for a longer walk, you may also wish to investigate the Painted Cliffs trail, which takes between two and 2.5 hours, or opt for the half-day Bishop and Clerk hike.
If you prefer not to stay on the island itself, you may instead wish to base yourself at Triabunna near the ferry departure point so you are well-situated to take a day trip.