Sep
24
2013

Tasmania's east coast is home to some spectacular scenery, ocean views, wildlife, fun and adventurous activities and more.

Don't miss out the east coast during your trip to Tasmania, as there are many delights waiting to be discovered and memories of a lifetime to be created – regardless of whether you head there by yourself or with the whole family.

You just can't miss Maria Island as a part of your east coast experience. The gateway to the island, Triabunna, is only a short drive away from Hobart so it's very accessible.

Think about how it will feel to head out to an isolated location where you will be surrounded by natural beauty. Surround yourself with quiet and feel as though you've been transported back in time. Pick up camping gear and you can make that step-back complete.

Get away from it all on Maria Island

Let yourself truly disconnect from your worries on an island with no shops or cars – simply peace, quiet and the beauty of nature. You can reach the island easily by boat or charter a plane to drop you off.

Once you are there, you can explore the historic ruins, beaches, walks and mountains; the view from the top of Bishop and Clark rivals any vantage point in Australia. Remember, there are no shops on this island so will you need to bring all the food and equipment that you need with you.

History in action at Darlington

Maria Island is home to the decommissioned Darlington settlement and penitentiary. Buildings include the stone Commissariat Store, where you can find all the information you need for your journey.

Maria Island can be visited as a day trip, but you can camp on the island if you'd like to stay longer. You can sleep in basic accommodation in the old Penitentiary – an adventure in itself!

There are bunk beds with mattresses, chairs and tables and firewood, as well as toilet facilities. However there is no electricity – but you will be able to pay a dollar for hot showers! If you're interested in camping you will need to book your spot in advance, as they can fill quickly.

You can also find free camping sites if you walk around 3 or 4 hours out to French's Farm and Encampment Cove.

Get out and explore

Take a wander through the ruins of Darlington and soak up the eerie atmosphere of a convict past. There are also a number of industrial buildings from the late 1800s that offer even more insight to the island’s past.

Riding a bike is also a fantastic and quick way to get around.

Not only will you find the island's convict history fascinating to explore, the natural sights are unrivalled.

Hills and cliffs covered in tussocks are home to a number of native species. Pademelons, released tasmanian devils also make their home here. Because the island was so isolated as a convict settlement, it is now the perfect place for a bird and animal refuge.

You may also come across forester kangaroos, cape barren geese, Tasmanian native hens and Bennett’s wallabies, just to name a selection.

Sea creatures are also abundant in the area, with whales and seals just some of what you might be lucky enough to spot. Head out on a snorkeling or diving adventure and who knows what you will come across?

Is this enough to convince you to head to Maria Island? There is all this to do and more, so don't leave it off your east coast itinerary. You won't forget looking out into the ocean stretching way out into the horizon – and maybe spotting a whale or two in the distance.

The outlook from the top of Bishop and Clark Maria Island

Painted Cliffs - Image Credit: Explore Australia

Commissariat Store with Bishop and Clerk Mountain in the background on stunning Maria Island.

On The Maria Island Walk - viewing the drop from the cliffs

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