Highlights of Maria Island

An island and world heritage listed national park, rich in natural and heritage values and a haven for Tasmanian birds and wildlife.

Magnificent seascapes | Mountain landscapes
Remnants of early convict and colonial settlements
Close-up wildlife encounters | Endemic birds

Duration: 11-12 hours | Recommended departure time: 7.00am

An all-inclusive private tour
Private transport | Personal local guide | Fully-guided walks
Return ferry transfers | National park entry
Morning tea | Packed picnic lunch | Drinking water
Photography hints and guidance throughout the day

Whether you are an avid photography enthusiast, a leisure or holiday photographer, or simply storing the images of the experience in your photographic memory – you will be sure to capture unique photos, not just snapshots.

This tour may be adapted into a more comprehensive tuition-focused experience.

NB: There is no motorised vehicle transport on Maria island, you will arrive by car then boat and explore the island’s unspoiled wilderness on foot.

A typical day…

Departing Hobart we travel north along Tasmania’s stunning east coast to Triabunna and board a passenger ferry across the Mercury Passage to Maria Island during which we hope to be fortunate to see dolphins, seals, whales and seabirds.

We arrive at the jetty in Darlington, a former convict penal settlement and probation station of the early-mid 1800’s, and at the site of a historic stone building, the Commissariat Store. Alighting from the ferry you will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery and an abundance of nature – one of the local wombats may be there to welcome you too. The walks we take are not overly challenging and the relaxed pace allows you to immerse yourself in all the sights while enjoying many a wildlife encounter and plenty of time for taking photos.


We traipse over the grasslands and along the coast to Painted Cliffs in one direction and Fossil Cliffs in the other… from stunning golden swirls on the cliffs created over millions of years through iron oxidisation to fossils embedded in the limestone of Fossil Bay. You will walk across a landscape steeped with history, pausing at historic structures on the way – many of these structures reminiscent of the convict era. wombats, kangaroos and Cape Barren geese are just some of the species of wildlife you are likely to encounter… Imagine the photos you could take!

A big day to ‘Discover, Experience and Photograph’ with Shutterbug Walkabouts and your local personal guide (and photographer). We make our way back to the jetty, where the wombats will try to lure you to stay, and board the ferry for the return cruise to mainland Tasmania and the journey back to Hobart.

*** Important Information about the Maria Island ferry ***

All bookings are subject to seat available on the ferry.

Terms and conditions of the Maria Island ferry operator  
1. carry-on bags are limited to one bag per person,
maximum 7kg weight (excess carry-on fees apply)
2. Ferry fare is non-refundable

Get in touch with us if you would like more detailed information

To book your tour to Maria Island…
Enter the number of participants using the dropdown field below, select a date of travel and we will confirm your booking by reply. If your preferred date is indicated as not available or is within the next 7 days please contact us by email or telephone.