A truly special place to explore – spectacular natural beauty, abundant wildlife and an intriguing history
A wildlife enthusiasts paradise | Coastal landscapes | History
Painted Cliffs, Fossil Cliffs, Darlington historic site
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!
Making our way back to the jetty where the wombats will try to lure you to stay, we’ll re-embark the ferry for our return cruise to mainland Tasmania followed by the journey back to Hobart.
Please be aware that there is no motorised vehicle transport on Maria island. You will explore on foot at a leisurely pace (about 10-12kms; less if you prefer). It’s a relatively easy undulating path; no mountain inclines.
Access to Maria Island is by passenger ferry (included).
Confirmation is subject to ferry seat availability on the date of travel. Ferry operator terms and conditions apply, incl. non-refundable ferry fares.
Private transport in comfortable & spacious SUV
Professional local guide
Return passenger ferry transfers
Packed lunch with snacks and juice
Fully-guided interpretive walks
National park entry
Enhance your experience
To enrich your overall experience, you may like to enquire about enhancements available for this tour
Add an accompanying expert photography tutor
Indulge in dedicated photography instruction throughout the day
(a perfect choice for groups comprising a mix of photographers and non-photographers)
Add an overnight or more
Maria Island is on Tasmania’s east coast en route to Freycinet National Park and the Bay of Fires. A great destination to visit as part of a longer multi-day tour or dedicated phtated photography retreat.
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All the foundations of our classic tour, with a Deluxe morning tea and picnic lunch
(gourmet treats and a deluxe picnic lunch served with the best of Tasmania’s beverages… and your choice of wine, beer or cider or premium non-alcoholic drink, on the return ferry if you wish)
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