Maria Island

including Painted Cliffs, Fossil Cliffs and the historic settlement of Darlington

A truly special place to explore – spectacular natural beauty, abundant wildlife and an intriguing history

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


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.


12 hours
(departure 7.00am)


Private transport in comfortable & spacious SUV
Professional local guide providing insightful commentary
Fully-guided walks
Photography hints and guidance
Return passenger ferry transfers
National park entry
Drinking water

Not included

Meals and refreshments
Note: there are no shops on the island. You will need to self cater (BYO) or add a catered packed lunch to your booking

Private Tour

1 participant: $875 (min. cost)
2 participants: $470 per person
3-4 participants: $335 per person
5-6 participants: $225 per person


You will travel in a stylish and spacious SUV
2016 Toyota Kluger
Seats up to 6 passengers* plus driver
(* 5th & 6th passengers will be seated in a 3rd row best suited to persons of smaller stature)

Passenger Ferry

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.

Enhance your experience

Meal and refreshments
Bypass the need to self-cater or purchase a suitable lunch along the way. Let us cater a delicious packed lunch full of tasty treats for you.

Add an accompanying expert photography tutor
Include more photography instruction into your day
(ideal for groups comprising a mix of photographers and non-photographers)

Add an overnight or more
Ask about our tailored multi-day tours and weekend photography retreats. Maria Island is just off the east coast of Tasmania and easily included with an itinerary visiting the iconic Freycinet Peninsula.

Discover, Experience and Photograph

Sheer cliffs that rise straight from the sea
Creatures immortalised as fossils in rocks
Iron-stained rock formations of the ‘Painted Cliffs’ 

Waves in motion as they cascade over rocky shores
Patterns and textures in the sand left behind by the changing tides
Historic buildings and structures of bygone eras
Native wildlife and birds in their natural habitats
Wombats, Forester Kangaroos, Cape Barren Geese, an abundance of birds and more


Book online now

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Please enquire if your preferred date is marked as not available.