Highlights of Maria Island

A special place to explore – sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, remarkable birds and wildlife and world-heritage listed historic ruins

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

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.

Discover, Experience and Photograph

Spectacular views of cliffs that plunge sheer to 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

Special notes

On the Island – There is no motorised vehicle transport on Maria island, you will arrive by car and ferry, and then explore the island’s unspoiled wilderness on foot.

Maria Island ferry service – all Maria Island tour bookings are subject to ferry seat availability for the date of travel. The terms and conditions of the ferry operator apply, including non-refundable ferry fares in the event of tour cancellation.

Seasonality – This tour is available as advertised from September to April. During the winter season (May to August), the itinerary will need to be adapted to suit the reduced service ferry timetable. 

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All-inclusive private tour

Private transport
Professional local guide
Fully-guided walks
Photography guidance
Return ferry transfers
National park entry
Morning tea
Packed picnic lunch
Drinking water


11-12 hours
(Recommended departure 7.00am)

Enhance your experience

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Ideal for a tuition-focused experience to hone technical skills, or as a dedicated guide for advanced or professional photographers

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for a tailored itinerary or multi-day photo-oriented tour or photography retreat – explore Tasmania’s magnificent east coast and include the Tasman Peninsula and/or Freycinet National Park