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Maria Island

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.

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.


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
Drinking water


12 hours
(departure 6.30am)

Enhance your experience

To enrich your overall experience, you may like to enquire about enhancements available for this tour 

Accompanying expert photography tutor
A dedicated tutor for a workshop style photographer’s day out

Add an overnight or more
Tailor a personalised multi-day tour to enhance your opportunities to photograph more of Tasmania’s stunning east coast.

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