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Maria Island Tours
Maria Island is located off Tassie’s stunning east coast. It is an untouched paradise with natural beauty and beautiful coastal cliffs walks.
Maria Island National Park is home to abundant wildlife with 2 native species of wallaby including the Bennett’s Wallaby and the Tasmanian Pademelon, which is derived from the aboriginal name badimaliyan. It used to be a popular breeding ground for over 3,000 penguins, but no longer. If you’re lucky you may encounter iconic Australian animals including wombats, kangaroos or even a tasmanian devil.
The Maria Island ferry only takes 30 minutes from the scenic portside town of Triabunna, making it the perfect day trip. These scenic ferry ride goes over the stunning Mercury Passage so you may even see some fur seals.
Driving to Triabunna from the east coast of Tasmania is pretty easy.
- Launceston – 2 hours 15 minutes
- Hobart – 1 hour 15 minutes
- Wineglass Bay/Freycinet – 1 hour 30 minutes
Darlington is the main township on the island and many of the attractions are a relatively short walk from each other. To make sure you see everything, book a Maria Island full day tour which will take you around the island in small groups.
- Darlington Probation Station is listed as a UNESCO world heritage listed convict settlement. The historic site was a penal settlement from 1825 to 1832 before converting to a convict probation station between 1842-1850.
- Fossil Cliffs have been carved over 300 million years and comprise a wide variety of fossils including clams and sea lilies.
- Painted Cliffs are stunningly beautiful sandstone cliffs with distinct red and yellow hues. Make sure you plan for the 1.5-2 hour return walk.
- McRaes Isthmus Walks takes in the view of the narrow strip of land that connects the north and south of the island
If you love the Maria Island Day Tour then you are guaranteed to love the rest of Tasmania. The Port Arthur convict site will paint a much bigger picture of Australia’s history of settlement. Book now!