Maria Island is a delightful blend of rare wildlife, convict heritage, and elegant accommodation. On the multi-award winning Maria Island Walk, you’ll enjoy gentle walking by day and candlelit gourmet dining at night.
Maria Island National Park lies just a few kilometres off Tasmania’s east coast, within easy reach of Hobart. On the Maria Island Walk, you’ll explore a heritage listed convict settlement, walk empty white-sand beaches, view rare wildlife, and enjoy gourmet food, all in the confines of a national park.
The Maria Island Walk is an active, but pampered, holiday experience, designed to let you experience the remoteness and tranquility of a wilderness experience in comfort. This is a soft adventure, where the packs are light, the food is gourmet, the wine is Tasmania’s best, and a comfortable bed awaits you each night.
Walking the Walk
Walking groups comprise of ten guests with two professional guides. This ratio affords the personalised, intimate experience that the walk has become so well known for. Unlike other more challenging wilderness hikes, this walk is not terribly demanding. Pristine beaches and formed bush tracks mean you don’t need to be an experienced hiker to enjoy this walk.
Walking in the Seasons
This Great Walk of Australia operates seasonally from October to the end of April each year. In the winter months, the Maria Island Walk offers a 3 day/2 night Winter Escape Experience. In 2017 these departures are August 11 and 18 only. Group size is maximum of 8 people.
At the end of each day, you’ll retire for the evening in one of two secluded wilderness camps, both a stone’s throw from empty, white-sand beaches. These beaches are the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine, enjoy a barefoot stroll exploring for rare shells, or a swim in the clear waters.
The concealed camps are comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious. Enjoy nightly, candlelit three-course meals, comprising fresh local produce, complemented by fine Tasmanian wine.
On the final night, you’ll stay overnight in a heritage house in Darlington, a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled on the northern tip of the island. Once a bustling penal settlement with over 600 convicts, Darlington is now home to a medley of well-preserved, historical buildings.
“Pack Free” Experience
For those walkers who prefer not to carry the normal 5-8 kg pack, The Maria Island Walk offers a “pack-free” experience, where guests’ gear is transferred between camps each day so they only carry their lunch, water bottle, camera and rain jacket. The additional service is offered on select departures and private group departures for a rate of $200 per person.
Day one: Triabunna to Haunted Bay
Travel by boat through the sparkling waters of Mercury Passage to the isthmus of Maria Island, and walk to the tranquil Casuarina Beach camp. Explore the tall eucalypt forest on the way down to the spectacular Haunted Bay.
Day two: Haunted Bay to White Gums Camp
Walk along five beautiful beaches; look out for dolphins, sea eagles and exotic shells. By late afternoon, arrive at White Gums Camp for a refreshing swim.
Day three: White Gums Camp to Darlington
Head inland to the heart of the Island. Wander through giant Tasmanian blue gums, climb mountain peaks, and settle at the world heritage settlement of Darlington.
Day four: Darlington to Hobart
Explore the woodlands at the northern tip of Maria Island, and the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay. Enjoy a celebratory champagne lunch before boarding the boat to go back to the mainland.
This graph loosely depicts the gradient of the track, providing you with some basic understanding of how challenging the walk will be. The graphs are useful in helping you decide which walk suits you best. Whatever your ability or fitness, there’s sure to be a walk that suits in the Great Walks of Australia collection.
* Elevations are indicative only and are not to scale. Walkers should contact individual walk companies to better understand the terrain and difficulty of each walk.
Committed to the Environment
The Maria Island Walk is committed to the environment, and actively supports a variety of conservation programs like Forty Spotted Pardalote Recovery program, Save the Tasmanian Devil program, Green Guardians with Parks & Wildlife Services Tasmania, and others.