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Guided Maria Island Walk

Maria Island walk

A 3 day guided Pack-Free walk

If you are looking for a walking holiday in Tasmania you can’t go past Maria Island on the east coast. Mountainous in the interior and surrounded by stretches of beautiful white sandy beaches, aqua waters and limestone cliffs, this island is a hidden gem unknown to many. Enjoy pack-free walks of Maria Island and soak up the spectacular scenery, admire the rich and abundant wildlife and take in the intriguing history. Stay on the East Coast of Tasmania at Spring Bay Mill, a sustainable venue with views over to Maria Island and travel by boat each day to walk on the Island itself. Owner Mark Norek says “Maria Island holds a special place in my heart. I proposed to my wife Vicki on the top of the island’s Bishop & Clerk summit. This island is pure heaven and has everything you would want in a walking holiday including spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and so much natural beauty. It’s one of Tasmania’s little gems that is unknown to many Australians. I’m very passionate about sharing the secret of this magical place with our guests”. Our team is dedicated to providing our guests with an enriching experience, quality and interpretive tours.

Walking is only part of the Adventure

We include wow-mazing inclusions on every tour to ensure you experience everything whilst your walking. On our last day after your walk, we enjoy a Celebratory lunch at a local winery where you can experience wonderful wine tasting and local produce that Tassie is famous for, a great way to finish our trip.

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Pack Free Walking Experience

Walk with as little as your water and lunch

The biggest advantage of this tour is you don’t have to carry all your clothes for the entire tour, these will be transported for you each day. This is a big plus for our walkers, in that you will avoid carrying an additional 8kg or more on your back each day with your clothes and personal items. With Life’s An Adventure you will carry as little as your water bottle, camera, lunch and hat every day – a wonderful pack free experience.

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Spring Bay Mill

2 nights on East Coast of Tasmania

Spring Bay Mill is a sustainable, architecturally designed venue with water views  that stretch from the portside town of trayapana/Triabunna to wukaluwikiwayna/Maria Island National Park. Previously the world’s largest wood chip mill, the site purveys a transcendent stillness that is truly unmatched.

Modern facilities, award-winning accommodation and an intricate landscape yield a backdrop like no other.

We will be staying The Ridge Quarters that offer 12 double* or single rooms, each with an adjacent private bathroom, a communal kitchen, lounge and dining area.

*Please note: twin share rooms are unavailable at this accommodation. Solo travellers will have to add the single supplement fee to their booking to secure their own room.

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Wow-mazing Inclusion

Celebratory lunch at a local winery

Revel in a well-deserved celebratory winery lunch and wine tasting on day 3 in the picturesque landscapes of a local Tasmanian winery. Surrounded by friends and breathtaking views, our winery experience is the perfect conclusion to our memorable journey.

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Flexible Walking Itinerary

Choose what suits you

The great thing about our walk is the flexibility we offer. On day one you can choose to summit Bishop & Clerk mountain or perhaps enjoy a shorter walk without the ascents. Of course of any day you also have the option to opt-out of walking and simply soak up the scenery.

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Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

We refer to our guides as CEOs – Chief Experience Officers whose aim is to deliver you a world-class walk. We pride ourselves on employing a talented team of passionate CEOs who are committed to your safety and have a genuine desire to provide an enriching and memorable walking experience for you.

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100% Local Tasmanian Produce and wine

Included in your tour

Food is an element very closely connected with Tasmania and an important part of your walking experience on Maria Island with Life’s an Adventure. Providing our guests wonderful Tasmanian local produce, as well as supporting local business is paramount to us and where possible the majority of the food we consume on tour has been sourced from Tasmania.

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Personalised Tours

Small group

Our group sizes are small and intimate, we find this delivers more personalised service, a great social environment and has less impact on the environment.

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21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

including Australia's best Adventure Tourism Company

Life’s an Adventure have won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence including the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Australia’s Best Adventure Company. Awards are great, but our biggest accolade which we value even more, is that our clients come back and travel with us time and time again.

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Genuinely all-inclusive

When you travel on one of our walking tours, you won’t be asked to put your hand in your pocket for extras along the way. All meals featuring local produce as well as Tasmania wine are included in your walking tour with nothing more to pay.

NO Credit card fees apply.

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NEW Flexiwalk Add-On

Cancel for any reason option

Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. During your evening meals, you won’t need to put your hand in your pocket to pay for wine or beer as this is included in the price of the tour. We won’t even ask you to pay additional credit card fees when booking.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
Guided Maria Island Walk

This is a genuinely all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:

WOW-MAZING INCLUSION:

  • Celebratory Lunch at a local winery on day 3

PACK-FREE AND FLEXIBLE WALKING:

  • Pack-Free guided walk
  • Flexible walking options to suit you.

GREAT ACCOMMODATION:

  • 2 x nights at Spring Bay Mill in The Ridge Quarters.

WINE & TASMANIAN PRODUCE MEALS

  • 2 x dinners featuring beautiful Tasmanian produce
  • 2 x breakfasts
  • 3 x lunches
  • Trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Tea, coffee and hot chocolate on the trail
  • Fine Tasmanian wine served with dinner

GUIDED WALKS, TRANSFERS & PARKS FEES

  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s – Chief Experience Officers are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Boat transfers to Maria Island and back on Days 1 and 2
  • Return road transfers between Hobart and Maria Island
  • National Parks Fees
Day One: Hobart to Maria Island - Darlington and the Painted Cliffs
Guided Maria Island Walk

SUGGESTED PRE-TOUR NIGHT: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

MEET TIME: 6:30am in the foyer of the Grand Chancellor Hobart

TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 12kms. 5-6 hours walking with breaks. Walk: Medium grade

TERRAIN: Open grassy terrain. Well-formed gravel roads. Lightly undulating. Short section of walking on coastal rock shelfs to reach Painted Cliffs.

WALK ITINERARY: The day starts in Hobart where you will meet our guides. We enjoy a scenic drive north winding up the coast to Triabunna where we join our boat and cruise across to Maria Island. The best way to get an understanding of the significance of the Island is with a walk around Darlington township to reveal the complex and intriguing past of the Island. Learn about the ghosts, the hardships, the entrepreneurial spirit and sheer tenacity of those who came to live on the Island before us. After lunch, we set off together hiking from Darlington to the wonderful Painted Cliffs via Oust House Track. The Painted Cliffs are stunning patterned and coloured sandstone, carved and moulded by the sea, and bordered by rock pools teeming with marine life. After exploring the coastline further south, we journey back to Darlington before returning by ferry to mainland Tasmania. You’ll stay for your 2 nights at the Spring Bay Mill, a sustainable, architecturally designed venue with water views that stretch from the portside town of trayapana/Triabunna to wukaluwikiwayna/Maria Island. Previously the world’s largest wood chip mill, the site purveys a transcendent stillness that is truly unmatched. We’ll stay in The Ridge Quarters. Enjoy dinner featuring local produce and Tasmanian wine.

Day Two: Bishop & Clerk Walk
Guided Maria Island Walk

TRAIL NOTES: Approximately 12kms. 6 – 7 hours walking with breaks. Medium to Hard grade

TERRAIN: The walk begins on formed gravel roads and crosses open grassy hills before becoming a narrow, natural trail that climbs steeply over uneven terrain. There is some rock hopping over large boulders and some scrambling up rocks to reach the summit.

WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast, we will transfer by boat back to Maria Island for todays adventure. We start our hike to Skipping Ridge where we’ll have lunch. Our Lunch location is one of the best on the East Coast of Tasmania. Perched on Skipping Ridge we’ll enjoy magnificent views of Fossil Bay and Bishop & Clerk. During lunch, we will give you a brief geology lesson of the famous fossil cliff of Maria Island. The Fossil outcrop at Fossil Bay is recognised as world class and the best example of lower Permian strata in Tasmania, if not the world. Over the centuries the rise and fall of the seas have left a legacy of amazing sea creatures over 290 million-year-old fossilised into the cliffs. On the lower rock shelf, you can see a variety of fossils including sea fans, coral-like creatures, scallop shells and sea lilies.

After lunch, we hike one of the top 10-day walks in Australia. The walk takes you through grasslands, open forest and tall woodland, to the rocky slopes of the summit. The highlight of this walk is the views at the summit of Bishop & Clerk. These towering dolerite columns of the summit are named due to their resemblance to a bishop, wearing a mitre, being followed by a clergyman. From the summit on a clear day, you’ll be able to take in exhilarating views towards the Freycinet Peninsula. Life’s An Adventure owner Mark Norek says “this summit is so stunning it’s worthy of a marriage proposal and was the location I chose to propose to my beautiful wife Vicki”.

Note this walk involves hiking through a large area of rocky slopes to the summit, with some boulder scrambling near the top. For those that don’t hike to the top of Bishop and Clerk – our Logistics Guide will take you on an alternative walk back to Darlington where you can enjoy some free time.

Afterwards, we’ll get the boat back to the mainland to Spring Bay Mill for dinner served with wine.

Day Three: Marion Bay walk - Celebration winery lunch - Hobart
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TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 8.5kms. 3 hours walking with breaks. Walk: Medium grade

WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast, we set off to Marion Bay with magnificent views of Maria Island for half the walk. After our walk on the beach we head to a local winery for a celebratory wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie board before heading back to Hobart. Our tour finishes at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, the end of a remarkable journey.

ARRIVAL TIME: Arrive back in Hobart at approximately 7.30 pm.

 

.. and the resultCustomer Testimonials
Joel and Dan were outstanding. They were always helpful, knowledgeable, patient and very caring and well organised. Joel paced the stages of the walk brilliantly so no one was unduly extended physically. His knowledge of the sites was astounding along with the history of the indigenous people. Amazing local foods, wines were served each evening. It was a gastronomic experience and memorable guided walk. Perfect. Tents were set up, chairs provided around a campfire with gourmet delights and shower or foot bath at the end of the day. Comfortable beds, cosy and friendly. Penitentiary was excellent - Incredible. An amazing place to visit that revealed the hardships of so many people's lives from the first peoples, convicts, failed graziers, industrialists and entrepreneurs. This was my first guided walk and surpassed my expectations. I was so impressed by the attention to detail and professionalism of the guides that created a beautiful 3-day experience. I will definitely go on another guided walk with Life's an Adventure.
Tim and Jenny Wilson

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Thanks so much for providing excellent guides (Tracy-Anne and Tahlia) they really did make the trip, they joined in the banter, had excellent knowledge and were wonderful and professional in their delivery of that knowledge, whoever was asking the questions! The accommodation was fab, really loved the sawmill and the setting, the walks took in the various abilities of our group and allowed us all to be challenged, again with fantastic support from your guiding team,
Claire O'Neill

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Our guides were terrific …. The best!! The walks gave variety, wildlife and day 2 provided the challenge! Loved the nut bags
Janne Wilcox Clarke

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A big thanks Emma, loved the range of geography, manageable walking distance, but most importantly great guides. Tracey Ann and Tahlia were patient, knowledgeable and did everything. We had a wonderful time with them. I will be recommending your company to friends back in N Z. Thank you!
Sarah ReEdpath

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Guides Daniel & Danny were outstanding. Great local knowledge. Nothing was too much trouble. They were a pleasure to be with. Tour was above expectations.
Dan McMahon

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Tour Availability

DEPARTURE DATES:
We run regularly scheduled tours from October to the end of April every year. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for private groups. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: groups@lifesanadventure.com.au

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FLEXI-WALK ADD-ON
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Purchase a FlexiWalk Add-On for normal price tickets and cancel 96 hours prior to departure for any reason. See conditions below for full details.
Price: $199 per person.
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SOLO TRAVELLERS
Twin share rooms are unavailable at Spring Bay Mill. Solo travellers will have to add the single supplement fee to their booking to secure their own room.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $340

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TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE

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Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discount rates.

Departure date of your choice is subject to availability. A minimum group size required. Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discounted rates. Additional Past Traveller’s’ discount not available for groups. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras.

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Discount Information

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. This discount will automatically be deducted from future bookings when you book online using the same email address used for past bookings.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds or cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Earlybird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

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We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • NO Credit card fees apply.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

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    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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