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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 three days pack Free walk of Maria Island with your overnight bags transported for the entire journey leaving you free to soak up the spectacular scenery, admire the rich and abundant wildlife and take in the intriguing history.

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.



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.

Personalised Tours

Maximum of 10 guests

Our group sizes are small and intimate with a maximum of 10 people, we find this delivers more personalised service, a great social environment and has less impact on the environment.


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.


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.


Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

Our guides are proudly 100% Tasmanian. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers! Our chief guides on the island, Jef & Danny are passionate, funny, knowledgeable and will go above and beyond to ensure your tour is every bit as memorable as you hoped.


Historic Penitentiary accommodation

Night 1 at Darlington

The remote Maria Island is a pure and natural environment with no hotels. The only accommodation available to the public is the historic convict Penitentiary: Although it doesn’t look like a penitentiary, this historic old building used to house convicts in the early 1800s. Staying here will definitely be a unique experience. Accommodation is basic and clean with woodfire heaters in each room. We provide sheets and pillows and you will need a sleeping bag (this can be hired from us). This is share accommodation based on 4 people sharing a large 6 person room. You can request your own room for an additional surcharge.


Beautiful Encampment Cove

Night 2 Camping in stand up tents

On the remote southern part of Maria Island lies pretty Encampment Cove. This has to be one of the most magical spots on the entire island to stay with stunning water views from your tent. We spend our second night here camping overlooking the beautiful cove.

Our guests will stay two in walk-in touring tents erected with off the ground camping beds. Arrive to find the magic fairies (your logistics guide) has transported your overnight bag and set up your tent. Inside your tent waiting for you will be your bag (no small feat).

Tonight relax around the campfire as a delicious dinner featuring local Tasmania produce and wine is prepared for your enjoyment.


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.


Genuinely all-inclusive with a COVID Booking Guarantee

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.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
Guided Maria Island Walk

When comparing tours in this region, ensure you check all the inclusions. Some operators may ask you to carry your own clothes meaning you will be carrying an additional 8kg or more each day on your back. We won’t ask you to do this – our client’s overnight bags are transported each day, allowing you to walk with as little as your camera, water and lunch. With Life’s An Adventure we believe we provide exceptional value for money with all the creature comforts you require. Our walking tours include…

  • Pack Free Walk with your overnight luggage transported to your accommodation EVERY day.
  • Accommodation Night 1: Step back to the times of the convicts as we spend the night at the refurbished Penitentiary at Darlington.
  • Accommodation Night 2: Camp under the stars on night 2 on the southern part of the island at Encampment Cove.
  • 2 x delicious dinners featuring beautiful Tasmanian produce
  • 2 x breakfasts
  • 3 x lunches
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Fine Tasmanian wine and beer and non-alcoholic drinks served with dinner
    Please note: we advise drinking in moderation as walking can be strenuous. If you would like to enjoy alcohol pre or post-dinner you will need to provide your own.
  • 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
  • Return road transfers between Hobart and Maria Island
  • National Parks Fees

Please note: the only equipment you will need to bring is a sleeping bag. These can be hired from us for a fee of $40. Our bags are dry cleaned after every use.

Day One: Hobart to Maria Island
Guided Maria Island Walk

SUGGESTED PRE-TOUR NIGHT: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

MEET TIME: 7.00am in the foyer of the Grand Chancellor Hobart

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: 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.

We then start our hike to Skipping Ridge for 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.

After your guided hike, return to our accommodation in the world heritage township of Darlington where hot showers are available. Enjoy a delicious dinner featuring local produce and Tasmanian wine.

To get a real taste of what life was like on Maria Island, our accommodation tonight will be in the historic convict Penitentiary which has been refurbished with comfy bunk beds and wood fire heaters. This is shared accommodation based on 4 people sharing a large 6 person room. You can request your own room for an additional surcharge which will be on request at time of booking and is subject to availability of rooms.

Maria Island Pack-Free Guided Walk - Day 1

Day Two: Maria Island Inland Walk
Guided Maria Island Walk

TRAIL NOTES: Walk 11.6kms: Approximately 5-6 hours with breaks. Medium grade

TERRAIN: The trails uses well formed gravel roads and older 4WD trails over undulating terrain, varying from gravel and rock to sand underfoot.

WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast, we set out walking from Darlington inland. We follow Counsel creek through open Woodlands of large blue gums which dominate the area. This is wombat country and also one of the island’s best areas for bird watching. Here you may see the endangered species of the forty-spotted pardalote, fan-tailed or golden bronze cuckoos, or striated pardalotes. We continue over several bridges and the forest changes to tall stringybark, young blackwood and silver wattle. We continue towards Frenchs Farm and eventually reach beautiful Encampment Cove. As this part of the island is so remote there are no buildings or accommodation here, so our guide has been busy all day preparing your walk-in tent with off the ground beds for your comfort. Enjoy a short afternoon walk or relax at our campsite and soak up the views. Tonight enjoy a glass of wine or two over dinner as we chat about the day’s adventures.

Maria Island Pack-Free Guided Walk - Day 2

Day Three: Painted Cliffs, Return Point and Encampment Cove
Guided Maria Island Walk

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: After a hearty breakfast, we set off together hiking toward Darlington on the southern part of Maria Island. We walk via Lesueur Point. The convict ruins at the point command a wonderful 270 degree plus a view of Mercury Passage and the local bays. The convicts would have loved the outlook when their cell doors were opened. There are many kangaroos on the open paddocks and the occasional wombat trundling around. We travel further along the Island’s coastline along the way exploring the historical remnants of Frenchs Farm. The farm was built by the French family in 1936 however is now an abandoned farmhouse. We visit famous Painted Cliffs which are stunning patterned and coloured sandstone, carved and moulded by the sea, and bordered by rock pools teeming with marine life before arriving back to Darlington. From here we transfer by boat to Triabunna on the mainland, where our minibus will be waiting to take us on the return journey 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.

Maria Island Pack-Free Guided Walk - Day 3

.. 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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Guides Dan and Danny and Skipper Dennis were fantastic. Dan knew his stuff when it came to the fauna flora and the history of Maria Island - nothing fazed him..Danny cooked yummy meals. Dennis - what a character. What a good team. Meals were excellent - Food delicious and plenty of it - Danny is a good cook. Camping was excellent, Danny did a great job setting up our camp. Tents beds and stretchers very comfortable. How many people can say they stayed in a Penitentiary?? It was so cool and historic and comfortable and cozy - what a great place to start our walk. We loved exploring around the ruins and just taking in this beautiful site. The tour had everything that my husband and I wanted. From the animals to the scenery to the history 10/10. The tour was a good pace - food excellent and we liked how Dan spread out our lunch so we can make our own wraps - choose what you want and we sat in the most scenic spots on the island soaking up the beauty - what more can you ask for...You guys have got it right - don't change your formula...This was on my bucket list to do a 3-day walk and I am so so excited that I achieved this.
Tracey Collins

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Food & Guides - Excellent. The walking staff, led by Kirk, were great company, very enthusiastic and always very helpful. We loved the island and set new personal best for the roughest water crossing as well as the best food and wine on a camp/hiking trip. All three staff made us feel very welcome and thoroughly spoilt us. Night 1 at the Penitentiary was excellent. wood fires were great and sleeping bags/sheets and pillows helped with good night sleep. Overall impression of the Maria Island walking tour .....Beyond Expectations
Raymond Tedman

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Overall impression of the Maria Island walking tour - Beyond Expectations. Our guides Dan and Barry were such willing guides. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The whole group got on well. the weather was perfect and the scenery magnificent. Dan and Barry prepared food like professionals. They were friendly and always happy to assist and join in and chat. A very great group of workers you have employed. It's excellent in pace and distance and challenging in small sections for all levels of walkers. The various forms of fauna made it a special place. It was a personal achievement to have walked on this beautiful island. The turquoise colours of the oceans and bay inlets surpassed the beauty of the Whitsundays which are in my home state.
Angela OMara

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Jeff and Danny were fantastic guides and went above and beyond to make sure our stay was enjoyable and seamless. Dennis the boat skipper and his dog, Jemma, brought a great deal of value to the tour, Dennis' stories were interesting. The food was excellent and better than I thought it would be. Danny has excellent cooking skills. I had such a lovely time on this 3-day tour of Maria Island.
Melissa Efstathiou

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Jeff and Dan were excellent. Provided excellent care, interesting commentary, and a good atmosphere. Food was excellent - Over-catered if anything! Bush camp was brilliant. Very comfortable. Tour was above expectations. Jef and Danny are a great partnership and a credit to your company.
John Scholes

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Guides Daniel & Danny were outstanding. Great local knowledge. Nothing was too much trouble. They were a pleasure to be with. Meals, camping and the historic Penitentiary all excellent. Tour was above expectations.
Dan McMahon

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Tour Availability

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

Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 people. Subject to availability.
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Spot special savings of $150 per person on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Plus check out our COVID Booking Guarantee (see details below).

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Shoulder season: 1 September to 30 October and 1 April to 31 May.
Peak season: 1 Nov to 31 March.

* Spot Special Price available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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Shoulder season: 1 September to 30 October and 1 April to 31 May.
Peak season: 1 Nov to 31 March.

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Cancel for Any Reason:

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: $219 per person.
Couples or 2 people travelling together can upgrade to their own room at the Penitentiary. Please note very limited rooms are available, so this option is subject to availability at time of booking. Cost includes sleeping bag hire for 2 people as well as room.
Add: $182
Unfortunately as there are only limited rooms at the Penitentiary single supplements are not available.
Guests can hire a sleeping bag from us for $40 per person. These bags are professionally laundered after every use.

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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. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.

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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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.
  • 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.

    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
  • Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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