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Self Guided Maria Island Camp & Carry Walk

Self Guided Maria Island Walk

4 day self-guided Camp & Carry walking holiday

There’s no better way to enjoy a wildlife preserve like Maria Island than by hiking its mountains, forests and beaches and camping amongst its unique wildlife – picture wombats at your tent door, wallabies grazing nearby, and at night the rare Tasmanian Devil scampering past on its way to forage and feed. Add to this, the island’s fascinating convict and early settler history (Maria Island is a World Heritage Australian Convict Site) and you can be sure this Self-Guided adventure will be packed with memorable moments. On this 4-day walk, you’ll stand upon the summit of spectacular Bishop and Clerk Mountain and discover the amazing colours and patterns of the Painted Cliffs. You’ll also get to explore the remote southern reaches of the island with its empty, pristine beaches and secluded bays lapped by turquoise waters. A part of the island few visitors ever see.



Follow our Walking APP

Exclusive to Life's An Adventure

Exclusively designed by Life’s An Adventure, our Self-Guided Walking Tours are more than just a set of track notes on your smart phone. We have developed a fully interactive Self-Guided Walking App which includes easy-to-follow notes with gps tracking, photos at track junctions and points of interest en-route as well as information about the natural environment and the island’s multi-layered human history. The app gives distances for each section and even optional side-trips as well as short and long options for each day’s activity.

As part of the App, you get route information on the Google map platform, so each waypoint on each walk is triggered when you arrive. This gives real time feedback so you know you’re where you think you are! On top of this, you receive a good, old-fashioned hard copy of each day’s notes.


Camp & Carry Self Guided Walk

All your gear provided for you

On this self-guided walk, we take care of all your essential gear such as a backpack, tent, and cooking equipment as well as lightweight but delicious food that is easy to prepare, healthy and comes from our local Tasmanian provider, featuring high-quality local produce. Don’t be daunted by carrying your own pack. We keep the essentials as light as possible. Your package also has the option of a pre-trip online meeting with one of our experienced guides who can give you valuable advice on how to pack for overnight walking. You will love camping at Maria Island’s beachside campgrounds, waking up to the gentle sound of waves lapping ashore and a morning chorus of birdsong.


Flexibility and Freedom

Discover on your own

A self-guided walking holiday offers you independence, flexibility and freedom. You get to discover Maria Island at your own pace. You walk, and ride, independently but have access to detailed track notes, both on your smart phone and as a hard copy, compiled by our experienced guides. The beauty of this is our guides know these tracks inside out and they have incorporated this into the App and track notes – the best lookouts, scenic lunch stops, and where to get great photos as well as information about the natural environment and the island’s multi-layered history. For our Maria Island self guided tour, the App and Track Notes allow you to choose between short and longer, more strenuous options on each day, to suit your preference and your groups varied needs.


Personal Emergency Beacon hire

For extra safety

Our guests have the option of hiring an emergency personal locator beacon to take with you when walking. This extra safety feature does bring peace of mind. Maria Island has well marked trails and good phone coverage.



To the trail

Our self-guided walks include transfers from Launceston in Tasmania to the start of the trail. On the final day a transfer will be provided to get you back to Launceston with an airport drop off available enroute if required.


Superb meals included

Featuring Tasmanian Produce

During your walk, you will be provided with easy to prepare, delicious healthy meals light-weight specifically designed for hikers to carry and provided by our local Tasmanian supplier. Many of the meal feature high-quality local produce. We can also cater for special dietary requirement. Please give us as many details as possible when booking.

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Tour Itinerary

Walk Inclusions
Self Guided Maria Island Camp & Carry Walk

  • Camp & Carry essential equipment
  • A walking APP with GPS coordinates, notes and photos for your walk
  • Detailed hard copy maps and trail notes
  • Transfers to and from the trail
  • 3 x dinners
  • 4 x walkers lunches
  • 3 x breakfasts
  • Snacks and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Return transfers from Launceston to Maria Island
  • National Parks Pass

Optional hire of an EPIRB/PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is available if required at an additional cost.

Day 1: Launceston – Maria Island – Bishop and Clerk Mountain
Self Guided Maria Island Camp & Carry Walk



TRANSFERS: Morning: 2 hour 15 mins transfer from Launceston to Triabunna where you jump on board the ferry to Maria Island. Ferry ride 30 minutes.

WALK GRADE: 12km return, 3-5 hours. Medium Grade. Less Strenuous Option: If any of your group want a shorter walk today, they can join you as far as they feel comfortable (we recommend at least making it to the cliffs above Fossil Bay) then return to the campground via a choice of routes.

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: Meet your driver in Launceston, they will have your pack prepared for you with a sleeping bag, gourmet meals and eating utensils. From here we enjoy a scenic drive winding through farmland and forests to the east coast town of Triabunna where you embark on the Maria Island Ferry, for a pleasant cruise across the Mercury Passage to the island. Once on the island, check in at the Commissariat building close to the wharf then proceed to the campground behind Darlington beach. Make time to first set up camp then simply grab lunch and water and head off on your first walking adventure to the spectacular summit of Bishop and Clerk mountain. After climbing the mountain and enjoying the views, loop back to your campsite via the amazing Fossil Cliffs and past some of the islands most interesting and intact convict buildings. Enjoy dinner tonight provided at Darlington.

Day 2: Encampment Cove via inland forests
Self Guided Maria Island Camp & Carry Walk

WALK GRADE: 22km one way, 8-9 hours including an 8km, 4-hour optional side trip. Difficult Grade. Without the side trip this walk is 14km, 4-5 hours. Medium Grade.

TERRAIN: Mostly on wide, well-formed gravel and sand trails and roads. Optional side trip on a narrow foot track with one steep ascent/descent that requires scrambling over boulders.

WALK ITINERARY: Prepare your breakfast provided tonight. Pack down camp and head off to discover the southern end of Maria Island. Along the way, there is the option to climb the island’s highest peak – the 711m high Mt Maria, a dolerite outcrop with sweeping views across McRae’s Isthmus and towards mainland Tasmania. After this side-trip you continue south through coastal woodland and tall, wet forest to reach the island’s more remote historic locations as well as its stunning coastline of hidden coves and beaches. There is even the chance for a refreshing swim at Shoal Bay or Encampment Cove at the end of the day. Set up camp and enjoy the views before cooking dinner that has been provided.

Day 3: McRaes Isthmus and Haunted Bay
Self Guided Maria Island Camp & Carry Walk

WALK GRADE: 23km return, 8-9 hours. Medium Grade. Largely flat walking along beaches and sandy roads. Less Strenuous Option: If you want a shorter walk today, you can walk as far as Shoal Bay and Riedle Bay (10.5km return, 2-3 hours. Easy Grade) or simply explore the area around Encampment Cove.

TERRAIN: Mostly flat, on wide, well-formed sand trails and roads with some beach walking. There is one short, steep descent and ascent on a narrow foot pad to Haunted Bay.

WALK ITINERARY: After enjoying breakfast we head out to explore another part of the island. Today’s walk takes us to parts of Maria Island few visitors ever see. We head further south, with some beautiful beach walking on Shoal Bay before crossing McRae’s Isthmus to visit Maria Island’s only surf beach on Riedle Bay. We then follow a wide trail through coastal woodland and tall forest to the remote, cliff-lined Haunted Bay with its dramatic orange, lichen-covered rocks. If you feel like a less strenuous day, there are plenty of options for exploration and walking in the vicinity of Encampment Cove.  After our walk we return to our camp at Encampment Cove. Tonight prepare dinner provide and relax under the stars.

Day 4: Darlington via the coast
Self Guided Maria Island Camp & Carry Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Afternoon: Ferry ride 30 minutes. Triabunna to Launceston transfer 2 hour 15 mins.

WALK GRADE: 12.5km one way, 3-4 hours. Easy Grade.

TERRAIN: Mostly flat on a wide, well-formed gravel road with some beach walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we pack down camp. We return today to Darlington via the spectacular coast taking in some of Maria Island’s scenic wonders including pretty coves, beaches and headlands as well as the renowned Painted Cliffs. What these cliffs lack in height they more than makeup for in beauty – with rich honeycomb colours and mesmerising patterns. There is also time at the end of the walk to explore the historic buildings at the Darlington precinct with its rich convict and early settler heritage. Then enjoy the ferry back to Triabunna, where you will be met by your driver for the return journey to Launceston.

ARRIVAL TIME: We arrive back into Launceston at approximately 7:30pm.

Tour Prices

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With self-guided walks you are able to choose a date of your choice subject to availability.
This is a seasonal walk - the best times to walk are between September and May, but it is also available all year round.

Once you make your booking, it will remain pending until we confirm availability at your accommodation, once this is done we will contact you to make your deposit/payment. Please do not book flights until your walk is confirmed.

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The following extras can be purchased with your walk:

This package includes one night’s accommodation at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston in a Deluxe Room with dinner for 2, breakfast for 2 and a drink each at the bar.
Add $225 per person.
Post walk package can also be booked on request as per above details.


PRE-WALK NIGHT PACKAGE for a solo traveller
This package includes one night’s accommodation at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston in a Deluxe Room with dinner, breakfast and a drink at the bar.
Add $323 per person.
Post walk package can also be booked on request as per above details.


Unfortunately due to safety reasons, we require a minimum of 2 walkers on our self-guided walks.

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your 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.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • Your detailed self-guided kit will be sent to you 6 weeks prior to your walk.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, lost luggage, illness, etc.

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Contact Us
  • 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: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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