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Self Guided Maria Island Pack-Free Walk

Self Guided Maria Island Adventure Walk

3 day Pack-Free walk

Situated on the east coast of Tasmania, Maria Island is a magical mix of nature and history. It is a World Heritage Australian Convict Site and a unique wildlife preserve – a Noah’s Ark for species conservation and home to Tasmanian Devils, a prodigious population of wombats, as well as rare land and sea birds. Add to this it boasts stunning coastal cliffs, secluded coves and beaches and a network of roads and walking trails that will keep you entertained for days. On this 3 day pack-free walk you’ll explore the amazing Fossil Cliffs and the gorgeous colours and patterns of the Painted Cliffs. You’ll stand upon the summit of spectacular Bishop and Clerk Mountain and the highest peak on the island Mt Maria. To top it off, explore the remote southern reaches of the island with its beaches and turquoise ocean on a fun cycling adventure to create a perfect island holiday.



Our Exclusive Walking APP

Designed by 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 will include 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.


Pack Free Self Guided Hike and Bike

Carry as little as your water, camera and lunch

Our self guided adventures are Pack-Free. On your Maria Island adventure, activities are organised so that you can leave your overnight bags in your accommodation so you have the freedom of walking and riding with just a small day pack containing your water, lunch and camera


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. However, 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.


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.


Historic Accommodation

Stay in the historic, but beautifully refurbished Convict Penitentiary

Your Maria Island self-guided package includes 2 nights in the historic convict built Penitentiary Accommodation at Darlington settlement. Each room sleeps 6 people, has shelves for luggage storage and a large table with bench seats for meals. There is a wood heater to warm you on those chilly nights, and firewood is provided free of charge. Hot showers and toilets are available nearby.

There are no transfers to the start of any walks – simply stroll out your door and away you go.

And then each evening, sit out on the beautiful long deck to enjoy sunsets and relive your day’s adventures, as the wombats and Cape Barren Geese graze the lawns below.


Great meals included

featuring Tasmanian Produce

During your walk you will be provided with easy to prepare, delicious healthy meals from our local Tasmanian provider, featuring high-quality local produce. For example enjoy slow cooked beef cheeks in rich, shiraz-infused stock with celery and carrots served with fresh green beans and creamy buttery mashed potato.

The Penitentiary accommodation has a large, separate dining area and kitchen with gas cooking rings for your use – the old convict-built Mess Hall.

Our local provider can also cater for special dietary requirements. Please give us as many details as possible when booking.


Flexible walking

Shorter options available

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.

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Tour Itinerary

Walk Inclusions
Self Guided Maria Island Pack-Free Walk

  • Pack Free walk – carry as little as your water, lunch and camera each day.
  • A walking APP with GPS coordinates on your walk
  • Detailed maps and trail notes, hard copy and on the App
  • Transfers to and from Maria Island from Launceston
  • Gourmet easy to prepare food supplied including 2 x dinners, 3 lunches and 2 breakfasts
  • Accommodation at the fabulous Penitentiary in the World Heritage-listed convict precinct at Darlington Settlement
  • Equipment gear required – overnight pack, sleeping bag, eating utensils, bowls
  • Bicycle hire for one day
  • National Park Pass

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

Day 1: Launceston – Maria Island and Bishop and Clerk Mountain
Self Guided Maria Island Pack-Free 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. From ferry terminal, it is a 5-minute walk to your accommodation. Free luggage trolleys are available at the Maria Island wharf. Afternoon: Walk straight to your accommodation.

WALK GRADE: 11 km return, 3-5 hours. Medium Grade. OPTIONAL SHORTER WALK: A shorter and less strenuous walking option is also available today.

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. For those doing the full walk to the summit, there is some rock hopping over large boulders and some scrambling up rocks to reach the top.

WALK ITINERARY: Meet your driver in Launceston, they will have your pack prepared for you with 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, you check-in at the Commissariat building close to the wharf then proceeds to your Penitentiary accommodation at Darlington settlement. Simply drop your bags, grab your lunch and water and head off on your first walking adventure to the spectacular summit of Bishop and Clerk mountain. Have lunch on the way, atop the cliffs overlooking Fossil Bay where if you are lucky you may see whales resting in the clear blue waters below. After climbing the mountain and enjoying the views, return to your accommodation in the historic surrounds of Darlington. Wombats graze the lawns outside your accommodation and keep an eye out at dusk for Tasmanian Devils emerging for a night of scavenging.

Day 2: Mt Maria
Self Guided Maria Island Pack-Free Walk

WALK GRADE: Mt Maria walk 16 km return, 8 hours. Difficult Grade.

TERRAIN: Well-formed roads and a narrow foot track with some obstacles such as rocks and fallen trees. There are steep uphill and down hill sections plus half an hour of physical scrambling over large boulders to the summit.

OPTIONAL SHORTER WALK: An optional shorter walk is available today to Painted Cliffs 9km circuit, 3-5 hours. Easy Grade.

TERRAIN: Lightly undulating walk along gravel, dirt and sand roads and across open grassy hills with one short section of beach.

WALK ITINERARY:  After a hearty breakfast, today you head off to climb the highest peak on Maria Island – the 711m high Mt Maria, a dolerite outcrop with sweeping views across the island and south towards the Tasman Peninsula. This is undoubtedly a full-day trek. It leads through a variety of the island’s ecosystems from coastal woodland and tall, wet forest to mountain top heath. It’s a great challenge. For those wanting a shorter and less strenuous walk today, the alternative option is a relaxing walk, exploring Maria Island’s history and its most famous natural and geological wonders – Fossil Cliffs and Painted Cliffs. Enjoy strolling along open grassy hillsides, along stunning coast and through open woodlands. There is even time for a refreshing dip at either Darlington or Hopground Beach.

Day 3: Cycle Tour Painted Cliffs & Encampment Cove. Or optional walk
Self Guided Maria Island Pack-Free Walk

CYCLE GRADE: 26km circuit, 4-5 hours. Optional side trips, add 1 ½ – 2 hours.

TERRAIN: Medium riding grade with a few hills and some rocky sections. Optional ride available for those who are not confident cyclists or who feel like a smoother ride on well-groomed gravel roads.

OPTIONAL WALK: For those not interested in cycling, several walking options are available today up to 9kms in distance.

ITINERARY: Maria Island is a cyclist’s paradise with gently undulating and well-formed roads with virtually no traffic to worry about. This cycling circuit takes in the island’s rich and beautiful forests, its more remote historic locations, at the southern end of the island, as well as its stunning coastline of hidden coves and scenic headlands. It is a fabulous and easy way to reach some gorgeous scenery and take in everything this magnificent island has to offer. There is an optional walk available for those that prefer not to cycle. Afterwards, collect your luggage and enjoy the final ferry ride back to mainland Tasmania. Here you’ll meet your driver for the transfer back to Launceston; the end of a remarkable adventure.

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

Average Weather & Rainfall
Self Guided Maria Island Pack-Free Walk

This track can be walked all year round. The warmest months to walk in Tasmania are between December and March with average daily temperatures between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius, whilst Spring and Autumn also offer ideal walking conditions.


Tour Prices

and selecting a date of your choice

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.

$ 1499 /p

First time traveller with Life's An Adventure


Normal Price….. $1699

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$ 1399 /p

Travelled with Life's An Adventure previously


Past Passenger….. $1599

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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.


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.
  • No Credit Cards fees.
  • 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.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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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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