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.
SUGGESTED PRE NIGHT ACCOMMODATION: Grand Chancellor Launceston
DEPARTURE TIME: 6.00am
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.
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.
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.
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This is a seasonal walk - the best times to walk are between September and May, but it is also available all year round.
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$ 1199 /p
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3 day self guided walk $1199
$ 1099 /p
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3 day self guided walk $1099
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