The Maria Island Walk
4 day trip, 4 days walking, 2 nights luxury tented camp, 1 night accommodated
Trip Duration: 4 days
Grade: Introductory to Moderate
Activities: Day Walking
Cost joining in Hobart: CA $2,445 per person twin share
The magic of walking on Maria Island will mesmerize all who come to experience its World Heritage listed ruins, rugged cliffs and mountains, sweeping bays and abundant wildlife. Located just off the East Coast of Tasmania, the island is a walker’s paradise with no motor vehicles or shops to distract you from the island’s unspoiled wilderness. This personalized guided walk showcases the very best of Maria Island. Carrying only a light pack and travelling in small groups of ten, your two experienced local guides will bring your walks to life as you explore the pristine beaches, ancient Blue Gum forests, convict settlements, ancient Aboriginal sites and even an optional climb to the 711‑metre summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking panoramic views over the area. The walks are set at a gentle pace so there is plenty of time to observe the amazing Tasmanian bird and wildlife or to discover the fascinating history of the island.
* Explore this extraordinary ‘garden of Eden’
* Stay at the elegant colonial Bernacchi House
* Get an insight into the convict past of the island
* Spectacular views back to the mainland from the summit of Bishop & Clerk or Mt Maria
* Spot a Tasmanian Devil!
* Delicious meals featuring Tasmanian food and wines
* Discover the remarkable fossils at Fossil Cliffs
DAY 1 Hobart to Maria Island
We start with a hotel pickup in Hobart. After a short drive to Triabunna, we board our boat and explore Mercury Passage en route to Shoal Bay on Maria Island’s isthmus, arriving in ample time to enjoy stunning views and walk through beautiful forest with abundant wildlife. Relax at the delightful Casuarina Beach Camp, take a swim in the sheltered bay and enjoy fresh Tasmanian food and wine.
In the evening, after a fine gourmet dinner, stroll along the beach at sunset with a glass of wine, delighting in the day you’ve had and excited by what lies ahead.
DAY 2 Explore five fabulous beaches
Walk from Riedle Bay across the rare land formation of the isthmus to Shoal Bay to stroll five fabulous beaches. Explore the convict cells at Point Lesueur and visit an ochre pit at Bloodstone Point – one of the original ochre sources for the Tasmanian Aborigines. Put your feet up at White Gums Camp, where native birds will entertain you while you sip wine on the deck and anticipate dinner.
DAY 3 Explore Darlington and the peaks of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk
Head inland to green forests that are a prime habitat for the endangered 40-Spotted Pardalote. Take the gentle inland track to Hopgrounds Beach and the Painted Cliffs or continue to the 711-metre summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking 360 views. Or save the mountain climb for Bishop and Clerk, with its fantastic sea and coastline vistas. Finish the day with a sumptuous banquet and accommodation in the historic colonial home once occupied by Italian entrepreneur, Diego Bernacchi.
Distance: 9 - 17kms
DAY 4 Maria Island to Hobart
A chance to relax and enjoy the serenity of Darlington and walk through the tall Blue Gum forest, to the convict brickworks and heritage reservoir and around to the world class Fossil Cliffs. Enjoy a champagne lunch overlooking the distant Freycinet peninsula, followed by a gentle tour around the convict settlement and industrial ruins of Darlington and soak up the atmosphere. Return to Hobart for a last farewell followed by a drop off at your hotel. A transfer to Hobart airport is available, connecting with flights departing from 6pm.
PLEASE NOTE - On the rare occasions when sea conditions make the crossing to Maria Island uncomfortable, there may be delays or alternative arrangements will be made
Accommodations on the trip
The first two nights of the 4 day Maria Island Walk are spent in wilderness camps situated in beautiful bush and only a stone’s throw from the beach. These camps are specially designed to have a small environmental footprint. You’ll fall asleep in a comfortable bed in your own bush cabin to the sound of waves gently lapping nearby and wake to the sound of birds in the forest.
The last night on Maria Island you’ll be staying in the beautifully restored Bernacchi House at Darlington, a rare, heritage listed house dating back to 1880. After a final night’s banquet take a stroll on to veranda and marvel at the millions of stars and the fragrance of the lavender garden below.
> Professional guides
> 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners and wine
> 3 nights twin‑share accommodation
> Bus/boat transfers between Hobart and Maria Island
> National Park fees
> Use of backpacks, sleeping bag liners, pillow cases, head torches & waterproof jackets
> Emergency communications & group first aid kit
What’s not included
> Accommodation before or after the trip
> Items of a personal nature ‑ car parking etc
> Travel insurance