Maria Island Day Tour from Hobart: Maria Island, located north west of Hobart, offers something for just about every nature lover and history buff. It contains historic ruins, sweeping wide bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, and some truely remarkable wildlife. Maria Island is easily accessed by ferry. Once on this beautiful island, you will be on foot as there are no vehicles and shops. This a beautiful island with some stunning natural wonders and an early colonial convict site to visit.
Maria Island Day Tour
- Ferry trip with sweeping views of the coastline.
- Morning walking tour to the amazing Fossil Cliffs
- Exploring the convict station of Darlington
- Afternoon walk to the vibrant Painted Cliffs
- Relaxing with a local drop of wine
On the Day
Begin with a scenic drive from Hobart to the stunning East Coast we arriving at Triabunna, departure point for the ferry. Over morning tea we view the walking map, introduce the layered history of Maria Island and learn the minimal impact bushwalking principles of leave no trace. Maria Island ferry takes 30 minutes to cross the Mercury Passage.
Arriving for lunch in the UNESCO listed Darlington Convict Site, we will have time to explore the incredible history before sitting down for a picnic lunch in the Mess Hall.
Our second walk for the day is another of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks, The Fossil Cliffs circuit. This gentle 1.5-hour walk is beautiful. Walking beneath bird-rich forests, we arrive at the Fossil Bay lookout with extensive out to the Tasman Sea. Gaze at the uplifted beauty of Bishop and Clerk, the Islands second highest peak.
Walking around the Northern tip of Maria, we visit the fossil cliff quarry, get up close with ancient fossil records. Walking back to Darlington Bay, we pass more convict ruins and kangaroo grazing plains. Keep an eye out for the famous wombats!
Before returning to Hobart (around 5.30pm), soak your feet in the bay & reflect on Maria's history.
- Departs 7:20 am from Hobart Travel and Information Centre (20 Davey Street)
- Transfers back to your Hobart CBD accommodation on return.
What is Supplied:
- Guided Maria Island walking experience
- UNESCO Darlington Convict Site
- Maria Island Ferry Ticket
- Local qualified guide / driver
- Transport to Triabunna
- Comfortable mini-van
- Morning tea/coffee/fruit
- Picnic Lunch – Local Produce
- Glass of Tasmanian wine
- National Parks Pass
- Interpretation of natural and cultural sites
What to bring:
- Wear warm, comfortable clothing,
- A base layer and jacket for the wind/rain.
- Worn in jogging shoes or hiking boots.
- Rain jackets can be borrowed.
- Hiking poles available if needed.
- Minimum age is 10 years or older.
- Adult aged 18+
- Concessions are 65+ or a tertiary school student.
- Child aged 10 - 17.**
- The Maria Island Day Tour takes approx. 10 hours.
- 3 – 8 guests.
- A minimum of 3 people are needed for a tour to proceed.
- 8-10km with approx. 4hrs of walking
- Rated a grade 2 - easy terrain + a Historic site.
- Track Rating: 2, involves hardened formed tracks, short hill section, cliff edge.
- Terrain: Beach, coastal, some hills.
- Includes 2 of Tasmania's 60 Great Short walks
Cancellations by Operator
- If the operator cancels your tour, you can transfer the fare paid towards a tour on an alternate date or alternatively receive a full refund.
- In circumstances where a cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs.
- Break Loose or the tour operator are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.
Cancellations by You
- We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance which includes cover for cancellation costs.
- If you cancel your booking before departure for single day and multi-day tours we may at our absolute discretion charge the following fees;
- 30 days or more: 25% of fare;
- 8 to 29 days: 50% of fare; or
- 0 to 7 days or no show: 100% of fare.