The Island and Us
A World Heritage Area & National Park
Maria Island lies 10 km off the East Coast of Tasmania, Australia and is a 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Hobart.
A trip to Tasmania would not be complete without visiting Maria. There is nowhere else in Tasmania where in one place aboriginal and early European history combined with abundant wildlife and unique plant species is so rich.
Maria is a peaceful and relaxing place. There are no vehicles, just beautiful scenery, plentiful wildlife and deserted beaches. To add to the beauty of the island, Maria has an intriguing history.
After the first explorers, came the whalers and sealers, and a convict station pre-dating Port Arthur. Now, Maria Island is a National Park and has recently been given World Heritage Area status.
The island has 2 parts, northern and southern. Both have distinct geographical features. There are no vehicles, shops, hotels, or is there power on Maria, so we have to be self – sufficient.
The trails that you’ll walk are easy and your daypack will be light. You will explore the length and breadth of the island and there is much evidence of aboriginal and colonial occupation, farming and early industry.
The island is abundant with wildlife and plant communities. You will see wombats, wallabies, pademelons and forester kangaroos. There are over 114 bird species including introduced Cape Barren Geese. The islands vegetation is varied and stunning.
Your tour cost is based on joining from Hobart and includes the following:
- Spectacular 1 hour scenic charter flight over the Tasman Peninsula then landing on Maria Island and / or ferry access.
- We will supply you with a comfortable daypack, sleeping bag, liner and mattress and pillow.
- When walking your daypack including your personal gear should not exceed 10kg. If you think that you can’t carry it, no problem we can carry it for you.
- All food while on the tour. All evening meals are 3 courses, consisting of local Tasmanian produce complimented with fine Tasmanian wines.
Maria Island Guided Walks was founded by Stan & Senna Ellerm to provide truly unique and exceptional walking experiences for Tasmanian, Domestic and International visitors.
All our guides have a wealth of knowledge of Maria Island and have been guiding on the island collectively for over 9 years.
Maria Island Guided Walks is part of the Australian owned company Tasmanian Hikes who conduct guided walks throughout the state of Tasmania.
Leave No Trace
Maria Island is renowned for its wilderness, Aboriginal and European Heritage and unique plant and animal species.
To ensure that our presence on the island does not impact on the environment, Maria Island Guided Walks applies the principles of LEAVE NO TRACE.
Leave No Trace is an internationally accepted way of minimising impacts on the places that we visit.