The maria island guided walk – $1950

THE WALK

Your 4day Maria Island Guided Walk begins with a picturesque drive from Hobart to the seaside town of Triabunna. It is from here that we catch our ferry, the Osprey 2 on a 30 minute cruise to Maria Island.

Once on Maria Island your guides will immerse you in the islands history and lead you on an amazing 4day exploration. You’ll experience close encounters with amazing wildlife and marvel at spectacular sandstone cliffs. Maria Island also boasts having some of the best beaches in Tasmania.

The walking each day is gentle but reasonably good walking fitness is required to manage the daily distances. Your pack will be light and you are only required to carry your personal belongings for 2 out of the 4 days. If you are unable to carry your pack, no problem, we can carry it for you [at no extra cost].

Your accommodation is in large twin share safari tents with comfortable stretcher beds for 2 nights and 1 night in the converted Penitentiary Cell shared accommodation.

Your meals are of fresh local produce with 3 course dinners.

Highlights

– Amazing coastal landforms – patterned sandstone cliffs and fossilised rock formations

– Aboriginal, European and Convict history

– Convict period buildings – some of the best intact / preserved convict period buildings in Australia

– Abundant wildlife, including over 114 species of birds, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Wallabies and Kangaroos

– Easy walking on pristine beaches, through forests and up mountainous peaks for the more adventurous

– Optional evening star watching through our computerised telescope

We hope that you enjoy reading the itinerary below and please take some time to read the FAQ’s. If your question doesn’t appear in the list please get in touch by giving us a call on 0400 882 742 or sending us an email to: walks@mariaisland.com.au

To book a tour please click on the book now button below. Tours depart on Wednesdays & return on Saturdays. However, there are a few Monday departures for 2021/22. Please see highlighted days on the calendar.

 

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     At the Fossil Cliffs looking towards Mount Bishop & Clerk

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Four Mile Beach, Maria Island – Photo Credit Darroch Donald

The Itinerary

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DAY 1: DARLINGTON TO FRENCH’S FARM

Starting from the settlement of Darlington, you’ll walk south along Maria Islands western coastline, to the amazing Painted Cliffs. The Painted Cliffs are famous for their stunning patterned sandstone rocks, which have been smoothed and shaped by thousands of years of weathering. 

A bit further south we approach Four Mile Beach for lunch and potentially a swim for the more adventurous. Four Mile Beach is positioned approximately 1/2 way on our journey to French’s Farm.

Following lunch we pass over a headland to the beautiful pristine white sands, and aqua clear waters of Soldiers and Bloodstone Beaches. Beach-combing, studying shells and walking with the sand between your toes is your only worry here.

At the end of Bloodstone Beach is Point Lesueur and convict ruins of the 2nd Convict Era. After a moment of reflection it is a short walk to our camp at the historic French’s Farm.

Trip Distance – 14km over a leisurely  5 – 6 hours.

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Four Mile Beach – Photo Darroch Donald

 

Day 2: Day Walk to Haunted Bay | Robey’s Farm

Today our preferred destination is to Haunted Bay or alternatively to Robey’s Farm if you would like a shorter distance to walk.

You’ll walk to Haunted Bay along kilometres of stunning beaches so beautiful and remote, it gives you that feeling of total relaxation and escape.

Oyster Catchers and Hooded Plovers dance along the beach in front of you and Pacific Gulls and Black Swans float restfully in the bay.

We’ll pass by Aboriginal Middens and through a tall Eucalypt forest and arrive at Haunted Bay for a picnic lunch.

Following lunch you’ll retrace your steps back to our camp at French’s Farm, enjoy a pre-dinner swim or a sunset stroll amongst the Wombats and Kangaroos.

Trip Distance: 19km or 16km for the Robey’s Farm option. Medium effort 6 – 8 hours.

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The Isthmus – Photo Darroch Donald

Day 3: French’s Farm to Darlington via Inland Track

Today you’ll walk back to Darlington via the inland track through a majestic forest of Stringy Barks and White Peppermints. The track undulates through the foothills of Mount Maria and over the upper reaches of Four Mile Creek.

En-route to Darlington you’ll visit the Oast House, built in 1844 by convict labour, and believed to be the oldest in Australia. During the many eras of Maria Island’s history, the Oast House was not only for drying hops, but it also served as a wine making facility as well as a abattoir in farming times.

At Darlington, a World Heritage property, you’ll stay in the converted Penitentiary, the original cells of the convicts. The history of criminal reform, industrial foresight and the farming era oozes from the buildings. 

After a late leisurely lunch, guests can have the afternoon off or we can organise a short history tour of Darlington.

Trip Distance 12km – easy to medium 4 hours

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One of the many Wombats – Photo Darroch Donald

Day 4: Mount Bishop & Clerk + History Tour

Today we have a couple of options depending on your fitness levels or interest. Our guides offer a return summit walk to Mount Bishop & Clerk for spectacular vistas, which is an early 8am start, to return in time for a late lunch or a more leisurely stroll around the northern end of Maria Island taking in the islands fascinating history.

The main settlement of Darlington and its surrounding coastline is unique and intriguing. Your guides will retell the tales of Maria’s past inhabitants as you walk form one historic building to the next.

This short northern circuit walk will give you stunning views of the Fossil Cliffs and the Freycinet Peninsula. 

Mid afternoon enjoy a picturesque cruise back across the Mercury Passage to Triabunna, often accompanied by pools of dolphins.

Trip distance – 4km for the Circuit Walk – 8km for the Mountain Summit

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One of the many Historic Buildings on Maria Island – Photo Darroch Donald

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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COVID 19 – How we’ll keep you safe

  • In our Vehicles – Free face-masks and hand sanitiser are available for all guests. Temperature checks will be conducted as guests enter the bus and the Check in App must be scanned. Masks will be carried on the tour and used if required.
  • Group Sizes – Our maximum group size is 10 and on average the group size is 8. These small group sizes carry less inherent risk of COVID 19
  • Social Distancing – Our groups camps are well away from the general public campsites and we follow the recommended 1.5m distancing rule whist in camp and on the walk.
  • Vaccinations – Currently most of the Leaders / Guides in our employ are fully vaccinated, or have had at least 1 jab.
  • Sharing Tents – Our hikes are based on twin share. Should there be a high percentage of couples or family members that can share a twin tent on any given tour, we will supply a single person tent to the remaining independent travellers. Campsite sizes and single person tent availability may impact this offer.
  • Self Isolating – We are able to receive COVID 19 updates / alerts via our satellite phones and local networks. If a guest on a tour has originated or visited a LGA of concern, and is required to isolate, we can accommodate that guest at a safe distance away from our camp. This guest will walk independently from the main group for the remainder of the tour, accompanied by a guide.
  • Evacuation – Should a guest develop COVID 19 symptoms on tour, that guest will be evacuated via the nearest evacuation route by a guide, and then taken to the nearest hospital or testing clinic.

what time & where do you pick up guests on day 1?

Guests are collected from their Hotels @ 0800am on the first day of the tour.

What time do we return back to Hobart?

The tour departs Maria Island at 2.30pm and arrives back in Hobart at approximately 5.pm

How big are the groups and what are the minimum numbers?

Our maximum group size is 8 guests. We can cater for up to 10 guests if you are a private group. Our minimum numbers can fluctuate depending on public holidays / weekends, but mostly it is 2 guests. 

Is there a single supplement?

There are no single supplements or charges for a solo traveller. 

On what days do tours depart?

Tours depart on Wednesdays only. These days will be highlighted in the booking calendar. If any of these days is not showing on the calendar, that tour date is full. However there are a limited number of Monday departures for 2021/22

what is the average weight of guests packs?

The weight of your pack is limited by what you bring. At the booking stage we will email to you a gear list to help you with what to pack. You will only need to carry your personal gear. You will not be required to carry any camping gear, for example, sleeping bags or pillows etc. Typically your bag will weigh between 7kg – 10kg. Should you not be able to carry your pack because of a pre-existing injury, or if you find it difficult, no problems, we can carry it for you.

Can you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, we can cater for most dietary requirements, for example, Vegan, Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Coeliac. Lifestyle diets like Keto etc may attract a small surcharge.

Where do I store my excess luggage?

Most Hotels in Hobart can store excess luggage until you return. If not and if you are returning to a different Hotel, we can store it for you. Please have your excess luggage ready when we pick you up on day 1.

What is included in the price?

Included in your tour cost is: 2 x Outdoor Guides, shuttle transfers to Triabunna & return, cost of the Ferry, National Parks Pass for Maria Island, and all food.

What fitness levels are required?

A reasonable level of walking fitness is required to manage the daily distances. Most of the walking is flat on established tracks and 4wd roads. Beach walking is generally on hard sand. There are some hills, but we do have some options to destinations which will eliminate them.

Is there phone reception on the island?

There is good reception in the northern 1/2 of the island and along the coasts. Reception can be occasionally patchy in the southern end of the island. 

What gear should I bring?

Basically pack according to the forecast. Nights even in summer can be cool, so warm items are essential. A gear list will be emailed to you at the booking stage and we recommend that you bring everything that is listed.

What amenities are on the island?

On Maria Island we have to be self sufficient. There are no shops, cafe’s and in some areas, no electricity. In the northern end of the island there are showers and flushing toilets, In the south just decomposing toilets and no electricity. We recommend that you bring a power pack to charge electrical items. A power cord for your phone will come in handy when we are in the northern end.

Can guests meet the tour at Triabunna

If you are self-driving around the state, you are welcome to meet us at the Ferry in Triabunna. Please be there at least 30 minutes before the ferry departs. There is ample parking.