Maria Island is 100% national park and has a resident population of just two park rangers and their one car! It is also an island sanctuary for many rare and unusual Tasmanian kangaroos and wallabies, wombats and echidnas, as well as a healthy population of Tasmanian devils.
This spectacular island National Park is situated just off the east coast of Tasmania. It’s tranquility combined with its natural beauty, rare wildlife and fascinating history makes it a unique and special place.
Maria Island’s pristine untouched beaches, the crystal clear waters of the surrounding Marine Reserve and scenery like the magnificent Mt Maria and Bishop and Clerk peaks will take your breath away. You’ll wander through forests of magnificent blue and white gums, some of them over 400 years old and unique to Maria Island. You’ll step back in time and walk where convicts and explorers have walked before you.
At the Fossils Cliffs you’ll see shellfish fossil beds unlike any other in the world. Maria Island is also famous for its abundance of wildlife being home to rare and endangered species like the Swift Parrot and Cape Barron Goose and of course, the Tasmanian Devil. It’s difficult to describe the beauty of Maria Island, you really have to see it to believe it.
During the day guests carry only light packs (6-8kgs) and walk at a leisurely pace covering 30 kilometres (20 miles) over four days, with the longest day at 14 kilometres. Walking is on gentle paths or firm beaches with our two friendly and expert local guides providing interesting interpretation throughout.
The walk is the ultimate in authentic, cultural, small group tourism and it is easy to understand why it is regarded amongst Australia’s top experiences.
There are guides and there are Maria Island guides…
Our guides are such an important part of your Maria Island experience. Our guides are not only chosen for their warm, caring and likeable personalities but also for their love of Maria Island.
There’s very little our guides don’t know about the history flora and wildlife on Maria Island. Just ask them and you’ll soon find out.
Guests often comment that our guides made their walk on Maria Island unforgettable.
After a day of walking, you will relax in comfortable, elegant accommodation. The first two nights are in beautiful wilderness camps and the last night we stay in the historic Bernacchi House in the UNESCO world heritage listed settlement of Darlington. Our accommodation is provided exclusively for our guests and allows you to feel completely immersed in the wilderness and history of Maria Island
This isn’t camping as you know it. Our African safari style wilderness camps are located only moments from stunning beaches, tucked away in the beautiful surrounding forest. They are specially designed to have a small environmental footprint with bush showers and clean composting toilets. 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.
A beautiful experience on its own.