Maria Island Walk, The
Part of Great Walks of Australia and Great Walks of Tasmania, the Maria Island Walk is a four-day guided journey through stunning coastal and mountain landscapes. Explore an island national park that is a Noah’s Ark for Tasmanian wildlife and has fascinating layers of cultural and natural history.
The walk features pristine secluded beaches, elegant tall forests, stunning vistas and many rare and endangered birds. The convict settlement pre-dates Port Arthur and you can explore the ruins from the industrial period of Bernacchi’s era, as well as the natural wonders of the Fossil cliffs and beautiful sandstone sculptures of the Painted Cliffs.
This award-winning walk offers gourmet Tasmanian food and wines; accommodation in private wilderness camps and an authentic colonial experience in the restored, heritage-listed Bernacchi House in Darlington.
The Maria Island Walk provides relaxation with two friendly and knowledgeable guides and a maximum of ten guests per trip. The small groups ensure a balance for both the pleasure of solitude in nature and the companionship of sharing the experience.
Trips depart daily from October to April. Walking times range from two-six hours a day, with optional sidewalks and mountain climbs to the summits of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk.
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- The Maria Island Walk Tour: Four Day Guided Walk
Day 1: Journey up Tasmania’s east Coast and board a private catamaran that ferries you to the southern end of Maria Island. Arrive with ample time to enjoy the stunning scenery and a walk through the beautiful forests. Indulge in a refreshing swim on a pristine beach and enjoy Tasmanian wine and fresh food.
Day 2: Walk from Reidle Bay 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. At camp, put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine serenaded by native birdsong and sounds of the ocean.
Day 3: Enjoy the stunning Hopgrounds Beach and the remarkable Painted Cliffs or continue to the summit of Mt Maria for breathtaking views. Finish the day with a sumptuous three-course dinner in a colonial home.
Day 4: Relax and enjoy the serenity and fascinating history of Darlington on a gentle tour around the convict settlement. The more adventurous can amble through tall Blue Gum forest to convict brickworks, a heritage reservoir and the fossil cliffs. Conclude with a champagne lunch overlooking stunning Freycinet Peninsula.
- Waiting Area
- Animal Viewing
- Marine Animal watching
- Food and Wine
- National Park
- Nature based
- Soft Adventure