Explore the breathtaking beauty of Maria Island National park with its deep-etched convict history
Daily at 7.30 am from accommodation in Hobart city
Recognised as one of Australia’s truly outstanding journeys, the award-winning four day Maria Island Walk in Tasmania is the best possible way to explore the wonders of Maria Island; a unique island with no permanent population, no development and few visitors. Reconnect with nature and yourself in 4 days that will last a lifetime.
You arrive at the historic coastal town of Triabunna. Our boat will take you to Maria Island through the sparkling waters of Mercury Passage to the isthmus of Maria Island. You will set foot on a pristine, untouched beach, exactly as explorers did years earlier. Here you enjoy lunch overlooking the crystal azure waters of Shoal Bay before taking a walk to the tranquil Casuarina Beach camp. That afternoon explore the trail through the tall eucalypt forest down to the spectacular Haunted Bay.
That evening, after a fine Tasmanian gourmet dinner, stroll along the beach at sunset with a glass of wine, delighting in the day you’ve had and excited by what lies ahead.
Wake up to the busy chattering of the wattle birds and, from the comfort of your bed, watch the morning sun sparkle through the forest. This is one of the truly great guided walks of Australia! After a delicious breakfast, it’s time to start your journey along five beautiful beaches. Watch dolphins play in the surf and sea eagles soaring overhead as you walk past the carpet of exotic shells lining the water’s edge. By late afternoon you arrive at White Gums camp for a refreshing swim. After the perfect day, you can relax with your fellow walkers, before enjoying a candlelit dinner of the finest Tasmanian food and wine.
Today our Tasmanian Walking Guides will take you inland to the heart of the Island to discover the rich greens of the grand forests. You’ll wander through the world’s largest stand of giant Tasmanian blue gums and can choose to climb the peaks of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk. It’s a 700 metres climb through rare “cloud” rain forests. As you can imagine, the views are simply breathtaking. That evening you arrive at Tasmanian’s fascinating World Heritage listed settlement of Darlington where you’ll stay at the elegant colonial Bernacchi House and enjoy a final night banquet with fine wine and conversation.
The final day begins with a delicious breakfast followed by a walk around the northern tip of Maria Island. The walk takes you through a variety of spectacular woodlands and forests with rare endemic birds, wallabies and wombats on show. You continue on to the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay and then head down to the remarkable fossils at Fossil Cliffs. Arriving back at Darlington we enjoy a celebratory farewell lunch before boarding the boat to go back to the mainland Tasmania and Hobart taking with you incredible memories and stories of an amazing four days, walking in Tasmania, spent in a very special place.
This was by far one of the best things I have ever done. The natural beauty of Maria Island is breathtaking. In terms of the trip, it was exceptionally well organised with every little detail thought of. As a novice, it was great to have gear like packs provided. The food was outstanding. Big thanks to our wonderful guides Dan and Jai who really made the trip!
P.S. I literally forgot about work on the trip – that has never happened before!!!
The whole Maria Island walk was wonderful – we loved the experience. The guides were outstanding, the walk well paced, the food and wine of the highest quality and the camp sites comfortable. In addition we were fortunate to have brilliant weather and a terrific group of people to walk with. Our guides Jo and Maddie were super-skilled and not phased by any setbacks. Very impressed.
This was the first time I’ve ever done a walking holiday. It was an amazing experience. The guides Gemma and Jai were fantastic. Nothing was an issue for them. The quality of the camp sites are amazing. The food and wine was lovely. I haven’t stopped talking about the trip. A wonderful trip. Thank you.