Maria Island Walk

A truly remarkable place in Australia, a walk not to be missed.

Vogue Living nominated the walk as the no.1 thing to do in their list of ‘35 things to do in Australia this summer’.

Click here to read the full list.

They also wrote, “According to our editor, this is the best walk in Australia”.

Departs Hobart

  • 4 days Departing daily Oct 1 – Apr 30

Maria Island is a short boat ride from Triabunna, on Tasmania’s east coast near Hobart. The island has a Mediterranean-style climate and a varied landscape that includes rugged coastline, untouched beaches, striking mountains, 15 forest communities and diverse geology. As a national park, it is home to wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, fairy penguins, the world’s second rarest goose – the Cape Barren goose – and several other rare and unusual bird species, including 11 of the 12 endemic Tasmanian species. The surrounding waters harbour diverse marine life such as dolphins and whales on their migration path to the Antarctic. The island is 11,550 hectares, 19.3 km long and 13 km wide and is just a few hours from Hobart.

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Day 1

Hobart – Mercury Passage – Shoal Bay

‘The first steps… – You arrive at the historic coastal town of Triabunna. Our boat will take you 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 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. (Distance 8 kms).

Day 2

Riedle Bay – Point Lesueur – Bloodstone Point

‘Five fabulous beaches. – 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. 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. Can it get any better than this? (Distance 13 kms).

Day 3

Hopgrounds Beach – Mt. Maria

‘Into the heart, up to the heights. – Today you head inland to the heart of the Island and discover the rich greens of the grand forests. You’ll wander through the planet’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 700metres climb through rare “cloud” rainforests. As you can imagine, the views are simply breathtaking. That evening you arrive at the fascinating world heritage settlement of Darlington where you’ll stay at the elegant colonial Bernacchi House and enjoy a final night banquet with fine wine and conversation. Another day that’s given you plenty to dream about. (Distance 9-17 kms).

Day 4

Darlington – Hobart

‘The fabulous Top End. – 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 and Hobart taking with you incredible memories and stories of an amazing four days spent in a very special place. Memories, stories and new friends that will last a lifetime. (Distance 4 kms)

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On the rare occasions when sea conditions make the crossing to Maria Island uncomfortable, there may be delays or alternative arrangements will be made.

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The perfect end to a perfect day of walking, is sitting down to a candlelit dinner and enjoying a gourmet meal of fresh Tasmanian produce, expertly prepared by your expert guides, complemented by some of Tasmania’s finest wines.

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Dates and cost

  • 4 days Departing daily from 1st Oct – 1st May (Subject to availability)
Twin Share
High Season: (Dec 26 2016 -April 30 2017) AUD $2,450

High Season: (Dec 26 2017 -April 30 2018) AUD $2,500

Low Season: (Oct 1-Dec 25 2016) AUD $2,400

Low Season: (Oct 1-Dec 25 2017) AUD $2,450

What’s included

  • Hotel transfers, bus and boat transport
  • Park entry fees
  • Twin-share accommodation
  • All meals and wine
  • Guiding services
  • Use of waterproof jacket and backpack

What’s not included

  • Return airfares to Hobart
  • Pre or post expedition hotel accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

How to Book

The completion and return of the booking form is mandatory to the acceptance of reservation. We advise that you book as far ahead as possible. To initiate your reservation, please complete the Booking Form which must be signed and returned to Adventure Associates along with the applicable Deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the Booking Form and deposit payment. Ticketing and joining instructions are normally issued two weeks prior to departure.

Deposit required: $500 per person
Balance due: 60 days prior to departure
If booking within
60 days of departure:
full payment is required immediately

Cancellations and refunds

Written instructions only will be accepted by Adventure Associates to cancel a reservation. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, cruise companies, coach and tour operators, hotels (where applicable) and any other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable provisions will apply.

Between 60-30 days prior to departure $500 per person
Within 29 days prior to departure No Refund

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

Picture 051MariaIsland_BernacchiHouse MariaIsland_WildernessHuts Costs are quoted in Australian Dollars per person, inclusive of 10% GST. All itineraries and prices may be subject to changes beyond our control as a result of airline rescheduling, tour arrangements, fare and hotel rate increases. Please check before you book to ascertain if there are any alterations to the tour you select.