Maria Island Day Tour

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Step back in time, slow down and enjoy a big day out on this island National Park. Maria Island has a diverse range of highlights including convict history, spectacular coastal cliffs and deserted beaches.

Maria Island Day Tour
From$ aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Maria Island National Park
  • Painted Cliffs
  • Hopground Beach Walk
  • The Fossil Cliffs walk
  • Abundant wildlife
  • Darlington World Heritage convict site

Tour Info

  • Day Tour
Duration 1 Day
Price From $
Vehicle Mini Bus
Suitability 8+ Years
Start Hobart @ 07.30 am
Finish Hobart @ 07.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Just one hour's drive from Hobart, on Tasmania's East Coast, Maria Island is a stunning island National Park accessed by boat. It is rich in local wildlife, amazing scenery and world heritage convict history. We enjoy a series of moderate walks exploring the beautiful Painted Cliffs, the dramatic Fossil Cliffs and the remarkable Darlington World Heritage convict site. With no cars on the island the area is peaceful, beautiful, the pace is slow and relaxed, and the beaches are perfect for summer swimming without the crowds.

The island is a Noah's ark for wildlife and is home to wallabies, kangaroo's, rare Cape Barren Geese, wombats and the recently introduced Tasmanian Devi as part of the Save the Tasmanian Devil program.Swim in the pristine sheltered bays and beaches.Watch out for dolphins, seals and penguins - even the odd whale - all often seen during your boat crossing to this island paradise. The island is a world away yet so close to your doorstep from Hobart!

This is a tour for active travellers who are keen to walk and enjoy this unique island. Setting out on foot we have 2 main walking trails this day, covering a total distance of almost 10 kms. Both of our walks are categorised as Great Short Walks of Tasmania. The Painted Cliffs Walk at Hopground Beach feature the beautifully patterned sandstone cliffs. The Fossil Cliffs walk, takes you to amazing cliffs that drop sheer into the ocean. It offers a fascinating insight into the past environments of Maria Island along with expansive views of the Freycinet Peninsula.

You have an opportunity to swim, photograph and soak up the island life as Maria works its magic on you. Maria Island is a National Park so we are exposed to all that nature will offer on the day, so please come prepared. The island is a haven for abundant wildlife, it is one of Tasmania's bird watching hot spots. Wombats can also be seen around the island, as well as Pademelons, Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies and Tasmanian Devils.

Even the ferry ride is part of the highlights of the day, the waters we cross are also abundant in sea life, we keep our eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and penguins along the way.

**** GUESTS PLEASE NOTE: Maria Island is a special, beautiful and wild island National Park accessible by boat. There are no cars, shops etc. on the island. Facilities are limited. Please ensure you are able to carry everything you will need for the day. You will need a day pack to carry warm clothing as necessary. A jacket suitable for walking in light rain conditions. Equally, you will need adequate sun protection should it be a warm sunny day. Please ensure you have a large water bottle. You will have an opportunity to purchase lunch/sandwiches in the morning but we recommend you buy your snacks prior to the day if you prefer. Please ensure you wear comfortable footwear for walking. The walking on Maria Island is graded as easy walking. However, we are on the island for around 6 hours, with around 10 km's of walking trails to explore. Please ensure your clothing and footwear is adequate for this type of activity in the great outdoors. There is time to swim and relax should you choose to.

Join us on this day of discovery rich in environmental and cultural history.

*** Highlights

Explore Maria Island National Park (6hrs)

Return ferry (45mins each way)

Painted Cliffs "Great Short Walk"

Fossil Cliffs "Great Short Walk"

Darlington World Heritage convict site

Amazing, abundant wildlife

Stunning secluded beaches and bays


  • National Park entrance fee
  • Return ferry crossing fee
  • Professional guides and interpretive walks
  • Small, friendly groups
  • CBD Hotel/Hostel pick up and drop off


  • Meals - You may bring your lunch with you or we will stop to give you an opportunity to purchase your lunch/refreshments on the day.  
  • Departs from Hobart Tuesday and Thursday (01 Dec - 30 Apr only)

what to bring

  • Sensible shoes for walking
  • A variety of warm clothing, beanie/hat/gloves
  • Weatherproof jacket if possible
  • Hat/Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle, Snacks, Lunch (or buy it on the day)
  • Camera
  • Sense of adventure

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