Maria Island National Park, Tasmania

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#9 of 83 in Nature in Tasmania
Unwind and admire tall cliffs amidst greenery at Maria Island National Park, a natural wildlife sanctuary featuring World Heritage-listed historic ruins off the east coast of Tasmania. Explore a well-preserved convict probation station in the ghost town of Darlington, featuring a commissariat store built in 1825. Wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, and Tasmanian devils populate the grassland areas and tall eucalyptus forests. With excellent hiking and cycling opportunities, the island draws both day-trippers and overnight visitors. Accessible only by ferry, the park offers basic tourist facilities. Make Maria Island National Park a centerpiece of your Orford vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Orford online trip itinerary planner .
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  • We caught the 10:30 ferry over and the 3:30 back. We found it to be plenty of time although we didn’t see everything there was to offer! Hire bikes, that way you can see a lot more in a shorter space ...  more »
  • Maria Island is unspoilt due mainly to their policy of no shops and what you take over you bring back including waste. It is a 30 min ride from Triabunna on a well-appointed fast ferry which can handl...  more »
  • We went there on the first ferry at 9 am and returned at 5 pm. It wasn't enough since we rode bikes from Darlington all the way down to Encampment Cove, including lunch and water stops and beach time....  more »
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  • What an interesting location; history, geography, scenery and beaches. The walking trails are well maintained, marked and supported with interpretative signs. If you only have a day make the most of it and see what you can, but you really need a couple of days to fully appreciate and explore this island. Camping grounds and bunk house available for overnight stays but no shops or commercial outlets other than bike hire on the island. Yes a great location for mountain bike riding.
  • Excellent place hike. We did the painted cliffs and the Fossil cliffs. You can see the painted cliffs at high tide despite what you are told. You just have to take one of the more difficult paths down after walking past the first access point to the bluffs above the cliffs. The Fossil cliffs were nothing special but we loved the hike. Beautiful scenery everywhere you look. It's a bit expensive at $45 each for the ferry but in hindsight we are glad we did it.
  • Loved it. The abundance of wildlife we saw was spectacular! Tasmanian devil, wombat families, kangaroos, wallabees - what a fantastic experience!
  • Great walks, lovely wildlife (remember, they are wild) and fascinating echoes of past European settlement. Not much indigenous history. Stunning geography!
  • Such an amazing place to hike, to swim, to engage in wildlife watching and to look through old buildings.

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