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Maria Island National Park, Tasmania
(4.8/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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. Using our international travel planner, Copping attractions like Maria Island National Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We had a magic day on Maria, following the Fossil Cliffs trail. To a couple of old fossils the 3 hour walk seemed about right for us and it was. We explored the old buildings, and read the stories of ...  more »
  • What a beautiful, nearly untouched spot Maria Island is. We went over there on the ferry and came back the same day but managed to fit in the Bishop and Clerk trek (about 4 hours) and a quick stop to ...  more »
  • A beautiful thriving island, filled with all kinds of wildlife such as wombats, Tasmanian devils, Cape Barren geese, kangaroos and wallabies as well as 125 species of bird life, as well as all kinds o...  more »
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  • Please always go here. It is the real Jurassic Park. Wombats and Kangaroos by the thousands. Walk wherever you feel. Camp. Bring your watercolors and sketchbook. Feel inspired.
  • Simply an amazing island. I stayed for 4 days and hiked 63km.
  • One of those amazing places that you visit and almost immediately plan to go again. A hidden treasure just 35 minutes boat trip from Triabunna. A microcosm of animals and historical buildings trapped in time and being expertly preserved by two National Park Rangers at any time. No shops (not even a cafe) so you need to take your own food; bikes for hire if you don't feel like walking all day; camping facilities including cabin style accommodation in the Penitentiary; beautiful scenery; lots of wildlife - all in all an amazing place.
  • I spent 3 months bicycle touring Australia. One month was spent in Tasmania. I found this place to be the highlight of my trip. The best part about this island is that no cars are allowed. No cars = no dead, rotting, bloated animals. What a haven!! I took my spot light out my first night and found the most wildlife I had ever encountered. Wallabies, wombats, tasmanian devils, possums (of course), and penguins. You'll need to camp at the south end of the island and wait until dusk to see penguins though. Well worth the trip and the ferry service to the island is ran by a very nice group of people. You won't regret coming out here.
  • Fantastic 4 days hiking and camping experience with Maria Island Walk. The camping facilities were excellent as were our guides.