Don't miss this opportunity to leave your ordinary world behind and experience something truly extraordinary - encounter Maria Island! Located off Tasmania's East Coast, Maria Island is only a short trip by ferry from Triabunna, but as far from ordinary as you can imagine. Rich in indigenous and European history, abundant in wildlife, boasting spectacular views and remarkable geological features, the entire island is a National Park, managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.
This tour begins as you depart from Hobart and travel through the Historic town of Richmond, along the scenic east cost of Tasmania and arrive at Triabunna. This will be the departure point for the ferry. Embark on the new monohull ferry and cross the Mercury Passage. Be sure to keep an eye out for playful dolphins and migrating whales as you enjoy complimentary morning tea en route to Darlington Bay.
Once you arrive at Maria Island, enjoy a guided tour by one of the Park's rangers to familiarize yourself with the island before having some free time to explore at your own pace. Explore the township of Darlington - one of 11 convict sites in Australia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the history of these convict sites and what they meant for the country of Australia.
Maria Island has lots to offer, including some breathtaking short walks throughout the island. Explore the fascinating Fossil Cliffs or Painted Cliffs (weather permitting) for some unforgettable moments! Always be on the look out for local wildlife such as forester kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Cape Barron Geese, rare birds, and pademelons - just to name a few!