- Begin with a scenic drive from Hobart to the stunning East Coast. Enjoy rural farming scenery before following the beautiful Prosser River, arriving at sleepy Orford.
- Arriving at Triabunna, departure point for the ferry, we enjoy coffee, black and herbal teas and local fruit. Over morning tea we view the walking map, introduce the layered history of Maria Island and learn the minimal impact bushwalking principles of leave no trace. Maria Island ferry takes 30 minutes to cross the Mercury Passage.
- Arriving on the Island we set off on our first walk, depending on the tide levels we will visit the Painted Cliffs first. Walking along Darlington beach, we head south passing via the convict-built Oast House before arriving at the naturally eroded Painted Cliffs.
- Arriving for lunch in the UNESCO listed Darlington Convict Site, we will have time to explore the incredible history before sitting down for a picnic lunch in the Mess Hall.
- Our second walk for the day is another of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks, The Fossil Cliffs circuit. This gentle 1.5-hour walk is beautiful. Walking beneath bird-rich forests, we arrive at the Fossil Bay lookout with extensive out to the Tasman Sea. Gaze at the uplifted beauty of Bishop and Clerk, the Islands second highest peak.
- Walking around the Northern tip of Maria, we visit the fossil cliff quarry, get up close with ancient fossil records. Walking back to Darlington Bay, we pass more convict ruins and kangaroo grazing plains. Keep an eye out for the famous wombats!
- Before returning to Hobart, soak your feet in the bay & reflect on Maria’s history
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- Known to the puthikwilayti band of aborigines, wukaluwikiwayna/Maria Island is rich in natural and cultural heritage. People from many nations have visited this island that sits just off the Tasmanian mainland. Frequented by the Aborigines, named by the Dutch, explored by the French, transformed by the English, styled by an Italian and farmed by a South African – the human history is only the surface. For those intrigued by geology, flora and fauna, Maria is a wonderland of discovery with towering mountain peaks, dreamy white beaches, bird-rich forests and ancient, fossil-rich cliffs. Maria Island is like Tasmania within Tasmania, so if you only have one day, join us for a memorable day out!