What To Expect
Don't miss out on the opportunity to walk, camp and hike at Maria Island in east coast Tasmania. This Australian hidden gem has everything from spectacular scenery to rich wildlife to overall outstanding natural beauty.
The package includes meals, accommodations, and equipment specified below. Your bags will be transported each day to the campsite, leaving you free to enjoy your walk without having to carry a heavy pack. The tent will be set up and ready by the time you arrive.
Day 01: Hobart - Maria Island
Meet at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart at 07:35. At 07:45, begin your scenic drive north and reach Triabunna where we board the boat to Maria Island.
Upon arrival at the Island, take a quick walk around Darlington Township to learn about its complex history and intriguing past. Hear about the Ghosts, the hardships, the entrepreneurial spirit and sheer tenacity of the Island's previous inhabitants. Then, hike up to Skipping Ridge for lunch. Enjoy magnificent views of Fossil Bay and Bishop and Clerk.
After lunch, challenge one of the top 10 day walks in Australia, passing through grasslands, open forest and tall woodland, to the rocky slopes of the summit if Bishop and Clerk, where spectacular views await. If the group decides not to walk up to the top of Bishop and Clerk, we will take a walk at Skipping Ridge instead and follow the track curling back toward Darlington where you will have some free time.
Then, head to your accommodation at the historic Penitentiary, built in the 1830's at the world heritage settlement of Darlington and refurbished with comfy bunk beds and wood-fire heaters. Enjoy a dinner under the starts served camping style.
Day 02: Painted Cliffs - Return Point - Encampment Cove
After breakfast, we hike to Encampment Cove on the southern part of Maria Island. Stop for morning tea by the colored sandstones at Painted Cliffs. Take some time to observe the patterned sandstones, carved by the sea and bordered by rock pools where marine life thrives. After this we stop for lunch at a location overlooking a secluded beach near return point.
After lunch, head south down the Island's coastline. Along the way, explore the historical remnants of French Farm, named after the French family that built it in 1936. Finally we head to Encampment Cove via Lesueur Point. The convict ruins boast a wonderful panoramic view of Mercury Passage and the local bays. What out for kangaroos on the open paddocks and the occasional wombat trundling around!
We camp at Encampment Cove tonight. Sit by the campfire while dinner is served.
Day 03: Encampment Cove - Haunted Bay - Hobart
Enjoy a morning walk after your breakfast. Pass Riedle Bay, an empty yet beautiful long white beach on the eastern side of the isthmus. If you wish, you make take a dip at the beach.
Head toward the southern part of the Island and reach Haunted Bay. The bay, which got its name from the eerie sounds made by the local penguins at night, was originally only accessible by sea and was used for whaling and sealing in the very early days of European settlement in the 1820's.
Enjoy a last lunch at Haunted Bay. After this, we head back to MacRae's Isthmus for the boat ride back to Triabunna. At Triabunna, board the coach that will take us back to Hobart.
January 6, 13 and 27
February 3, 10 and 24
March 3, 10, 24 and 31
Travel dates are subject to change.
Accommodation at the Penitentiary at Darlington on Day 01* (Classic Option only)
Transport for luggage* (Classic Option only)
Camping at Encampment Cove on Night 02
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
Fresh fruit and trail mix during the walk
Tasmanian wine and beer and non-alcoholic drinks served with dinner
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Optional activity costs
Tips and gratuities
Tour requires moderate to good fitness level.
Please bring one overnight bag, rucksack, or a small suitcase (the type that would pass as carry-on luggage on a plane) to carry all your personal items. Please ensure you have no loose items. All items must be enclosed within your overnight bag or in the case of a sleeping bag tied to your main bag.
Lightweight lace-up walking boots or walking shoes with ankle support and treaded soles are recommended. Make sure you have walked in your shoes at least 4 weeks prior to the walk.
Wear walking clothes suitable to the weather (long-sleeves, trousers, shorts, t-shirts). Proper bushwalking t-shirts made from wool are ideal. It is also recommended that you bring a polar fleece jacket (preferred) or a woolen jumper.
As Tasmania's weather can be extremely variable, wearing layers is also recommended. Ensure that you bring full weather gear.
Please bring thermal underwear, jumper and warm gear to change into at night. Scarves, beanies, gloves and 2 to 3 pairs of good thick walking socks are also recommended.
Please bring insect repellent, your own sleeping bag and sheets, personal toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, etc.), towel and strong garbage or dry bags to waterproof essential equipment.
Bring a small backpack to carry your personal items while walking. Your day pack should include your own mugs or cups for morning and afternoon tea breaks, band-aids, camera, hat, personal emergency medication, lightweight torch, swimsuit, sunglasses, sunscreen and water container with at least 2 liters of water on day 1 to keep you hydrated.
During the walks, it is recommended that you have Gortex or lightweight rain jacket preferably made of a waterproof and breathable fabric (if possible, also waterproof pants).
While alcohol will be provided during dinner, please drink moderately as bushwalking can be very strenuous. If you would like to enjoy alcohol after dinner you will need to provide your own.
This tour has a 6 passenger minimum and a 10 passenger requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.
**Please indicate any special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or gluten free diets, food allergies, etc) upon booking.
The following information per participant will be required upon booking:
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