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Activities
  • 4 days walking with medium sized back pack
Accommodation
  • 2 nights luxury tented camp
  • 1 night accommodated
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

4 Days$1999USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: MIW

Trip highlights


  • The Maria Island Walk is a trip of the Great Walks of Tasmania
  • Explore this extraordinary 'garden of Eden'
  • Stay at the elegant colonial Bernacchi House
  • Get an insight into the convict past of the island
  • Spot a Tasmanian Devil!
  • Delicious meals featuring Tasmanian food and wines
  • Discover the remarkable fossils at Fossil Cliffs

The magic of walking on Maria Island will mesmerise all who come to experience its World Heritage listed ruins, rugged cliffs and mountains, sweeping bays and abundant wildlife. Located just off the East Coast of Tasmania, the island is a walker's paradise with no motor vehicles or shops to distract you from the island's unspoiled wilderness. This personalised guided walk showcases the very best of Maria Island. Carrying only a light pack and travelling in small groups of ten, your two experienced local guides will bring your walks to life as you explore the pristine beaches, ancient Blue Gum forests, convict settlements, ancient Aboriginal sites and even an optional climb to the 711-metre summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking panoramic views over the area. The walks are set at a gentle pace so there is plenty of time to observe the amazing Tasmanian bird and wildlife or to discover the fascinating history of the island.


We start with a hotel pickup in Hobart at 7.30am. After a short drive to Triabunna, we board our boat and explore Mercury Passage en route to Shoal Bay on Maria Island’s isthmus, arriving in ample time to enjoy stunning views and walk through beautiful forests with abundant wildlife. Relax at the delightful Casuarina Beach Camp, take a swim in the sheltered bay and enjoy fresh Tasmanian food and wine. In the evening, after a fine gourmet dinner, stroll along the beach at sunset with a glass of wine, delighting in the day you’ve had and excited by what lies ahead. Distance - 4-8km

Meals:  L,D

Walk from Reidle Bay across the rare land formation of the isthmus to Shoal Bay to stroll five fabulous beaches. Explore the convict cells at Point Lesueur and visit an ochre pit at Bloodstone Point – one of the original ochre sources for the Tasmanian Aborigines. Put your feet up at White Gums Camp, where native birds will entertain you while you sip wine on the deck and anticipate dinner. Distance - 13km

Meals:  B,L,D

Head inland to green forests that are a prime habitat for the endangered 40-Spotted Pardalote. Take the gentle inland track to Hopgrounds Beach and the Painted Cliffs or continue to the 711-metre summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking 360 views. Or save the mountain climb for Bishop and Clerk, with its fantastic sea and coastline vistas. Finish the day with a sumptuous banquet and accommodation in the historic colonial home once occupied by Italian entrepreneur, Diego Bernacchi. Distance - 9-17km

Meals:  B,L,D

A chance to relax and enjoy the serenity of Darlington and walk through the tall Blue Gum forest, to the convict brickworks and heritage reservoir and around to the world class Fossil Cliffs. Enjoy a champagne lunch overlooking the distant Freycinet peninsula, followed by a gentle tour around the convict settlement and industrial ruins of Darlington and soak up the atmosphere. Return to Hobart for a last farewell followed by a drop off at your hotel. A transfer to Hobart airport is available, connecting with flights departing from 6pm. Distance - 4km PLEASE NOTE - On the rare occasions when sea conditions make the crossing to Maria Island uncomfortable, there may be delays or alternative arrangements will be made.

Meals:  B,L


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Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • Professional guides
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners and wine
  • 3 nights twin-share accommodation
  • Bus/boat transfers between Hobart and Maria Island
  • National Park fees
  • Use of backpacks, sleeping bag liners, pillow cases, head torches & waterproof jackets
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit

  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature - car parking etc
  • Travel insurance

Accommodation


Departure dates

Regular departures from October to April

Notes

H
High Season
S
Surcharge
Note:
A supplement applies to all departures marked with an 'S'. These are portered departures where you only need to carry a small daypack weighing 1-2kg. The rest of your gear will be transported for you.
DN2
A high season supplement applies for all departures from 26 December to 30 April.
DN3
Dates with an 'O' are family friendly departures.

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Total Priceper person from

$1999USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Pack Free Walk - Portered DepartureUSD$140
  • The Maria Island Walk Single supplementUSD$1560
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed The Maria Island Walk trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

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