The Maria Island Walk, which is one of Australia’s most awarded tourism experiences, is a personalised four-day guided walk on one of Tasmania’s most beautiful and historic islands.
World Heritage-listed Maria Island is located off the east coast of Tasmania, just 90 minutes from Hobart. This island National Park is renowned for its natural beauty and unspoilt tranquillity, as the island has a resident population of just two park rangers.
You will travel in small groups of ten with two friendly local guides. By day, walk along pristine beaches and through ancient Blue Gum forests, and by night, relax and enjoy candlelit gourmet dining and comfortable accommodation in two wilderness camps and the restored, heritage-listed Bernacchi House.
You will carry only light packs and walk at a gentle pace so there is plenty of time to explore the fascinating history that includes a convict settlement recently listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site or observe the abundant rare Tasmanian birds and wildlife as the island is described as Tasmania’s Noah’s Ark and includes recently released Tasmanian Devils.
Our four-day guided walk caters for different abilities and is a great option for both first time and experienced bushwalkers. Trips are highly personalised and guests leave us feeling refreshed and recharged.
The walk has received 7 national and 13 state tourism awards and is recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding experiences.
Please note that this itinerary is intended as a guide only and changes may be made due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.
The first steps…
Starting with a 7.30am hotel pickup, gear issue and briefing we drive to the coast and take a marine adventure in our private catamaran to the remote southern end of Maria Island. The afternoon is yours to enjoy – choose from an optional afternoon walk through beautiful forests to Haunted Bay, relax at the delightful Casuarina Beach Camp or take a swim in the sheltered bay. In the evening enjoy Tasmanian wine and fresh food by candlelight. Walking distance: 4-8 km depending on optional walks (L, D)
Five fabulous beaches
Walk from Reidle Bay across the rare land formation of the isthmus to Shoal Bay to stroll five fabulous beaches. As you walk, your knowledgeable guides will share fascinating stories of human occupation on the island. 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. In the evening watch the sunset over the stunning Four Mile Beach, then put your feet up at White Gums Camp, where you sip wine on the deck and anticipate dinner. Walking distance: 13 km (B, L, D)
Into the heart, up to the heights
Take the gentle inland track to Hopgrounds Beach and the Painted Cliffs or continue to the 711-metre summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking 3600 views. Or save the mountain climb for Bishop and Clerk, with its fantastic sea and coastline vistas. (Mountain climbs are optional.) Finish the day with a sumptuous banquet and accommodation in the historic colonial home once occupied by Italian entrepreneur, Diego Bernacchi. Walking distance: 9-17 km depending on optional walks (B, L, D)
The Fabulous Top End
A chance to relax and explore the convict settlement and industrial ruins of Darlington, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue onto the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay and then head down to the remarkable fossils at Fossil Cliffs. Enjoy a champagne lunch overlooking the stunning Freycinet peninsula. Return to Hobart with an optional Hobart airport drop off connecting with flights departing from 6pm.Walking distance: 4 km (B, L)