Maria Island Four-Day Hiking Tour
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Unspoiled Beaches, Tasmanian Wildlife & Turbulent History

Embark on a four-day hiking tour across Maria Island, a world heritage listed national park just off the east coast of Tasmania! The gentle guided trek combines rare Tasmanian wildlife, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history. Walk across untouched beaches and through fragrant eucalyptus forests. Gaze at azure waters and watch for dolphins, wombats, wallabies, and other Tasmanian wildlife. Spend your nights savoring gourmet candlelight dinners of fresh local produce and staying in comfortable wilderness camps just steps from the beach.

Ideal for both beginner and advanced hikers, the route is generally flat and over well-worn trails and hard sand beaches. Optional additional hiking offers the chance to summit island peaks or visit secluded bays. You will carry only a light pack with your own personal items and will be under the guidance and watch of an expert naturalist guide.

Maria Island Four-Day Hiking Tour – Seasons and Prices

1 October 2015 – 25 December 2015: $1799 USD per person sharing

26 December 2015 – 30 April 2016: $1849 USD per person sharing

Prices are based on twin share accommodation. Single travelers will be paired with another traveler of the same sex at no additional charge. If a guest would like to guarantee a single room there is the option to pay a single supplement of $1400 USD.

About Maria Island

Maria Island is a small island in Australia, located off the east coast of Tasmania. The island was originally inhabited by the Tyreddeme aboriginal people until 1825 when a convict station was established in Darlington. After subsequent convict and probation stations were shuttered, Italian entrepreneur Diego Bernacchi attempted to industrialize the island with wine-making, silk, agriculture, and cement industries. Developers soon realized the promising limestone deposits were unusable due to the presence of sea-lilies in the cliffs. As industry on the island faded, populations declined and the island was proclaimed a National Park in 1972 to preserve its significant history, flora, and fauna.

Today Maria Island is only permanently inhabited by park rangers, giving it a wild and secluded feel. The landscapes are varied – white sand beaches, rocky peaks, layered sea cliffs, forests of ancient blue gum trees, and coastline dotted with fossils all await visitors. Wildlife is abundant on both land and sea, and the island is home to eleven endemic bird species, including the endangered forty-spotted pardalote. Remnants of the island’s history as a convict and probation station also remain at the UNESCO World Heritage site at Darlington, making a trip to the island a diverse journey in nature, wildlife, and history.

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Adventure Highlights

– Hike with expert naturalist guides along beautiful white sand beaches and through inland forests

– Optional hikes to Mt. Maria or Bishop and Clerk for panoramic views of the island

– Marvel in the surreal sandstone formations of the Painted Cliffs

– Watch for dolphins, wallabies, kangaroos, wombats, fairy penguins, and other Tasmanian wildlife

– See fossils dating back to 300 million years ago at the Fossil Cliffs

– Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Darlington, home to former penal colonies

– Enjoy 3-course gourmet dinners by candlelight

Day 1

You will be picked up from your Central Hobart accommodation at 7.30 am and taken to the nearby office to meet fellow walkers and guides. Jackets and backpacks can be collected here. The group will then drive to Triabunna, about 90 minutes away to board our exclusive boat which crosses Mercury Passage en route to Shoal Bay on Maria Island. Once we land on the pristine beach it’s just a short walk to the Casuarina Beach Camp where you can relax around the camp or take a walk to the stunning Haunted Bay or Robey’s Farm. Enjoy a dinner of delicious Tasmanian produce and fine wines served by the guides in the camp.

Walking Distance: 1.9 miles, additional 5.6 miles if taking one of the optional afternoon walks to Haunted Bay or Robey’s Farm

Accommodation: Casuarina Beach Camp

Day 2

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings before walking from Riedle Bay across the isthmus to stroll along five fabulous beaches. Dolphins are known to swim off the coast here as sea eagles soar overhead. We’ll also stop along the way at the former convict cells at Point Lesueur to learn about the island’s history as a penal colony and break to view the multi-hued ochre pits at Bloodstone Point. Arriving at White Gums Camp, the songs of native birds will entertain you as you drink wine on the deck before dinner.

Walking Distance: 8.7 miles over flat grounds and firm sandy beaches

Accommodation: White Gums Camp

Day 3

After breakfast you’ll head inland to wind through the world’s largest stand of giant Tasmanian blue gums. The gentle track passes Hopgrounds Beach and the surreal sandstone of the Painted Cliffs before arriving at Bernacchi House in historic Darlington. Adventurous guests have the option to hike upwards through cloud forest to the 711m summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking panoramic views. Alternatively, scramble up the boulders of Bishop and Clerk, the highest point on the island, for equally stunning vistas. Stay in the historic Bernacchi House, enjoy hot showers and feast on a beautiful dinner in a traditional classic dining room.

Walking Distance: 3.7 miles, additional 6.8 miles to tackle one of the peaks

Day 4

After breakfast is served in the house, we’ll head out for a final walk along the Northern point of Maria Island. We will pass through woodlands and forests, watching for wombats and wallabies along the way. Continuing on the trail we’ll visit the Fossil Cliffs where the coastline is adorned with fossilized sea creatures dating back to almost 300 million years ago. Upon returning to Darlington, you can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Darlington Probation Station, which served as a convict and probation station in the 1800s. Enjoy a farewell champagne lunch overlooking Darlington before boarding the boat for Triabunna and returning to Hobart or the airport.

Walking Distance: 2.5 miles

Maria Island Walk Map

Casuarina Beach Camp

The first two nights are spent in comfortable, permanent wilderness camps behind remote, private beaches. Enjoy elegant twin share cabins with polished wooden floors and beds mattresses, pillows and fresh sleeping bags. The sleeping huts are connected with boardwalks to the large main dining cabin.
The camps are environmentally sensitive and architecturally attractive. The solar-powered, composting toilets are well maintained, pleasant and hygienic. Rainwater is collected on site for camp use. There are bush showers with warm water in the Bernacchi House - Maria Islandcamps and there is a private washroom. Please note there is no power at the wilderness camps.

The last night is spent in the historic, colonial Bernacchi House. The guesthouse is restored from the original building established by Diego Bernacchi, an Italian settler who tried to operate a vineyard and winery on the island. Enjoy hot showers and an inviting veranda.

 

The Maria Island Walk guides are chosen for their unique knowledge of Maria Island, which they love to share with you. They’re familiar with the birds, native plants and animals. They’ve studied the history of Maria Island and the colorful stories that come with that history. They are great cooks, they love their job and have great personalities. It’s no wonder the Maria Island Walk guides are recognized as some of the best in the industry.

Season:

The season runs daily from 1st October to the 30th April (subject to availability).

 

Inclusions:

Transfers between Hobart and Maria Island; 3 night’s twin-share accommodation; all meals and wine; two professional guides & National Park entry fees. Backpacks, sleeping bag liners,
pillow cases, head torches and waterproof jackets can be provided for use on the trip at no additional charge.

Minors:

Clients to be 12 years or older unless by prior approval. No child discount is provided.

Dietary:

Vegetarians and special diets are catered for. Please ensure any special requirements are noted on the booking form.

Health:

Trips cater for clients who can walk 10-15 km a day carrying light daypacks of 6-8kg. Participants over 70 require a medical certificate.

Group Size:

Minimum 4 guests / maximum 10 guests with 2 friendly and knowledgeable guides.

Booking Form:

At the time of booking we will provide a booking form for your clients to complete. This is important for your client’s safety and comfort.

Payment Terms:

Invoiced by The Maria Island Walk at time of booking. Payment required 14 days AFTER guest travel.

Cancellation Policy:

43 days or more prior to departure – Full refund

42 – 14 days prior to departure – $400 per person

Within 14 days of departure – Full cancellation fee charged

Pick Up/Drop Off:

The guests will be picked up from their Hobart hotel between 7:30 – 8:00am on Day 1 and brought to our head office for orientation and gear issue. Guests will have time to repack their bags and luggage storage is provided for the duration of the walk.

On day 4 guests will be returned to their Hobart accommodation at approximately 5:00pm. A departure airport transfer can be provided; please do not book a flight departing earlier than 6pm.

Hotel pick up/drop off is available for Hobart CBD accommodation. Pick up in other areas may be available upon request. If guests are not staying in the Hobart CBD they will need to make their own way to our office at 4 Patrick St, Hobart.