Maria Island National Park 1 Day Trip (Depart from Hobart)

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (01 November - 30 April)
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AUD$205.00
Child 8-15yrs
AUD$191.00$195.00

Tour Information

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  • All Day Trip: Departs Hobart at 6:30-7 am, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (01 November - 30 April)
  • Duration: 10.5 Hours (6:30am - 5pm).

A short ferry ride delivers us onto a unique island National Park. Maria Island has been described as a Noah’s Ark for Tasmanian wildlife, this tour day is the best tour for enjoying our unique wildlife in their habitat. With spectacular scenery and a fascinating history this is a not to be missed day of adventure.

Maria Island is a special place, rewarding those that visit with World Heritage convict history, abundant wildlife, spectacular coastal cliffs and deserted beaches. Boasting a diverse range of highlights, our active day tour takes it all in! Maria Island is just a 30 minute ferry ride, but it feels like a world away....

Highlights

  • Explore Maria Island National Park (6hrs)
  • Watch for Dolphins & Whales on the ferry journey (30 mins each way)
  • Walk to amazing “Painted Cliffs” and wander amongst the unusual rock formation
  • Enjoy spectacular views as we walk to the “Fossil Cliffs”
  • Explore and discover the geological history amongst the exposed fossils
  • Discover the convict history at the Darlington World Heritage convict site
  • Be amazed at the abundant wildlife enjoying life on their extraordinary island

Just one hour’s drive from Hobart to the ferry and 30 minutes across the water, brings us to Maria Island - a stunning island National Park. An island, off an island, off an island!

This is a tour for the active traveller who is keen to walk and enjoy this unique island. There are no cars on Maria Island and the only way across is on the passenger ferry. We have time to cover the main highlights the Painted Cliffs, the Fossil Cliffs, and of course the wildlife, history and amazing scenery.

Maria Island has a fascinating history, which our tour guides will share with you as walk the trails. Many cultures have once been to the island, including the Tyreddeme Aboriginals, Dutch, English, French and Italians. The island has been home to explorers, whalers, sealers, convicts, fishermen, farmers and industrialists. The World Heritage listed Darlington settlement is beautifully preserved and is one of the best examples of Probation Convict Settlements in the world. The Darlington convict settlement pre-dates the more widely known Port Arthur. The island was declared a National Park in 1972.

We enjoy a series of easy-moderate walks exploring the history and the main highlights of the island. Setting out on foot we have 2 main walking trails for the day, covering a total distance of almost 10 kilometers. From Darlington we walk the Fossil Cliffs trail and return. Then we walk the Painted Cliffs trail and return.

The walk to the Painted Cliffs is gentle, mostly flat and leads us to Hopground Beach with the Painted Cliffs at the far end. We have plenty of time to explore the cliffs, photograph the unique features, and discover the many rock pools and beautiful nature in the area.

The Fossil Cliffs walk, takes us to amazing cliffs that drop sheer into the ocean. The views from the top are sensational. Even the non-avid geological fan, will be fascinated by the sheer abundance of the various shell fossils exposed in the cliff face. It offers a fascinating insight into the past environments of Maria Island along with expansive views of the Freycinet Peninsula.

The island is a haven for wildlife, and one of the best places in Australia for viewing wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Cape Barren geese, kangaroos and wallabies. The bird life is also an attraction with 125 species including all of Tasmania’s endemics including the endangered Forty-spotted pardalote and Swift parrot.

Even the ferry ride is part of the highlights of the day, the waters we cross are also abundant in sea life, we keep our eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and penguins along the way.

While on the island, you have an opportunity to swim, photograph, observe the wildlife, and soak up the island life as Maria works its magic on you.

Join us on this day of discovery rich in environmental and cultural history, the perfect island playground for an adventurous day out.

Tour Inclusions

  • Return ferry to Maria Island
  • National Parks Fees
  • Professional Guide and interpreted walks
  • Limited hotel pick up options

Tour Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance
  • Personnel Expense
  • Meals (There are no restaurants on the island, please bring your own food)
  • You can choose to hire bicycle (own cost)

Transportation

Return Hotel Pick up List (Reference only, please refer to the confirmation voucher for the pickup time):

  • Alabama Hotel (Pick up at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 110 Liverpool St Hobart, 7:20am) 07:20
  • Amberley House 07:00
  • Argyle Motor Lodge 07:00
  • Astor Private Hotel (Pick up at Ibis Styles Hotel, 173 Macquarie St Hobart, 7:10am) 07:10
  • Bay Hotel Apartments 07:00
  • Best Western Hotel 07:20
  • Blue Hills Motel (Pick up at St Ives Hotel 7:00am) 07:00
  • Brunswick Hotel 07:15
  • Central Hotel Hobart (pick up from Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre, 20 Davey Street, Hobart, 7.25am) 07:25
  • Clydesdale Manor 07:00
  • Customs House Hotel (pick up from Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre, 20 Davey Street, Hobart, 7.25am) 07:25
  • Edinburgh Gallery B&B (Pick up at Ibis Styles Hotel, 173 Macquarie St Hobart, 7:10am) 07:10
  • Globe Hotel 07:10
  • Graham Court Apartments (Pick up from North Hobart Post Office OR Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre)
  • Grand Vue Private Hotel (Pick up from Prince of Wales Hotel, 55 Hampden Road Battery Point 7.00am) 07:00
  • Grosvenor Court Apartments (Pick up from Bay Apartment Hotel, 123-127 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay 7.00am) 07:00
  • Hadleys Orient Hotel 07:25
  • Harringtons 102 (Pick up from Best Western Hotel, 156 Bathurst Street Hobart 7.15am) 07:15
  • Henry Jones Hotel (pick up from Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey St Hobart, out the front of reception, 7.20am) 07:20
  • Hobart Central YHA 07:20
  • Hobart’s Accommodation & Hostel (Pick up from Best Western Hotel, 156 Bathurst Street Hobart 7.15am) 07:15
  • Hotel Alabama (Pick up at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 110 Liverpool St, Hobart 7:20am) 07:20
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor (1 Davey Street, Hobart) 07:20
  • Ibis Styles (173 Macquarie Street, Hobart) 07:10
  • Imperial Backpackers (please wait out the front on Collins Street) 07:25
  • Lenna of Hobart Hotel 07:05
  • Lodge on Elizabeth 07:00
  • MACq 01 (pick up from Hotel Grand Chancellor, out the front of reception, 7.20am) 07:20
  • Macquarie Manor Hotel (Pick up at Ibis Styles Hotel, 173 Macquarie St Hobart, 7:10am) 07:10
  • Mantra Collins Hotel 07:25
  • Mantra One, Sandy Bay road (Pick up at Ibis Styles Hotel, 173 Macquarie St Hobart, 7:10am) 07:05
  • Mayfair Plaza (Pick up from Bay Apartment Hotel, 123-127 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay 7.00am) 07:00
  • Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse (Pick up from Prince of Wales Hotel, 55 Hampden Road Battery Point 7.00am) 07:00
  • Motel 429 07:00
  • Narrara Backpackers (Pick up from Best Western Hotel, 156 Bathurst Street Hobart 7.15am) 07:15
  • North Hobart Post Office, 412 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart 07:00
  • Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel 07:25
  • Pickled Frog Backpackers (Pick up from Best Western Hotel, 156 Bathurst Street Hobart 7.15am) 07:15
  • Prince of Wales Hotel 07:00
  • Quest Savoy (pick up from Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre, 20 Davey St Hobart 7.25am) 07:25
  • Quest Trinity, (please wait out the front on the Brooker Highway) 07:00
  • Quest Waterfront (pick up from Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre, 20 Davey St Hobart 7.25am) 07:25
  • RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel 07:25
  • Regent Park Apartments 07:00
  • Rydges Hotel 07:00
  • Salamanca Inn 07:05
  • Salamanca Suites (pick up from Lenna of Hobart, out the front of reception, 7.05am) 07:05
  • Salamanca Terraces (pick up from Lenna of Hobart, out the front of reception 7.05am) 07:05
  • Salamanca Wharf Hotel 07:05
  • Somerset on the Pier (pick up from Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre, 20 Davey Street, Hobart) 07:25
  • St. Ives Apartments 07:00
  • Tasmanian Inn (Pick up from the Vibe Hotel, 36 Argyle St, Hobart 7.20am) 07:20
  • Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre – 20 Davey Street, Hobart 07:25
  • The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel 07:25
  • Tower Motel 07:00
  • Travelodge Airport Hotel (Port Arthur & Wineglass Bay tours ONLY) 07:50
  • Travelodge Hotel – Hobart 07:10
  • Vibe Hotel Hobart (36 Argyle Street, Hobart) 07:20
  • Wrest Point Hotel 07:00
  • Zero Davey (pick up from Hotel Grand Chancellor, out the front of reception, 7.20am) 07:20

Notices

  • Any prices listed are in the currency of Australian dollar (AUD).

What to bring

  • Sensible shoes for walking
  • A variety of warm clothing, beanie/hat/gloves
  • Weatherproof jacket if possible
  • Hat/Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle, Snacks, Lunch (or buy it on the day)
  • Sense of adventure

Important Note: Maria Island is a special, beautiful and wild island National Park accessible by boat. There are no cars, shops, charging stations for devices etc. on the island. Facilities are limited. Please ensure you are able to carry everything you will need for the day. You will need a day pack to carry warm clothing as necessary. A jacket suitable for walking in light rain conditions. Equally, you will need adequate sun protection should it be a warm sunny day. Please ensure you have a large water bottle. You will have an opportunity to purchase lunch/sandwiches in the morning but we recommend you buy your snacks prior to the day if you prefer a wider choice or have special dietary requirements to consider. Please wear comfortable footwear for walking, runners/sandshoes/hiking shoes will all suit. The walking on Maria Island is graded as easy walking. However, we are on the island for around 6 hours, with around 10 km’s of walking trails to explore. Please wear and bring clothing and footwear suitable for this type of activity in the great outdoors. There is time to swim and relax should you choose to.

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of vehicle will I be travelling in?

We operate small group Active Day Tours using Toyota Commuter & Toyota Coaster vehicles. These seat maximum passengers of 13 or 20 respectively.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

Children under 8 years are not permitted to travel. Our tours are designed as full active days of fast paced travel, we are also at times exposed to the outdoor conditions of the day. Tours are suitable for adults and older children with travel/outdoor experience. Participants aged 8 – 17 years travel at concession prices.

Cancellation Policy

Free Cancellation if cancel outside 2days. No refund if cancel within 2days.
Noticed: If you would like to cancel, please kindly email us to cancel the tour at least 2 business days prior to this cancellation period. Once cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 7-28 business days.
Cancellation notification needs to be formally replied receipt by us during our office hours as acknowledgement.

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.
If your order only pays the deposit of a product: a, if the product has available seats on the departure date and price and contents are the same as the order you placed, the booking would be confirmed by us without additional notification to you, and the deposit is not refundable. b, if the product has no available seats or price or contents are not the same, we might provide alternative options. If you do not agree with the options, the deposit is refundable.

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