The Maria Island Walk
4 Day Guided Journey
Are you in need of a getaway but short on time? This 4 day walk is the perfect short break and can easily fit into the busiest schedule. Guests feel like they have escaped to their own private island – away from traffic, emails, and every day stresses – making Maria Island the perfect place to relax and recharge. You don’t need to be an experienced bushwalker to enjoy the Maria Island tour. Walk on flat, hard sand beaches or well-worn trails at a gentle pace. Guests sleep in comfortable, twin share tented cabins while the longest walk is about 13kms over a period of 4-6 hrs.
The magic of Maria Island is the diversity of scenic landscapes and the chance for close encounters with Tasmanian wildlife. Walk stunning white sand beaches in the morning; visit a UNESCO World Heritage convict site, explore ancient blue gum forests and discover a world-class fossil site – Maria Island will amaze you!
This tour is not suitable for children under 12 yrs.
Day 1: Hobart – Casuarina Beach Camp (LD)
Guests are picked up from their central Hobart accommodation from 7.30am and taken to the Maria Island office nearby to meet fellow walkers and guides. Jackets and backpacks can be collected here. The group is then driven to Triabunna, about 90 minutes away, to board our exclusive boat which crosses Mercury Passage en route to Shoal Bay on the island. Landing on the pristine beach just a short walk to the Casuarina Beach Camp, guests can relax around the camp or take a walk to the stunning Haunted Bay or Robey’s Farm. Delicious fresh Tasmanian produce and fine wines will be served by the guides in the camp and guests will stay overnight here. Approx. walking distance 3 km or 12km if taking one of the afternoon walks.
Overnight: Casuarina Beach Camp
Day 2: White Gums Camp (BLD)
After a leisurely and relaxed breakfast, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings before guests walk from Riedle Bay across the isthmus and stroll along five fabulous beaches. The convict cells at Point Lesueur and the ochre pit at Bloodstone Point prove fascinating viewing along the way. Arriving at White Gums Camp, guests will be entertained by native birds while enjoying delicious wines on the deck before being served a satisfying and delicious dinner. Approx. walking distance 14km over flat grounds and firm sandy beaches.
Overnight: White Gums Camp
Day 3: Bernacchi House (BLD)
Today after breakfast, guests head inland to stunning forests and enjoy a wealth of wildlife. The gentle inland track passes Hopgrounds Beach and the Painted Cliffs before arriving at Bernacchi House in Darlington. For the more adventurous, the 711m summit of Mt Maria calls delivering absolutely breathtaking 360° views. Alternatively, a hike up Bishop and Clerk is another rewarding option. Tonight guests stay in historic Bernacchi House, enjoy hot showers and a beautiful dinner in a traditional classic dining room. Approx. walking distance 6 km or around 17km if one of the peak walks is taken.
Overnight: Bernacchi House
Day 4: Depart (BL)
After breakfast served in the house, guests can explore Darlington, the convict settlement and industrial ruins of his World Heritage site. A farewell lunch will be served overlooking Darlington before guests board the boat for Triabunna and the return trip to Hobart or the airport.
Price + Inclusions
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Departs: Daily, from October to April.
Minimum: 4 Passengers
- Perfect short break. Are your clients in need of a getaway but short on time? Our 4 day walk can easily fit into the busiest schedule. The trip starts and finishes in Hobart (airport drop off on day 4 can be provided.)
- Escape the crowds. There is no modern development on the island and only 2 park rangers as residents. Guests feel like they have escaped to their own private island – away from traffic, emails, and every day stresses – making Maria Island the perfect place to relax and recharge.
- Gentle Walking. You don’t need to be an experienced bushwalker to enjoy the Maria Island Walk. Guests walk on flat, hard sand beaches or well-worn trails at a gentle pace. The longest walk is approximately 13kms over a period of 4-6 hrs walk time. (Mountain walks are optional.)
- Light Packs. Guests carry just light packs with their own personal items, weighing 6-8kgs.
- Small Groups. The Maria Island Walk is a highly personal and intimate experience with nature. There are a maximum of 10 guests on each departure.
- Expert Guides. Our expert guides will become your client’s best friends; from sharing fascinating stories of Maria Island’s rich history, to topping up your wine glass, nothing is too much for our friendly guides (2 guides accompany every trip.)
- Exclusive Accommodation. We have 2 exclusive wilderness camps – both just a stone’s throw from white sand beaches. The sites are environmentally sensitive and guests sleep in comfortable, twin share tented cabins. The final night is spent at the fully restored, colonial Bernacchi House, which has the charm and facilities of a B&B, including hot showers.
- Gourmet Tasmanian Food & Fine Wine. Each night our guests enjoy 3 course gourmet meals by candlelight, with an emphasis on local Tasmanian producers. Did we mention food tastes better after bushwalking?
- No 2 days are the same. The magic of Maria Island is the diversity. Walk stunning white sand beaches in the morning; discover a UNESCO World Heritage convict site at lunch time. Explore ancient blue gum forests, a world-class fossil site, painted cliffs – Maria Island will amaze you!
- Close encounters with Tasmanian wildlife. Maria Island is often referred to as the ‘Noah’s Ark’ for Tasmanian wildlife. The island is a protected animal sanctuary and most guests will have very close encounters with wombats, Bennet’s wallabies and forester kangaroos! Maria Island is one of the only places in the world where guests can see Tasmanian Devils in the wild. Guests have also spotted dolphins, whales, echidnas, fairy penguins and many endemic Tasmanian bird species (such as the rare forty-spotted pardalote, which has a stronghold on Maria Island).
- All Inclusive. Leave your wallet behind – gear, transfers, park passes, food & wine – everything is included!
- Multi Award Winning. We are one of the most awarded tourism experiences in Tasmania, with awards including the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, Tasmanian Tourism Awards, Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards and more.