Separated from the Tasmania’s main island by the Mercury Passage, the former penal settlement of Maria Island is now a dedicated national park.
There are three main walks on the island. The first two include a short circuit, taking in the Fossil Cliffs Platform. The second walk, which comes off the circuit, is to the Bishop and Clerk pinnacle. The third walk (see next page) is the Painted Cliffs walk.
The longer and tougher of the first two walks, the Bishop and Clerk walk, is 6km (one way) and is rated at Level 3. It is described as being steep and difficult and is recommended only for people who are physically fit, as the hike involves boulder-walking and constant ascents and descents. The return walk takes approximately 4-hrs.
Sun protection, sturdy footwear and clothing suited to the weather should be taken. It is recommended that in addition to standard walking garb, a raincoat, jersey or fibre pile jacket be carried along with food and drink.
There is a visitor centre with basic hut and camping accommodation. You need to provide your own bedding, cooking equipment and food. There is no shop on the island.
Park fees DO APPLY, as do your ferry passage and camping fee if staying overnight.
No pets or firearms are allowed in the park.
Please note that bicycles are permitted on the sections of formed road but not on the tracks.
Basic camping accommodation, picnic facilities, gas BBQ’s and toilets are available on the island.
There is a ferry service to the island running from the township of Triabunna which is off the Tasman Highway (A3)