DANNY DE HEK Entrepreneur Decision Maker Connector Podcaster EducatorThe Fossil Cliffs walk on Maria Island, site of the former penal settlement of Darlington, is an easy circuit walk of 3.7km (1.5-2hr return) and extremely popular with all ages.

Along with the Painted Cliffs, the Fossil Cliffs are just some of the amazing natural phenomena that have made the Maria Island National Park one of the ‘must see’ attractions on the Tasmanian east coast.

Many people visit the island during the summer and stay overnight, allowing them time to enjoy several of the island’s walks. However, if you intend staying either in the huts or you intend pitching a tent, you must provide your own bedding, food and cooking stove, although there are gas BBQ’s available.

Like the Painted Cliff walk, the Fossil Cliffs walk is rated Level 2; therefore it is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

Please note that the Bishop and Clerk walk is rated Level 3 and is described as challenging.

Sun protection, clothing suited to the weather and a warm jersey or fibre pile jacket are recommended along with food and drink.

Park fees DO APPLY, as do your ferry passage and camping fee if staying overnight.

No pets or firearms are permitted, however, bicycles may be ridden on formed road sections but not on the tracks.

Because of the dangerous cliffs, children should be closely supervised.


Basic camping accommodation, picnic facilities, gas BBQ’s and toilets are available at the visitor centre. Note there are no shops on the island.


There is a ferry service to the island running from the township of Triabunna which is off the Tasman Highway (A3).