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From Hobart: Maria Island National Park Active Full-Day Tour

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From Hobart: Maria Island National Park Active Full-Day Tour

From US$ 109.23 per person

Step back in time, slow down and enjoy a day out to this island National Park. Enjoy highlights such as spectacular coastal cliffs, abundant wildlife, and deserted beaches.

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  • Learn more about Australia's convict history
  • Wander amongst the unusual rock formations at the Painted Cliffs
  • Spot playful dolphins and seals as you take a ferry across to the island
  • Explore and discover the geological history of the exposed fossils
  • Be amazed at the abundant wildlife enjoying life on their extraordinary island
Full description
Experience a location rich in local wildlife, amazing scenery and world heritage convict history.  Departing from Hobart, journey for 1.5 hours to reach the breathtaking Maria Island. Once here, enjoy a series of moderate walks covering a total of 10 kilometers. Explore the Painted Cliffs as you walk past Hopground Beach to see these beautifully patterned sandstone cliffs. Get the opportunity to swim, photograph and soak up the island life as Maria works its magic on you. Witness an abundance of island wildlife, including wombats, various bird species, dolphins, seals, and penguins. You may even get to spot the famous Tazmanian Devil. On the Fossil Cliffs walk, admire the amazing cliffs that drop sheer into the ocean. Get a fascinating insight into the past environments of Maria Island at the  Darlington World Heritage convict site and enjoy breathtaking views of the Freycinet Peninsula. With no cars on the island the area is peaceful, beautiful, the pace is slow and relaxed, and the beaches are perfect for summer swimming.
  • Pick up from select city center hotels and hostels
  • Airport drop-off available on request with prior arrangement
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Return ferry crossing fee
  • Professional guides and interpretive walks
  • Small, friendly groups
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup from AirBnB accommodation or private residences
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

6:55 AM from the Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Towel
  • Food and drinks
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Please note, this tour is active and involves walking. Although most of the walks are classified as easy, a suitable level of general health and fitness and physical abilities is essential
  • Minimum age to participate in the tour is 8 years. There is no maximum age provided all participants have a sense of adventure and a reasonable level of fitness and mobility
  • Minimum numbers apply
  • There are no shops on Maria Island and limited drinking water so please bring enough food and water for the day. There will be a brief stop on the way to the ferry for some last minute snack purchases, and usually a chance to buy food on the return trip to Hobart. As you will be carrying everything you need for the day, please ensure you have a comfortable backpack
  •  Please check the weather forecast before the tour and come prepared. Pack sun and rain protection, wear layers of clothing suitable for warm and cold conditions, and wear comfortable walking shoes, boots, or runners
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 6 reviews

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Fantastic tour from start to finish.   Our guide was on time in the morning and the ferry trip was smooth and beautiful.  As soon as we stepped off the ferry I knew we were in for a good day.  We did some great walks and our guide Dan was very experienced with a lot of information and stories about the island.  An absolute highlight was getting up close (but not too close) to Wombats in their natural home!   We spent around 6 hours on the Island which was plenty of time for the Walking, relaxing and enjoying the beach.  Everything was well organised, the guide was experienced and friendly and made the tour day a fantastic experience for us.  This tour with Tours Tasmania is an absolute must do if you are visiting Tasmania.  I also went on the Port Arthur & Tassie Devils tour with this company and again it was another fun and well organised day out.

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December 5, 2019

March 25, 2021

Guide was very informative. Liked the smaller group. Easy walking for all ages.

March 23, 2021

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