island off the eastern Tasmanian coast
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Maria Island, situated on the east coast of Tasmania, is a tiny island not known by many people but an absolute jewel that is worth visiting on any trip to Tasmania. Large impressive mountains, gorgeous beaches stunning cliffs, fossils, prolific wildlife and a rich convict history make this a great place to visit.

The Painted Cliffs, in the Maria Island National Park, Maria Island



Maria Island was sighted by Abel Tasman in 1642. Seal and whale fishing arrived in the early 1800s. The island was used as a penal colony between 1825 and 1832, followed by a probation station in 1842.

Maria Island was declared a national park in 1971.

Visitor information


Get in


By ferry


The ferry runs from Triabuna to Darlington on Maria Island daily. There are five ferries per day, costing $45 for adults and $28 for children.

Fees and permits


To enter any national park in Tasmania, you'll need to have a valid park pass to enter the park, which can be found on the Parks Tasmania website. There are numerous passes available, depending on your needs. The fees are up-to-date as of February 2024.

A Daily Pass is usually valid for 24 hours and is usable in all parks, although it does not include access to Cradle Mountain. This is particularly useful if you're going to numerous nearby parks. A pass for your vehicle covers up to 8 occupants; you only need the per-person pass if you arrive outside a vehicle.

  • Per vehicle: $44.75.
  • Per person (≥5 years): $22.35.

If you stay in Tasmania for a few weeks and want to visit several national parks, the Holiday Pass is valid for up to two months. This also includes Cradle Mountain.

  • Per vehicle: $89.50.
  • Per person (≥5 years): $44.75.

There is also the Annual Park Pass, which is valid in all parks, including Cradle Mountain.

  • $95.30 in general.
  • $76.25 for concession holders.
  • $38.10 for seniors.

If you only plan to frequently revisit one park for 12 months, it costs $48.70 for a regular adult and $38.95 for concession holders. This excludes Cradle Mountain.

Passes can either be purchased through, in any national park visitor centre, some travel information centres, onboard Spirit of Tasmania vessels, and Service Tasmania centres.

Get around

Map of Maria Island National Park

On foot


By bike

  • 1 Darlington Probation Station, Fossil Cliffs Cct.   UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Australian Convict Sites, having relatively unchanged since the convict era.
  • 2 Fossil Cliffs, Fossil Cliffs Cct (access is via a 4.5 km circuit which takes 1.5-2.5 hours). A set of cliffs which include many different types of fossils washed up from the sea which were deposited in the sea around 300 million years ago. They can be seen anywhere, and is one of Australia's best paleontological sites.
  • 3 Painted Cliffs. A series of rather pained cliffs with vibrant colours and swirling patters which all happened naturally. Unfortunately, there is no access to see the Painted Cliffs from the cliff top and the only way to see the cliffs are within two hours of low tide.
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Bird watching

There are no restaurants or supply stores on the island as it is a national park. Food and provisions can be purchased in Triabunna or in Hobart. There Is no rubbish disposal on the island and waste must be taken off the island.



There is no drinking water supply on the island. There are water taps, but the water should be purified or boiled for one minute.


  • 1 Maria Island Penitentiary. The former penitentiary has 10 bunk bed rooms. Gas stoves are provided for cooking. Bookings required. $44 per room for two people.
  • 2 Darlington Campsite. Tent camping. from $7, pay at ranger station..
  • 3 Encampment Cove Campsite. Remote campsite Free with a parks pass..
  • 4 Frenchs Farm Campsite. Free with a parks pass..

Stay safe


Go next

  • Triabunna, a scenic township on Tasmania's east coast, is a short ferry trip from Maria Island
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