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The Maria Island Walk

Maria Island Winter Escape

  • Available from: June 01 2022 - August 31 2022

From: $1,240 USD

Duration: 3 days/2 nights

Type: Groups, Shared.

Departs: Fridays & Saturdays (please enquire for other dates)

The ‘Maria Island Winter Escape’ is a three day lodge based experience which explores the beautiful and historic northern end of the island featuring abundant marsupials.

  • The adventure starts and finishes in Hobart and begins with a hotel pickup. You will enjoy a number of seasonal wildlife events including spotting Tasmanian Devils emerging from their dens with imps (baby devils) on their backs and Common Wombats are also abundant at this time.

  • Gangs of Tasmanian Native Hens begin their raucous territorial fights as a precursor to mating. During windy weather, Shy Albatross and Gannets fill Mercury Passage chasing baitfish. Cape Barren Geese are also pairing up and mating and building nests.

About The Maria Island Walk:

Ian and Bronwyn Johnstone developed their dream to start The Maria Island Walk in 2002, showcasing this magical island to a new band of travellers that valued natural wildlife encounters in remote and tranquil settings, combined with world-class hospitality. Central to the company’s philosophy is the importance of creating connection between walkers and guides, with a maximum of ten guests led by two professional guides. Working closely with Parks and Wildlife Tasmania, the walk has received widespread acclaim for its environmentally friendly practices, contribution to conservation projects as well as leadership in the ecotourism and walking sectors.

Price per person based on double occupancy, including touring & accommodation. Black-out dates may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (1/4/2022) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details*

Itinerary

Tour day-by-day

  • Day 1: 2 - 12km

    Guests are picked up from their central Hobart accommodation between 8.30am and 8.45am. The group is then driven to Triabunna, about 90 minutes away, to board one of the local ferry boats which crosses Mercury Passage en-route to Darlington on the island. Landing at the historic Darlington precinct, just a short walk to the historic Bernacchi House, guests can relax around the house in front of the wood fires or take a walk to the stunning Painted Cliffs or Fossil Cliffs to watch the sunset over the water.

    These massive limestone cliffs store a prolific volume of fossils from a 280 million year old sea bed including fully formed shell fossils. At Darlington, it is common to see grazing Common Wombats, Forester Kangaroos, Bennett's Wallabies, Cape Barren Geese, Tasmanian Native Hens, with a keen eye spotting pairs of beautiful Flame Robins darting around.

    Guide - Holly Schorta“The island is nicknamed Noah’s Ark because in the 1960s a variety of threatened species, such as Cape Barren Geese and Forester Kangaroos, were introduced to the island for their own protection. You really have to come here to understand just how much wildlife is around.”

    Holly Schorta - Guide

    Delicious fresh Tasmanian produce and fine wines will be served by the guides. The approximate walking distance is 2 km or up to 12km if taking one of the afternoon walks.

  • Day 2: 6 - 18km

    After a leisurely and relaxed breakfast, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings before guests choose their walking trail for the day. For the adventurous, there is the choice of the island's two towering mountain peaks of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk. These both provide stunning views towards Tasman Island, Freycinet, Schouten Island and the Ile Des Phoques.

    Towards the top of the peaks, small scree and big dolerite boulders are a remnant of the last glaciation period around 20,000 years ago, when upright columns fell due to freezing between the rock. For a more relaxed stroll, the Reservoir Circuit or Oast House Circuit is ideal that provide abundant opportunities to see the island's marsupials.

    Guide - Davis Hinton“Guests have the opportunity to climb Mount Maria or Bishop and Clerk, or both if they’re serious mountain goats. The incredible diversity the mountain peaks have to offer is a highlight of the trip. The juxtaposition between the pristine turquoise water at sea level and the rugged dolerite peaks is simply breathtaking. It’s a really unique geographical drawcard for the east coast of Tasmania.”

    Davis Hinton - Guide

    Arriving back at Bernacchi House in the afternoon, guests will be entertained by native birds, Bennett's Wallabies and Tasmanian Pademelons, often seen eating the heritage lavender in the gardens. After enjoying delicious local wines on the deck, guests will be served a satisfying and scrumptious dinner. Walking distances range from 6 kilometres up to 18 kilometres if a mountain peak is chosen.

  • Day 3

    After breakfast, guests can explore Darlington, the convict settlement and industrial ruins of this World Heritage Listed site. The island’s grasslands are one of Australia's best locations for viewing wombats, kangaroos and wallabies in a natural setting. Forester Kangaroos, Bennett's Wallabies, Cape Barren Geese, Tasmanian Native Hens are commonly seen grazing in natural or historic clearings, whilst pairs of beautiful Flame Robins dart around.

    A farewell lunch will be served overlooking Darlington before guests board the boat for Triabunna and the return trip to Hobart or the airport at approximately 6pm.

  • Tour details

    Pricing: from $1,690 AUD per person (based on twin share including touring, meals & accommodation).
    Group Size: Maximum of 8 guests
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Hobart accommodations in city centre.
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: 8:00am pick up on day one and 6:00pm drop off on day four at airport, or 6:30pm drop off in city.

    Food & Wine

    Tasmania’s local produce, wineries and boutique beers are world famous and we use the freshest of produce from local suppliers like:

    • Pigeon Hole Bakery
    • Wellington Apiary
    • Hill Street Grocer
    • Huon Salmon
    • Ashgrove Cheese

    Our guides prepare restaurant quality meals and each evening serve a 3 course, candlelit dinner under the stars complimented by award winning Tasmanian wines from vineyards like Cape Bernier, Springvale and Bream Creek and local beers. Bon appétit.

    Recent Awards

    WINNER Tasmania Tourism Awards 2017 • 2016 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010 • 2009 • 2008 • 2007 • 2006 • 2005
    WINNER Qantas Australia Tourism Awards (Best Tour & Transport Operator) 2017
    WINNER Qantas Australia Tourism Awards (Best Adventure Tourism) 2012 • 2011 • 2008 

    How you'll be making a positive impact

    We have aligned our sustainability vision with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
     
    E-WEB-Goal-12Rubbish Minimisation on Maria Island

    The team behind The Maria Island Walk pride themselves on generating less than one bag of rubbish throughout the four-day experience, which accommodates up to 12 people. Their on-site robust waste management system includes cleaning and sorting recyclable materials, and ensuring all organic waste is composted. Keep Cups and reusable water bottles are given to guests to avoid single-use items.

     

    E-WEB-Goal-15Revegetating Four Mile Headland on Maria Island

    The team at The Maria Island Walk has partnered with Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service to re- plant over 800 colonial-era heritage trees on Maria Island. The tree planting work began in in 2014 at Four Mile Headland, which is located about seven kilometres from Darlington and where guests arrive on day two of the four-day walk.

    With the volume of grazing marsupials on the island including Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies and Tasmanian Pademelons, it can be challenging to establish endemic plants, especially after several dry years. This loss of green vegetation not only reduces the wildlife’s food source, but it can also lead to soil loss and erosion.

    The Coast Wattle and Sheoak have been selected for planting at the location in order to replicate the natural ecosystem. The trees help to hold the soil together and prevent environmental degradation and provide habitat for many of the native and Tasmanian endemic birds.

    E-WEB-Goal-06Minimising Water Usage on Maria Island

    The Maria Island Walk’s safari-style wilderness camps are located in off-grid remote locations, designed to have a small environmental footprint with low-water bush showers, clean composting toilets and utilising rainwater harvesting systems. Through these processes, guests utilise an average of eight litres of water per night, with all water treated on site.

     

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