Maria Island | A Guide to the Perfect Day Trip

We just got back from a wonderful weekend trip to Maria Island. Maria Island is the coolest island you’ve never heard of!

Although little known, it’s worth a stop. It’s known as Tasmania’s Noah’s ark. The island itself is mostly untouched, as cars aren’t allowed on it.

You can explore convict heritage sites, amazing wildlife, and great outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and camping. But don’t forget to bring food! There are no shops on this little island. And if you miss the 4 PM ferry, you’re sleeping with the wombats!

Since the island is little known, you won’t have to fight lines of people to enjoy the experience. And you’ll be able to have close encounters with wildlife. Getting there on a sunny day was a priority for us, and I do highly recommend going on a nice day.

Here’s my guide to visiting Maria Island, Tasmania. It covers all the bases including things to see, how to get there, how to get around, and what to bring.

Maria Island Logistics

Aussies call it “ma-rye-ah” island, not “ma-ree-ah” island FYI. Some of the highlights include historical sites where convicts were held, wildlife galore, and excellent hiking and biking!

Maria Island is located off the east coast of Tasmania via a 40-minute ferry ride from Triabunna. The ferry dock is a one-hour drive from Hobart or 2.5 hours from Launceston.

The Maria Island ferry ride costs $45AUD per adult. You must also have a valid National Parks pass. Prices vary but start at $12/person/day with discounts for longer durations. We bought the year pass; it pays off if you have two people and visit more than two national parks.

The best time to visit Maria Island is whenever you’re there, but the weather is warmest from December to March. We visited in October, and got to see all the baby spring animals- bonus!

You should plan to at least spend half a day on Maria Island. In a full day, you can see all of the major sights. You can also do an overnight trip for the full-on experience.

Visit the Convict Sites at Darlington

The main convict sites on Maria Island are in the former town of Darlington. Much of the area has been restored to look like the 1890s and if you walk around you can read about the history of each building. When you exit the ferry you’ll walk straight into Darlington.

Enjoy the Wildlife

The wildlife on this island has bee