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Maria Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

1. From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

Embark on an immersive and educational guided tour of Maria Island National Park and the Ile Des Phoques Nature Reserve. Enjoy a scenic cruise with lunch in a remote bay, a guided walk among historic buildings, and a visit to Maria Island to spot wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, and Cape Barren geese. After departing Triabunna, see fascinating geological sites, mountain-fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, and white beaches on your way to the Fossil and Painted Cliffs. Enjoy expert commentary from the crew as you cruise to Maria Island's isthmus for a lunch stop on the anchored boat.  Take in the views of Maria Island, the cliffs, waterfalls, limestone sea caves, cliff-top stalactites, and mountains. On the way to the remarkable granite island, Island of Seals, see if you can spot albatrosses, dolphins, fur seals, and whales. Swim and dive alongside the island’s marine life. Dock at Darlington in the afternoon. Stretch your legs and enjoy a guided tour through Darlington’s collection of preserved buildings that once belonged to the convict population. Learn about the town’s remarkable history and come face-to-face with Maria Island’s resident wombats.  If history is not for you, then simply soak up the sun on Darlington’s white sandy beach or swim and snorkel in the waters of Maria Island’s marine reserve.

From Hobart: Day Trip to Maria Island with Hotel Pickup

2. From Hobart: Day Trip to Maria Island with Hotel Pickup

Set off on a day trip from Hobart and visit stunning Maria Island. Head to Triabunna from Hobart before you board a boat and cruise along the east coast of Tasmania and Maria Island. Listen to commentary on board, enjoy lunch, and explore the island and its history. Begin with morning pickup from your hotel in Hobart and drive to Triabunna. Check in for the cruise before you set sail. Admire the landscapes of Tasmania's east coast and the diverse geography of Maria Island which includes waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, and beaches of pure white sand.  Listen to commentary on your way to Riedle and Shoal Bay at Maria Island's isthmus where you will drop anchor for lunch. In the afternoon, dock at Darlington and take a guided tour of the historic convict buildings, learn about the town's past, and meet the resident wombats.

Wineglass Bay and Maria Island Scenic Flight Experience

3. Wineglass Bay and Maria Island Scenic Flight Experience

Departing daily from Cambridge, fly towards and over the top of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s East Coast. Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania’s very first National Parks (est. 1916) and is home to dramatic pink granite mountains, secluded bays, crystal clear waters and pristine white beaches. Freycinet is home to Tasmania’s and arguably Australia’s most iconic white sands beach – Wineglass Bay, the aerial view of this sight is something truly spectacular and unforgettable. From the Freycinet Peninsula, fly over the seal colony of Ile Des Phoques, then continue your scenic flight towards your destination, Maria Island. Here land and set off on an exploration of the island national park. It’s tranquility combined with its natural beauty, rare wildlife and fascinating history makes it a unique and special place. Maria Island’s pristine untouched beaches, the crystal clear waters of the surrounding marine reserve and scenery like the magnificent Mt Maria and Bishop and Clerk peaks will take your breath away. Have a chance while on the Island to wander through forests of magnificent blue and white gums, some of them over 400 years old and unique to Maria Island. Step back in time and walk where convicts and explorers have walked before you. At the Fossils Cliffs see shellfish fossil beds unlike any other in the world. Maria Island is also famous for its abundance of wildlife being home to rare and endangered species like the Swift Parrot and Cape Barron Goose, Wombats, Kangaroos and of course, the Tasmanian Devil. It’s difficult to describe the beauty of Maria Island, you really have to see it to believe it. As you interact with the Maria Island’s local wildlife and take in the spectacular scenery your guide will prepare a bountiful Tasmanian picnic looking over the Northern end of the majestic national park. This feast is full of some of Tasmania’s finest offerings, consisting of fresh Oysters, Mussels, Salmon, Mackerel, Scallops, Octopus, all locally sourced from Tasmanian’s beautiful and clean waterways, this seafood smorgasbord is accompanied with paired Tasmanian premium white wine. Please note, if seafood isn’t to your liking that’s not a problem at all, just let the tour operator know at the time of booking and they can happily source a beautiful mix of different Tasmanian produce. After your time on Maria board your aircraft once again return to Hobart. Tour highlights • Aerial eye view of • Freycinet National Park • Wineglass Bay • Maria Island • Chance to interact (without fences) with wildlife such as • Tasmanian devils • Wombats • Forester (Eastern grey) Kangaroos • Wallabies • Gourmet Seafood Platter and Tasmanian Premium Wine Tour runs for approximately 3 hours and departs daily from Cambridge Aerodrome (20-minute drive from the Hobart CBD), Hotel Pick up and Drop off available.

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What people are saying about Maria Island

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 56 reviews

Even though it was windy with choppy seas, the boat was comfortable. The commentary was very informative and interesting. Great morning tea and lunch and with drinks available all day. Overall a very wonderful experience.

We had a fantastic time with Par Avion. It helped that we were the only ones on the flight, but the views were sensational and the overall experience is one we will remember for a very long time.

Wonderful day! Amazing scenery & wildlife! Fantastic crew! Thankyou Mike & Catherine. Terrific food and drink! Couldn’t have been better……well maybe if the dolphins had shown up

Staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and go above and beyond to make your cruise memorable.

An absolutely fabulous experience. Not to be missed. The best way to see Maria Island