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Recommended Trails around Maria Island

03 October 2022


Recognised as one of Australia’s truly outstanding experiences, Maria Island is a delightful blend of rare wildlife, fascinating history, island tranquility and gourmet delights.


There are plenty of walks to choose from once you are on the Island. Here are a selection of our favourites, all of which you can find on the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Centre website.



Fossil Cliffs – 1 1/2 – 2 hrs return


The Fossil Cliffs offer an insight into the past environments of Maria Island. Extending along the northern shores of the island, these spectacular cliffs plunge sheer to the sea. This walk takes you to the edge of the cliffs where you can see expansive views of Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island. A former limestone quarry allows you a close look at the many animals immortalised as fossils in the rocks.


Be sure to wear sturdy shoes – we recommend the Terran Cross or the Moab Drift Strap – as the path can be slippery underfoot. The cliff edges can be hazardous so please be careful, especially with children.


For more info on the Fossil Cliffs check out the full factsheet


Painted Cliffs – 1 1/2 – 2 hrs return


A return trip from Darlington takes in the Painted Cliffs, just south of Hopground Beach. Best tried at low tide, this walk features beautifully patterned sandstone cliffs created by the movement of mineral-rich water though the rock, and by the later eroding action of wind and wave. The peaceful beaches and shoreline also have a wealth of fascinating tidal-zone marine life.


It’s a good idea to wear waterproof shoes – in case you return as the tide is rising – we think the Micca Sandal or Tilt Convertible would make a great choice when alternating between sand and sea.


For more info on the Painted Cliffs check out the full  factsheet


Darlington Township Walk


The buildings and ruins around Darlington don’t all come from the early convict era. Two separate convict periods (1825 – 1832 and 1842 – 1850) were followed by two distinct industrial periods (1884 – 1896 and 1920 – 1930). Each has left its mark. A walk around Darlington offer insights into that varied history.


Click here to view a full fact sheet on the Darlington Town Centre


The Maria Island Walk

For those looking to take the stress out of travel planning, World Expeditions organise 4 day guided tours around Maria Island, to explore the pristine beaches, ancient Blue Gum forests, convict settlements, and ancient Aboriginal sites, with an option to climb the 711-metre summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking panoramic views over the area.  Click here to see a detailed itinerary.