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Maria Island is some 20km long and 13km wide at it's widest point. Though it has a convict history it is still pristine wilderness in many places, with rainforest and mountain peaks.
The entirety of Maria Island is now protected in the Maria Island National Park. The island is covered with reminders of it's historic convict past.
The island is also home to Forester Kangaroos, Wallabies and Cape Barren Geese.
Access to Maria Island is via the ferry from Eastcoaster Resort at Louisville Point in Tasmania. Entrance and camping fees apply.
ATTRACTIONS AND SITES TO VISIT:
The history of Maria Island is one of the great attractions of Maria Island. There is an Interpretation Centre and Museum on the island which provides a good overview of the island's past as a penal settlement.
The Fossil Cliffs Walk:
This walk takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete. It leads off from the Commissariat Store which is now the National Park's Information Centre. It leads through various sites of historical interest, including the old cemetery, before it reaches the Fossil Cliffs. These cliffs are covered in fossils of shells.
The Painted Cliffs Walk:
This walk takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete. It also takes in a number of historical sites before reaching the Painted Cliffs.
The camping site on Maria Island is not far from the entrance point for Maria Island at Darlington Bay. There are hot showers available.
Campers will need to bring everything they need with them. Camping fees apply at Darlington Bay. There are no fees for bush camping.
LINKS TO RESOURCES:
Kevin's Wilderness Journeys Homepage
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