Maria Island Walk Accommodation
At a Glance
This multi award-winning walk is the perfect way to escape the crowds and explore one of the most stunning areas of Tasmania
The wildlife is spectacular and abundant - you should see Tasmanian kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and echidnas
Set on a world heritage, national park just off the east coast of Tasmania, this gentle four day walk combines rare Tasmanian wildlife, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history
Maria Island Walk guides are recognised as amongst the best in the industry and know the island inside out
Small groups with two friendly guides explore the island by day and then enjoy gourmet, candlelit dining in elegant accommodation each night
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Maria Island National Park has a mild, temperate climate. Day time walking temperatures average mid 20 degrees. But the weather is prone to change at short notice, and thus we recommend you come prepared for all temperatures and conditions at all times.
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Maria Island is a delightful blend of rare wildlife, convict heritage, and elegant accommodation. On the multi-award winning Maria Island Walk, you’ll enjoy gentle walking by day and candlelit gourmet dining at night.
The Maria Island Walk is an active, but pampered, holiday experience, designed to let you experience the remoteness and tranquillity of a wilderness experience in comfort. This is a soft adventure, where the packs are light, the food is gourmet, the wine is Tasmania’s best, and a comfortable bed awaits you each night.
At the end of each day, you’ll retire for the evening in one of two secluded wilderness camps, both a stone’s throw from empty, white-sand beaches. These beaches are the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine, enjoy a barefoot stroll exploring for rare shells, or a swim in the clear waters.
The concealed camps are comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious. Enjoy nightly, candlelit three-course meals, comprising fresh local produce, complemented by fine Tasmanian wine.
On the final night, you’ll stay overnight in a heritage house in Darlington, a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled on the northern tip of the island. Once a bustling penal settlement with over 600 convicts, Darlington is now home to a medley of well-preserved, historical buildings.
The four day/three night walk departs Hobart daily (subject to demand) from the start of October until the end of April and cater to a maximum of ten guests and two guides.
To enjoy every minute of your four days, a good night's sleep is essential. The two wilderness camps are situated amongst beautiful bush and only a stone's throw from the beach. With the sounds of the bush and a warm comfortable bed, a good night’s sleep is assured. On the last night you will enjoy an authentic colonial experience, staying in the beautifully restored and heritage listed home of Diego Bernacchi.
On nights 1 and 2, Casuarina Beach Camp and White Gums Camp each provide comfortable and well-designed twin-share accommodation in environmentally sensitive standing camps built on wooden platforms with canvas walls. Raised beds with mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags are provided at each camp.
Due to the limited supply of fresh water there are no showers at the camps on nights 1 and 2, however guests are able to use a shared washroom to freshen up if they choose not to have a dip in the clear blue waters surrounding Maria. Guests also share a very modern composting toilet – one of the most commended parts of the walk, guests are often delighted by the design.
On the final night, guests stay in the authentically restored colonial Bernacchi House, where hot showers, fresh linen, power, warm fires, an absorbing library and a much loved piano await.
The walk is on beaches and formed tracks and is suited to active adults and children over the age of 10. Please note that you are required to carry a pack containing all of your own personal gear throughout the walk, so this will need to be taken into consideration when deciding on the suitability of this walk for your children.
Each evening you will sit down to a candlelit dinner and enjoy a gourmet meal of fresh local produce, expertly prepared by your guides, complemented by some of Tasmania’s finest wines.
Day 1- Cradle Mountain Huts Walk: Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut
Explore one of Australia's World Heritage Areas whilst walking the world-famous overland track passing through the never-ending terrain of Cradle Mountain and lake St Claire National Park on this six day, five night guided walk.
Day 2- Cradle Mountain Huts Walk: Barn Bluff Hut – Pine Forest Moor Hut
Today you will be walking for approximately six hours across mossy plains and alpine moors. Leaving the dramatic peak of Cradle Mountain behind you, your destination today is the stately Mt Pelion West.
Day 3 - Cradle Mountain Huts Walk: Pine Forest Moor Hut – Pelion Hut
This morning descend to a lower altitude and venture through native myrtle-beech rainforest that thrives at the base of Mt Pelion. With the Forth River in site follow the banks of this gushing waterway leading to picturesque Lemonthyme Valley.
Day 4 - Cradle Mountain Huts Walk: Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut
This morning you will ascend almost 300m to Pelion Gap a plateau stretching between Mt Pelion East and My Ossa.
Day 5 - Cradle Mountain Huts Walk: Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut
Today you will swap mountainous peaks for thundering waterfalls. From Kia Ora Hut it’s a gentle one hour walk through temperate forest to Du Cane, where a traditional hunters hut from the early 20th century still stands strong.
Day 6 - Cradle Mountain Huts Walk: Windy Ridge Hut – Lake St Claire
Today’s walk is the shortest in duration but arguably the most scenic. Your destination today is Lake St Claire, a natural glacier-carved lake known as one of Australia’s deepest.
Maria Island Walk
The Maria Island Walk is a 4 day, 3 night walking experience where you will see fantastic wildlife, stunning scenery, learn the fascinating history and eat and drink the best produce of Tasmania.
Location & directions
Accessed from Hobart, where you will need to spend one night prior to the walk, as you will depart with your guide first thing in the morning.
How to get there
There are several flights a day into Hobart, via Sydney and Melbourne.
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