Tasmania’s Maria Island Walk
Few places on the planet offer the tranquillity and natural beauty of Maria Island, a national park with no permanent human population. Combine this with specialist guides and quality accommodation and you have the Maria Island Walk – a peerless 4 day/3 night experience and one of the world’s great walks.
Family-owned and operated, Maria Island Walk offers an authentic Tasmanian experience, showcasing stunning beach, marine and bush environments as well as local history and culture. The wildlife is spectacular and abundant: you should see Tasmanian kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and echidnas; the birdlife includes the endangered forty spotted pardalote, Cape Barren geese (the world’s second rarest breed), eagles and numerous sea bird species; the surrounding ocean harbours migrating whales, dolphins, seals and an abundance of fish varieties.
From your departure from Hobart you arrive at the historic coastal town of Triabunna. A boat will take you through the sparkling waters of Mercury Passage to the isthmus of Maria Island, where you will set foot on a pristine, untouched beach, exactly as explorers did years earlier. Here you enjoy lunch overlooking the crystal azure waters of Shoal Bay before taking a walk to the tranquil Casuarina Beach camp.
This afternoon explore the trail through the tall eucalypt forest down to the spectacular Haunted Bay.
In the evening, after a fine gourmet dinner, stroll along the beach at sunset with a glass of wine.
Wake up to the chattering of wattle birds and, from the comfort of your bed, watch the morning sun sparkle through the forest. After a delicious breakfast, it’s time to start your journey along five beautiful beaches. Watch dolphins play in the surf, and sea eagles soaring overhead as you walk past the carpet of exotic shells at the water’s edge. By late afternoon you arrive at White Gums camp for a refreshing swim. After the perfect day, you can relax with your fellow walkers, before enjoying a candlelit dinner of the finest Tasmanian food and wine.
Today you head inland to the heart of the Island and discover the rich greens of the grand forests.
You’ll wander through the planet’s largest stand of giant Tasmanian blue gums and can choose to climb the peaks of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk – a 700m climb through rare “cloud” rainforests. That evening you arrive at the fascinating world heritage settlement of Darlington where you’ll stay at the elegant colonial Bernacchi House and enjoy a final night banquet with fine wine and conversation.
The last day begins with a delicious breakfast followed by a walk around the northern tip of Maria Island.
The walk takes you through a variety of spectacular woodlands and forests with rare endemic birds, wallabies and wombats. You continue on to the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay and then head down to the remarkable fossils at Fossil Cliffs. Arriving back at Darlington you enjoy a celebratory champagne lunch before boarding the boat to go back to the mainland and Hobart taking with you incredible memories and stories of an amazing four days spent in a very special place.
Tours operate from mid-October to the end of April. Walks leave from Hobart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with daily departures in peak months.
Please note the tour departs from Hobart early on day 1, so accommodation is required the night prior in Hobart. Please speak to The Tailor who is able to assist with this – why not arrive a few days early to explore Hobart and surrounds prior to your walk.
2 or 4 guests = AUD$2,150.00 per person (twin share)
Price is valid for travel until 31 March 2012 and is subject to availability at the time of booking request. Price may be subject to seasonal fluctuations.
As with all The Tailor itineraries, this programme can be combined with other destinations to suit your individual interests and requirements.
Maria Island Walk
4 day/3 night accommodated walking tour including bus and boat transport, including hotel pick-ups (from Hobart), expert guiding each day, park entry fees, twin-share accommodation, all meals and wine and any walking gear that is provided.