Service is patchy on the island. If you need to contact someone urgently during the experience, our guides will have a working phone for you to use.
We collect guests from central Hobart hotels from 7:30am on Day 1 of the walk. On Day 4 of the walk we offer a scheduled airport transfer at 4:00pm * or transfer guests to their hotel in central Hobart by 5:00pm. *We recommend guests book flights from 6:00pm.
Guests walk along firm beaches and formed bush tracks and a moderate level of fitness is required.
A backpack with all personal gear is carried by each guest throughout the walk. On side trips such as climbing the mountain peaks or walking to Haunted Bay, a lighter pack is provided to use.
The walk itself is moderate, though optional walks including the summits of Bishop and Clerk and Mount Maria can prove challenging.
Maria Island has a mild, temperate climate during walking months and has an average daytime temperature in the 20s and night time 10-15 degrees. As the weather can change and we recommend guests bring everything on our recommended gear list. We can review the 4 day weather forecast on the morning of the departure and leave behind any items considered surplus for storage in the office.
There is a single supplement for this walk, as accommodation throughout the walk is designed for pairs. Single walkers may share with other same gender guests. Single sleeping arrangements can be organised through paying an addition single supplement with the office team at the time of booking.
Two nights will be at our beautiful camps where guests enjoy twin share, comfortable cabins with raised beds, complete with mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows. The camps are environmentally sensitive; with water tanks collecting rain from some of the world’s cleanest air, wash rooms, warm outdoor bush showers and composting toilets. The final night is in historic Bernacchi House; guests enjoy hot showers, fresh linen, recline by wood fires and a piano whilst waiting for the final night’s banquet.
For us to plan and cater for your walk we ask guests advise of any specific dietary and health needs at the time of booking. Maria Island is a remote location and your comfort and care is important to us.
We recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance when you join our walk.
Wearing multiple layers of clothes is recommended for warmth and comfort when walking. Denim is generally not recommended as can become heavy and cold when wet and it does not breathe. Boots with ankle support and good sole tread are recommended, particularly if guests are keen to climb the mountain summits. Boots should be comfortable and worn in. Solid walking shoes with good soles are OK however trainers/runners are generally not recommended.
For private groups and selected walk departures, we can arrange to transfer guests gear between each night’s accommodation for an additional fee of $300 per person. In the interest of group harmony, we only operate pack free walks when all guests on a walk are seeking the porter service. Please contact our staff during your initial enquiry and we will endeavour to find you a pack free walk departure.
This walk is family friendly, the minimum age on our standard departures is 12 years old, however we are happy to accept younger guests on our designated Family-Friendly departures.
These departures are available on request by contacting us on 03 6234 2999 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The walk is the same price for all of our guests, and younger guests must be capable of carrying their own gear.
Please note that our packs are adult sized, so if smaller packs are required you will need to bring your own.
There is only one menu for the walk, so we recommend younger guests have a mature palette.
There are plenty of wombats, kangaroos, birds and other wildlife on the island. While we can’t guarantee you will see every species on the island, our guides will help you spot some of the animals inhabiting the island along the walk.
The price of the walk includes transfers from Hobart, twin share accommodation, all meals and drinks, park passes, and use of gear.
About Maria Island
All accommodation is provided on this walk. Two nights will be at our beautiful camps where guests enjoy twin share, comfortable cabins with raised beds, complete with mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows. The camps are environmentally sensitive; with water tanks collecting rain from some of the world’s cleanest air, wash rooms, warm outdoor bush showers and composting toilets. The final night is in historic Bernacchi House; guests enjoy hot showers, fresh linen, recline by wood fires and a piano whilst waiting for the final night’s banquet.
Maria Island is beautiful year round, our 4 day walk is available from October to April, when it gets a bit chillier in winter we offer a 3 day walk from June to the end of August.
Maria Island is a beautiful place to walk, all year round. It does get colder in winter, so consider your preferences when booking a walk.
Our four-day walking experience is available from October to April, traversing the island from south to north. Accommodation is a mix of bush camps, with the final night at Bernacchi House in Darlington.
Our three-day Winter Escape Walk is offered from mid-May to August each year based out of Darlington with accommodation at Bernacchi House.
This walk is family friendly, the minimum age on our standard departures is 12 years old, however we are happy to accept younger guests on our designated Family Friendly departures. Adult sized packs are provided to all guests, please bring a smaller pack if you are bringing a young guest that may not be able to carry the adult sized pack.
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The Maria Island Walk acknowledges the Aboriginal Communities and Traditional Custodians of country throughout Tasmania and we recognise their continued connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present, as we seek to understand their history and learn from their knowledge.