We’re keeping costs to a minimum so everyone can experience the beauty of Maria Island!
Participants provide their own bedding, cooking and eating utensils, and food requirements
We can connect you with other participants to minimise duplication of cooking equipment etc
Luggage is limited to 1 x 7kg and 2 x 15kg items
Additional 15kg luggage can be purchased for $5
There are trolleys to transport luggage 500m from the jetty to the penitentiary
Maria Island is a natural wildlife sanctuary with historic ruins, sweeping bays, and dramatic cliffs. Located off Tasmania’s east coast and accessible only by ferry, Maria Island contains the most intact example of a convict probation station in Australia. The island is also one of Tasmania’s great bird watching hot spots. Eleven of the state’s twelve endemic species can be seen here, including the endangered forty-spotted pardalote and the rare and unique Cape Barren goose. Wombats, pademelons, Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies and Tasmanian Devils can be seen in abundance.
There are a huge number of walking and cycling options.
Short walks exploring the ruins of Darlington – a ghost town with a convict and industrial past
Reservoir Circuit is sheltered from coastal winds and provides a glimpse of Maria Island’s wildlife and history as you wander through open woodlands into a tall eucalypt forest
Fossil Cliffs is a fascinating glimpse into the ancient creatures immortalised as fossils in the rocks
The Painted Cliffs are beautifully patterned sandstone, shaped by mineral-rich water and wind
Peaceful beaches and shorelines contain a wealth of fascinating tidal-zone marine life
Bishop and Clerk, the island’s towering peaks, can be reached on a 3-5 hr return walk past majestic sea cliffs, through grasslands, open forest and tall woodland to rocky slopes. Scramble over boulders to reach the summit and be rewarded with spectacular views of the island, Freycinet Peninsula and the Tasman Sea.
Mount Maria is the highest point on the island. The 5-7 hr return walks starts with a gentle track meandering through open woodlands, gradually becoming steeper before scrambling over rocky debris and boulders in the last sections to reach the summit – a dolerite outcrop with sweeping views of the Tasmanian coast. On a clear day you’ll see Tasman Island in the south, across to Marion Bay and southwest to Mount Wellington. While to the north you’ll see Schouten Island and the Freycinet Peninsula.
The historic Penitentiary originally housed convicts from 1830. Today it provides basic bunkhouse–style accommodation. Each room has bunk beds with covered mattresses, a wood fired stove for heating, a table and seats, and a storage area. There’s no power, running water or lighting in the rooms.
The rooms are spotlessly clean and regardless of the weather, extremely warm and cosy. Plenty of wood is available to keep your wood fired stove going all day if you want. The bunk beds are also very comfortable, and it is our aim to limit rooms to two participants so everyone feels comfortable. However if you’re traveling with a group of friends and want to stay together, we can easily accommodate you!
Toilets, rainwater tanks, wash up area, and a communal mess hall (with lighting, power and a kitchen including gas cookers and sinks) are adjacent to the penitentiary.
Behind the beach at the bottom of the campground is a shelter with gas BBQs, gas cook rings and a sink. $1 coin-operated showers are situated in the toilet block behind the beach.
Every day will be different and there’ll be something for everyone! The schedule is flexible to allow for weather events, and to cater to everyone’s interests.
Maria Island is famous for its walks and participants have the option for gentle strolls taking in the ambiance, history and meeeting the wildlife, or going on a long guided walk to see spectacular views.
The island is great for bike riding. Bikes can be hired for $33 per day, or bring your own on the ferry for an additional luggage cost of $10
In addition to walks or bike riding, each day there will be a strength training workout on offer.
A variety of sessions over the course of the retreat will delve into mindset, nutrition, mental health and goal setting.
There will also be plenty of time to relax, socialise, and have lots of fun!
A preliminary checklist of items you would need to bring includes: