Maria Island is a natural wildlife sanctuary and off-shore retreat with historic ruins, sweeping bays, dramatic cliffs and plenty of stories to tell.
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 stone Commissariat Store, 150 metres from the jetty, is the island’s oldest building and is now a visitor centre with displays and information about the island.
The island offers excellent walking and cycling journeys. Short walks explore the buildings and ruins of Darlington – a ghost town with a convict and industrial past. The Reservoir Circuit is sheltered from the coastal winds and provides a glimpse of Maria Island’s wildlife and history as you wander through open woodlands into a tall eucalypt forest.
The ferry to Maria Island is located in Triabunna, just 15 minutes south of Gumleaves and would make a perfect day trip or overnight stay on either side of a Gumleaves holiday.
And make sure you don’t miss the Maria Island National Park walk – here is why: http://luketscharke.com/8-things-maria-island-walk-experience