Maria Island

Camping Area Public Toilets Boat Ramp BBQ Picnic Area

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DISTANCES: Hobart (via Orford) 81Km, Launceston (via Lake Leake) 190Km.

Maria Island National Park has a mix of history, wildlife and coastal landscape barely touched by modern times.

Travel to Maria Island by ferry, leaving from the Triabunna wharf. There is no electricity or shopping on Maria Island. Accommodation is at the campsite or in bunkhouses.

As well as rock climbing, bird watching, surfing or scuba diving in the marine reserve, Maria Island also features fascinating ruins of the convict settlement established in 1825. Each night nearly 400 convicts were chained side by side in the penitentiary and the Commissariat store (1825 - oldest building on the island and today information centre for visitors). Most relics are housed in the Chapel and they date from all eras. An historical tour operates at 2.00pm most days during peak season and weekends remainder of year.