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  • Darlington, Maria Island
  • Darlington, Maria Island
  • Painted Cliffs, Maria Island
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Maria Island is a unique location where the visitor feels they have left civilization behind and stepped into another world. There are no noisy cars or machinery, just the sound of the wind rustling in the trees and the occasional bird calling to another. The air is clean; the only smells that accost the nose are the perfumes of the plants in the bushland and the salt in the air, blown off the sea which surrounds you. The whole place is a treat for the senses, and an opportunity to experience something civilisation lost more than a century ago.

Painted Cliffs, Maria IslandMaria Island is a 25-minute journey across the water from the fishing village of Triabunna. Upon arrival it’s as if you have left civilization behind and stepped into another world. The only way to get around is on foot or bicycle; there are no cars, no roads, no towns (except for a few clusters of colonial buildings), no shops, no running water and no one lives there.

The whole place is a treat for the senses, and an opportunity to experience something civilisation lost more than a century ago. It’s all about you and nature, and nothing else, except for a few colonial ruins that are a reminder of a failed attempt to bring civilisation to a place that didn’t want to be tamed.

Maria Island

There is but one “town” on Maria Island and a peculiar one it is by any standards! It is called Darlington and it lies near the northern tip of the island. Dotted with many wonderful old buildings, this colonial settlement has no permanent inhabitants these days other than a few park rangers who stay during peak periods. Everyone else on the island – up to several hundred a day during the summer holidays – are tourists who come and go.

Maria island is accessible by ferry, boat or light aircraft. Visitors can stay for a few hours or a few days. Once on the island, you will find yourself walking or bicycling in friendly natural surroundings, with no cars, no electricity, no shops and no distractions.

Maria Island cyclingThere is limited accommodation and limited water supply, visitors have to bring their own food and water, sets of clothes for all weather conditions, any other equipment including bicycles (mountain bikes are available for hire from the ferry operator) they may need or want, and bedding if staying overnight. Activities include short strolls, medium and overnight bushwalks, bicycling, visiting historic and natural features, seeing wildlife at close quarters, birdwatching, boating, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, fishing, climbing, camping and photography.

Right: Cycling on Maria Island

There are lots of opportunities to explore on a bike. There are no motor vehicle here, only cyclists and walkers, so you don’t have motor vehicle to contend with. The island is famous for its historic buildings and convict ruins as well as its stunning coastal scenery, and there are many shared trails to get you there. When you take the ferry trip from Triabunna across to Maria Island, you can also bring a bicycle. Unfortunately no bicycles are available for hire on the island.

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Place Categories: Activities, Areas, Attractions, Bike Trails, Bush/Beach Walks, Convict Sites, Cross Country, Diving, East Coast, Historic Sites, Rock Climbing and Sea Kayaking.

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