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MARIA ISLAND – The Best Things to Do and Travel Tips [2024]

Painted Cliffs Things To Do On Maria Island

If you’re planning a trip to Maria Island in Tasmania, this epic guide will tell you everything you need to know, from things to do to where to camp and all our top travel tips!

Australia’s most beautiful, diverse and rugged state, tucked away at the southern tip of the country, has a lot of incredible places to visit and things to do.

We had always wanted to visit Tasmania, so when we finally made it across the Bass Strait we made the most of it and spent three months driving nearly 10,000km around the island.

It’s fair to say we saw and did a lot there, from hiking the Overland Track to road tripping the west coast, and a thousand and one things in between.

Narrowing down our highlights to a select few is an almost impossible task. But one place that truly stands out to us is Maria Island.

When we took our campervan across to Tasmania, we did very little research on what we should do there. However everyone we met raved about how incredible Maria Island was (and specifically, the wombats!). So naturally, we had to go.

Most people take a day trip to Maria Island (pronounced “Ma-rye-ah”), but we decided to leave Marlee on the mainland, take our camping gear and spend 3 days, 2 nights exploring as much as we could there.

Located on the east coast of Tasmania, Maria Island is best known for its convict history and scores of animals, including the endangered forty spotted pardalote, Cape Barren Geese, Tasmanian devils and wombats that live there, making it known as Tasmania’s ‘Noah’s Ark’.

That’s not all there is here though, and after 2 nights on Maria Island we strongly believe it should be on everyone’s travel list when visiting Tasmania, no matter how long you’re planning on being here for.

From the abundant wildlife to the landscapes to the fascinating history and more, we’re excited to bring you our epic guide to Maria Island, Tasmania.

Painted Cliffs Things To Do On Maria Island
The Painted Cliffs are one of the most popular attractions on Maria Island. It’s easy to understand why.

Maria Island Travel Guide

In this travel guide to Maria Island you’ll find all the information you need to organise a fantastic trip here.

We dive into all the things to do in Maria Island, how to get here, where to stay as well as some other tips that made our visit that much more comfortable and enjoyable.

Let’s dive into this gem of Tasmania’s East Coast!

READ MORE: See what else made our list of the best places to visit in Tasmania!

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