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4 Days
Hobart, Australia
Hobart, Australia
Min Age : 12+
This Tasmania wildlife expedition is one of the 12 Great Walks of Australia.  Set on a world heritage listed national park just off the east coast of the island, this all-inclusive tour is a gentle, relatively flat, four-day guided walk combining rare Tasmania wildlife, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history. 
Better yet, the wildlife experienced during this adventure, which includes Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and echidnas, is spectacular and abundant. In addition, the unique birdlife includes the endangered forty-spotted pardalote, Cape Barren geese (the world’s second rarest breed), eagles and numerous seabird species. Finally, the crystal clear waters are protected marine reserves that are abundant with fish, dolphins, seals and migrating whales.
This Tasmania wildlife expedition is perfect for travelers who want to:
  • Travel with expert guides and small groups
  • Stay in wilderness camps steps from private white sand beaches
  • Have an all-inclusive travel experience

Tasmania Wildlife Add-On Options

You can easily spend an entire week discovering the island.  Some ideas for extending your stay  on Tasmania include:

  • Visits to historic Hobart (especially during the Saturday artist and food markets) as well as to Tasmania’s award-winning wineries and gin distilleries – 2 days
  • A luxury lodge stay in Freycinet National Park (where you can walk the same ancient bush tracks trodden some 30,000 years ago) – 3 days
  • An unforgettable hiking experience through World Heritage Area Cradle Mountain (other hiking options available too) – 3 to 6 days

The company is Tasmanian family owned and operated, offering a unique Tasmanian experience that brings to life local history and culture. Working closely with Parks and Wildlife Tasmania, the Expedition has received widespread acclaim for its environmentally friendly practices in protecting this beautiful Island as well as leadership in the local tourism industry.

Guides are chosen for their unique knowledge of Maria Island, which they love to share with you. They’re familiar with all the birds, native plants, and animals. They’ve studied the history of Maria Island and the stories associated with it.  

The wilderness camping sites are environmentally sensitive and guests sleep in comfortable, twin share tented cabins. The final night is spent at the fully restored, colonial Bernacchi House, which has the charm and facilities of a B&B, including hot showers.


Day 1Arrival into Hobart & Settle at Casuarina Beach Camp

Important Note: Guests need to be in Hobart the evening prior to departure as the pick up from your accommodation will be from 7:30 am to take you to the offices so that you can meet your fellow co-walkers and fill up your backpacks.

After a short drive to Triabunna, you’ll board a private boat and explore Mercury Passage en route to Shoal Bay on Maria Island’s isthmus, arriving in ample time to enjoy stunning views and walk through beautiful forests with abundant wildlife.

You’ll relax at the delightful Casuarina Beach Camp, take a swim in the sheltered bay or take one of the optional walks to the stunning Haunted Bay or historic Robey’s Farm (with a light day pack). You’ll enjoy fresh Tasmanian produce and fine wines in Casuarina Camp before heading to your comfortable cabin. Today’s walking is a minimum of 3 km and around 12 km if you choose to undertake one of the optional walks or explore the beaches.

Day 2Riedle Bay, Shoal Bay and White Gums Camp

Your morning starts are leisurely and after a relaxed breakfast, there is plenty of time to enjoy the surrounding area before walking from Riedle Bay across the rare land formation of the isthmus to Shoal Bay to stroll five fabulous beaches. Explore the convict cells at Point Lesueur and visit an ochre pit at Bloodstone Point – one of the original ochre sources for the Tasmanian Aborigines. Put your feet up at White Gums Camp, where native birds will entertain you while you sip wine on the deck and anticipate dinner before heading to your cabin. Today’s walking is 14 km over flat ground and firm sandy beaches.

Day 3Hopgrounds Beach, Painted Cliffs & Bernacchi House

After another relaxing start, you will head inland to green forests that are a prime habitat for the endangered 40-Spotted Pardalote. Take the gentle inland track to Hopgrounds Beach and the Painted Cliffs and on to Bernacchi House or continue to the 711-meter summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking 3600 views.

Those who head straight to Bernacchi House can enjoy an afternoon hike up Bishop and Clerk, with its fantastic sea and coastline vistas – both peak walks are optional and the majority undertaken with a light day pack. Finish the day with a hot shower and beautiful dinner and accommodation in the historic colonial home once occupied by Italian entrepreneur, Diego Bernacchi. Today’s walking is a minimum of 6 km and around 17 km if you choose to undertake one of the peak walks.

Day 4Darlington, Blue Gum Forest, Fossil Cliffs & Return

Today you have some time to enjoy on your own – relax and enjoy the serenity of the convict settlement and industrial ruins of Darlington and walk through the tall Blue Gum forest to the convict brickworks and heritage reservoir and around to the world class Fossil Cliffs.

Enjoy a champagne lunch overlooking Darlington then return to Hobart for a last farewell followed by a drop-off at your accommodation. Today’s walking is up to the individual and can be done with a light day pack.

A transfer to Hobart airport is available, connecting with flights departing from 6pm. For those on late flights, you will return back to the office to freshen up before dropping you off in Hobart City. You can then have dinner before taking a taxi to the airport (at your own expense).

On the rare occasion when sea conditions make the crossing to and from Maria Island uncomfortable, there may be delays or alternative arrangements will be made.

Tour Details

Guests are required to carry their own packs containing all personal possessions and a lunch box between camps. Trips cater to clients who can walk 10-15 km a day carrying light daypacks of 5-8kg. Participants over 70 require a medical certificate.

There is no power at the camps on nights 1 & 2 – we recommend that cameras, etc. are fully charged prior to starting your walk or that you bring extra batteries with you.

  • Mobile service coverage can be patchy or depending on your carrier, not available in some areas on the island. We like to encourage guests to leave their mobile phones in Hobart – in the case of emergencies our guides will have phones that can be used. If you need to have yours with you whilst you walk we ask that you keep it on silent.

Luggage for before and after the walk:

  • The guiding company can safely store any extra luggage that you may have while you are on the island. In the event that you need to access your luggage prior to your return to Hobart or for airport drop-off, they can arrange for it to be with the driver when you meet the bus on your return from Maria Island.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Noted Activities
  • Transfers as Indicated

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Optional Excursions
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Any Private Expenses

Optional Activities

  • Hobart Exploration
  • Wine Region & Gin Distillery Tastings
  • Luxury Freycinet National Park
  • Extended Hiking on Cradle Mountain
  • Pack-Free Walks