Family Friendly Maria Island Walk

An outdoor family adventure walking the length of beautiful Maria Island National Park is a great experience to share quality time as a family.

Re-connecting with nature, spotting a variety of incredible wildlife, swimming in pristine beaches and hiking to the top of magnificent mountains will create memories to last a lifetime.

In January 2019 we had three wonderful families join us on a ‘Family Friendly Portered Walk’.

“The guides were fabulous with all our kids’. The walk was a wonderful balance of nature, ruggedness and gourmet” Bennett’s family

“Fantastic guides – absolutely made the experience and did a great job with our kids. Kept them involved and interested. We went on the Milford Track in NZ a few years ago and would say this is a better experience – guides, food, accommodation and all the thoughtful planning around the walk were all better. ” Crossley family

“We were so lucky with our trip. Having a bunch of young girls of similar ages to my daughter really made the trip for her.” Hays family

Best time to book a family friendly walk

During the Christmas and New Year break or during other school holiday periods year-round. We offer our 4 day walk between October to April and a 3 day Winter Escape between June to August.

Age

Minimum age is 8 years old on a family friendly walk. Please contact us if your children are younger.

Price

$2,550 per person twin-share all-inclusive.

Inclusions

Includes 3 nights’ accommodation – two nights spent in our beautiful wilderness camps and one night in our beautifully restored heritage listed house. Transfers between Hobart and Maria Island.

All meals and wine (breakfasts, lunches and 3 course dinners). Two guides and park entry fees. Backpacks, 50L Gore-Tex jackets, head torches, sleeping bag liners and pillow cases are provided at the office.

If you’re searching for extraordinary family holiday, please enquire with one of our friendly staff on 03 6234 2999 or bookings@mariaislandwalk.com.au

 

White Kunzea at Haunted Bay

White Kunzea at Haunted Bay on Maria Island

During spring and summer, the Australian native plant Kunzea ambigua (also known as white kunzea, tick bush or sweet scented kunzea) can be found in coastal areas of Tasmania and eastern Australia.

The white kunzea shrub can grow up to 5 m high and it bears small white flowers which fill the air with a sweet honey scent.

Some of the uses of White Kunzea:

  • It can be made into an antiseptic oil for cuts and abrasions
  • The leaves and flowers can be used in cooking. The unique herb can be used on meats/roasts, fried in butter, in bread or added to a cocktail
  • Native animals are often found sleeping under Kunzea plants, where they seek relief from ticks and other parasites – hence it’s popular name of “tick bush”

Enjoy the scent of this beautiful native plant.

More information about the White Kunzea plant:

https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp8/kunz-amb.html

 

Tasmanian Devil article in the Telegraph

David Whitley wrote a nice article about Tasmanian Devils:

“The Maria Island Walk – one of the Australian Wildlife Journeys signature experiences – spends four days on the island, staying in glamping cabins and indulging in fully prepared local produce meals. And it’s not just the Tasmanian devils on the wildlife front. Walks along the island’s white-sand beaches bring sightings with playful dolphins and swooping sea eagles, while venturing inland brings birdsong-filled forests, plus encounters with wombats and wallabies.”

read the whole article here

 

 

The Captivating History of Maria Island

Want to learn more about the captivating history of Maria Island ? Then read this article by Qantas Travel Insider…

“Yes, it’s a much-loved walk along wild bush tracks and pristine beaches but, as Sarah Maguire discovers, hikers who conquer Tassie’s Maria Island also take a stroll through Australian history.”

read the full article here

Bernacchi House where our guests stay during our Winter Escape and on the last night of our signature walk

 

Winter Indulgence on Maria Island

Winter is a magical time to visit Maria Island.

In small groups of just 8 guests and 2 wonderful guides, we will show you the island’s beauty, history and amazing wildlife on our 3 day Winter Escape.

Here are 5 reasons to visit Maria Island with us this winter…

  1. Starry skies and a possible viewing of the beautiful Aurora Australis

Maria Island National Park is blessed with very little light pollution which means on a clear night you get to see a sky full of bright shining stars.

The Aurora Australis can be seen year-round in Tasmania but one of the best times to see it is over the winter months. To the naked eye the aurora will look like a flickering white light and generally you won’t be able to see the vivid purples or pinks you see in photos. However, if you are a keen photographer you can capture these vivid colours with your camera by taking a long exposure.

 

  1. Settle in by a crackling fireplace and indulge in a delicious platter of cheese paired with a glass of Tasmanian Pinot Noir.

 

  1. The entire island to yourself… almost!

You get to spend your day with a mob of Tasmanian Forester Kangaroos.

Forester Kangaroos are partially social animals that are usually seen in family groups of three or four but can also be in associated mobs of more than ten.

They are also the largest marsupial in Tasmania and the second largest in the world. Males can reach over 60kg and stand 2 m tall!

  1. Sunrises on Maria Island are especially beautiful in winter.

Our favourite location to watch a sunrise is at the incredible Fossil Cliffs.

  1. Visit the dramatic Painted Cliffs

The beautiful patterned sandstone cliffs have been carved and moulded by the mineral-rich water and wind. The best time to visit the cliffs is at or around low tide.

 

5 facts you probably didn’t know about wombats

Maria Island National Park is a wombat wonderland. The Common Wombat is the largest burrowing mammal in Australia and can be viewed all over the island…

How heavy is the common wombat?

Approximately 20kg. The Tasmanian wombat is not as large or bulky as the wombats on the mainland.

What shape are wombat scats (poop)?

Wombat scats are cube-shaped. Why? Because they have a very long digestion process. As their food matter spends such a long time in the intestine, the by-products take on the same shape and the wombat poop eventually comes out shaped in a cube. They often leave poop on top of rocks and logs as territorial markers or to attract a mate and because the poop is cube-shaped it won’t roll away.

How long do wombats graze for? 

They graze for between 3 to 8 hours a night during which time they may travel many kilometres. You can often see wombats on Maria Island grazing and basking in the sun during the daytime.

Why do wombat pouches face backwards, opening towards the mother’s rear rather than her head?

Wombats are extreme diggers. They dig burrows up to 20m long and more than 2m below the ground with connecting tunnels and entrances. The wombats backward pouch allows them to dig without kicking dirt into their pouch, where a joey may just be sleeping.

When do wombats breed?

Wombats breed any time of the year however mating often occurs during winter. 30 days after mating a wombat pinkie is born (furless and in it’s mothers pouch). The mother carries the wombat pinkie in her pouch for 6 months. Afterwards, the wombat joey stays with it’s mother until it’s around 18 months old.