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From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

4.9 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: MARIA ISLAND CRUISES
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From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

Activity provider: MARIA ISLAND CRUISES
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From US$ 180.48 per person

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Explore Maria Island and the Ile Des Phoques, or the Island of Seals, on a guided cruise. Spot wombats, dolphins, fur seals, and more. Take a guided tour of the historic Darlington convict penal site.

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Duration 1 day
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  • Admire the famous scenery and geology of Maria Island with knowledgeable guides
  • View iconic Australian wildlife such as wombats, kangaroos, seals, and dolphins
  • Explore the towering sea caves and impressive waterfalls at Maria Island
  • Enjoy lunch while on board the boat in the pristine waters around Maria Island
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed penal settlement at Darlington Probation Station
Full description

Embark on an immersive and educational guided tour of Maria Island National Park and the Ile Des Phoques Nature Reserve. Enjoy a scenic cruise with lunch in a remote bay, a guided walk among historic buildings, and a visit to Maria Island to spot wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, and Cape Barren geese.


After departing Triabunna, see fascinating geological sites, mountain-fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, and white beaches on your way to the Fossil and Painted Cliffs. Enjoy expert commentary from the crew as you cruise to Maria Island's isthmus for a lunch stop on the anchored boat. 


Take in the views of Maria Island, the cliffs, waterfalls, limestone sea caves, cliff-top stalactites, and mountains. On the way to the remarkable granite island, Island of Seals, see if you can spot albatrosses, dolphins, fur seals, and whales. Swim and dive alongside the island’s marine life.


Dock at Darlington in the afternoon. Stretch your legs and enjoy a guided tour through Darlington’s collection of preserved buildings that once belonged to the convict population. Learn about the town’s remarkable history and come face-to-face with Maria Island’s resident wombats. 


If history is not for you, then simply soak up the sun on Darlington’s white sandy beach or swim and snorkel in the waters of Maria Island’s marine reserve.

  • Guided cruise
  • Time to explore Maria Island
  • Guided tour of Darlington Convict Station
  • Driver/guide
  • A selection of cakes
  • Water, soda, juice, coffee, tea, plus local wine and beer
  • Salad bowl (choose from meat, vegetarian, and vegan options)
  • Hobart hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional alcoholic drinks ($6)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the cafe in Triabunna (21 Vicary Street) for a check-in at 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM. The cafe opens at 8:00 AM and you are welcome to come along early and have a coffee and something to eat for breakfast. There is secure parking for cars and campers behind the cafe. If you are not familiar with the area, please aim to arrive at 8:00 AM. Parking at the cafe is all day.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 39 reviews

Review summary

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Exceptionally good day out. Great guides and very interesting yet flexible outing. E.g. we saw sea birds including Albatros feeding on bait fish so Michael took the boat out to see this more closely - dolphins, seabirds and Albatros - doesn't come much better than this.

March 29, 2023

This was a lovely boat trip which included excellent commentary by Steve and Millie. Very informative and nice people. Felt extremely safe travelling in the boat while checking out the coastline of Maria Island. This island is truly beautiful. Lovely to just be walking and wombats wandering very close by.

March 29, 2023

This was easily one of the best tours i have ever done. Michael and Milly provided so much information not just about the history of the island but the geological make up of the rocks on the island. We were escorted by dolphins and saw several wombats, kangaroos and many other animals all wandering around the island. They also provided a lovely huge lunch.

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March 29, 2023

Product ID: 409089