Maria Island Circuit
33.9 km circuit
2 days to 4 days
Maria Island Circuit
33.9 km
Circuit

Walk
2 days to 4 days

Cycle

Mtb

Starting from the Darlington Jetty near the Darlington Probation Station, Maria Island National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit around Maria Island. Experience stunning coastal views, picturesque bays, dramatic cliffs and historic ruins on an extensive hike around Maria Island, a natural wildlife sanctuary. The first section follows the coastline, passing the Painted Cliffs and Four Mile Beach before reaching French's Farm, a good base for exploring Point Lesueur, Encampment Cove and McRae's Isthmus. The next section heads inland back towards Darlington, with a side-trip to the summit of Mount Maria, the highest point on the island. The final section follows a creek past the Reservoir, then climbs steeply to the Bishop and Clerk pinnacles before looping back past the Fossil Cliffs. This circuit is best experienced on a bike or as a multi-day walk. The island has several free campgrounds and basic bunk accommodation is also available. The tracks are accessible and well-defined, consisting mainly of gravel roads. The only steep sections are along the Bishop and Clerk/Mount Maria tracks, which involve some rock scrambling. There are no cars on Maria Island and it's only accessible by ferry, but visitors can bring a bike or rent one. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Highlights
Swim
Views

Environment
Natural

Transport options
To start
Ferry