Winter Wonderland Walks on Maria Island

The Maria Island Walk is renowned for amazing landscapes, well-preserved convict history and the vast array of wildlife to be seen but not many people know that a streamlined “seasonal friendly” version of the walk operates throughout winter.

This beautiful island located off the east coast of Tasmania provides a three day/two night winter experience offering guests spectacular walks during the day, followed by delicious meals and matching wines in the evening and concluding with a warm, comfortable bed to sleep in at night.

During winter, guests are accommodated for both nights at heritage listed Bernacchi House in the world heritage convict settlement of Darlington.  The house, dating back to 1880 when it was home to Italian settler and pioneer Diego Bernacchi, has been beautifully restored providing comfort and warmth as guests are greeted on arrival with a roaring open fire.

The guided winter walks leave and return to Bernacchi House daily and vary in length and difficulty.  Walkers can enjoy strolls through the gentler tracks and observe the wildlife including the lumbering wombats, elegant Cape Barren Geese and a growing insurance population of Tasmanian Devils.  They can also take in some of the spectacular landscape visiting the Painted Cliffs and Fossil Bay or for the more adventurous, take on the climb to the top of Mount Bishop and Clerk, the highest point on the island.  For those who make it to the peak, the result is extremely rewarding with walkers enjoying panoramic views over the eucalypt forests and out across the Pacific Ocean.

Owner of The Maria Island Walk, Ian Johnstone, said “Visiting in winter is just as beautiful as other seasons especially with the luxury of staying at Bernacchi House each evening with walkers greeted by candlelit dinners and open fires on their return”.

The Winter Escapes walk have varying departure dates between June and August and cost $1,490 per person reflecting a special seasonal price.  Contact The Maria Island Walk team on 03 6234 2999 or email bookings@mariaislandwalk.com.au for bookings and further details.

The cost includes return transfers from Hobart to Triabunna, the scenic cruise across the pristine waters of the Mercury Passage to Maria Island, gourmet Tasmanian food and wine, two experienced guides, National Park entry fees, accommodation and use of waterproof jackets and day packs.

About The Maria Island Walk

The award winning Maria Island Walk is a fully guided three night, four day journey into one of Australia’s most spectacular destinations.  A maximum of ten guests per group and two guides begin their journey in Hobart with a short scenic drive to Triabunna.  A relaxing boat trip with frequent sightings of seals, dolphins and spectacular sea birds delivers them to the Island where they walk between wilderness camps taking in the landscapes, wildlife and history of the destination. The final night of the Walk is spent at historic Bernacchi House in the settlement of Darlington.  Walks depart daily from 1 October to 1 May each year.

Guests can now also visit Maria Island in the winter season with the recent introduction of a three day lodge-based Winter Escape package.


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