Maria Island National Park
A World Heritage location waiting for you to explore...
About Maria Island
Maria Island is the ultimate getaway for adventurers and tourists travelling the East Coast of Tasmania.
With stunning beaches, peaceful walking and cycling trails, an abundance of local wildlife, convict ruins, a eucalypt forest, a once buzzing limestone quarry, world class bird watching, and cliffs filled with ancient fossils, there is something for everyone to experience and enjoy.
Maria Island's Convict History
Maria Island was named by Abel Tasman in December, 1642. He named the island, Maria's Eylandt, after the Governor-in-Chief's wife.
In 1828 Governor Arthur sent 145 male convicts to the island and in 1831 they begun quarrying for lime and cutting sandstone at Point Lesueur. In 1832 the penal colony closed because of to many escape attempts and the establishment of Port Arthur. In 1844 the island was back in fruition with over 627 convicts operating the quarry, growing wheat, hops and other vegetables, and tending to 2,300 sheep. Operations shut down in 1851.
In 1968 the first ranger was appointed to the island and in 1972 the whole island became a National Park.
Nowadays you can explore these ruins and learn more about the Island's past.
Maria Island Ferry
The Eastcoaster is only a short five minute trip to Triabunna, where ferry crossings depart 3-5 times daily to the Island.
You can book your ferry here.
Maria Island & Eastcoaster
The Eastcoaster is the perfect base to explore Tasmania's magnificent east coast. Being conveniently located halfway between the iconic attractions of the Freycinet National Park and the convict settlement of Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula.
Whether you’re a family, couple or travelling solo, the Eastcoaster offers a range of accommodation options such as well appointed villas with water views, 45 motel rooms, 9 updated cabins - all located just accross the water from Maria Island.
Oh, and in the image above, Maria is the big long island in the background, just in case you were wondering!