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Maria Island National Park

A World Heritage location waiting for you to explore…

Eastcoaster Tasmania… and Maria Island a compelling combination

About Maria Island

(pronounced ‘Muh-rye-uh’)

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 began quarrying for lime and cutting sandstone at Point Lesueur. In 1832 the penal colony closed because of too 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 tickets 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.

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