The Wildlife of Maria Island
An island sanctuary, referred to as
Tasmania’s Noah’s Ark.
Maria Island has been home to explorers, whalers, sealers, convicts, fishermen, farmers and industrialists. This varied influence on Maria Island is still very visible today.
A UNESCO World Heritage-listed Convict Site, Darlington settlement on the island is beautifully preserved and is one of the best examples of Probation Convict Settlements in the world. The Darlington convict settlement pre-dates the more widely known Port Arthur.
Declared a National Park in 1972, there are no permanent residents on Maria Island except the Tasmanian Parks rangers that care for the island.
The island has a unique and fascinating history, shared by the guides as our guest walk the island from south to north and unravel its early history and bring it to life.
The Maria Island Walk acknowledges the Aboriginal Communities and Traditional Custodians of country throughout Tasmania and we recognise their continued connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present, as we seek to understand their history and learn from their knowledge.