Hike Tasmania's Maria Island

Trip Code: PTXM

Why we love it

Learn about the history of Maria island which operated as a penal station from 1825 and 1832 and housed convicts working in industries including timber-cutting, tanning, shoe-making and cloth production., Enjoy a selection of walks from the stunning Mount Bishop and Clerk Summit hike to the Soldiers and Bloodstone Beaches hike – all tailored to the abilities and willingness of your group., Experience an unforgettable night in the Penitentiary Dorm, comfortable shared accommodation that was once used as a prison cell for convicts, Each group is guided by 2 experienced and professional guides who also whip up hearty meals, starting from each day’s breakfast, through to picnic style lunches and a big dinner every evening., Enjoy walks along remote and beautiful beaches, where Oyster Catchers and Hooded Plovers dance along the beach and Pacific Gulls and Black Swans float restfully in the bay.

Is this trip right for me?

This is a walking trip so a good fitness level will help you enjoy all the included walks and activities.

It is very important to bring right gear and clothing. Please read Packing List supplied on Essential Trip Information document carefully.

This trip starts early in the morning on Day 1 and finishes late in the afternoon of Day 4. Please check the exact joining and finishing details and re-book extra accommodation if you need to.

On Days 2 & 4 you will have to carry your own luggage. Please pack lightly – we advise you bring backpack no bigger than 50 litres and pack only necessary items. Excess luggage can be stored in Hobart at the beginning of the trip.

Accommodation of Day 1 is in the Penitentiary Dorm – a great experience but you will be sharing this dorm with other members of your group. The other 2 nights of this trip are camping in Safari Style tents which you won’t need to put up or down.

This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Important information

1. FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 8am on Day 1 in Hobart. Please see Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.

2. FINAL DAY: You are expected to arrive back into Hobart around 5pm and dropped off at the same location as the joining point.
There is no accommodation included on the last day in Hobart, however we can request any additional nights should you need them.

3. Please pack lightly as you will have to carry your luggage on Days 2 & 4. 50 litres backpacks will be available for you to rent free of charge at the beginning of the trip. You will be able to leave excess luggage in hotel in Hobart.

4. This is a camping trip with all essential gear provided; tall safari tents, which include off the ground stretcher beds, pillows and comfortable bedding.

5. A single supplement is not available for this trip.

What to bring/pack

You will be supplied with following items:

- 1. Backpack, Pack Cover, Sleeping Bag Liner, Hand Towel, Face Washer & Soap, Head Torch, Pillow Case

- 2. You DO NOT have to bring OR CARRY THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: a sleeping bag, mat or pillow. These are supplied at the camps and the penitentiary accommodation for you.

All of the mentioned items are contained within the backpack that you will collect upon arrival on Maria Island. You will, however, need to bring the following items with you. Please have these items ready in a tote, draw-bag or daypack, separate from your main luggage when we collect you from starting point hotel in Hobart.

You can bring your own backpack if you wish, but it must be of 45litre capacity at the least.

Please pack the following items:

1 x Waterproof Jacket
1 x Waterproof Trousers [lightweight is ok]
Socks 2 – 3 Pairs
Underwear 2 – 3 Pairs
Swimming Costume & Lightweight Towel
1 x walking poles [optional but not essential]
2 x Lightweight Long Sleeved Shirts
1 x Lightweight Walking Trousers
1 x Shorts
1 x Sunhat with brim
In summer, overnight frosts may occur – please be prepared
1 – 2 x Long Sleeved Thermal top
1 x Thermal Long Johns [optional]
1 x Gloves [optional]
1 x Beanie [recommended as nights can get cold]
1 x Fleece Jacket or Down Jacket
Boots or Trail Runners [boots are recommended]
Camp Shoes - crocks or sandals [not recommended for walking]
Personal Items
Sunglasses, sunscreen & balm, insect repellent, camera, toiletries, medications
Biodegradable Disinfectant Wet Wipes for Cleaning Hands & Hand Sanitiser Gel


Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables. It’s also recommended to bring a copy of all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.
If you need some further tips for packing, you can always check out our ultimate packing list.


Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

Physical rating


Joining your group

The Astor Private Hotel, 157 Macquarie Street Hobart 7000, Hobart, AUSTRALIA

Joining instructions

Arriving by air
There are 2 options for the 14 kilometre drive to the City:
A taxi is approximately $45 - $48.
The Airporter shuttle bus, which meets every flight, is approximately $15 one way. There are return tickets available and if you are leaving from Hobart it is more economical to purchase round trip tickets.

Arriving by car
Drive up Davey Street, turn right into the middle lane of Harrington Street, then right into Macquarie Street. We are on the next corner on your left.

Finishing your trip

The Astor Private Hotel, 157 Macquarie Street Hobart 7000, Hobart, AUSTRALIA

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 3

Lunches included: 4

Dinners included: 3


On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour.

Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

All food for this trip is purchased and packed prior to your group leaving on day one. After we’ve left town it can be very difficult to source special dietary requests.

Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking.
You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious.

We can provide easily available substitutes, please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the following.

Gluten Free
Dairy Free (soy available )
Pork Free

Please don’t hesitate to contact u if you have any specific dietary concerns.
* Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.

Climate & seasonal information

Tasmania will no doubt give us everything it has to offer. You need to be prepared for hot weather as well as cold and wet (maybe even on the same day). It is unpredictable especially in the alpine regions.

Tasmania has four distinct seasons with the warmest months being December to March. The average maximum daily summer temperatures are between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures sit between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius.

Even in the peak of the Australian summer, Tasmania, being the most southerly point of the country, is subject to cold and wet weather from Antarctica. It can get very cold, particularly at higher elevations such as Cradle Mountain. Tasmania sits on a latitude of approximately 40 degrees south, which sometimes means the wind chill from the 'roaring 40's' can make the days very cold! Daily weather conditions in Tasmania can change very quickly from sunshine to rain. We suggest that you come prepared for all extremes, some light clothing for the sunshine and something a little more protective for the colder and possibly wet days.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below:

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

Intrepid's Local Operator: +61 400 882 742


On this tour we will stay in a Penitentiary Dorm for one night. We aim to book a 14-bed convict cell for an exclusive use of our group. On two other night we will camp in Safari style tents, style with stretcher beds and comfortable bedding, solar lighting, folding stools, and a bedside table. Tents are tall enough to stand up.


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