Camping Maria Island, Darlington campground excellent campsite, low-cost flat, excellent shade, privacy and close to ferry with great facilities including toilets, barbecue, shelter, toilets, and showers (paid).
Maria Island National Park is located off the East Coast of Tasmania and is accessible via a short 30-minute ferry ride from the small coastal town of Triabunna. You can also take a private boat or flight. Driving to Maria Island will take approximately 1.25 hours to Triabunna from Hobart. The cost of the ferry is currently $45 return per adult (December 2019) – some concessions are available and advance bookings are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. You must also have a valid Tasmanian National Parks & WIldlife Pass to access Maria Island – passes are checked at the Visitor Information Centre at Triabunna before you access the ferry and can be purchased if you don’t have a pass. You will not be able to board the ferry without a Parks pass. Maria Island has 3 different camping options; Darlington is the most popular (this listing) which is located around 500-metres from the ferry terminal. The other 2 options, French’s Farm and Encampment are accessible via walking or bicycle. To walk will take you around 3-3.5 hours. As you leave the ferry, there is an accommodation booking facility in an old sandstone building where you book and pay for camping. Rangers are employed on Maria Island to check that you have paid camping fees. Maria Island has a rich history and unique ecology, geological history, historic buildings, ruins, spectacular coastal vistas, secluded sun-drenched beaches, rugged coastal cliffs, bushwalks (easy to hard), longer walks, a protected marine reserve, areas for fishing, snorkelling, swimming, abundant birdlife and easily seen wildlife including wombats, Cape Barren Geese and Albino Wallabies. If you are lucky you may also see a Tasmanian Devil, however, please don’t approach or feed. There is very basic bunkhouse accommodation on Maria Island in the old convict buildings. Bookings are essential when visiting Maria Island to stay in these Penitentiary units. Fees to camp at the Darlington Campground are $7 per adult or $13/couple per night plus $5 each additional adult. Family camping is $16 per night for 2 adults & 3 children. Each additional child is $2.50 per night. No bookings are possible for the campsites, and generally not required as there is plenty of space. See also: Frenchs Farm Campground: Encampment Cove Campground. Strictly NO DOGS or other pets are permitted on Maria Island.