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Maria Island, East Coast Tasmania Australia
Maria Island is located off Tasmania's beautiful East Coast.
The island is located app. 90km north east of
Hobart, and is just under 20km long and
13km at its widest point. It is essentially two smaller
islands joined by a narrow sandy isthmus. Maria Island is steep
and mountainous in the interior, but surrounded by long stretches
of magnificent white sandy beaches and limestone cliffs. It is
home to a wide variety of birdlife, including the endangered
forty-spotted pardalote being one of the smallest and rarest
birds in Australia. The amazing short-tailed shearwater, or mutton birds, as they are commonly
known, build their summer nests on Maria Island before flying
15,000km across the Pacific Ocean to the Artic each year. Clonies
of fairy penguins and the comical ground-dwelling Cape Barren
geese are also common on the island. The island is also home
to large populations of possums, wallabies, pademelons, echidnas,
kangaroos and wombats. Visitors to Maria Island will tell you
that is difficult to walk for very long before
coming across some sort of marsupial on any of the many bushwalking
tracks on the Island.
Maria Island is home to many bushwalks from small, easy walks to longer overnight walks that take in spectacular coastal scenery.
Maria Island was originally settled
by whalers and sealers before becoming a penal colony in 1825. By 1832 the convict settlement was abandoned
in favour of Port Arthur on the rugged Tasman Peninsula to the
South East of maria Island. After r a second incarnation
as a convict probation station between 1842-1850, Maria Island
was was taken over by a flamboyant Italian entrepreneur
named Deigo Bernacchi who planted grapes, cultivated silk worms and established a cement works.
Regrettably none of these ventures survived the Great Depression.
Please note, National Park Fees apply to Maria Island.