National Park in Maria Island National Park

Maria Island National Park

The car-free Maria Island was declared a national park in 1972. Its chequered history provides some interesting UNESCO World Heritage–listed convict and industrial ruins among exquisite natural features: forests, mo…
Wildlife Reserve in Maria Island National Park

Wildlife Watching

Lucky twitchers might spot the endangered forty-spotted pardalote on Maria, or perhaps the aptly named swift parrot. You’ll certainly see Cape Barren geese waddling around (and depositing their dietary byproducts on…
Historic Site in Maria Island National Park


The township of Darlington – officially the Unesco World Heritage–listed Darlington Probation Station – is where you’ll start your time on the island. Close to the ferry jetty are some amazing old silos (good for so…
Landmark in Maria Island National Park

Painted Cliffs

From Darlington it’s a one-hour return walk to the Painted Cliffs, at the southern end of Hopground Beach. From the beach you can clamber along the sculpted sandstone cliffs, stained with iron oxide in a kaleidoscop…
Historic Building in Maria Island National Park

Commissariat Store

Built in 1825, the stately Commissariat Store now houses the national park visitor centre.