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in Maria Island National Park

Maria Island

The car-free Maria Island was declared a national park in 1972. Its mixed history provides some interesting convict and industrial ruins among some exquisite natural features: forests, fern gullies, fossil-studded s…
Historic Site in Maria Island National Park


The township of Darlington is where you’ll start your time on the island. Close to the ferry jetty are some amazing old silos (good for some monastic chanting inside) and the historic commissariat store, now the nat…
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…
Wildlife Watching in Maria Island National Park

Birds & Animals

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

Commissariat Store

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