Maria Island Penitentiary Accommodation
Maria Island National Park is unique, being part of a convict probation station which is one of 11 historic places, that together form the ‘Australian Convicts Sites World Heritage Property’. It is an escape from the real world into the past with no shops with only ranger vehicles. Discover the many layers of human history and get up close to the abundant wildlife. The historic Penitentiary originally housed convicts from 1830. Today it provides basic bunkhouse – style accommodation in 9 rooms with 6 beds and 1 room with 14 beds.
Toilets, rainwater tanks, a wash up area and a communal mess hall (with lighting, power and a kitchen including gas cookers and sinks) are adjacent to the penitentiary. Visitors to Maria Island National Park are advised that due to infrastructure repairs on the island, the public showers at Darlington Campground are expected to remain closed until 2022.
Checklist of things to bring
- Cooking stove (if you prefer to cook in your own room)
- Pots, pans and cooking implements
- Crockery and cutlery
- All of your food requirements (there are no shops)
- Torch or lantern
- Esky (optional).
Note: You can transport your gear in a trolley from the jetty to the Penitentiary, 500m away.
Things to do
There is so much to do we recommend a stay of at least two nights to make the most of your trip.
- There are great tracks for walking and cycling – bring your own bike or hire one including helmet to ride south to explore the isthmus
- Climb Mt Bishop and Clerk and Mt Maria
- Photograph the wildlife and heritage buildings
Due to COVID19, the Parks and Wildife Service has made some small changes to the Penitentiary accommodation on Maria Island. These changes have been implemented to improve the safety of visitors.
- Please ensure you check in to your room via the QR Code or the Check In Tas App on arrival
- Strict check-out time of 10am · Strict check-in time of 2pm
- Maximum capacity signs are located at the entrances of each building.
- The spare mattresses that were in each Penitentiary room have been removed
- There are cleaning kits provided in the Mess Hall and in each room
- There are hand sanitiser stations located at the entrance of the main buildings
- Use the Laundry room to store your luggage in before and after checking in if required
- Clean the Mess Hall facilities before and after you use them. This room is cleaned once each day by Parks and Wildlife staff
Need more information?
For more information on the Maria Island National Park Ph 03 6123 4040 or visit www.parks.tas.gov.au or email MariaIslandEnquiries@parks.tas.gov.au. Note – Maria Island National Park will be closed to visitors from 4:30pm Sunday 26th June to 8am Friday 8th July 2022 for our annual maintenance period.
The ferry sails to and from the island multiple times a day. In peak periods additional sailings will be made available. These times will occur automatically online. All departures are subject to demand and safe sailing conditions. Tickets must be presented when boarding at Triabunna and on the return leg from Maria Island. Please note what time the last ferry departs Maria Island. There is no provision for food supply on the island and no guaranteed overnight accommodation unless previously arranged. Bookings are now open for travel until the end of October 2022.
For all Penitentiary bookings, click on the Bookings button below. Payment must be made in full at the time of booking. Ensure your ferry is available on your chosen dates prior to finalising your booking. Bookings can only be made 6 months prior to arrival. Bookings now open up to 31 October 2022. Each room has bunk beds with covered mattresses, a wood fired stove for heating and a table and seats, however there is no power, running water, locks or lighting in the rooms – you will need to bring your own equipment as per the checklist below. Emergency Procedures are posted in each Penitentiary Room so you and all members of your party are advised to familiarise yourself with the Procedures on arrival.