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. 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.
- 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.
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. For all Penitentiary bookings Ph: 03 6491 1179. 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. No bookings are required for camping. Please pay for camping at the Maria Island Gateway in Triabunna upon check in for the ferry. The cost is $7 per individual, $13.00 for 2 persons, $16 per family.
Cost per 6 bed room in the Penitentiary is $44 for up to 2 adults and $10 per additional adult or $5 per additional child. Cost for the 14 bed room starts at $88 for up to 4 adults. If you are a family group a rate of $64 applies for 2 adults and 4 children (child 5 – 17yrs, infant 0 -4yrs free). Note that a family room no. 1-10 is the same room as a standard room no. 1-10. Each room has bunk beds with covered mattresses, a wood fired stove for heating and a table and seats. There is no power, running water or lighting in the rooms. You will need to bring your own camping gear 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.
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. Behind the beach at the bottom of the campground there is a shelter with free gas BBQs, gas cookrings and a sink. $1 coin operated showers are situated in these toilets behind the beach. 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. The outdoor shower (adjacent to the female toilets) is open until Monday 26 April 2021. For more information, please read the Public Notice.
Checklist of things to bring: bedding, cooking stove (if you prefer to cook in your own room or tent), pots & pans & cooking implements, crockery & cutlery, all of your food requirements (there are no shops), torch or lantern, esky (optional). You can transport your gear in a trolley from the jetty to the Penitentiary, 500m away.
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. There is so much to do we recommend a stay of at least two nights to make the most of your trip. For more information on the Maria Island National Park Ph 03 6257 1420 or visit www.parks.tas.gov.au or email MariaIslandEnquiries@parks.tas.gov.au. Once you have finalised your booking please print out your booking voucher to give to Parks staff at the Maria Island Gateway on arrival at Triabunna Wharf.