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Maria Island
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Maria Island

Maria Island is a small island off the east coast of Tasmania, Australia. It is situated in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, approximately 15 km east of the Tasmanian mainland. The island is approximately 11 km long and 5 km wide, with a total area of around 28 km2.

Maria Island is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its spectacular coastal scenery, abundant wildlife, and fascinating history. The island is home to a wide variety of native wildlife, including wallabies, wombats, echidnas, and many species of birds. The island also features a number of walking trails, providing visitors with an opportunity to explore the island's unique environment.

The island was first explored by Europeans in 1772, when French explorer Bruni d'Entrecasteaux landed on the island. The island was later named after his wife, Maria. In 1802, the island was used as a penal settlement, and the ruins of the settlement can still be seen today. From 1825 to 1832, Maria Island was the site of a whaling station, and in 1842, it became the site of the first permanent settlement in Tasmania.

During the Second World War, Maria Island was used as a military base and the island was the site of a number of battles. The island is also home to a number of historic buildings, including the old convict settlement, the whaling station, and the ruins of the military base.

Today, Maria Island is a popular tourist destination, offering visitors a unique experience. The island is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and the spectacular coastal scenery makes it an ideal spot for relaxing and exploring. The island's fascinating history also makes it a great place to visit, with a number of interesting sites to explore.

Excursion tips for a day in Maria Island

As a tourist on Maria Island in Australia, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in one day. Here is a list of some of the most popular activities to do on Maria Island:

1. Explore the island's rugged coastline, which is dotted with stunning beaches, coves, and cliffs.

2. Take a guided tour of the island's historic penal settlement and learn about the island's fascinating past.

3. Go on a wildlife spotting tour and look for native Australian animals, such as wallabies, Tasmanian devils, and wombats.

4. Go snorkeling and explore the island's diverse marine life.

5. Take a kayak tour and explore the island's many coves and bays.

6. Go on a bushwalk and explore the island's native flora and fauna.

7. Visit the Darlington Probation Station, the oldest surviving convict settlement in Australia.

8. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the island's many scenic spots.

9. Take a sunset cruise around the island and enjoy the stunning views.

10. Visit the Maria Island National Park and explore the island's unique landscape.

Experience Maria Island with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Maria Island. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Maria Island

Maria Island in Australia has a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. In summer (December - February), temperatures range from 12-25°C, with occasional heatwaves. Autumn (March - May) is mild, with temperatures ranging from 9-21°C. Winter (June - August) is cool, with temperatures ranging from 5-13°C and occasional frosts. Spring (September - November) is mild with temperatures ranging from 7-19°C. Overall, Maria Island has mild temperatures throughout the year, with occasional extremes.

Cruise weather for Maria Island

Our weather forecast for Maria Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 11.3 °C
min: 5.9 °C
21.2 m/s
40.0 m/s
71.6 %
24.0 m
70.9 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 13.9 °C
min: 10.3 °C
25.2 m/s
39.6 m/s
91.0 %
24.0 m
81.3 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 12.7 °C
28.1 m/s
41.4 m/s
97.8 %
23.6 m
77.4 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 14.4 °C
min: 10.3 °C
33.1 m/s
48.6 m/s
99.8 %
24.1 m
70.3 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 11.6 °C
min: 8.3 °C
41.8 m/s
64.4 m/s
98.5 %
19.8 m
80.8 %
1,004 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 12.4 °C
min: 8.5 °C
38.2 m/s
63.4 m/s
45.8 %
23.9 m
69.6 %
999 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 11.4 °C
min: 7.4 °C
41.4 m/s
83.6 m/s
63.9 %
22.6 m
66.3 %
995 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 11.7 °C
min: 9.4 °C
45.7 m/s
94.0 m/s
78.4 %
24.1 m
67.8 %
997 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 13.2 °C
min: 10.9 °C
31.3 m/s
55.8 m/s
96.3 %
23.9 m
71.8 %
996 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 11.6 °C
min: 6.6 °C
36.7 m/s
49.7 m/s
62.7 %
20.5 m
70.2 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 10.0 °C
min: 6 °C
33.1 m/s
48.4 m/s
26.5 %
24.1 m
62.7 %
1,024 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 12.9 °C
min: 7.9 °C
35.3 m/s
63.7 m/s
90.0 %
24.1 m
65.1 %
1,019 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 11.8 °C
min: 9.9 °C
36.0 m/s
59.4 m/s
98.4 %
23.1 m
75.6 %
1,005 hPa

Cruises to Maria Island

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Scheduled ship calls in Maria Island, Australia
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 24th 2024 Tuesday, 24th of Dec. 2024 LE JACQUES CARTIER 12:00 am 12:00 am

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