Darlington Campground (walk-in camping)
Although it might be peaceful during the day, this large, grassy campground between Darlington Penitentiary and Bernacchi Creek comes alive at night, when it is a top spot for wildlife-watching. The campground is a 500 m walk from the jetty and shares laundry, shower and toilet facilities with the Penitentiary bunkhouse.
Who to contact: Triabunna Visitor Centre (03) 6256 4772; or PWS Maria Island (03) 6257 1420 How to book: Maria Island Ferry 0419 746 668 www.mariaislandferry.com.au; or East Coast Cruises (03) 6257 1300 www.eastcoastcruises.com.au Permits: Parks Pass is required to enter national parks (03) 6233 2621 www.parks.tas.gov.au
This campsite is located in Maria Island National Park
This remarkable car-free island has a history as wide-ranging as its landscape. Daily ferry services (fewer in winter) run between Triabunna on the mainland and Darlington. The island’s main camping area and most of its historic ruins are at Darlington, but there are also fascinating sites further afield. If you enjoy natural beauty, there are precipitous sea crags and sheltered coves with ‘painted’ cliffs, while the hike or pedal south to the island’s sandy isthmus is well worth the effort. Ferries can be booked online.
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