Frenchs Farm camping area (walk-in camping)
Camping areas here are in cleared paddocks around an old farmhouse at the northern end of remote Chinamans Bay, 11 km south of Darlington, but there is a 3 hr hike to reach it. The track is rocky or sandy in parts and there are some creek crossings, so if you are on a bike, be prepared to walk some of the way.
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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