Maria Island

Cultural Tour
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Shutterbug Walkabouts

Shutterbug Walkabouts is a boutique tour and experience operator offering a collection of premium private day tours and bespoke nature-based experiences in Tasmania, designed for outdoorsy photo-enthusiasts. We specialise in showcasing Tasmania; where we live, work and play. Tasmania is known for a diversity of natural environments, stunning natural and built landscapes, adorable wildlife and delightful birds – and it all awaits you and your camera. It is our pleasure to share our nature photographers paradise (and our backyard) with you!

  • 12 Hours
  • Private Tour
  • Tasmania

A typical day…

Departing Hobart we travel north along Tasmania’s stunning east coast to Triabunna and board a passenger ferry across the Mercury Passage to Maria Island during which we hope to be fortunate to see dolphins, seals, whales and seabirds.

We arrive at the jetty in Darlington, a former convict penal settlement and probation station of the early-mid 1800’s, and at the site of a historic stone building, the Commissariat Store. Alighting from the ferry you will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery and an abundance of nature – one of the local wombats may be there to welcome you too. The walks we take are not overly challenging and the relaxed pace allows you to immerse yourself in all the sights while enjoying many a wildlife encounter and plenty of time for taking photos.

We traipse over the grasslands and along the coast to Painted Cliffs in one direction and Fossil Cliffs in the other… from stunning golden swirls on the cliffs created over millions of years through iron oxidisation to fossils embedded in the limestone of Fossil Bay. You will walk across a landscape steeped with history, pausing at historic structures on the way – many of these structures reminiscent of the convict era. wombats, kangaroos and Cape Barren geese are just some of the species of wildlife you are likely to encounter… Imagine the photos you could take!

Making our way back to the jetty where the wombats will try to lure you to stay, we’ll re-embark the ferry for our return cruise to mainland Tasmania followed by the journey back to Hobart.


Please be aware that there is no motorised vehicle transport on Maria island. You will explore on foot at a leisurely pace (about 10-12kms; less if you prefer). It’s a relatively easy undulating path; no mountain inclines.

Passenger Ferry

Access to Maria Island is by passenger ferry (included).
Confirmation is subject to ferry seat availability on the date of travel. Ferry operator terms and conditions apply, incl. non-refundable ferry fares.


12 hours
(departure 7.00am)


  • A wildlife enthusiasts paradise
  • Coastal landscapes
  • History Painted Cliffs, Fossil Cliffs.
  • Darlington historic site

Price Includes

  • Private transport in comfortable & spacious SUV
  • Professional local guide
  • Fully-guided interpretive walks
  • Packed lunch with snacks and juice
  • National park entry
  • Drinking water
  • Return passenger ferry transfers

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