Maria Island is a special place with something for everyone - historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, and remarkable wildlife. Set just off the warm East Coast, the island is easily accessed by ferry.
Once on the island you will discover a place where there are no motor vehicles, no shops and no worries.
Whether you're here for hours or days you can choose the kind of stay that suits you and let Maria work its spell on you.
World Heritage Listed Darlington Probation Station
The significance of the convict probation era at Darlington was recognised recently as part of the 11 Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property
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Darlington is the most representative and intact example of a probation station in Australia. Its 14 convict buildings and ruins are preserved in a layout that reflects the key features of the probation system in Van Diemen’s Land. The site has remained relatively unchanged since the convict era.
Further information on the rich history of Maria Island can be found at our Visitor's Guides to Historic Places