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Maria Island National Park

Maria Island by Bike


Maria Island is a great place to visit and there are lots of opportunities to explore on a bike.

Stay on the right track
You are welcome to ride on the roads and vehicle tracks, and in some places, on open paddocks.
Please do not ride on walking tracks.

Places you can ride are shown on the map and are listed below.

  • Fossil Cliffs circuit, including the paddocks on the route;
  • Brick Fields circuit roads inland of Darlington;
  • northern side of the Reservoir circuit (see map);
  • Darlington to Oast House and return via Hopground Beach;
  • Darlington to Frenchs Farm via the coast road;
  • Darlington to Frenchs Farm via the inland road;
  • Frenchs Farm to Encampment Cove campground;
  • Frenchs Farm to Robeys Farm via the isthmus road; and
  • Frenchs Farm to above Haunted Bay via the isthmus road.

Difficulty of riding on the Isthmus Road
The road connecting North and South Maria runs across a sandy isthmus. It is not possible to ride bikes along the road at the isthmus due to the sand. Riders must be prepared to push their bikes. Bikes may not be ridden along the isthmus beaches.

Minimise your impact
Riding on the beach is not permitted because it can disturb shore breeding birds - some species of which are threatened.

The park is thought to be one of the few places in Tasmania free of Phytophthora, a disease that attacks many native plants. Phytophthora can be spread by soil from your bike, especially soil caught in wheels. When you arrive, use the washdown station located at Darlington Jetty to clean your bike.

The park is famous for its historic buildings and ruins, so please do not ride your bike on ruins, verandahs or into buildings.

Be safe, plan your trip
Don't forget to bring tools and equipment to repair your bike in an emergency. The roads and vehicular tracks on Maria Island can be rough on tyres. They can be equally rough on your head, so make sure you have a helmet - it's the law in Tasmania.

Just as walkers use the log books to enter details of their walks, bike riders too are asked to fill in their details. These can be invaluable if you have an accident and are reported missing. Remember that these books are not checked until someone reports you as overdue, so always leave details of your trip intentions with a friend, family or police.