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Online bookings for Maria Island bunk rooms

01/09/2011

Arranging overnight stays at Darlington on Maria Island has just become much simpler with the introduction of an online booking system for rooms in the World Heritage Listed penitentiary.


Visitors to the Maria Island National Park seeking a solid roof over their heads can check availability of penitentiary accommodation up to six months ahead at www.parks.tas.gov.au/camping#ma.


The website features the availability and rates for 10 rooms.


Maria Island National Park visitor services office Donnalee Young said the accommodation booking system is available online seven days a week, 24 hours a day and is a win-win for visitors and Parks staff.


“Previously bookings were made by phoning the island and Parks staff were not always available in the office to take the calls,” she said.


“Now visitors have easy online access to the booking schedule. They can see what’s available and when as well as the nightly tariff. To secure the booking they can pay by credit card.


“If assistance or more information is required, they can ring the helpful team at the Triabunna Visitor Information Centre on 6257 4772.”


Donnalee said the new system is a real bonus for Parks staff as well because it gets them away from the phones to spend more time on managing the national park.


It also enhances the partnership between Parks and the East Coast Visitor Information Network and reinforces links with the East Coast community, especially in Triabunna.


The network operates the Triabunna Visitor Information Centre which sells Parks Passes, maps and ferry tickets and is conveniently located adjacent to the Maria Island departure point.


Most penitentiary rooms have six bunks and are equipped with a fireplace and table with bench seating. There is also a larger space with bunks for 14 people.


All rooms open on to a large verandah with sweeping views of the historic Darling precinct.


The Darlington probation station was added to the World Heritage List in 2010. It is among 12 sites across the country recognised for their major role in Australia’s convict story.

Online bookings for Maria Island bunk rooms

Penitentiary bunk rooms open on to a sheltered verandah with picturesque views over the Darlington precinct