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St Catherine's School Maria Island Trek

A fantastic walking adventure for the students of St Catherine's School through one of Tasmania's most spectacular National Parks, Maria Island

Challenge Highlights

  • This program is 100% carbon offset. World Youth Adventures absorb the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions as its ongoing commitment to responsible travel
  • Summit Mount Bishop and Clerk and enjoy other walks on Maria Island
  • Summit of Mount Maria (711m), the highest point on Maria Island
  • Fully supported trekking, day pack carry
  • Staying in the Penitentiary
  • Witnessing all the animals roaming free on the island
  • Exploring the fossilised cliffs
  • Incredible views over the island and onto the mainland


On this exclusive adventure for St Catherine's School students we spend 4 days exploring Maria Island. We will aim to take on the peaks of Mount Bishop and Mount Clerk, as well as the islands highest peak, Mount Maria (711m) all while staying in our cabins on the Island. There are a number of loop walks we can also try.


After all the training and preparation the wait is finally over! Our group will fly into Launceston and be met on arrival by our experienced guide and vehicle and have a full trip and safety briefing. We then commence our journey north (approx 1.5 hour drive) to Triabunna and the Maria Island ferry terminal. We take a 30 minute ferry trip across Mercury Passage, docking at Darlington on Maria Island. Maria Island is one of Tasmania’s least visited yet most wonderful locations – you will be completely captivated from the moment you step ashore. The island has a rich history from Aboriginal habitation, to a convict penal station, farming, and the National Park it is today. We will arrive in the mid afternoon at our cabin accommodation and get ready for a short exploration walk this afternoon to prepare us for the longer walks over the coming days. Overnight cabin accommodation Penitentiary dorms

Meals:  L,D

After a delicious breakfast we head off from camp on our first full days walk. There are a number of loop trails we can try depending on weather. Our goal will be to walk to the summit of Bishop and Clerk (620m). Listen to the call of native birds as we climb steadily up through eucalypt forest, then out into scrub battered low by the elements. The view from this peak is incomparable as you gaze across the expanse of the island and out over the Tasman Sea. In the afternoon we can choose to walk back via the Reservoir Circuit Track. You may choose to spend the few hours before dinner soaking in the history of Darlington, or taking a quiet stroll along the beach as the sun sets. Overnight cabin accommodation Penitentiary dorms

Meals:  B,L,D

Our goal today is to summit Mount Maria at 711m, the highest point on the island. Mount Maria is a dolerite outcrop with sweeping views south of the isthmus and out towards the Tasman Peninsula. The track begins south of Darlington near the mouth of Counsel Creek and meanders through open woodlands ascending quite gently at first, and ends with half an hour of scrambling over rocky debris and large boulders to reach the summit where you the views are breathtaking. Overnight cabin accommodation Penitentiary dorms

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise and prepare breakfast before embarking on a short exploration of our surrounds. We return to our accommodation and pack up our gear in readiness for the journey home. We farewell Maria Island and board the ferry back to mainland Tasmania. Rejoining our vehicle, we travel North west to Launceston to check in for our flight back to Melbourne

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • Flights ex Melbourne to Tasmania return
  • Teachers from St Catherine's School accompanying the journey
  • All meals
  • Professional guide/s
  • Transport by private minibus
  • Fully supported itinerary; you need only carry a daypack
  • National Park fees
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

What You Carry

  • Each night we stay at the Penitentiary dorms so are walks are day walks carrying a day pack only. In our day pack we will carry only essential items like water, a spray jacket and camera.

Travel Dates


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Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 11 Apr 202214 Apr 2022
Duration:4 Days
Activities:Day Walking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG6910