Where is it? Off Tasmania’s mid-east coast
It’s just a quick ferry ride from Triabunna to this secluded island, which is a National Park – there’s no shops or cars or permanent residents, just crumbling convict-built ruins, gorgeous historic houses and more nature than you can point a stick at. The island is criss-crossed with walking trails and is well known for the excellent bird watching opportunities from the cliff tops, where you can also spot seals, whales and sea eagles in their natural environment. Along the way you’ll see Cape Barren geese, kangaroos, pademelons, wombats, echidnas and fairy penguins. The ultimate way to experience the island is with the award-winning tour operator Maria Island Walk (a four-day guided hike).