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The Painted Cliffs are famous for their beautiful patterned sandstone rocks and colors resulting from groundwater percolating which occurred millions of years ago.

The Painted Cliffs are accessible within two hours before and after low tide and most vivid in the afternoon sunlight. Therefore, less than 10 days each month are perfect for a good shot. Typically, summer is the busiest time of the year. To dodge the crowds visit the island between September and November or in April and May. Check the tides first: Tides Maria Island

Painted Cliffs without crowds in the spring

Ferry

The ferry is going from Triabunna to Darlington, Maria Island. This island is very popular, and the ferry was often fully booked in summer. Now the service is offered more often. It’s a big advantage to visit the island by bike.

Exploring Maria Island in Tasmania by bike

For renting it has to be booked together with the ferry ticket. It’s a bit pricey $ 33 for adults and $ 20 for children for each bike and day in 2017. Check the ferry timetable and return fares

September-April: The ferry is going up to five times daily depending on demands and bookings.

May-August (Winter): The ferry is going up to three times daily on 5 days. It's not going on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Where to Stay in Triabunna the Day Before

There are only a few opportunities to spend the night before to get the early morning ferry. We'd chosen the Triabunna Cabin and Caravan Park. The owners were attentive and the cabin well equipped. 

Avoiding Crowds

The ferry service is offered more often from April 2017 on. The jetty on Maria Island got improved in 2019. Even more day visitors are coming to the island now. During summer, up to several hundred tourists visit the island each week, but it may increase in summer 19/20. From now on the winter is the best time for a visit. When the ferry left the island in the afternoon, it becomes more tranquil and peaceful. If you arrive on Monday or Wednesday, you have to stay for two nights at the campground. The big advantage; the next day only a few people are on the island. Still no ferry transfer on Tuesday and Thursday! That's the only chance to enjoy the exceptional beauty of Maria Island now.

Painted Cliffs Maria Island in the evening

Weather Details

Maria Island has a mild climate without frost in winter. The average summer day temperature is around 21°C / 70°F and can be up to 30°C / 86°F. The driest month is January although rain showers often occur throughout the year. One of the wettest months is November. May and October are a bit cooler but also worth a try. Night temperatures in winter and spring are below 10°C / 50°F. During our stay in November 2016, the night temp was around 6°C / 43°F.

Important

We’d like to inform you that forests that are increasingly at threat of logging in the northeast of Tassie, including the Blue Tier Giants, from April 2020 are taken out of reserve status. We will lose old grown forests in Tasmania. The Blue Derby Wild, The Friends of the Blue Tier, and the residents are fighting for their forests, but it looks like we all lose this hidden treasure trove. If you like to support the Blue Tier Giants share and comment on our article.

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