So you’ve decided to visit Maria Island? Great choice! It’s a great place to explore that feels removed from the world yet is very easy to reach.
However, before you get to enjoy everything Maria Island has to offer, you need to get there!
There is no bridge to Maria Island so the only way to get there is via boat and in this article, I’ll share everything you need to know about taking the ferry service to Maria Island Tasmania. This includes details and photos of the Maria Island ferry Tas itself, the timetable, the cost and everything else you need to know for an easy and great trip!
Maria Island Ferry Details
There is no range of choices for getting to Maria Island. Either you need to take the one ferry that runs or sign up for a day tour, like this one from Hobart.
There is also no Maria Island free ferry option. You need to book and travel on the Encounter Maria Island ferry – more below.
Checking In At Triabunna
You can buy ferry tickets online beforehand or on arrival in Triabunna where the ferry departs from. Either way, you need to start by visiting the Triabunna Visitors Centre where they will print your tickets. This is directly opposite the wharf where the ferry departs.
Next step is to deposit any luggage you have beyond 7 kilograms of hand luggage in the appropriate spot. Note that any luggage, bikes, etc you take beyond hand luggage requires an extra fee.
There are bins for luggage and an area for bikes. It’s all in a small area and easy to work out.
There is a small food van if you need to buy any last minute supplies like salad rolls, drinks, coffee and (randomly) nachos. Remember, there are no shops or supplies on Maria Island so you need to take everything you need with you.
When it came time to board, bikes were loaded first then luggage and finally people. This started about ten minutes prior to departure.
Before people boarded, we needed to wash our hands as per their covid safe procedure. They then scanned our ticket and we were on.
Inside The Ferry To Maria Island Tasmania
The ferry is spacious and very comfortable. We were very impressed!
There are both downstairs and upstairs indoor seating areas arranged into groups of seats with tables or in rows of two or three. There are also outdoor areas for people who want fresh air during the voyage – as it can get rough!
On that topic, if you are someone who suffers from motion sickness, definitely consider medication. While you may get a nice smooth journey (as we did on our return trip), you may also get one where you feel like you are on an adventurous roller coaster (like we did on the way over).
There’s also a small bar/shop selling some snacks and drinks including alcohol. There is a drinks fridge in addition to what is pictured here.
There is a bathroom on board.
We found it a warmm very comfortable journey and much nicer than what we expect when thinking of a ferry. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
On Maria Island
At Maria Island, you board and exit from the upper level and the boarding ramp is somewhat steep and likely to move. If you’re not able bodied or young, this would be tough but there is plenty to hold on to. My 4 year old son could do it with our help.
The ferry lands at Darlington, the main settlement and close to the visitor information building. During the voyage, we were given instructions on where to get information and what to do if you are staying on the island.
On departure from Maria Island, boarding commenced 15 minutes prior.
Maria Island Ferry Times
The ferry to Maria Island timetable depends on the season. When we went during school holidays, there were four crossings a day. This goes down to two in low season and can be more at busy times.
I did not find the times mentioned on the Encounter Maria Island site schedule reliable. It’s best to click through to the book button to see what’s actually available. There are usually ferries in both directions at least once in the morning and once in the afternoon in each direction.
They do run in most weather conditions unless it’s considered unsafe to do so.
Maria Island Ferry Price
At the time of publishing, the Maria Island ferry cost is $45 for an adult and $28 for a child for a return trip. There isn’t a family price.
Luggage prices start at $10.
We found the Maria Island Ferry on Encounter comfortable and super easy for our day trip to Maria Island. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to explore more of Tasmania.
You can find more information on the Maria Island ferry here.
We hope you found this ferry Maria Island guide useful. You can find our guide to the best place to stay near Maria Island here in our Eastcoaster Resort review or read about accommodation on the island here. You can also read about visiting the Fossil Cliffs on Maria here.
Looking for more information for your trip? Find our full East Coast travel guide here.