The drive from Hobart to Triabunna is about 50 miles (85 kilometres), approximately 1.5 hours. The drive from Triabunna to Swansea is about 30 miles (50 kilometres), approximately 1 hour. The drive from Swansea to Bicheno is about 30 miles (50 kilometres), approximately 45 minutes each way. Getting on and off ferry. Walking 5 - 7 miles, undulating terrain.
This morning we leave Hobart and travel on our motorcoach to Triabunna, where we board our Maria Island ferry. We cruise across the Mercury Passage to stunning Maria Island - a formal penal colony known for its amazing scenery and abundant wildlife. Maria Island is home to Tasmanian kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and echidnas. The unique birdlife includes the endangered forty spotted pardalote, Cape Barren geese (the world’s second rarest breed), eagles and numerous sea bird species. On the island we will have a walking exploration of the old Darlington settlement.
On the Island we will have a packed lunch we will bring across from Triabunna.
This afternoon, depending on the conditions, we will, under the guidance of our Group Leader, walk to the Fossil Cliffs or Mount Bishop. After gaining an insight in to the Island's spectacular vistas, we take the ferry back to the mainland. We carry on via motorcoach to Swansea, on the edge of the Freycinet National Park, and check in to our accommodation.
At the hotel we will have a reasonably early plated meal to allow us to get to the penguins in time.
This evening we will travel through to Bicheno and have an expert-led visit to the local penguin rookeries so we can get up and close to these delightful little creatures.