Bishop and Clerk is a popular day walk on Maria Island, and is one of Tasmania’s “Top 60 Great Short Walks”. Please see the official guidebook for route description
Great views from the rocky summit.

Scrambling or Climbing
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

One of the many walks on Maria Island, which is reached by a regular ferry from the town of Triabunna (multiple daily services in summer; less frequent in winter). The Bishop & Clerk walks starts from Darlington on Maria Island. 


TASMAP Maria Island National Park 1:50K
5828 Darlingon 1:25,000 (covers top of Maria Island)

Route/Trail notes

From Darlington, the track climbs gently up to the Fossil Cliffs, and follows the cliff line (Skipping Ridge) up to the start of the forest. Once in the forest, the tracks ascends more steeply until it reaches a scree slope. Towards the top are larger boulders that require some scrambling for the last 50m. 


There is a cost for the ferry to reach Maria Island. A National Parks Pass is also required.

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A good day walk, ferry there and back. 29 wombats. Not much time for relaxing.

Bruce on Oct, 2021

Completed the Bishop and Clerk summit at the start of an 80km, three day hike around Maria Island:

Oliver Descoeudres on 7 Jan, 2019

Awesome walk - a bit of a scramble over the rock scree & the last part to climb is a challenge if on your own. Well worth the views though.

Bec Smith on 2019

The ferry was free during the winter months. It was a great walk with some minor historical interest in the town plus wombats !!

The hardest scrambles are right near the top. Unfortunately my companion did not wish to take these on due to the wet rock and the idea that there were no views available due to cloud. I found the summit 5 minutes past this point and was fortunate enough to experience a break in the weather too. But a long half-day, a steep climb and some rough terrain pushes it to medium for me.

Michael on Jul, 2016


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