Painted Cliffs/Oast House Circuit

Maria Island National Park

​This relaxing coastal walk on Maria Island becomes a stunning one once you reach its destination: the Painted Cliffs.

What these cliffs lack in height they more than make up for with their amazing colours and swirling patterns. The patterns are caused by ground water percolating down through the sandstone and staining the rock. Wave action and sea spray have continued the erosion, resulting in magical honeycomb patterns, pothol​es and notches.

The cliffs are best approached at lower tide levels, to allow safe access to the rock platform beneath the cliffs. They are especially brilliant towards sunset. Bring your camera!

Relax on Hopground Beach. Swim, snorkel and explore the rockpools of the Maria Island Marine Reserve.

Bicycles may be ridden on the formed road sections but not on beaches or walking tracks.

Heritage Sites
Cycling Permitted

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4/5 stars, 2hrs return at moderate pace. Mostly a walk, some interesting views along the way but one big draw is the apparent abundance of wombats along the way. Counted ~15 in total. I assume the more inland trails would have even more wombats. The Cliffs themselves have pretty interesting weathering patterns and make for nice photos. I've done this walk 1 time.

Sam on 9 Apr, 2022

Go at low tide and take many photos

HellsBells on 27 Sep, 2021


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