Fossil Cliffs Circuit

Maria Island National Park
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The Fossil Cliffs are considered one of the best examples of life 250 million years ago, with a vast number of shellfish fossils embedded in the limestone cliffs. Best at low tide when you can clamber down to the shoreline. The circuit also passes some historic buildings in Darlington and offers some nice views of Bishop and Clerk and the high sea cliffs on the east coast.

Heritage Sites
Cycling Permitted
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). Starts from Darlington, with the start of the walk clearly sign-posted.


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

Route/Trail notes

The Fossil Cliffs Circuit road ascends very gently, as it crosses Cape Boullanger and passes the Maria Island airstrip. You need to dismount(if cycling) and walk down a short track that leads to the top of the cliffs, where there is some interpretative signage, once you reach the Fossil Cliffs. The Fossil Cliffs Circuit continues along the top of the cliff-line, rising quite steeply to the highest point of the walk, with views down from the high sea cliffs. The track then descends back to Darlington.


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

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GPS Tracks

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Did this walk after spending the nigh at the Penitentiary. Absolutely mind blowing to be standing among the 275 million year old fossils, and makes you feel insignificant in the grand scope of time. Very easy walk and we explored all of the old ruins on the way.

Brian on 22 Jul, 2019


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