Painted Cliffs/Oast House Circuit

Maria Island National Park
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​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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