John and Anne Cole-Cook operate Maria Island Ferry and Eco Cruises from Triabunna on the east coast of Tasmania. They are passionate about Maria Island, and have asked Think Tasmania to write a feature to promote their special region. Of course, so we can do that, we have to visit and experience what’s on offer first hand. And John and Anne have issued an invitation that we can hardly refuse!
Maria Island Ferry: a Memorable Experience
To board the Maria Island Ferry is a voyage back in time to where Australia’s white settlement began. Captain John and his trusty 1st mate Anne will take great delight in giving you an experience you will never forget; a memorable experience. Departure times, travel arrangements and personalized cruises can vary to suit where possible.
Maria Island has gone through many periods in history from long before the last ice age. Evidence of this can be seen during the cruises. We believe that the Aborigines used it as a spiritual burial ground. Sealers and whalers were visiting it long before it was first settled by Lieutenant Murdoch for a penal colony. A full commentary will reveal all during the journey as required.
Departure point is at the delightful fishing port of Triabunna on Tasmania’s East Coast. The Maria Island Ferry is a purpose-built catamaran especially designed for this voyage. The twin hulls making it very stable and comfortable. There is an upper observation deck providing a 360⁰ view, just perfect for enjoying the sea birds, penguins, seals, dolphins and whales.
You have the choice of walking or bike riding (BYO or hire one of ours). Bring your own lunch or we can organize a hamper for you. Staying overnight is another fabulous idea and gives you longer to explore and enjoy. Stay either at the Penitentiary (backpacker bunk-style) or bring your own tent and camp.
The voyage is approximately 40 minutes (and costs the general public $35). A short five minute walk will have you surrounded by a World Heritage convict settlement and you will soon come face to face with the local wildlife… possibly including the newly introduced Tasmanian devil.
John and Anne Cole-Cook
Maria Island Ferry and Eco Cruises
Maria Island Ferry… Take Two!
We should point out that Roger Findlay (one member of the great team we have here at Think Tasmania) did visit and meet with John and Anne Cole-Cook during his Tassielink bus tour of Tasmania. Unfortunately that was during the off-season for the Maria Island Ferry service, and he wasn’t able to go for a cruise to the east coast national park.
25 February 2013 ~ You can now read all about our visit to Maria Island, and we totally agree with Anne and John that it’s a must-do experience.
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