Maria Island was one of my favourite places I visited in Tasmania. This little island on the east coast is a mini-Tasmania, without the people. It has everything you want to see in Tasmania all in one place: convict heritage sites, amazing wildlife, and great outdoor activities such as tramping, walking, biking, and camping. Really the only thing it’s missing is delicious local Tasmanian food. (But you can buy that at the Salamanca Market in Hobart and bring it over for the complete experience).
A visit to Maria Island is not at the top of most people’s Tasmania bucket list and it is not easy to get to. The ferry is limited to 45 passengers per crossing, even so it’s never exceptionally busy. Which is awesome since it means you won’t have to fight crowds while you walk through convict ruins, snap photos of adorable wombats and wallabies, or hike and bike to beautiful rock formations.