Maria Island

This weekend we headed for Maria Island, a little island just half an hours by ferry after an 1.5 hour driver from Hobart. Ignoring the 95% chance of rain predicted by the bureau of meteorology we were heading over with our camping gear. We were told that there is a lot of wildlife on this island and we certainly did not get disappointed, with wallabies, potoroos, pademelons, forester kangaroos and wombats in great abundance. The island now sustains a very large devil population as well. The devils are doing so well on Maria island that some had to be removed as they were feeding a bit too much on the eggs of the local Cape Barren Geese population.

We decided to explore the island by bike. Renting mountain bikes from the ferry operators, we embarked on a ~40 km ride with ~400 altimeters to be tackled and half the track leading us over sandy beaches or over sand tracks. While the 400 altimeters might not sound that impressive, riding in sand and taking numerous stops, ended up to be very draining…With more than 5 hours in the saddle we arrived back at our camp site, ready for a BBQ and off to the tent it was.

While we were very lucky with the weather throughout the day, the night was very cold, very windy and very wet…

The next morning we were all a wee bit tired from the previous days exploration and only headed for a little walk to the fossil rocks before embarking on an early ferry. It turned out to be the right ferry to take as we managed to spot quite a few dolphins and two seals from the deck.

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