Maria Island is an island that’s entirely a national park as well as a natural wildlife sanctuary. Historic ruins, sweeping bays, dramatic sea cliffs and plenty of stories await, but don’t expect to find hard-core mountain biking trails here. The main attraction of exploring Maria Island by bike is getting off the grid. Maria is great for those with little mountain biking experience, a keen sense of adventure and a desire to explore a place free from the confines of modern life. With 30 kilometres (18 miles) of tracks and trails on the island, a mountain bike that can handle loose sand, mud and rocks should guarantee you see it all.
There are no shops on the island, and no cars. The only traffic you might encounter is a wandering wombat or hopping kangaroo. Oh, and you may get a bossy honk from a Cape Barren Goose if you don’t follow the island road rules – give way to wildlife.
Stay on the island overnight at Darlington Probation Station, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site rich with Australian convict history. A short ride from Darlington will take you to the Painted Cliffs. Further up the East Coast at Freycinet National Park, swap two wheels for four and explore the Freycinet National Park on a quad bike.