Starting from the Commissariat Store at the Darlington ferry area, the Fossil Cliffs trail heads north past the cement works and silo ruins. After a gentle climb, the Convict Barn is met. Filled with early farming artifacts, the barn is worthy of a brief inspection.
Continuing on across the coastal plains, the free settlers cemetery and airfield are passed before reaching Fossil Cliffs 2km away. This coastal section of track is often frequented by gangs of forester kangaroos and wombats.
A short steep track leads down to the Fossil Cliffs. Made up of thousands of shellfish fossils embedded in lime stone, the Cliffs are one of the best examples of life 250 million years ago found anywhere. From the lower plateau of the cliffs, Bishop and Clerk is clearly seen to the east.
When returning to Darlington, continue over the hill above the Fossil Cliffs and take the right hand track past a series of convict settlement ruins and the original convict quarry.
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|Located off Tasmania’s east coast, Maria Island can only be reached via ferry from Triabunna. For information on travel times and fares please go to mariaislandferry.
Take the Tasman Highway (A3) from Hobart through Sorell (Left hand turn in Sorell township). Continue 83km northeast to Triabunna. Just as you reach the township turn right onto Vicary Street and continue for 500m before turning right onto Charles Street. The Maria Island ferry and carpark are located 200m directly ahead on the esplanade.
The Fossil Cliffs track leaves from the ferry area at Darlington.
Map for illustrative purposes only. Base map supplied by Land Information System Tasmania