The Painted Cliffs at Hopground Beach on Maria Island are stunningly patterned sandstone etched by ground water percolating through rock. The Cliffs are best viewed during low tide to allow safer access.Leaving the ferry station at Darlington the Painted Cliffs track is an easy 4km return walk taking just under 2 hours. From Darlington head south via the gently inclined gravel road, passing Mrs Hunt’s Cottage after a few minutes. From here the road meanders along the coast for 2km before reaching Hopground Beach and the Painted Cliffs.
When returning to Darlington continue inland via the sign posted Oast House Track. The Oast House, originally built in 1844 to dry hops, is one of the oldest convict ruins in Australia.