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Maria Island: Painted Cliffs

Maria Island: Painted Cliffs

Wednesday September 4, 2013

Part I of my few days on Maria Island last week is a series of dusk shots at the islands most famous natural attraction – the Painted Cliffs. These cliffs are a natural formation of gently eroded sandstone which has created intricate patterns as the waves and weather shaped the cliffs over thousands of years.

Dusk at the Painted Cliffs Tasmania, Maria Island

Dusk at the Painted Cliffs Tasmania, Maria Island

The Painted Cliffs are a short 20~30 minute walk or 5~10 minute bike ride from the jetty at Darlington. The only form of transport allowed on the island is bicycle, and hiring a bike from the ranger station is a great way to get around – especially to slightly further destinations such as the sandy isthmus which connects the northern and southern parts of the island.

Dusk at the Painted Cliffs Tasmania, Maria Island

Dusk at the Painted Cliffs Tasmania, Maria Island

The afternoon/evening was perfectly clear and the clear sunlight lit up the cliffs beautifully. Soon after sunset the sky turned a beautiful purple as the final orange light of day disappeared.

Painted Cliffs, Maria Island

Painted Cliffs, Maria Island

Post-sunset colours, Maria Island, Tasmania

Post-sunset colours, Maria Island, Tasmania

It can be handy to keep an eye on tide times when planning a visit to the Painted Cliffs on Maria Island as accessing the cliffs is very difficult once the tide comes in, especially if the weather is slightly unfavourable and there is even a small swell. There are two ferries which service Maria Island so check with the Triabunna Visitor Centre before traveling to book a seat – particularly in the busy summer months!

 

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