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Overview

 Highlights


  • Summit of Mount Maria (711m), the highest point on Maria Island
  • Fully supported trekking, day pack carry
  • Staying in the Penitentiary
  • Witnessing all the animals roaming free on the island
  • Exploring the fossilised cliffs
  • Incredible views over the island and onto the mainland
  • This program is 100% carbon offset. World Expeditions Schools absorb the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions as its ongoing commitment to responsible travel

On this exclusive adventure for St Catherine's School students we spend 4 days exploring Maria Island. We will aim to take on the peaks of Mount Bishop and Mount Clerk, as well as the islands highest peak, Mount Maria (711m) all while staying in our cabins on the Island. There are a number of loop walks we can also try.

Countries:

Start and Finishing Point:

Melbourne

Activities:

Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


After all the training and preparation the wait is finally over! Our group will fly into Launceston and be met on arrival by our experienced guide and vehicle and have a full trip and safety briefing. We then commence our journey (approx 1.5 hour drive) to Triabunna and the Maria Island ferry terminal. We take a 30 minute ferry trip across Mercury Passage, docking at Darlington on Maria Island. Maria Island is one of Tasmania’s least visited yet most wonderful locations – you will be completely captivated from the moment you step ashore. The island has a rich history from Aboriginal habitation, to a convict penal station, farming, and the National Park it is today. We will arrive in the mid afternoon at our cabin accommodation and get ready for a short exploration walk this afternoon to prepare us for the longer walks over the coming days. Overnight cabin accommodation Penitentiary dorms

Meals:  L,D

After a delicious breakfast we head off from camp on our first full days walk. There are a number of loop trails we can try depending on weather. Our goal will be to walk to the summit of Bishop and Clerk (620m). Listen to the call of native birds as we climb steadily up through eucalypt forest, then out into scrub battered low by the elements. The view from this peak is incomparable as you gaze across the expanse of the island and out over the Tasman Sea. In the afternoon we can choose to walk back via the Reservoir Circuit Track. You may choose to spend the few hours before dinner soaking in the history of Darlington or taking a quiet stroll along the beach as the sun sets. Overnight cabin accommodation Penitentiary dorms

Meals:  B,L,D

Our goal today is to summit Mount Maria at 711m, the highest point on the island. Mount Maria is a dolerite outcrop with sweeping views south of the isthmus and out towards the Tasman Peninsula. The track begins south of Darlington near the mouth of Counsel Creek and meanders through open woodlands ascending quite gently at first, and ends with half an hour of scrambling over rocky debris and large boulders to reach the summit where the views are breathtaking. Overnight cabin accommodation Penitentiary dorms

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise and prepare breakfast before embarking on a short exploration of our surrounds. We return to our accommodation and pack up our gear in readiness for the journey home. We farewell Maria Island and board the ferry back to mainland Tasmania. Rejoining our vehicle, we travel North west to Launceston to check in for our flight back to Melbourne.

Meals:  B,L


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development along with leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young men and women to help them deal with adverse situations in life.
CARBON NEUTRAL
World Expeditions Schools absorbs the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions. This is our commitment to being part of the solution to climate crises.


Inclusions

  • Flights ex Melbourne to Tasmania return
  • Teachers from St Catherine's School accompanying the journey
  • 3 nights at the historic Penitentiary
  • Sleeping bag
  • All meals
  • Professional guide/s
  • Transport by private minibus
  • Fully supported itinerary; you only need to carry a daypack
  • National Park fees
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc

Grading

Introductory to Moderate


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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