Penitentiary Accommodation Units

Backpackers and Hostels

The Penitentiary is located on Maria Island National Park on the East Coast of Tasmania. It is accessed by a 35-minute passenger ferry from Triabunna. The Penitentiary building is within the World Heritage listed Darlington convict probation station on the north end of the island. It is a unique, memorable but basic accommodation experience.
Accommodation consists of ten simple bunk rooms each sleeping up to six people. The basic cost is $44 per night for two persons, then $10 extra per additional person. Mattresses, a table, seats and wood fired heater are provided in each room, along with an adjacent public kitchen facility with gas cooking, hot water wash up and wood heater. The toilets are nearby. Coin ($1) operated hot showers and free gas barbecues are available in the amenities block approx 100m away at the Darlington. In winter a limited supply of firewood is available free of charge. Note there are no shops on Maria Island.
Rooms must be pre-booked through the Triabunna Visitor Centre on (03) 6256 4772 or on the PWS website.
All visitors require a Parks Pass, which can be purchased at the Triabunna Visitor Centre, on the island, or on the PWS website.


Beaches & Surf Birdwatching Carpark History & Heritage Nature & Wildlife Non Smoking Not Available Public Telephone Walk


A Dormitory contains beds/bunks and may include adjoining bedroom(s). It typically is backpacker/hostel accommodation.


ADULT From $15 to $44

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