Day 2: Maria Island - A walk to the summit of Bishop and Clerk
Last night I was chatting to this guy from Perth who had spent 4 nights on Maria Island. He was saying there were a number of great walks and the place is teeming with wildlife. So I'm really looking forward to my trip over to the island this morning.
I had a really good sleep and was up when the chickens started to crow, at about 6am. Woke up to a mostly blue sky so am hoping it stays like this for the rest of the day. After breakfast I relaxed and slowly packed my stuff away. As the ferry doesn't leave till about 9am and is only 5 minutes away.
The ferry across to the island takes about 40 minutes. The trip across was really scenic and we had some dolphins following along side the boat. Arrived on the island at about 10.30am. I then went to the visitor centre and found a site for my tent.
|The visitor centre on Maria Island|
Maria Island has a number of historic ruins and is now a national park. After lunch I decided I'd go for a walk to the top of Bishop and Clerk. The weather was really nice and sunny and a gentle breeze. The walk followed some sheer drop cliff tops and then began the climb. About two thirds the way up the path turned to rock hopping and then the final section was like a mini rock climbing wall. But the view made it so worth it. I had panoramic views across the island and along the coast. I must had spent a good hour just enjoying the view. I then began the climb back down.
|Great views from the top of the climb|
On the way back to the campsite I went through the small settlement, Darlington, which has been preserved. No one lives here anymore. There were some really well preserved buildings. After I went back to the campsite to relax.
|Some of the old buildings in Darlington|
I have had a lot of fun walking around the island. If the weather is as good tomorrow I'll go for a ride south on the island, before I head back to the mainland in the afternoon.