As part of Tasmania’s ongoing tourism boom, the Maria Island Navigators ferry is due to begin its regular, year-round service on the 31st of March.

Maria Island National Park, an already popular tourist destination, has seen increased visitation over the past 12 months of 10 percent, according to the state’s Parks and Wildlife Service.

‘This new ferry service signifies a new era for Maria Island National Park, helping to fulfil its potential to be one of the state’s best tourism attractions,’ Parks and Wildlife stated in a recent announcement.

The ferry will conduct five trips a day both ways (Triabunna to Darlington) during peak periods and ‘regular’ trips in the off-peak, with passenger and freight capabilities.

The Navigators website indicates the standard adult fare (return, including entry to the National Park) is $50, with additional feels for luggage, bikes and kayaks.

With both natural and cultural heritage experiences available, Maria Island is popular with a range of tourists and has more recently become renowned as a refuge for facial tumor disease-free Tasmanian devils.