Bishop and Clerk
Region: South East
Location: Maria Island
Where: 1 hour 12 minutes drive from Hobart to Triabunna where you catch a ferry to Maria Island
Walk time: 3 hours return
Walk distance: 12 km
Difficulty level: Easy
16 April 2016
As the ferry draws closer to Maria Island your eyes are drawn towards the left of the island and the silhoutte of the two towerig peaks otherwise know as Bishop and Clerk.
The views from the top of these dolarite columns are mesmerising that is if you are game to climb to the 620 metre (2,030 feet) summit.
The walk takes you past convict ruins, tall cliff edges and fields of boulders. The closer to the top the harder the climb gets and the bigger the boulders.
Bishop and Clerk became known due to the shapes of the columns, one resembling a bishop and the other a clerk, the clerk closely following the bishop pandering to his needs.
The views at the top are said to be some of the greatest in Australia. From the summit you can marvel at the scenery that overlooks the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island. Make sure you chose a clear day to take this walk on otherwise the view at the top might be a bit of a let down if the world below is shrouded in fog.
Maria Island is filled with an abundance of wildlife including baby wombats and Tassie Devils running wild.
What an experience to have a Tassie Devil only a metre from your feet or a possum jump up on the bench beside you whilst eating dinner!!
I got to witness an amazing sunset on the first night and enjoyed toasting marshmallows on the fire at the communal BBQ hut.
Definatly an experience not to be missed.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Drive an hour north-east of Hobart through Orford then a further ten minutes down the road you will hit Triabunna where the ferry departs from.
- BBQ area at Darlington has gas burner and electric BBQ facilities
- Water also at Darlington but don't rely on it as tank water
- $1 coin operated if you want a hot shower at Darlington
- Ferry is $41 return per adult
- $16 per night to camp at Darlington
- You must have a National Parks Pass
- Make sure to take rubbish bag as you have to take all your rubbish with you off the island
- Book a few weeks in advance to secure your spot on the ferry (we nearly missed out)
- Watch out for the Dolphins swimming alongside the ferry
- You will spot an array of wildlife including wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, Cape Barron geese and Tassie Devils to name a few
- There are many old ruins to explore on the island
- Be really careful at the top. There is a big rock you will need to climb over if you want to make it to the highest peak. It would be easy to
fall back off when climbing. To be honest I didn't think I was going to make it up there but with a lot of persistence and courage managed
to pull myself up and over