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Bishop and Clerk is a 14.5km, grade 4 Return hike located in Maria Island National Park Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.
Located in the Maria Island National Park, this challenging walk offers exhilarating cliff-top and ocean views. It is for the physically fit, and involves an up and downhill walk, through an extensive field of rock boulders.
These towering dolerite columns are so named because of the resemblance to a bishop, wearing a mitre, being followed by a clergyman. The walk takes you from grasslands, through open forest and tall woodland, to the rocky slopes and finally the summit.
The summit is often cloaked in a layer of cloud. Remarkably, species commonly found in the wet rainforests of the west also occur in tiny pockets on the summit due to the microclimatic conditions.
Needless to say, the views from the summit are magnificent, as our Virtual Visit Panorama shows.
The East Coast and Flinders Island
A ferry operates to Maria Island. The ferry departure point is at Triabunna.
Park entry fees apply, ferry charges and camping fees apply.
Picnic, toilet and gas barbecue facilities. There are no shops on the island. Basic hut and camping accommodation (own bedding, stove and food required).
Steep and difficult.
Supervise children, hazardous cliffs, unprotected track edges, rock screed scramble.
Pets or firearms not allowed. Bicycles are permitted to the point where the Bishop and Clerk track departs from the Fossil Cliffs track.
Max elevation: 582 m
Min elevation: 2 m
Total climbing: 872 m
Total descent: -871 m
For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania