Bishop and Clerk Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 14.5km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Visitors Centre

  • End: Visitors Centre

  • Closest Town: Darlington

  • Location: Maria Island National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 85km to ferry

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -42.581878

  • Longitude: 148.065201

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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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.

Summary

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.

Highlights

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.

Region

The East Coast and Flinders Island

Getting there

A ferry operates to Maria Island. The ferry departure point is at Triabunna.

Tips

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.

 

Total distance: 14583 m
Max elevation: 582 m
Min elevation: 2 m
Total climbing: 872 m
Total descent: -871 m
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For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania