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Luke Tscharke

Sony Scene Tasmania: Maria Island Astro Campout

Luke Tscharke
Image: Alpha 7 III (A7M3)
Sony Scene Tasmania community event: Capture the Night Sky over Old Ruins

About the event

Join the Sony Scene Tasmania community on an unforgettable experience capturing the night sky on Maria Island. This community meetup event is designed to blend your love of night photography with the rich history and breathtaking landscapes of Maria Island, as well as abundant wildlife. If we are lucky the aurora may even provide us an appearance.


We'll be camping out at Darlington Campground on Maria Island, surrounded by the island's iconic structures, ruins, and plenty of wombats and pademelons! You'll be looking after your own transport, camping equipment and other costs on this event.

Getting There

Maria Island is accessed via passenger ferry from the Triabunna Wharf. You will need to make your own way to Triabunna.

The wharf is a 1.5 hour drive from Hobart and 2.5 hours from Launceston. The Maria Island ferry can be pre-booked. After booking this event please pre-purchase your ferry tickets at the link below for the following times. (Note you are welcome to stay longer if you like, there is a later ferry at 4pm)

  • Maria Island Ferry Bookings
  • Select option: Overnight return
  • Departure to book: Sat Nov 4th at 10 am
  • Return to book: Sun Nov 5th at 2:30 pm
  • Note: Ferry bookings are not refundable

Event Timeline Checklist

  1. Now: Book your place on this Sony Scene
  2. Now: Purchase your Maria Island Ferry overnight return ticket
  3. Now: Plan and pack ahead. Make sure you bring all of your own equipment as nothing is supplied on this free event.
  4. Nov 4th: Drive or carpool to Triabunna Wharf for arrival by 9 am
  5. Nov 4th: Check in at the Parks office at Triabunna Wharf, and pay for your park entry fees if applicable
  6. Nov 4th: Find Luke and the group at the Wharf, catch 10 am ferry together
  7. Nov 4-5: Camping and Shooting on Maria Island!
  8. Nov 5th: Depart Darlington at 2:30 pm
  9. Nov 5th: Drive home or back to accommodation

Further Information

  • Check out the Maria Island Darlington Camping Page on the Parks TAS website for more details on camping on the island.
  • The Parks Tasmania Know Before You Go page has other useful information about your time in their parks.
  • Access Permissions: Permission has been granted to run this non-commercial event via the Parks Tasmania rangers in charge of Maria Island. Additionally, Luke Tscharke is a licenced nature-based tour operator for Parks Tasmania. As this event is non-commercial attendees will need to purchase their own park entry pass.
  • Please Note: This is not a tutorial or workshop, just an opportunity for photographers to gather together and practice their craft! The event is run for members of the Sony community in Tasmania.

For more guidance on what to bring or how to prepare, feel free to reach out. This event is about community, and I'm here to assist with anything you need to make this a memorable and successful shoot.

Can't wait to explore and photograph Maria Island with you all!

Techniques covered

  • Night photography (shoot only)
  • Wildlife photography (shoot only)

What to bring

  • Camping Gear (tent, sleeping bag, and mat) 
  • Camera Gear (tripod, lenses, and accessories) 
  • Appropriate clothing for the conditions
  • Rain jacket, sturdy hiking boots 
  • Food & Supplies (no services on the island - 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, snacks) 
  • Backpack to hold it all
  • Your ferry ticket (cost: $62 adult fare, purchase in advance) 
  • Parks Pass (purchase online or in Triabunna on the day)

Event FAQs (For general FAQs, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page)

You will need to bring your own meals on this event. Please ensure you bring food to cover lunch and dinner on the first day, and breakfast and lunch on the second day, and any other snacks.
Please wear gear appropriate for outdoor photography. Ensure you wear enclosed footwear with good grip and bring a rain jacket.
There is free overnight parking at the Triabunna Wharf
Nothing is included as this is a free community event
This is a self-camping event only, there is ample space for tents at the Darlington Camp Ground
There is no minimum, I'll be heading over anyway as it's an amazing time to be on the island.
You can look at trying the Maria Island Shuttle or other providers. You will need to coordinate this yourself however you're welcome to ask me for advice.
Yes you're welcome to send me an email at or chat about it on the Sony Scene Tasmania Facebook Group linked below
Sat 4 Nov 2023, 9:00AM - Sun 5 Nov 2023, 4:00PM
Suitable for all levels


Luke Tscharke

Hi there! I'm a landscape, nature, and travel photographer living and working in Hobart, Tasmania. Photography has always held a special place in my heart, but ...

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