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  • Due to COVID19, PWS has made some small changes to the Penitentiary accommodation on Maria Island. These changes have been implemented to improve the safety of visitors and include: Strict check-out time of 10am Strict check-in time of 2pm Maximum capacity signs are located at the entrances of each building. The Mess Hall can have a maximum of 20 people in it at any one time The spare mattresses that were in each Penitentiary room have been removed There are cleaning kits provided in the Mess Hall There are hand sanitiser stations located at the entrance of the main buildings.

Basic bunkhouse-style accommodation is available in the old Penitentiary at Darlington – a unique opportunity to spend the evening at this World Heritage Listed convict site.

There are nine rustic sleeping rooms, each with six bunk beds and comfortable mattresses, a picnic-style table and chairs, and a wood-heater (wood supplied). A larger, tenth room sleeps 14 people. 

There is no electricity in the Penitentiary rooms and the toilets block is separate but nearby. Drinking water is available in the Mess Hall.

You’ll need to bring your own food, bedding, a torch or lamp, cooking equipment, crockery and cutlery. Gas stove tops are provided for cooking in the Mess Hall’s camp kitchen.  

Smoking is not permitted within the accommodation precincts. Please store your butts in your own carry-out container.