The Maria Island Walk, a four-day guided journey through a remarkable world heritage listed national park off Tasmania’s east coast, has won the Adventure Tourism category at the 2016 Tasmanian Tourism awards.
The walk, which was founded by Ian and Bronwyn Johnstone in 2003, has become recognised as one of Australia’s leading tourism experiences for its highly personalised guided walks in Tasmania.
Renowned for its’ amazing landscapes, well preserved convict history and vast array of wildlife, Maria Island is one of this country’s most spectacular and deeply interesting destinations.
Originally known as a penal colony which pre-dates Port Arthur, the Island is now a place of blissful tranquillity with a resident population of just two park rangers
The Walk caters for small groups of just 10 guests and two local guides. Accommodation is in smartly styled, wilderness camps for the first two nights with the third night being spent in the heritage listed Bernacchi House in the world heritage convict settlement at Darlington.
Best described as “roughing it in style,” light packs and gentle walking by day are complemented by candlelight dining, with wonderful local cuisine and wines, and a comfortable bed each night.
In addition to the wonderful landscapes including the Painted Cliffs, Fossil Bay and Bishop and Clerk, Maria Island is also known for its menagerie of rare Tasmanian birds and animals introduced when it became a National Park over 40 years ago. The most recent of these is the Tasmanian Devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial, which were introduced in 2012 as an insurance population against potential extinction.
The Maria Island Walk owners have also been a driving force behind The Great Walks of Tasmania and The Great Walks of Australia organisations which inspire people to explore the country on foot.
The Maria Island Walk goes on to represent Tasmania in the Qantas national tourism awards in Darwin in February 2017 as a contender for the title of Best Adventure Tourism in Australia – an award it has won three times previously.