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Home  >  Latest News from Great Walks  >  2012  >  November

The Maria Island Walk Wins Two Top Tourism Awards

Tasmania’s Maria Island Walk, a four-day ramble through a national park and World Heritage penal settlement off the east coast, last night took out two top Tasmanian Tourism awards.

The walk, operated by Ian and Bronwyn Johnstone and their team of 20 walking guides, won the top awards for Adventure Tourism and Tour and Transport Operator.

The Johnstones started the walk in 2003 and it has gone on to win state and national tourism awards virtually each year ever since, including Australian Gourmet Traveller awards.

The island is not only a wildlife sanctuary it is also the site of one of Van Diemens Land’s penal institutions. The Maria Island Walk caters for small walking parties, who spend each night in high-class wilderness camps and historic Bernacchi House at Darlington and dine on the best Tasmanian cuisine and wines. Maria is known as Tasmania’s Noah’s Ark.

Next week sees the release on the island of a healthy population of Tasmanian devils, an insurance population against potential extinction of the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.

The Johnstones have been a driving force in establishing The Great Walks of Tasmania, seven walks that promote Tasmania as a global destination for walking holidays. This has led to The Great Walks of Australia, seven significant national walks that also include The Maria Island Walk.

“As the world shrinks due to increased air travel and visitor accessibility the demand for local quality guided walk experiences in untouched natural settings like Maria Island will continue to grow,” Ian Johnstone said.

The Maria Island Walk goes on to represent Tasmania in the Qantas national tourism awards in Hobart in February 2013.

Contact Ian Johnstone on 0400 400 756 or e-mail ian@mariaislandwalk.com.au

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