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Maria Island celebrates their 15th year of guided walking

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One of our Signature Collection walks, the award-winning Maria Island Walk on Tasmania’s East Coast, is celebrating 15 years of memorable guided walks and experiences.

In its 15-year history, the guides at Maria Island Walk have led nearly 1000 walks for guests from over 20 countries including the UK, Europe and North America, as well visitors from all over Australia, showcasing some of the most unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes on the globe.

The family owned company founded by tourism visionaries Ian and Bronwyn Johnstone in 2002 has won seven national and 13 state awards, culminating this year with its inclusion as one of the founding members of Tourism Australia’s Australian Wildlife Journeys, which recognises exceptional wildlife encounters.

“Maria Island was a largely untapped jewel of rare wildlife, spectacular scenery and fascinating history when we started and we now have over 20 guides sharing their knowledge of Maria Island to our guests each summer,” said Ian Johnstone.

The four-day Maria Island Walk takes small groups of just ten guests and two guides to explore the pristine beaches, tall ancient forests and world heritage sites of this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage listed island.

With its collection of rare and unusual species, it’s not surprising that Maria Island is described as the state’s ‘Noah’s Ark’.  An island sanctuary, it is one of the best places in Australia to see wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Cape Barren geese, kangaroos and wallabies. The birdlife is also an attraction with 125 species including all of Tasmania’s endemics such as the endangered Forty-spotted pardalote and Swift parrot.

The cost of each walk includes return transfers from Hobart to Triabunna, the scenic cruise across the pristine waters of the Mercury Passage to the isthmus of Maria Island, gourmet food and wine, two experienced guides, National Park entry fees, accommodation and use of waterproof jackets and day packs.

To celebrate this achievement, the Maria Island Walk is offering a 15% discount on direct bookings for the newly launched summer program, for all walks departing between 1 October 2017 and 30 April 2018. Book before 30 October 2017.  Prices start from $2450. To book, please contact bookings@mariaislandwalk.com.au or 03-62342999.