Maria Is­land Walk cel­e­brates 15 Years on the wild side

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

One of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing tourism ex­pe­ri­ences – 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 Col­lec­tion, which recog­nises ex­cep­tional wildlife en­coun­ters. “It has been a labour of love show­cas­ing the myr­iad of ex­pe­ri­ences avail­able on Maria Is­land to the world,” said Ian John­stone. “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.” 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 by day and then each night re­lax with can­dlelit din­ing and el­e­gant ac­com­mo­da­tion. 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 bird life is also an at­trac­tion with 125 species in­clud­ing all of Tas­ma­nia’s en­demics such as the en­dan­gered Forty-spot­ted pardalote and Swift par­rot.

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