Gold for Maria Island Walk at Tasmanian Tourism Awards
Tasmania’s Maria Island Walk, a four-day guided walk through the World Heritage listed island off the east coast, was awarded Gold in the Tour and Transport category and silver in Adventure Tourism at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards held on Friday 10 November in Hobart.
The team are now looking to repeat their success at the Qantas Australian Tourism Award in February 2018 where they have previously won the Best Tourism and Transport category in 2008 and 2011.
Owner Ian Johnstone said: “It is a tribute to our dedicated guides and team that Maria Island Walk continues to maintain its place as one of the best experiences in Tasmania – and indeed, Australia. There really is no better way to experience our unique native flora and fauna up close on some of the most spectacular coastline in the world.”
Now in its 15th year of operation, the Maria Island Walk showcases the best wombat and kangaroo viewing opportunities in the world, with the island described as a ‘Noah’s Ark’ of rare Tasmanian animals including the Tasmanian Devil. It is included in the Great Walks of Australia and a founding member of the Australian Wildlife Journeys group.
The Maria Island Walk caters for small walking parties, who spend the first two nights in elegant wilderness camps and the final night in a historic house in Darlington, the former convict settlement, enjoying candlelit dining on the best Tasmanian cuisine and wines.
The season runs over the warmer months from 1 October to 1 May each year. Visit www.mariaislandwalk.com.au for further information.
About The Maria Island Walk
The award-winning Maria Island Walk is a fully guided three-night, four-day journey into one of Australia’s most spectacular destinations. A maximum of ten guests per group and two guides begin their journey in Hobart with a short scenic drive to Triabunna. A relaxing boat trip with frequent sightings of seals, dolphins and spectacular sea birds delivers them to the Island where they walk between wilderness camps taking in the landscapes, wildlife and history of the destination. The final night of the Walk is spent at historic Bernacchi House in the former convict settlement of Darlington. Walks depart daily from 1 October to 1 May each year.