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The Maria Island Walk

The Maria Island Walk

Maria Island National Park lies just a few kilometres off Tasmania’s east coast, easily accessible from Hobart.  It’s spectacular landscapes, combined with a rich concentration of wildlife, has contributed to its nickname as ’Tasmania’s Noah’s Ark’.

It wasn’t until Ian and Bronwyn Johnstone developed their dream to start The Maria Island Walk in 2002, that the island was showcased to a new band of travellers that valued natural wildlife encounters in remote and tranquil settings, combined with world-class hospitality.

The couple created the walk as a soft adventure experience accessible to most, where packs are light, the food is gourmet, the wine is Tasmania’s best, and each night there is a comfortable bed. Central to the company’s philosophy is the importance of creating connection between walkers and guides, with a maximum of ten guests led by two professional guides. This ratio affords the personalised, intimate experience that the walk has become so well known for.

Working closely with Parks and Wildlife Tasmania, the walk has received widespread acclaim for its environmentally friendly practices, contribution to conservation projects as well as leadership in the ecotourism and walking sectors.

The team takes great pleasure in offering an authentic Tasmanian experience, bringing to life local history and culture, rare Tasmanian wildlife, spectacular scenery, and fascinating penal history. Testimony to the success of this unbeatable formula is the string of national and state awards that has made The Maria Island Walk one of the most desired guided experiences in the country.


Speciality areas

  • Birds
  • Land Mammals & Marsupials
  • Marine Mammals
  • Reptiles & Amphibians

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Quick facts

  • Known as Tasmania's 'Noah's Ark' to safeguard endangered species including the Tasmanian Devil
  • Hotspot to view Common Wombats and Macropods
  • Home to all of Tasmania's endemic birds
  • Sanctuary for endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote, Swift Parrot and Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles

About the region

Maria Island

World Heritage Listed Maria Island is located just off Tasmania’s east coast and is known for it’s historic ruins, picturesque bays, rugged cliffs and mountains and amazing fossils. But for many visitors, it is the island’s remarkable collection of rare birds and animals, largely unaffected by human presence, that is the highlight.

When the island became a National Park in the 1970s, a variety of threatened and endangered species were introduced and so it became an island sanctuary, a kind of “Noah’s Ark” for Tasmanian wildlife. In more recent times the next chapter of this island ark story played out when a population of healthy Tasmanian Devils were introduced.

The island is home to all Tasmania’s endemic birds including one of Australia’s rarest and smallest birds the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote which has only five remaining population groups, of which Maria island is the largest remaining stronghold.

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Meet our guides

  • Meet our guides

    Tim Kirkby

    Having grown up and studied business in Hobart, Tim then worked overseas for a number of years before returning and taking up guiding in Tasmania. Tim is a keen birdwatcher with a deep knowledge of Tasmanian birds. He is also a keen rock climber and runner. Tims brother Pat also guides for the company.

    Meet our guides

    Tim Kirkby

    Having grown up and studied business in Hobart, Tim then worked overseas for a number of years before returning and taking up guiding in Tasmania. Tim is a keen birdwatcher with a deep knowledge of Tasmanian birds. He is also a keen rock climber and runner. Tims brother Pat also guides for the company.
  • Meet our guides

    Gemma McLoughlin

    Gemma hails from Canberra. A registered nurse by trade, Gemma decided to realign her professional aspirations more closely with her passions after an extended travel trip. Gemma’s love of bushwalking, climbing, mountain biking and yoga (to name a few), led her to Tasmania and the TasTafe tourism guiding course.

    Meet our guides

    Gemma McLoughlin

    Gemma hails from Canberra. A registered nurse by trade, Gemma decided to realign her professional aspirations more closely with her passions after an extended travel trip. Gemma’s love of bushwalking, climbing, mountain biking and yoga (to name a few), led her to Tasmania and the TasTafe tourism guiding course.
  • Meet our guides

    Dan Fisher

    A Western Australian who now calls Tasmania home, Dan has guided over 50 groups on Maria. A landscaper by trade, Dan moved to Tasmania to complete the TasTafe guiding course and fell in love with his adopted state. When he is not on Maria Dan can be found in the Tarkine wilderness in the northwest of the state.

    Meet our guides

    Dan Fisher

    A Western Australian who now calls Tasmania home, Dan has guided over 50 groups on Maria. A landscaper by trade, Dan moved to Tasmania to complete the TasTafe guiding course and fell in love with his adopted state. When he is not on Maria Dan can be found in the Tarkine wilderness in the northwest of the state.