Australian owned and operated,
sharing the beauty of Tasmania.
We're proud to be a part of:
- The Great Walks of Australia collective consists of 12 privately owned multiday guided walks that highlight the very best of Australia’s premium walk experiences. Set in a variety of landscapes each walk has an acclaimed reputation for expert friendly guides, small groups gourmet dining and elegant private accommodation. GWOA is part of Tourism Australia’s “Best Of” program which showcases the nation’s best experiences to the global market.
- GWOT is a collection of Tasmania’s leading 8 guided walking experiences working together to develop the walking sector in the state and to promote Tasmania as a global walking destination.
- Australian Wildlife Journeys is a collection of 14 exceptional wildlife experiences chosen by Tourism Australia. All of the 14 experiences have one thing in common – a commitment to conservation.
- The Quality Tourism Accredited Business brandmark provides visitors with an assurance that the tourism business has a proven commitment to the highest quality of service and business procedures and demonstrated their commitment to environmental sustainability.
- EcoStar is a tool to assist businesses in achieving environmental sustainability and to recognise a business’s commitment to environmental management. Accreditation status signals that you are committed to providing a high quality product, service and experience.
Conservation on Maria Island
Learn more about our conservation and sustainability efforts
The Maria Island Walk team first hosted walkers in 2003 when founder and local Ian Johnstone realised his vision of showcasing the natural and cultural heritage of Tasmania’s east coast to visitors in a style that was sensitive to the environment and that immersed guests in the stories of the landscape. Since then, the experience has become a national leader in nature tourism and has always stayed true to its principles of working in tune with its environment and the local Tasmanian community.
The walk is now part of the Wild Bush Luxury stable of small sustainable nature tourism businesses, all of which have a mission to use their tourism business to conserve their environment through educating, inspiring and connecting visitors to the bush. We are guided by the 4Cs framework – Conservation, Culture, Community and Commerce – through which we see the success of our business as inextricably linked with the health of our environment and the communities around us. The inspiration behind The Maria Island Walk comes from the team of guides who bring their knowledge and passion, connecting up to ten guests to the bush on each Maria Island Walk departure.
The Maria Island Walk is owned by Experience Co Limited (EXP), an Australian owned company specialising in adventure and leisure tourism. Experience Co provides experiences across Australia and New Zealand.
The walk that keeps walking off with all the awards.
The Maria Island Walk strives for ongoing excellence and continues to be awarded for the efforts.
We collect guests from central Hobart hotels from 7:30am on Day 1 of the walk. On Day 4 of the walk we offer a scheduled airport transfer at 4:00pm * or transfer guests to their hotel in central Hobart by 5:00pm. *We recommend guests book flights from 6:00pm.
Guests walk along firm beaches and formed bush tracks and a moderate level of fitness is required. A backpack with all personal gear is carried by each guest throughout the walk. On side trips such as climbing the mountain peaks or walking to Haunted Bay we provide a lighter day pack for you to use.
Maria Island has a mild, temperate climate during walking months and has an average daytime temperature in the 20s and night time 10-15 degrees. As the weather can change and we recommend guests bring everything on our recommended gear list. We can review the 4 day weather forecast on the morning of the departure and leave behind any items considered surplus for storage in the office.
Here is a single supplement for this walk, as accommodation throughout the walk is designed for pairs. Single walkers may share with other same gender guests. Single sleeping arrangements can be organised through paying an addition single supplement with the office team at the time of booking.
Two nights will be at our beautiful camps where guests enjoy twin share*, comfortable cabins with raised beds, complete with mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows. The camps are environmentally sensitive; with water tanks collecting rain from some of the world’s cleanest air, wash rooms, warm outdoor bush showers and composting toilets. The final night is in historic Bernacchi House; guests enjoy hot showers, fresh linen, recline by wood fires and a piano whilst waiting for the final night’s banquet. *Single walkers may share with other same gender guests. Single sleeping arrangements can be organised through paying an addition single supplement with the office team at the time of booking.
The Maria Island Walk acknowledges the Aboriginal Communities and Traditional Custodians of country throughout Tasmania and we recognise their continued connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to Elders past, present, and emerging, as we seek to understand their history, and learn from their knowledge.