Meet The Guides

There are guides and there are Maria Island guides

Ours are considered to be the best in the industry.

Our guides are such an important part of your Maria Island experience. Our guides are not only chosen for their warm, caring and likeable personalities but also for their love of Maria Island.

There’s very little our guides don’t know about the history, flora and wildlife on Maria Island. Just ask them and you’ll soon find out.

Guests often comment that our guides made their walk on Maria Island unforgettable.

Dan Fisher

A landscaper by trade in Western Australian Dan moved to Tasmania to train as an adventure guide and fell in love with his adopted state. Dan has a relaxed and unflappable temperament. He has worked and guided over 50 trips over the past five seasons. A keen traveller , Dan spends his winters exploring the far rung reaches of the globe.

Samantha Climie

Samantha grew up in Tasmania. She joined us straight out of year 12, since then she has worked as a guide, as a Swim Instructor and crewed on board the Dutch Tall Ship Bark Europa from The Netherlands to the Cape Verde Islands. More often than not you will find Sam off walking, cycling or sailing somewhere. She has a love of travelling and discovering different cultures, environments and ways of life. If by chance she has some free time you will find her crocheting or reading.

Ella-Brooke Dent

Ella-Brooke was born in Tasmania and has always loved being outdoors. A keen traveller, the more places she visits, the more she falls in love with the island she calls home. Ella completed the Adventure Guiding Course with TasTAFE so she could share what she enjoys. When not working on Maria, Ella-Brooke works in the Tarkine.

Emma Street

A local Tassie girl, Emma grew up camping and swimming on some of Tasmania’s best beaches. Emma loves sharing the natural beauty of our state, so deciding to undertake the Drysdale TasTAFE guiding course seemed like a perfect fit. Along with working on Maria, Emma also works for the award winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Emma enjoys a spirited round of cards, chocolate, and sharing stories from the day’s adventures.

Sharna Turner

Sharna is from the northern NSW country town of Kyogle. After studying art in Sydney Sharna visited Tasmania for a short holiday break and fell in love with it. Sharna completed the TasTafe guiding course and now works as guide on Maria Island and at Freycinet. She loves photography, yoga and sustainable living.

Olly Markey

Olly comes from Hobart, growing up in the riverside suburb of Taroona. He loves the outdoors and is a keen hockey player. He loves Maria Island and it feels like a second home after spending many family holidays there exploring and cycling around with his brothers. Olly is studying medicine at the University of Tasmania.

Stef Gebbie

Stef grew up in Tasmania’s beautiful Derwent Valley and loves adventures in the wild areas around Australia and the globe. After finishing high school Stef headed off around Australia with her dog and her ute. She returned to study tourism guiding at TasTAFE and has worked on has worked for a number of years for ourselves and other walking operators. When she is not guiding Stef can usually be found paddling, climbing or exploring the remote reaches of Tasmania.

Holly Schorta

Holly grew up in the seaside surf town of Clifton outside Hobart. After finishing Year 12 in Hobart she enrolled in the Guiding Course at TasTAFE. With a family who loves the outdoors, it was only natural that she grew to enjoy bushwalking, water sports and travelling the world. Holly one day hopes to further my interest in the health industry.

Our Great Walks

Experience our multi-award winning guided walk on Maria Island, Wukaluwikiwaynaa Country, off the east coast of Tasmania. Expert guiding, abundant wildlife, convict tales, comfortable accommodation and local Tasmanian fare come together to bring you one of Australia’s Great Walks. Join us.

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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.