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.
Meet our guides
Alana De Hoog
Hailing from the coastal town of Kingston, Alana is a vibrant and passionate guide. Having worked for the Maria Island Walk for 4 seasons there is little Alana doesn’t know about the island.
Born in the UK, Claire moved to Tasmania about 10 years after falling in love with the island and one of its residents. Claire is a keen climber and has climbed all around the globe.
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 NW of the state.
Dayna has spent the better part of her life guiding people around Tasmania. A qualified architect by trade Dayna prefers the sand between her toes. Dayna has guided over 50 groups on Maria.
A talented violinist and passionate advocate for the environment, Jessie works in the outdoor education industry during the winter months and spends her spare time (and holidays) on Maria Island.
Originally a travel agent, Renee retrained as a guide and now trains the guides of the future. A very talented young lady who is just at home on the beaches of Maria or the wilds of the south west.
Originally from Melbourne, Sean now calls Tasmania his summer home. Sean spends his summers on Maria Island and his winters on the Larpinta trail.
Jo has completed the Tastafe guiding course and joins us for her second season. When she is not walking the beaches of Eastern Tasmania, you can probably find Jo surfing the beaches of Eastern Tasmania.
Tim gave away a promising career in business to follow his passion for the outdoors. A keen climber, Tim joins us for his second season.
One of our youngest guides, Maddy has proven herself to be wise beyond her years. A keen cyclist, Maddy spends her winters cycling around the European country side.
One of our longest serving guides, Louisa is the consummate guide. Louisa is currently working / travelling her way around the globe.
Sue gave up a successful career as a dietitian to follow her passion for the outdoors.
Elle completed the TasTafe guiding course in 2015 and joins us for her first season.
Sam joins us for her first season on Maria. Sam is well-travelled and has a love of the water.
A keen sailor Will plans to sail around the world over the next few years. When he is not on the water Will shares his love of Maria with our guests.
A talented musician, Ziah plays in multiple bands, often found busking during the popular Salamanca Market. Ziah joins us for his first season on Maria.
A real adventurer Anna has been guiding for the last decade, spending her summers on the track and travelling around the world through the winter.
Luke hails from South Australia and settled in Tasmania after completing a marine science degree.
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), lead her to Tasmania and the TasTafe tourism guiding course.