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

 

Dan Fisher, guide

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.

 

Jo Mack

Jo grew up in the small town of Longford in northern Tasmania. After finishing school Jo trained as a tourism guide so she could combine her love of the outdoors and passion for Tasmania and the environment. When she is not walking the beaches of Eastern Tasmania, you can probably find Jo surfing or looking for places to explore in her van.

 

Tim Kirkby

Tim Kirkby

Tim grew up in Hobart, Tasmania with a very outdoorsy family (Tim’s brother Pat is also a guide). Tim studied business at university before working for a number of years in Melbourne and England. The call of the outdoors was too much for Tim and he gave away a career in business to follow his passion for the outdoors. Tim is a very keen rock climber and his overseas trips seem to involve visiting exotic climbing destinations.

 

Pat Kirby

Pat grew up in Hobart and spent several years running environmental projects in Asia before moving back in 2013 He has fond childhood memories holidaying on Maria, dodging wombats on his push bike and having his Easter eggs stolen by emus. Pat loves adrenalin sports like climbing, kayaking and cycling as well as yoga and travelling. His first degree was in geology, and Maria Island is a geologists dream.

 

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.

Maddy Davies

Maddy grew up south of Hobart in the Huon Valley. She started guiding with us straight out of year 12 and subsequently trained at Drysdale Tafe. Maddy is also a qualified raft guide and works on the West coast of Tasmania rafting on the King River. When Maddy is not guiding she loves cycle touring, rafting and kayaking.

 

Sue Beaumont

Sue grew up in Victoria and spent much of her childhood horse riding. She moved to Tasmania in the early 1990’s for lifestyle reasons. Sue had a previous career as a Dietitian but watching the joy her daughter Maddy had working as a guide inspired Sue to change careers and train as a guide (where she topped the course). When she is not guiding with us Sue loves to explore Tassie’s wild places by foot and kayak, go cycle touring and cook choc chip biscuits.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Ziah Cooper

Ziah grew up in Hobart in a large and busy musical family. A talented musician, Ziah is often found busking Salamanca Markets either with friends or with his siblings and family which include a set of triplets! When he is not working on Maria, Ziah also guides the Overland Track. Ziah loved travelling in South America and spent a year working and living in Canada.

 

Fearghus Wallis

Fearghus grew up on a large property in rural Victoria. He completed a degree in social economics before deciding to switch careers and study the TasTafe guiding course. Fearghus is a natural outdoorsman combining his love of flora and fauna with his passion for travel. Fearghus and his partner cycled from Iran to India.

 

Katharine Byrne

Born and bred Taswegian (Tassie girl). Katharine entered the guiding world four years ago with a desire to reconnect people with the natural world. She spent two years studying at TasTafe, completing first an Adventure Guiding and then an Outdoor Recreation course. Katharine has worked as a Sea Kayaking guide in the remote South West Tasmania/Port Davey area and now joins us on Maria. In her spare time Katharine loves sea kayaking, hiking, writing, chasing adrenalin rushes and travelling to places which are off the beaten track.

 

Georgia Current

Georgia is a born and bred Tasmanian. She grew up in the central highlands where her love of the wilderness started at a young age. She feels very fortunate to have been introduced to travel and the wilderness and now can’t get enough of it. Georgia has a big love for art, design, travel and learning.

 

Sam Bray

Sam was born in Brisbane, grew up in Adelaide but now calls Hobart home. Originally a chef, he combined his love of the outdoors with his love of food and became a guide. Sam spends his spare time surfing and freediving around Tasmania’s coastline.

 

Chloe Middleton

Chloe love of travel is perhaps in part due to her upbringing where she moved from Hong Kong, Oman, Taiwan and New Zealand before settling in Australia. Chloe travelled and worked as an English Language teacher in Sydney before moving to Tasmania on a whim to do the TasTAFE Adventure Guiding course. When not guiding on Maria Island or at the Bay of Fires she writes and plays music, reads, goes bushwalking, and does arty crafty things!

 

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.

 

Jai McKay

Jai grew up in Tasmania and started working for us straight out of year 12. A keen sailor Jai has had a successful competitive sailing career and now mentors young sailors. Jai splits his work time between Maria and the award winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, working on Bruny Island and The Tasman Peninsula. In his spare time Jai love getting onto the water fishing, sailing or surfing.

 

Amy Morgan

Amy grew in up in Tasmania and quickly developed a love of the outdoors. Amy is well travelled and has spent almost the last decade chasing the snow, working and playing in snowfields. Amy recently retrained at TasTafe after trialing a “desk job”. When she is not juggling her three jobs Amy loves mountain bike riding, bushwalking and a good book.

 

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.