The Maria Island Walk: CERTIFIED EXCELLENT

Tasmanian guided walk earns international award for its consistently outstanding service.

Hobart-based business The Maria Island Walk is no stranger to tourism gongs, having won eight national and a dozen Tasmanian awards over its 17-year history. But its latest plaudit – a 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – is especially satisfying to The Maria Island Walk’s owners and staff because it recognises their dedication to customer service.

Awarded annually since 2011 by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel platform, Certificate of Excellence winners include restaurants, accommodation and attractions from every part of the world. Recipients are announced once a year, in late May.

TripAdvisor’s Vice President of Brand, Neela Pal, said the Certificates “publicly recognise businesses that are actively taking into account customer feedback to help travellers confidently experience the most highly reviewed places to eat, stay and explore.”

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence a business must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least twelve months, it must have received a minimum number of reviews and it must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five. The only way to qualify is to have customers who care enough about their experience of a business that they take the time to write an independent review on TripAdvisor.

More than 97 per cent of The Maria Island Walk’s TripAdvisor reviewers rate their experience as excellent. A recent example of this customer satisfaction comes from Andrew, of Melbourne, who wrote a review titled “Rare perfection”. “[The Maria Island Walk] has clearly put lots of thought and work into getting every aspect just right. And those aspects can be adjusted to the individual needs of each walker… Our guides, Luke and Tim, were exceptional. Clearly hugely experienced as guides, knowledgeable, patient but also excellent cooks and hosts.”

Amira El Kheir, the Maria Island Walk’s Marketing Executive, said the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence was “great news”, and that the business wouldn’t be resting on its laurels. “Everyone here is committed to making sure that every guest has an experience at the highest possible level. So, while we’re thrilled that so many guests over the past year reviewed us so well, our focus is on next year’s guests – we want them to enjoy the experience every bit as much!”

 

Family Friendly Maria Island Walk

An outdoor family adventure walking the length of beautiful Maria Island National Park is a great experience to share quality time as a family.

Re-connecting with nature, spotting a variety of incredible wildlife, swimming in pristine beaches and hiking to the top of magnificent mountains will create memories to last a lifetime.

In January 2019 we had three wonderful families join us on a ‘Family Friendly Portered Walk’.

“The guides were fabulous with all our kids’. The walk was a wonderful balance of nature, ruggedness and gourmet” Bennett’s family

“Fantastic guides – absolutely made the experience and did a great job with our kids. Kept them involved and interested. We went on the Milford Track in NZ a few years ago and would say this is a better experience – guides, food, accommodation and all the thoughtful planning around the walk were all better. ” Crossley family

“We were so lucky with our trip. Having a bunch of young girls of similar ages to my daughter really made the trip for her.” Hays family

Best time to book a family friendly walk

During the Christmas and New Year break or during other school holiday periods year-round. We offer our 4 day walk between October to April and a 3 day Winter Escape between June to August.

Age

Minimum age is 8 years old on a family friendly walk. Please contact us if your children are younger.

Price

$2,550 per person twin-share all-inclusive.

Inclusions

Includes 3 nights’ accommodation – two nights spent in our beautiful wilderness camps and one night in our beautifully restored heritage listed house. Transfers between Hobart and Maria Island.

All meals and wine (breakfasts, lunches and 3 course dinners). Two guides and park entry fees. Backpacks, 50L Gore-Tex jackets, head torches, sleeping bag liners and pillow cases are provided at the office.

If you’re searching for extraordinary family holiday, please enquire with one of our friendly staff on 03 6234 2999 or bookings@mariaislandwalk.com.au

 

White Kunzea at Haunted Bay

White Kunzea at Haunted Bay on Maria Island

During spring and summer, the Australian native plant Kunzea ambigua (also known as white kunzea, tick bush or sweet scented kunzea) can be found in coastal areas of Tasmania and eastern Australia.

The white kunzea shrub can grow up to 5 m high and it bears small white flowers which fill the air with a sweet honey scent.

Some of the uses of White Kunzea:

  • It can be made into an antiseptic oil for cuts and abrasions
  • The leaves and flowers can be used in cooking. The unique herb can be used on meats/roasts, fried in butter, in bread or added to a cocktail
  • Native animals are often found sleeping under Kunzea plants, where they seek relief from ticks and other parasites – hence it’s popular name of “tick bush”

Enjoy the scent of this beautiful native plant.

More information about the White Kunzea plant:

https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp8/kunz-amb.html

 

Tasmanian Devil article in the Telegraph

David Whitley wrote a nice article about Tasmanian Devils:

“The Maria Island Walk – one of the Australian Wildlife Journeys signature experiences – spends four days on the island, staying in glamping cabins and indulging in fully prepared local produce meals. And it’s not just the Tasmanian devils on the wildlife front. Walks along the island’s white-sand beaches bring sightings with playful dolphins and swooping sea eagles, while venturing inland brings birdsong-filled forests, plus encounters with wombats and wallabies.”

read the whole article here