, 2022-10-23 02:00:00,
October 23, 2022
Image credit: Ben Brown
With wildlife ranging from wombats to Tasmanian devils, and a variety of spectacular landscapes, Maria Island is one of the best places to hike in Australia.
Australia is blessed with many beautiful islands, and one of the best is Maria Island located off Point Lesueur, around four kilometres off the coast of Tasmania. The whole island is a national park, and it promises a unique experience for visitors. In fact visitors are far outnumbered by wildlife – restrictions on guest numbers make for intimate encounters with nature.
History has also played a part on the island, with the convict settlement of Darlington UNESCO World Heritage-listed. The Maria Island Walk – a member of Australian Wildlife Journeys – was established in 2003 by Ian Johnstone, and has been showcasing the natural and cultural heritage of the island in an environmentally friendly way.
Visiting the island for the first time, people are always surprised by how beautiful it is. Ben Brown, Operations Manager of The Maria Island Walk, explains “Guests are usually amazed at the seclusion and clear blue water of places like Shoal Bay. Guests are also amazed to learn of the rich history of the island, from the Puthikwilayti to the early European explorers. Of course, many are also surprised by the amount of wildlife, especially on the…
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