Two weeks ago, our Adventure Guiding students departed Drysdale Campus and drove up the Tasman Highway towards Triabunna, where we would catch the new and refurbished ‘Encounter Maria‘ ferry to Maria Island.
It was wonderful to have ex-student Daniel Fisher, who now works as a Guide for The Maria Island Walk join us on this trip, providing beneficial information regarding the industry and other Tasmanian knowledge.
Lucky enough for Dan, he was able to relive some of his own Guide training memories by listening to the student Leaders’ bus commentaries on the way up – which provided an interesting insight into the surrounding area.
On the ferry, we were lucky to admire plenty of sea birds and after we arrived on the Island, we set up camp and got underway with the day’s activities!
Splitting into two separate groups – Nicholas Baudin and Bara-Ourou, we parted ways with one group heading on a half day walk up Bishop and Clerk, whilst the other group enjoyed a circuit walk to the Painted Cliffs and Oust House via The Maria Island Walk accommodation.
Returning to the campsite, it wasn’t long until our student Caterers dished up mouth-watering meals that were soon devoured.
The next morning, we enjoyed some ice breakers which was a nice way to start the day. We split into small groups and practiced our Interpretive tours and presenting our information to our fellow students. We received feedback and were then given a chance to amend the tours. Everyone found this constructive feedback really helped us improve our tours the second time we delivered them.
After dinner we went for a night walk to see if we could find a Tasmanian Devil. We saw a lot of different animals but no Devils – but it was a great way to finish the day.
For our last day, we left camp as a whole group and walked to the Fossil Cliffs where Bruce and Daniel gave us a real insight into the geological events that happened to create the Fossil Cliffs. We then split into our two groups again, mimicking the first day’s events in reverse with Bara-Ourou summiting Bishop and Clerk and the Nicholas Baudin group completing the circuit walk with Dan.
Returning back to camp, the Certificate III in Guiding students were quick to pack up before departing Maria Island to get stuck into their weekend ahead!