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Our Team

Monique Farmer - Founder & Trip Leader

Women Want Adventure is founded by Monique Farmer, a University Qualified Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Teacher - specialising in Outdoor Education.

Before Monique founded Women Want Adventure, she could be found hiking and kayaking in Australia's National Parks and overseas destinations. Monique has dedicated her adventures to experience new places, try new things and push personal boundaries, something she believes and inspires other women to do through outdoor adventure.

Growing up next door to The Royal National Park in Sydney, Monique had a natural inclination towards the mountains and sea. She was drawn to how nature can help inspire people to feel their best. Something she wanted to share with others.

Today, everything Monique continues to create and empower is an extension of her love for the outdoors and the benefits this lifestyle brings – including inspiring women to create meaningful experiences through adventure and community.

Her general love for life and passion to build community of like-minded adventure women has her actively involved in leading trips, laughing in a tent with a group of women in unexpected wet weather, giving away her last wet wipe and sharing her famous Anzac hiking biscuits.

Monique is qualified in Outdoor Recreation, Wilderness First Aid, Canoe Flat Water Guiding and CPR.

Facebook: @Womanwantadventure
Instagram: @womenwantadventure
Twitter: @womenwadventure
Email: monique@womenwantadventure.com.au

Amy Halligan – Trip Leader

Amy grew up in Queenstown, NZ giving her a strong connection to the outdoors and adventure activities. Amy loves being outside, whether that is at the beach playing with her toddler; climbing the local crags; surfing or enjoying the tranquility of a multi-day hike or paddle deep in the wilderness.

Her previous experience in the adventure tourism and outdoor education industries and her passion for enjoying the outdoors supports Amy to lead women out of their comfort zones and day to day lives to try something new and exciting.

Amy has a University degree in Adventure Tourism, qualified in Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness First Aid.

Tracy Gibson – Trip Leader

Tracy Gibson has been leading Outdoor Education and Kayaking Programs in Australia and around the world for over fifteen years. Her love of the water and all things outdoors lead her to pursuing a professional career as a Kayak Instructor and undertaking many personal expeditions to places like Canada, New Zealand, Croatia, Italy, Austria and the Arctic. Tracy says it's the sense of freedom that kayaking provides plus the endless variety in what you will experience in a day of outdoor adventure that is so exciting, challenging and rewarding and has a way of changing the way you look at the world, engage with people and appreciate what our natural environment has to offer us as a teacher. Working now also in Tourism for the Shoalhaven Region, she is so passionate about sharing her love of all things outdoors to encourage women to try something new, open up what is possible and enjoy more time for adventures big and small! So whether its kayaking, hiking, canyoning or just enjoying a good laugh around a cuppa Tracy will ensure you get the most fun out of your day of exploration!

Tracy is a Paddle Australia certified Kayak Instructor/Assessor and has competed for Australia in Surf Kayaking winning the Womens World HP Title in 2013. She was also awarded Instructor of the year by Paddle Australia in 2018. Tracy is qualified in Outdoor Recreation, Water Rescue, First Aid and CPR.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tracygtracemysteps/
Website: https://tracygtracemysteps.com
Email: tracemystepscontact@gmail.com

Sue Thodey – Trip Leader 

Sue is a University trained PDHPE teacher who has always had a passion for the outdoors.

In her younger days she Heliskied in Canada, rafter the Franklin River in Tasmania (to protest the Franklin Gordon damming – we won!) sailed the Whitsundays and tackled numerous canyons in the Blue Mountains.

She was a Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator for 15 years at St George Girls High School inspiring hundreds of girls to complete their Bronze Silver and Gold awards.

In recent times she has hiked the entire Great North Walk  in NSW, the Overland Track in Tasmania, the Route Burn, Milford and Queen Charlotte Sound tracks in NZ, the Inca Trail in Peru and the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She has also Kayaked Hinchinbrook Island and the Yasawas in Fiji and looks forward to walking across England in the near future.

Sue lives in Cronulla and enjoys Ocean Swimming daily, as well as walks with her lovely pooch Toby and spending time with her tiny grandchildren.

Sue loves to see people enjoying themselves and firmly believes that outdoor adventures such as hiking, swimming, paddling, canyoning, skiing, sailing, bicycling and camping create joy and freedom in people like nothing else can. Spending time with friends and family enjoying the outdoors is one of the greatest joys of her life.

You will find Sue leading the Camino Trail trip, Hinchinbrook Island Kayaking Trips and many of the NSW day walks.

Sue is qualified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. 

Email: sue.thodey@womenwantadventure.com.au

Andrea Whitelaw – Trip Leader

Andrea Whitelaw, a Wollongong local, currently undertakes a degree in Maths Education at UOW, and has always had a passion for keeping active. 
She studied classical ballet for 10 years, training and competing internationally before completing her HSC in 2015. 
In finding new ways to keep fit, Andrea developed a great appreciation for the outdoors and has met many women of all ages who share this passion. She has undertaken multi-day hikes in New Zealand, Tasmania, and the Blue Mountains, and in 2017 completed a long distance, high altitude trek in Peru with an all-female group.
Although trekking overseas is always on her bucketlist, Andrea is most at home on the trails of the RNP and Illawarra escarpment. When she's not traipsing around the bush, Andrea is curled up with her cat and a good book. Empowering other women to have fun and get out of their comfort zone is something Andrea is incredibly passionate about, and being a leader for Women Want Adventure allows her to do just that.
Andrea is the Wollongong Community Leader. You will find her leading many NSW South Coast Trips. Be sure to say hello and look out for her tasty home baked treats on hikes she hosts. 
Andrea is qualified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and has undertaken Women Want Adventure Leadership and Trek Training. 
Instagram: @andreawhitelaw_97


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