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Our Team

Founder & Trip Leader – Monique Farmer

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. Working with brands such as The North Face, Poler Stuff, Explore Nation, Sea to Summit and Wilderness Equipment, Monique has dedicated her adventures to inspire others to explore unique outdoor locations, spend more time outdoors and have fun! 

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.

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.

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

Yvette Farmer – Editor & Qualified Yoga Teacher

Yvette is the contributing Editor and Yoga teacher at Women Want Adventure. Yvette divides her time between, writing, yoga and the outdoors. Yvette's favourite stories to write and read are the tales of outdoor experiences and how they change us. As Editor, Yvette works with contributors and women in the community to produce articles about hiking, trail running, kayaking, camping and inspiring women to feel empowered by the outdoors.

When she’s not editing or writing content to inspire women to get outside, you can find her teaching the Women's Yoga and Hiking Trips. Yvette works with Monique to create women's only events that leave you feeling refreshed, nourished and relaxed. 

Facebook: @yvette.farmer.142
Instagram: @vettie222

Tracy Gibson – Sea Kayaking 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 adventure lead her to pursuing a professional career as a Kayaking Instructor / Assessor based in Jervis Bay on the fabulous NSW South Coast. Tracy says it's the sense of freedom that kayaking provides and the endless variety in what you will experience in a day on the water 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 environment has to offer us as a teacher. Tracy has represented Australia at the Surf Kayak World Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2013 where she took out the title of Women's HP World Champion and she is so passionate about sharing her love of all things kayaking to encourage women to enjoy more adventures in the outdoors.

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

Sue Thodey – NSW 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.

Sue is qualified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Women Want Adventure Trip Leadership and has a University Degree to lead groups in the outdoors. 

Email: sue.thodey@womenwantadventure.com.au

Andrea Whitelaw – NSW 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
Email:

andrea.whitelaw@womenwantadventure.com.au

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