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Our Guides

We’re a team who love adventure - full of personality and (Anzac biscuits)

Monique Farmer

Meet Monique. She thinks her middle name is adventure (well, not really. But it should be!)

She’s the founder of Women Want Adventure and honestly has the best job on the planet. She gets to spend her days exploring this amazing world of ours, alongside women who inspire her daily.

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.

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Lisa Barnes

Lisa Barnes is a Mt Evelyn local who grew up surrounded by the beautiful bushland of the Yarra Valley, Victoria. An active upbringing sparked a passion for recreating in the great outdoors which she continued to pursue a career in.

For the past 10 years she has worked in school camps providing groups from diverse backgrounds with adventurous experiences that develop positive connections between self, others and the natural environment. To further develop her skills, she has completed a Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation and Travel Tourism alongside her First Aid training and Diploma of Business Management.

Lisa enjoys making the most of what is in her own backyard, completing Victorian hikes such as Wilson’s Promontory, The Great Ocean Walk and Cathedral Ranges. She also enjoys travelling and taking any opportunity to explore somewhere new. Further afield she has completed the Overland Track Tasmania and more recently completed the Inca Trail, Peru which was a lifelong dream.

Through her career Lisa has been able to see the positive impact outdoor adventures have on personal and social development. She strongly believes that outdoor recreation has a role to play in supporting women’s health by providing opportunities for women to push their boundaries, try new things and conquer challenges. In her spare time Lisa enjoys spending time outside with her dog, reading and catching up with friends.

Lisa is qualified in Outdoor Recreation, Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

Tracy Gibson

With over to two decades experience in guiding kayaking and outdoor adventures, you know you’re in safe hands with Tracy. One of the funniest people you’ll meet, Tracy has the unique ability to make a beginner kayaker giggle all day and become a pro in no time.

The former World Champion in Surf Kayaking, Tracy is one of those people you just fall in love with. She’s travelled the globe, visiting countries like

Canada, Croatia and the Arctic – and she’s swum with whale sharks more times than you can even imagine!

To put it simply, Tracey is an all-round legend. When you join one of her trips, you’ll instantly realise why she’s won ‘Australian Kayaking Guide of the Year’ multiple times.

Some say Tracy’s Anzac biscuits are the best of the team (they’re more on the crunchy side than soft). But we’ll leave that up to you to decide.

Andrea Whitelaw

Wollongong local Andrea came on a Women Want Adventure trip three years ago and loved it so much that she had to become a guide!

Kind beyond belief, Andrea is someone you naturally feel safe and supported around: she will always make you feel like you belong. The youngest of our Women Want Adventure family, this self-confessed crazy cat lady can often be found guiding in the Royal National Park or abseiling down a canyon.

Andrea loves maths (seriously!), listening to your trail stories (even if they’re about who got kicked off The Bachelorette) and is constantly tackling new hikes in her spare time.

Her competitive side will come out when she’s talking about her Anzac biscuits which she claims are the best of all the guides.

Hannah Jones

Hannah is a nature lover who was born with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore. Having ticked off all seven continents, Hannah is always looking for ways to explore the world through the outdoors. She’s an avid trail endurance runner, and will use any excuse to get outside, be it on the water or on the trails.

Living on the Central Coast, Hannah spends her days exploring the surrounding national parks, stand-up paddle boarding and can occasionally be found volunteering with her local bush regeneration group. She also teaches swimming and runs a reusable coffee cup business.

Hannah is a passionate advocate for people getting out in nature, to reap the positive effects it has on our physical and mental wellbeing. Regardless of someone’s ability or experience, Hannah believes the outdoors can provide something for everyone to enjoy.

Bindi Hatcher

Bindi is our walking/talking plants encyclopedia from the Blue Mountains. With over seven years guiding experience - most of which have been spent rigging tarps, pitching tents and participating in overnight adventures - Bindi has worked with hundreds of people of all ages, capabilities and experience.

Humble beyond belief and a lover of bees, Bindi has hiked extensively throughout the touristy and remote regions of the Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains areas.

If she’s not in her boots, Bindi is on a mountain bike, downhill racing. (Yep, that’s the crazy type of racing!) Fun fact: she’s been the Australian National Champion five times. We know, she’s pretty impressive.

Bindi loves a challenge, especially one that allows her to help women navigate through the bush. A former chef, she’ll whip you up on of the best meals you’ve ever tasted on a trip and you’ll be left talking about her desserts for days.

Trip leader

Molly Bright

Molly is one of those people who is always out there helping others. A lover of trail running, ultra-marathons and her beyond-cute dog Ed, Molly lives and breathes our community values. A natural guide, Molly is passionate about helping women spend more time in nature and exploring new places and landscapes.

She’s an avid hiker, having completed trails in the Blue Mountains, Northern Sydney, Tasmania and beyond, and she most recently completed a long-term goal of hers to hike across America with her partner Zacc. They took

on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada – it’s over 4000 kilometers long! Safe to say, she’s got tips and tricks galore for overnight hiking.

During the week, Molly works as a speech pathologist but on weekends, she’s got her hiking boots on and is out there guiding for Women Want Adventure. She loves nothing more than helping women step out of their comfort zones and experience new things.

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