About Us

 

Wise Women Walking Club Inc has the following objectives:

 

To encourage and promote all forms of walking to improve mental, physical and emotional health

To recognise the intent and align with Big Heart Adventures for the provision, administration and sustainable resourcing of walking programs

To promote a friendly and safe environment for the benefit of all members

Conduct, encourage, promote, advance and administer safe and inclusive walking events led by women to encourage the participation of all women of varying ages, genders, ethnicities, fitness levels and capabilities

 

Meet your Committee

 

Natasha Hancock

 

Here is a photo of me on Mt Batur, Bali.

We started hiking about 3.30am and it was uphill the whole way, no respite! The sunrise and view from the top was spectacular. The hike back down was steep in parts, but it was nice to see the forests and farmland that we had walked through in the dark.

I have been a member of WWW since 2020. I enjoy any walks that have beach/coastal views or farmland, bonus if I see cows. I don’t have one favourite walk but have in the past really enjoyed the challenge of Deep Creek Circuit and the pretty Heysen sections around Tanunda & Kapunda with fields of canola and vineyards. I also really enjoyed the Overnight Hike for Beginners in Kuitpo that I did in 2021. I live close to Morialta and do a lot of walking on the many different trails throughout the park. Later this year I am walking the Portuguese Camino on my own - something I didn’t think I would ever have the courage to do before joining WWW.

 

Nada Blachly

 

My favourite walk in Adelaide is Chambers Gully.  I love it because there's a good balance of trails so you get to enjoy the surrounds and also feel like you've done a decent walk at the end of it.  There are lots of birds and creatures on the trail if you take the time to stop and listen. Plus an amazing view of the Adelaide plains from the top.

Outside of Adelaide, I would say my walk in Tasmania on the Tassie Trifecta last year was my favourite.  The walking trails are well maintained and there's a breathtaking view around every corner.  I felt like I was immersed in nature and surrounded by ruggedness and beauty every step of the way.

Editor note: Nada is our Wise Women Walking Club treasurer.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Murphy

 

Hi I am Lisa and I founded Wise Women Walking while creating walking and travelling experiences for women within our travel business Big Heart Adventures.  Over time this evolved and outgrew itself needing its own identity - now the Wise Women Walking program is part of a not for profit walking club and I am proud to see this program become more accessible to women who would otherwise miss out on the benefits walking in a group brings. 

I love being in nature and on the trails, it is truly my happy place and sharing with other like-minded women is where I learn the most.  About life, the world and myself.   I love dogs, belly laughing, surfing and spotting fungi.  Walking helps my mental health and while I wear a few work hats as a leader, travel agent and support worker, one of the most rewarding is leading Nature Therapy and Forest Bathing sessions.

 

 

 

Kylie Beer

 

Kylie is a walk leader for Big Heart Adventures and many of you would have seen her warm and welcoming smile.

 

This photo is Kylie at Camino Primitivo. About this photo, Kylie says, ‘definitely my favourite walk. I just love the friendships you form with fellow Peregrinos along the way.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherie Rothery

 

I am the chair person for Wise Women Walking Club, and a walk leader for Big Heart Adventures. Both roles bring me a great deal of joy and satisfaction. 

 

I love the outdoors, admiring creatures and hiking, particularly when there are super steep climbs! 

One of my most memorable experiences was hiking half the ‘Walk the Yorke’ as part of an adventure race called, ‘S.O.S. – Sink of Survive’, with my team-mate doing the other half. We started at Port Wakefield and had to switch at every town/section across a period of seven days until we ended up at Moonta Bay. The photo is me coming through Cape Elizabeth on my way to Port Hughes.

 

 

Kirstie Hawes

 

Kirstie is the Wise Women Walking Club secretary and also a walk leader for Big Heart Adventures.  Kirstie’s comment on this photo of her:

 

‘I'm standing on the summit of Mt Hotham in the Victorian Alps; I spent a couple of weeks here last year exploring the walking trails.

I particularly loved it as I was lucky enough to have two of my very favourite walking environments, mountains and snow pre-Winter.’

 

 

 

 

Michele Williams

 

Here’s me finishing the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria last October: a brilliant 7-day hike that winds its way along beaches, over cliff tops and through rainforest from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles.

 

I just love a good coastal walk – must be the Pisces in me!

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry Strugnell

 

I am passionate about wellbeing and connecting with nature in any way possible and through a friend I joined WWW four years ago.    

I enjoy being outdoors, travelling, socialising, working with children and community and promoting walking to colleagues and friends for stress release and enjoyment.   I love the philosophy of WWW and the sisterhood of walking together and supporting each other as women.

My goal is to keep walking, exercising and being active until the day I am no longer able too!

 

Kristen Willson

 

I have always loved being active outdoors. I am also passionate about preventative healthcare and the benefits that time spent outdoors has on both our physical and mental wellbeing. I am so excited to now have the opportunity to be able to support others to get out on the trails, both as a leader with Big Heart Adventures and working behind the scenes on the WWW committee.  This photo was taken at Birendra Lake on my most recent trip to Nepal. Not only was the scenery stunning, but it was the most magical crisp day, with snow lightly falling and not a breath of wind. I felt like I was inside a snow globe!