Deanna Adams has experienced mental health issues for some time. But when her mum was diagnosed with leukemia late last year, her depression turned particularly nasty. A friend picked up on her decline and insisted she get out of the house. The pair decided to go for a walk and picked out the iconic Spit to Manly trail. Deanna found walking and chatting to her friend on the trail helped take her mind off her troubles and the heartbreaking hospital visits. She remembers looking out at the ocean and feeling happy.
After joining Wild Women, Deanna found hiking with women gave her the tools she needed to kick her depression to the curb. For the first time in years, Deanna is excited about life and opening her eyes every day.
She is living proof that hiking is a woman's best medicine.
Philio Georgiades went to bed just like she did every night. Nothing was different or out of the ordinary. The next morning, she woke up completely blind. It was the scariest time of her life. Philio couldn't see shapes or shades or shadows. She couldn't make out figures. And she couldn't see the faces of her husband or her children. After a month of waiting, in complete darkness, Philio was told there was hope. She underwent surgery and the operation altered the course of her life. Now, she's on a mission to give back.
We're pretty lucky in Australia. As keen adventurers and hikers, we're spoiled for choice. Sometimes it's easy to forget we're home to some of the world's most beautiful natural wonders. Life-changing trips are right at our doorstep, ones that don't require a passport or hours on a plane. And they're perfect micro adventures for a girl's weekend away.
If you're from Queensland, or you're hoping to explore the Sunshine state, there are hundreds of trails to try. We've asked our coaches and you - our Wild Women - to share your favourite hikes in Queensland with us. Here are the eight weekend walks that get the Wild Women tick of approval.
Experience magnificent scenery and wildlife on this truly stunning trekking adventure. On this diverse and rewarding itinerary you’ll discover the Flinders Island’s extraordinary beauty and rugged wilderness with a team of supportive and empowering women.
The Jatbula Trail in the Nitmiluk National Park features magnificent waterfalls that tumble from high quartzite cliffs, shady monsoon forests that line the creeks and stunning Jawoyn Aboriginal rock art that adorns the caves and overhangs. With numerous swimming holes along the way and star filled night skies, this trip is not to be missed!