A breast cancer survivor, a mother of four, a grandmother of three, a keen walker, and a mighty explorer, Julie Towner shares with us her favourite hikes and explains why being a Wild Woman has transformed her life.
If you ‘Google’ Bucket List hikes, you’ll get a list of some of the world’s most famous walking trails. From the Inca Trail to Everest Base Camp, the Appalachian Trail to Mt Kilimanjaro, they’re iconic.
But what about those off-the-beaten-track kind of adventures that often go under the radar? They’re usually quieter, more remote, and often more beautiful than their overly touristy counterparts.
We asked the Wild Women team to share their favourite adventure, to bring you 20 experiences you absolutely need to add to your bucket list.
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.
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.