Di Westaway

Di Westaway is the Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top and Coastrek. She is a global leader and award-winning woman of influence who has inspired more than 25,000 people off the couch through shared hiking adventures, while raising over $20 million for charity and helping women lead adventurous lives they love.

She does work she loves with people she loves the way she loves and she’s keen to help families, friends and workers do the same.

When she’s not freaking us out by doing handstands on knife-edge summits, Di leads her team on a mission to connect, inspire and empower each other and our community.

She is passionate about motivating women to lead adventurous lives they love, creating pleasure, power and productivity from hiking adventures.

Di is an adventure coach, mother, motivational speaker, 2017 NSW Telstra Business Women's Awards Finalist, 2016 AFR/Westpac 100 Woman of Influence, world-record holder and author of Natural Exhilaration and How to Prepare for World Class Treks.

She is also a columnist for Great Walks Magazine and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Brisbane Times, The Canberra Times, HuffPost Australia, Mamamia, Essential Kids, The CEO Magazine Australia, The Hoopla, Thrive Global and AG Outdoor.

She has climbed many extreme altitude peaks and holds the record for the world’s highest handstand on Mt Ama Dablam, 6,982m, Nepal.

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What’s your role in the WWOT team? 

I am the luckiest duck becauseI get to be the Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) at Wild Women On Top. That means I lead the strategic planning for both business and adventure, which I love. I also lead our awesome team to help them be the best they can be at inspiring and empowering women to lead adventurous lives they love. 

What is your favourite thing about the WWOT community?

My favourite thing is seeing the smiles on the faces of women when they immerse themselves in nature’s challenges and discover that they are capable of far more than they ever imagined. That look of exhaustion combined with natural exhilaration that comes from overcoming fear and going wild. 

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

The top of my bucket list is to touch the lives of a million women to create a happier world through shared hiking adventures. I have bucket lists of bucket lists and live the dream by challenging myself with at least one super scary adventure and bunch of mini adventures every year. That’s what keeps me sane.  

Where will we find you on a Sunday morning?

I love Sunday mornings because I get to indulge in physical activity in nature. Most often you’ll find me dangling off a cliff, riding trails, sipping hot tea on a lookout or hiking hills with wonderful wild women at sunrise. 

What’s the wildest adventure you’ve ever been on?

My wildest adventure ever was doing the world’s highest handstand on Mt Ama Dablam 6,978m, in Nepal. It was by far the hardest and scariest. I only succeeded because I paid a porter to cart my gear, slept with the guide (he was my partner at the time), and got an sms from wild woman, Danae, on summit night that said “Toughen Up Princess”. Like all my wild adventures, it’s the team that matters.

What motto or mantra do you live by?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

 

Previous posts

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made it feel like the world has tilted on its axis.  Everything seems different now. In times of crisis, we usually come together with love. Now, we’re forced to stay apart for love.  Here's how I'm finding ways to cope.  In this scenario, nature remains one place where we can find a feeling of reconnection.
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Although I have made – and continue to make - many mistakes as a parent, I have given my daughter the gift of education. She has learned how to think for herself, express herself and communicate her needs with love and respect. She has been given the tools she needs to choose her own future, which is a gift denied to so many girls around the world.
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This summer Mother Nature has shown us her best and worst. She’s unleashed fires upon our parched lands and hail upon our parliament. She’s watered our wilderness, filled dams and flooded rivers. She’s also forced us to contemplate what we can all do to live and tread more gently upon her fragile flora, to protect our threatened fauna and to support a healthy, flourishing natural environment.
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In a culture that worships youthful looks, many of us think that physical weakness and decline is a natural part of ageing. But research shows that most age-related wilting is a result of lifestyle, not the number of candles on your cake.
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If, like me, you’re the kind of woman who prefers clifftop kisses to fancy lingerie on Valentine's Day, you’re in the right place.
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If you’re looking for some great ways to get out in nature this long weekend, look no further! These gorgeous day walks are the perfect summer activity – take the kids, friends, family or go by yourself for a solitary soak in nature’s playground.
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When the immediate emergency has passed and our beautiful homeland has stopped burning, we need to take some time to grieve, re-set ourselves and then begin to renew our goals, with a productive and positive mindset overlaid with the new filter of a climate changed world. Here are some ways to turn your guilt and sadness into positive action.
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Celebrating when such a huge environmental crisis is unfolding in Australia just hasn’t felt right. The pain of knowing how many homes, animals and forests have been destroyed has been intense. Seeing so many people in our communities struggling with the force of these fires has been deeply stressful and exhausting. Now it's time for us to pause and recognise the grief and pain which has marked the beginning of 2020.
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Skip the food court and make this delicious and nutritious salad in less time than it takes to walk to the shops. You'll love it. 
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By improving your lifestyle behaviours, many of the negative symptoms of mid-life can be managed or reversed, and you can turn a crisis into a fabulous opportunity for growth. Don't mind if we do! 
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Most of us don’t need science to tell us that grumpy, moody teens are happier when they get outside. But what’s causing these mood swings and how do we keep them swinging in the right direction?
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How do you feel about pooping into a zip-lock bag and carrying it in your backpack? What about digging a hole in the ground for your business? For many women, the thought of pooing anywhere other than a sparkling white porcelain bowl is enough to deter them from adventures. But don’t let this be you!
Fearlessness comes from facing fear frequently. Whenever you feel sad, bad, or mad you have an opportunity to change your mind.
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If you’re looking for glorious beaches, ancient rainforests, spectacular rock formations, astonishing waterfalls, crystal clear lagoons, vast sandstone escarpments and pristine natural wilderness, you can’t go past the fabulous walks of Queensland. Here are our favourites.
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Not all great recipes make great trail food. Over the past 20 years, with the help of our fabulous Wild Women Community, we’ve developed a few great snacks, treats and lunches to take on the trail.
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If you’re looking for an iconic mini-break adventure that’s full of delightful surprises, look no further than the Three Capes of Tassie. There are three different ways to experience this magnificent hike. We help you weigh up the option that will suit you best.
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If you think hiking breakfasts have to be boring, think again. This delicious pancake recipe is the perfect way to start a hiking adventure and it'll impress your hungry hiking buddies.
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Most people know walking is good for them. We feel it - in our bodies and in our brains. But could walking in nature actually help prevent and treat clinical depression? Our Founding Director and women's health expert Di Westaway took a look at the research to find out.
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These cookies are the most delicious choc chip cookies ever. They are best enjoyed with a cuppa on a clifftop after an awesome hike.
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Many of us live in a stressful world where we’re constantly rushing from one commitment to the next. And while a little stress can be good for motivation and productivity, chronic stress can cause disease. But there’s an antidote to this stress. It's simple, easy, quick and free. Here's how to make it a habit.

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