The Hike Collective is for anyone in Perth looking for a safe space to explore the rugged beauty of Western Australia. We empower wellbeing and discovery through movement, connection, and nature, providing unique and inclusive trail experiences. Unlike old-school tour companies, we maximise access to the local hidden gems through endless possibilities to explore.
The Hike Collective came about through a small idea and a big heart. Founder and owner, Kate Gibson, wanted to create a community for hike enthusiasts, beginners and dreamers, to enjoy and experience the best hiking trails that Perth had to offer while embracing movement, connection, and nature. Our experiences are designed to be engaging, explorative, experiential, and entertaining, and they leave our guests feeling safe, and relaxed after exploring Western Australia’s most incredible natural assets.
At the heart of our hiking experiences is our team of passionate and high quality guides, who care deeply about the guest experience, and the places they are sharing with their guests.
Movement Matters. We believe in movement’s transformative power to boost mental and physical health, engender respect for ourselves and our surroundings, and create and strengthen a sense of community. We believe in uniting a diverse hiking community from around the world through connection to self, nature and others.
Connection creates community. We unite a diverse hiking community through connection. Through group hiking experiences, we believe that we can promote connection with self, nature, and others, and nurture an evolving hiking community.
Nature Must Be Nurtured. We protect the places that we love, and when we are directly engaged with our surroundings through hiking, it invites a deeper personal connection to the land. This leads to a greater commitment to care for the trails health and preservation. We strive to comply with environmental protection standards and principles of sustainable tourism as an Eco certified company.
Our mission is to provide a safe space to explore the rugged beauty of Western Australia while mobilising the power of movement, connection, and nature through unique, inclusive, and authentic hiking experiences and endless possibilities to explore.
Hiking trails in WA are an avenue for movement and connection, our pristine and diverse landscapes, flora and fauna are a source of enjoyment, and wellbeing, and we are able to increase access and awareness to hiking in the Perth Hills region highlighting it as an unforgettable and sustainable experience.
Kate started the Hike Collective in 2017 after noticing a gap in opportunity for people to get out into nature on the trails in a safe way and she has an unwavering love for the trails of Western Australia. Her background as a personal trainer and event manager prior to starting the Hike Collective has proven the perfect combination to bring the visions of THC to life. Living the “juggle Life’ , Kate has a toddler to keep her busy when she is not on the trails or getting creative in the office.
Anna has joined us all the way from the USA, where she worked as a park ranger for the National Park Service. With an MSc in Environmental Psychology focused on the health benefits of spending time outdoors, Anna brings a wealth of trail knowledge and know-how to her role as hike leader. She loves exploring the trails of WA and the diversity that they offer from the trails of America. When Anna isn’t guiding our guests along the trails, she can be found running them, as an avid trail runner.
Mariana joined The Hike Collective in 2017. Her love of hiking begun on the trails of East Europe, and has extended to the trails of Perth, where she is able to share her joy of being in the nature. On the trails, she likes taking the hikers out of their comfort zone, offering motivation and support with a never ending smile. As a finance professional Monday to Friday, she loves the balance that hiking brings to her life, and when hiking is paired with boxing, running and coffee, she is living her best life!
Erin joined The Hike Collective in 2019 with a lifelong love of hiking and the outdoors. Being out on the trails has helped develop a love of wildflowers and the Australian bush, while building her confidence in public speaking and knowledge of local Australian history and wildlife. Erin is fully on board with the ‘Movement Connection Nature’ philosophy of The Hike Collective and is a strong believer in the power of nature to benefit mental health. In her spare time Erin keeps busy as a Girl Guide leader for a local Girl Guide unit, and looking after her three daughters.
Mike is one of a kind. This goofy, playful, unsuspecting Irishman is one of the most determined, supportive, and patient people we have ever met. Joining The Hike Collective in 2020 after a birthday hike re-ignited his passion for nature and his deep love for connection to land and people, this deeply grounded guy loves nurturing his body and mind, filling his cup with movement and nature after a motorcycle accident left him with spinal injuries and a new hip. There’s no stopping this powerhouse! A strong advocate for cultivating mental and men’s health, you’ll likely find him in the hills of Kalamunda, Mundaring & John Forrest; “leading from within the pack” or ensuring we leave no one behind as an amazing Tail End Charlie.
As fate may have it Bronwen joined as a guest on a Lesmurdie Falls hike back in 2018 and from then on she hasn’t looked back. “I love what a new trail has to offer for me personally. The connection to nature itself and the warm “fuzzy” feeling that comes with it.” She has a fascination and deep interest in flora, fauna and history of our trails in WA, and loves sharing this knowledge with guests.
Hiking helps Dani connect with nature, calm her mind, and energise her soul. She loves to explore the Perth hills, beaches, and trails and share the best that Perth has to offer on tour. ” It is so amazing to be part of a community and team through The Hike Collective with such purpose and drive.”
Carly joined The Hike Collective as a guest in 2019 and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys getting to know the guests and taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Working full time she embraces the opportunity to get out of the office and on the trails saying “Every hike delivers something unique and exciting to experience and explore.” Her favourite hikes include sunsets and waterfalls or anything on the Darling Range section of the Bibbulmun Track.
Movement and brain health are inherently interconnected, and research suggests that physical exercise is just as beneficial for the brain as it is for the body. While the brain is the control center for the body, the body also directly impacts the functionality and health of the brain. Engaging in movement can reduce anxiety and depression, improve mood, boost self-esteem, minimise stress, and enhance cognitive functioning.
Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. Lack of social connection is a detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. Social connectedness therefore generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being.
A Stanford-led study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. Specifically, the study found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to people who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.
A growing body of evidence demonstrates that direct exposure to nature is essential for our psychological, emotional and physical health (Jordan & Hinds, 2016). In particular, therapeutic approaches that engage natural environments and are focussed on mindful awareness in nature, and building meaningful connections with nature, have shown good outcomes for individuals struggling with anxiety and stress symptoms (Mood Walks, 2015; White, 2012).
We believe that through creating a safe and inclusive foundation for hiking, we can help reduce the percentage of Australians suffering from mental illnesses. By providing hiking experiences that foster community and movement in nature, and encouraging hikers to participate in an environmentally sustainable and low impact activity to protect our trails, we can empower more people to take control of their lives, belong to something special, find an inner sparkle, and enhance their mental health.
The Hike Collective understands the importance of impact, and partnering with organisations who share the same vision as us allows us to reach more hikers, and have a stronger impact. We have made a commitment to partner with the following organisations who are also dedicated to addressing environmental issues, or creating a mentally healthier WA.
We believe that our environment is changing and deteriorating and it is a priority to us to provide an environmentally sustainable experience. The Hike Collective is committed to the use and purchase of environmentally and socially responsible materials, products and services. We believe that we can make a sustainable difference.
The Hike Collective believes that education is important for increasing awareness about where our environmental positioning is at the moment and the role ecotourism can play in achieving sustainability. We are committed to educating our guests on the threats and impacts to the environment in which we operate, and provide best practices to help mitigate the threats and impacts.
The Hike Collective acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we hike. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. The Hike Collective is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.
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