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Prepared Not Scared | A Snake Education Experience

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3 Hrs





Tour Type

Small Group

Tour Overview

Living and hiking through Australian bushland comes with its own risks.  One of the major ones, is snake encounters.

Knowledge is power, so understanding what to do in the chance encounter can help you overcome your manmade fear of snakes and feel more comfortable on the trail. We enlist Bob Cooper, a survival expert with 30 years experience helping people from around the globe, to hold our hand and guide us through everything we need to know to be snake aware.

In this special edition educational experience, The Hike Collective is empowering our guests to feel more comfortable with hiking through the warmer months – snake season – as we endeavour to make the trails less scary and remove the fears that may be holding you back.

This 3 hour workshop will provide you with knowledge on:

  • Psychology of Fear
  • Snakes attitudes and behaviours
  • Avoidance techniques and appropriate PPE
  • Snake bite treatments and First Aid practice
  • Emergency evacuation
  • View live venomous snakes
  • Interaction with friendly pythons… if participant chooses

For more than 30 years Bob Cooper has honed his survival skills by learning from many traditional cultures. We learn from his experiences, which included living for extended periods with Aboriginal people in our Western Desert, sharing bushcraft abilities with the Bushmen of the Kalahari in Botswana and the Lakota Sioux Indians in Dakota, as well as jungle time with the Orang Asli people in Malaysia.

His roles have included instructing the Special Forces Units, conducting survival courses throughout Australia, lecturing with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service on survival in the Mexican Desert and delivering wilderness lessons in the UK.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Fresh cold pressed juice on arrival
  • 3 hour educational experience with arguably the worlds best in snake education
  • View live venomous snakes (optional)
  • Interact with friendly pythons (optional)

What To Bring

  • Enclosed shoes
  • Water bottle (at least 1L)
  • Afternoon tea / snacks
  • Sun protection and hat

Tour Location

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Comments From Our Guests

  • Lesley Griffin Avatar
    Lesley Griffin
    positive review 
    27 May 2019 - Facebook

    Fabulously planned by experienced leaders... everything about the hike was just great.

    Karen Malone Avatar
    Karen Malone
    positive review 
    11 Jan 2020 - Facebook

    Variety of hikes to choose from with knowledgeable friendly staff.

  • Tammy Nicholson Avatar
    Tammy Nicholson
    positive review 
    07 Aug 2019 - Facebook

    I have attended hike training and have been on a couple of hikes and have enjoyed immensely. I would... read more

    Kim Clifton Avatar
    Kim Clifton
    positive review 
    18 Nov 2019 - Facebook

    Well put together, well managed and Kate is lovely.

  • Emma Boulter Avatar
    Emma Boulter
    17 Sep 2019 - Google

    I love being part of The Hike Collective. My first hike with The Hike Collective was just over two years... read more

    Terena Solomons Avatar
    Terena Solomons
    positive review 
    29 Oct 2019 - Facebook

    My friend and I recently joined the Hike Collective for a weekend away hiking to the top of Bluff Knoll.... read more

Additional Information

Toilets available at your workshop location.
We are meeting at the Chidlow town hall, before carpooling with organisers the short 5 minute drive to the workshop.
No-shows and cancellations received within 48 hours of hike departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

Cancellations within 2-7 days prior will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellations received over 7 days in advance will receive a full refund or credit towards another hike experience. Please note that Rezdy fees are non refundable. Guests can transfer their booking to a friend with no penalty but must advise The Hike Collective so we can forward all booking information to the new attendee.

If The Hike Collective cancels an event due to weather or danger in any way, your ticket will automatically be moved to the new date, or you will be eligible to transfer amounts paid to another tour or receive a full refund.
If you are fearful of snakes, and want to overcome this, or are unsure what your capacity will be like on the day, then this is the perfect experience for you.
To ease your concerns let us answer some FAQ's here:
- Will we see snakes straight away?
Snakes will not come out until the end, so no stress to get involved with them at all!
- What if I don't want to participate in any handling?
Handling is completely optional, and you can choose to be as involved as you wish.
- How big are the snakes?
There is a variety of small friendly non-venomous pythons (honey is our favourite!) that will be in close proximity to us (optional). There will also be a display of some venomous snakes, under strict control by trained snake handler, Bob Cooper. You will not come close to these snakes at all, and it is a controlled environment.
If you have any other questions, please let us know.
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