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Close Encounters | Snake Education

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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.  Understanding what to do in the chance encounter, and how to overcome the fear in the moment is something that every hiker should be able to do when out on the trails.

In this special edition educational experience, The Hike Collective in collaboration with snake expert Bob Cooper, offer our guests the opportunity to feel more comfortable with hiking through the warmer months, as we endeavour to increase awareness and familiarisation with these slithering wonders.

This 3 hour workshop will provide you with knowledge on:

  • Psychology of Fear
  • Snakes attitudes and behaviours
  • Avoidance and appropriate PPE
  • Snake bite treatment considerations
  • First Aid Treatment – practice session
  • Emergency evacuation
  • View live venomous snakes
  • Interaction with friendly pythons ….. if participant chooses

For over 30 years Bob Cooper has honed his survival skills by learning from many traditional cultures. His experiences include living for extended periods with Aboriginal people in our Western Desert, sharing bushcraft abilities with the Bushmen of the Kalahari in Botswana also with the Lakota Sioux Indians in Dakota and 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 encounter with arguably the worlds best in snake education
  • View live venomous snakes 
  • Interact with friendly pythons

What To Bring

  • Enclosed shoes
  • Water bottle (at least 1L)
  • Sun protection and hat

Tour Location

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Comments From Our Guests

  • Najmajima Abdulmajidshatir Ahmedshikely Avatar
    Najmajima Abdulmajidshatir Ahmedshikely
    positive review 
    25 Feb 2019 - Facebook

    I Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Kate and Maxine for being so patient and supportive on... read more

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    Joanna M N Clark
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    28 Sep 2020 - Facebook

    Had the most amazing experience on Rottnest Glamping with Kate and Kelly, very knowledgeable about the islands history and well... read more

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    5 star rating
    17 Jan 2020 - TripAdvisor

    I went on a hike at araluen with the hike collective. It was a great experience and would definitely join... read more

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    5 star rating
    29 Sep 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Great walk to the top of Mt Cooke with a lovely bunch of like minded people. All abilities catered for,... read more

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    Gina Mais
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    31 Aug 2020 - Facebook

    Had a lovely time with Kate on the Mason & Bird Heritage Hike. You don't know what is out there... read more

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    5 star rating
    20 Jun 2020 - TripAdvisor

    I joined the small group on the Mason and Bird Loop hike this morning. What a surprise! Fantastic... read more

Additional Information

Toilets available at your start point.
We are meeting at the Chidlow town hall, before carpooling ( to reduce numbers of cars into the bush camp) the short 5 minute drive to the snake encounter.
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.
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