The Outback Adventure was perfect in so many ways. From the generosity and tolerance of 16 adventurous women who were relative strangers at the start, to Sue's expediant organisational skills, and to the ever-changing beauty of the outback scenery, made this an exceptional journey - physically and spiritually. There was just enough daily travelling, plenty of 'own space' if needed and always someone to have an adventure with. Every day was filled with laughter, as we reaped the benefits of fresh air, unwinding and being at ease with each other and of course being more than suitably fed and watered. Some of us more 'watered' than others. If you hadn't caught a dose of Sue's enthusiasm and drive during this adventure then you must have been asleep at the back of the bus for 9 days. With Sue doing all the co-ordinating I felt safe and assured that all I needed to do was enjoy myself. Camping out under the stars was a dream come true for a city-girl and I came away with hundreds of great memories, and new friends. 'Once in a lifetime' is a cliche I know, but it suitably describes this trip. Brilliant!
07/10/2011 Cathie Levent
In 2010, I joined Adventurous Women on its first ‘Sea Kayaking at Ninagloo Reef’ Event even though I had never tried sea kayaking before. I was amazed at how peaceful it was whilst kayaking out on the reef and saw lots of turtles. Drift snorkelling over the reef at Turquoise Bay was incredible and since we wore life jackets, even the inexperienced snorkeller felt completely at ease. I count myself lucky to have shared in this awesome camping trip with so many friendly fun loving ladies from which I have forged some wonderful friendships.
09/06/2011 Glennie Mevent
An escape from the routine of city life was what I needed. Five glorious days of sunshine, kayaking the crystal waters of Ningaloo Exmouth and connecting with an amazing group of Adventurous Women. My perfect 'back to nature' experience.' The dugongs, turtles and snorking - an added bonus
09/06/2011 Natarla Bevent
What an incredible experience!Had never rowed in my life - met some amazing women, worked my arms off and laughed along the way. Can't ask for more than that! GO for it - you will have some SERIOUS fun!
09/06/2011 ELizabeth Bevent
What a great weekend we had at the surf and cycle weekend.
We laughed, had fun, enjoyed meeting new ladies, and gave suport to each other in only the caring ways we ladies do.the mountain biking was so much fun. the guides had a great sence of humour and were realy informative.
Come on ladies, you know you want to do it, just go for it.
09/06/2011 Jennifer Wevent
My weekend experience in Mansfield was excellent. Our guide Shanee was an amazing lady who really did know her horses, people from beginners to advanced never missed any opportunity to ride to their level.
Shanee had so much knowledge to share and arranged nourishing meals on the weekend, I was really surprised of the cost for the weekend, the accommodation, food and horse riding was very cheap considering how much horse riding by itself is pretty expensive.
If people would love a bit of adventure and connect with the horses and land, I say do it!!
08/06/2011 Robyn Wevent
Arriving at night made waking up in the morning such an overwelming experience. The view from my level of the bungalow was totally mesmerising that I'd even grabbed the camera before opening the doors to the balcony.
The food every day was unbelievalbly refreshing (no can or packet items) that I purchased a mortar & pestel which will definitely be used in my unfrequently used kitchen. Karen puts her recipies up on the Sharing Bali FB page which I know some of us have already investigated and I'm sure have enjoyed the rewards of such meals.
The pampering of a few massages was definitely what the doctor ordered. Even after the traditional balinese massage, a couple of days later during my full body massage I'm sure some knots & issues were found. I was very excited to know I was going to enjoy a bike ride since I haven't been riding for some time here but to know I was in a different country and roaming around on 2 wheels cycle style I was in heaven. Even the extra 10kms were thoroughly enjoyed and glad Maryanne joined me and was a legand on her own bike!! The yoga made me realise I need to get my pilates DVD back into play and start toning up....hell worth it even if it got the better of me. Also the tips Gabbi gave some of my fellow AWs was absolutely encouraging and felt so postitive for them....even for me in my own way. As for the meditation.....WOW......it just blew me away considering I hadn't done it before. Whether it was the fact i was in a totally different place but was well & truly overwelmbed by the whole experience. The emotions were definitely brought ot the surface but all good though. But it will depend on where you are in your life and what experiences/challenges your going through. It was such an awesome experience.
On a personal note I'd like to thank Sue from the bottom of my heart for hosting such a wondering trip. As previous mentioned anyone leading a group of known & unknown travellers would have been worrying but as always things turned out just as planned. New friends, new adventures & in some cases the start of new travel experiences was well worth the week spent in Ubud and the extra night in Legian. Oh and I never suffered Bali belly or was asked if my hair could be plaited!!
THANKS MISS SUE.....YOU'RE AN AWESOME LEADER & YOU'RE ALL THAT AW STANDS FOR!!
07/06/2011 Vanessa Aevent
Fun, challenging, AWESOME! I am amazed at the activities I took part in, despite the fear, on this weekend away with Adventurous Women. Surrounded by a wonderfully supportive bunch of ladies, I abseiled down cliffs, climbed rockfaces and crawled through caves! My expectations were greatly exceeded and I am looking forward to my next adventure
Thank you AW!
01/06/2011 Kim Revent
What ended up starting out with an accidental sleep in followed by a rush to make sure I had everything I needed was only the start of a great week and road trip ahead. Arriving at the Rivergods depot as planned, all the gear was packed into the kayak trailor and our luggage and us ladies into the 11 seater bus we then headed towards Exmouth.
Along the way I could feel it getting warmer so the cold of Perth became a distant memory. Having to make the usual pit stops along the way it was decided to camp overnight just outside of Canarvon to rejuvenate and obviously avoid running into any of the local wildlife along the way. Another early morning upon us and we were back on the road only to arrive in Exmouth just in time for lunch. After replenishing supplies we made our way out to the beach where we would spend the next week in the outdoors.
The week was filled with kayaking around Yardie Creek and beaches stopping to check out the sites as well as well earned morning snacks and lunches (I'm sorry Fee for polishing off half a can of baked beans). For some that preferred to take a break from the kayaking mid week a hiking trip was on the agenda. Even though there were surprises along the way 1 member in particular overcame some difficult terraine & obstacles only to come out the other end knowing she had accomplished something she never thought she'd make through with her fellow AWs there to share in such a feat and who were extremely proud of her.
I would have to say snorkeling the coral reef was the highlight of the trip for me. Apart from surfacing every now and again to check I was still within the safety zone I could have stayed down there swimming with the ocean life for hours. Turquoise Bay was as blues and the pictures showed and the sun as warm as a awesome summers day. To know such a place existed in our backyard and I was there enjoying every minute was such a fantastic feeling. The nights around the campsite were filled with fun, laughter, stories, games and of course a late night walk to see what we could find or what wildlife was watching us with much interets. All of us lent a hand to Jorien and Shaun preparing the meals and general campsite chores which really didn't feel like work at all.
Most ladies on the trip I knew but got to know more outside of our normal day to day lives and of course as always got to meet some newbies! Even though only a week and a great week at that you definitely felt like you had a holiday and of course an adventure. After dropping off the trailor in storage for the next group we started our almost non-stop journey back to Perth (arriving ahead of schedule) and boy I was glad to be back home. Camping is an absolute hoot no matter where you are but you can't beat the enjoyment of that first shower when home. I definitely slept well that night!!
01/06/2010 Ness Aevent
Fantastic weekend with a bunch of lovely AW women who were all there to enjoy themselves and have some fun. Even the traffic hold ups were a bit of a hoot!!
01/01/1970 Diana Nevent
Great- lots of fun
01/01/1970 Sheree Mevent
Lovely weekend with lovely ladies. I loved hiking through the Dwellingup area, great bush to explore, feeling like I was a million miles from home yet its on our doorstep from Perth. We were also blessed with wonderful weather. A great choice for a short break. A very big thanks to our lovely guide Jazz who made it possible for us to enjoy our 2 days walking knowing we were in safe hands and would actually find our way back. To Sue a big thank you - once again showing her expert organizational skills (& yummy food Sue provides on tour). Very much appreciated. So glad I joined Adventurous Women.
01/01/1970 Terri Levent
I don’t like Adventurous Women – I LOVE them!! Just experienced my first AW adventure over the weekend, on their Forest Therapy short break down in Dwellingup. From the get-go, I knew I was in good hands. On the first morning, I approached Sue and Jazzy, who were both wearing their orange AW get-ups, and met up with the other ladies in the group at the Blue Wren Café, which was the designated meeting spot. I was a bit nervous, as I was there on my own, but I need not have worried – Everyone was so incredibly lovely! The whole trip was well-organised and a lot of fun. There were many laughs and great memories made (if Jazzy is your tour guide, get her to tell you the Bob The Builder joke…)This was a great taster for bigger and longer AW trips, which I wouldn’t hesitate to book if time permitted (The 13-day Pilbara & Ningaloo Reef Happy Camper Adventure Tour is on my bucket list). I cannot recommend AW more highly.
01/01/1970 N. vdBevent
Another fantastic adventure. Was so much fun, met some wonderful ladies and caught up with friends. As always everything was well planned and arranged. I love the fact that all I have to do is rock up and have fun - all the hard work is done by Sue and her Team. Couldn't recommend Adventurous Women enough.
01/01/1970 Donelle Cevent