Tracy is the founder and lead guide for Off The Beaten Track WA and has a huge passion for getting people outdoors!
Tracy’s background is in marketing and events and loves being creative with nature and trails to bring you unique hiking experiences.
Tracy loves the energy of the Stirling Ranges, the coastline of the Cape to Cape track and the mammoth Karri trees in Pemberton. But nothing beats exploring in her own backyard, with her favourite Perth trails being Kitty’s Gorge and Mt Cooke.
Tracy and Andrew recently completed 8 days hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania. The rugged mountainous terrain was incredibly scenic, challenging but totally amazing!
“My favourite adventures have been my Cape to Cape end to end in Dec 2018, The Grampians Peaks trail in June 2019, the very recent Stirling Ridge Walk in Sept 2019 and of course Overland Track Tasmania in December 2019 – all of which have been alongside my amazing partner Andrew. The Ridge really tested me but I loved that sense of achievement from conquering WA’s most extreme hike!”
Andrew has been with OTBT from the very start as Tail End Charlie and now Leads some of his favourite Western Australian trails such as the Cape to Cape Track!
Andrew is incredibly talented at the technical, artistic and lighting stuff and utilises these skills by bringing the WOW to OTBT events.
Andrew has always loved the outdoors and spent his 20s cycling through many UK hillsides. After arriving in WA, his love of road cycling morphed to a passion for mountain biking, hiking and camping.
His sense of adventure has led Andrew to Mt Snowden and the Black Mountains in Wales, the Grampians in Victoria, Cape to Cape, Overland Track in Tasmania and the Stirling Ranges here in Western Australia.
He will soon be adding some Karajini trails to his long list of hiking achievements or rather crossing it off his long bucket list of hiking goals!
Aubrey first developed her fervor for the outdoors as a child, roaming the trails and mountains of Upstate New York with her family, and into her teen years with friends and colleagues.
In her first 4 years as an outdoor adventure guide at a kids summer camp, she began to see the wonderful benefits of bringing people together to immerse in nature.
After moving to WA, she has wandered many of the wonderful trails along WA’s coastline and camped in the beautiful parks of the stunning and serene Aussie bush.
Aubrey truly believes that the best experiences in life come from exploring together outside and she’s loves sharing her knowledge and passion of outdoor recreation, yoga and meditation with Off the Beaten Track WA.
At the age of 23 Lou went overseas, and conquered Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This hike really wet her appetite for overnight hikes.
Since then some of her biggest achievements have been:- Kepler Track (NZ), Thorsborne Trail (Qld), The Overland Track (Tas), The Teton Crest Trail (Rocky Mountains – USA).
She really enjoys spending any free time exploring the Perth Hills and the WA South West Region and loves meeting new people on hikes with Off The Beaten Track WA.
“I absolutely love the Stirling Ranges and have hiked most of the peaks with my three small children. My husband and I have just returned from an end to end on the Cape to Cape Track and it was just spectacular!”
Lou has been with the team since 2018 and now is leading groups on her favourite WA trail – the Cape to Cape track in the South West Region!
Born and raised in the gravel and gums of WA’s beautiful Perth Hills, Claire is a nature lover and adventurous spirit.
Claire enjoys exploring the worlds natural landscapes either by foot or by packing up her lunch and hopping on a bike for a peddling style adventure!
Some of her favourite adventures so far include hiking the Cape to Cape Track and The Murchison River in Kalbarri, as well as cycling The Ring of Kerry in Ireland.
Claire has a background in sport and a passion for all things movement and physical activity, especially when it comes to hitting the dance floor!
When she is not hiking with the team at Off The Beaten Track WA, Claire is also yoga teacher and enjoys combining her love of mindful movement and meditation with nature.
She finds that the best medicine for calming the mind is to head into a forest with some yummy snacks and find a nice big rock to sit on and ponder life!
Scott, otherwise known as “Mountain Man” is most at home in nature and in particularly the Stirling Range.
Over the past 20 years Scott has ventured up on the the Stirling Ridge walk over 30 times and most recently guided Tracy & Andrew up there for one epic adventure!
When he isn’t Guiding for OTBT he enjoys climbing in the Porongurups and at Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs.
With a military background, Scott brings with him amazing knowledge of emergency procedures and communications which are an asset to the team.
Don’t let the dreadlock fool you – Scott is a gentle soul who can often be found meditating by a flowing stream or on a granite outcrop, being at one with nature!
Originally from Kojonup, Paul grew up on the south coast in Albany which was the perfect backyard for his adventurous spirit. Moving to Perth to study, he was soon actively involved in the university outdoor club where he explored all over Western Australia doing multi day bushwalks, white water kayaking, rock climbing, caving, and cycling.
After crewing on a square rigger through the Pacific Islands, Paul decided there was a big wide world to be explored so spent the next 5 five years backpacking through nearly sixty countries. If there was a trail to discover, he went walking, including multi day treks in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Northern Thailand (Golden Triangle), China and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!
Back home, Paul has walked both the Bibbulmun Track and the Cape to Cape Track end to end, and has also done his favourite hike, the Stirling Range Ridge Walk, twelve times. His favourite day walks are the Bald Head Trail in Torndirrup NP and the Coastal Trail in Cape Le Grande NP.
Paul has had a long involvement in a wide variety of outdoor activities in WA. As an OTBT Guide he loves sharing his passion for the natural places and beauty, the unique animals and plants, and the indigenous culture of this this amazing, ancient land.
Sarah grew up in the Adelaide Hills, roaming the bush and riding horses on weekends which gave her a huge love for the outdoors! As a family they spent holidays camping and hiking from the Flinders Ranges to Kangaroo Island, the Grampians in Victoria, and the Coorong, just to name a few.
As an adult, Sarah has continued that journey, having completed many multi-day hikes in Australia and New Zealand. “I can’t even pick a favourite, they have all given me so much. My biggest challenge was undoubtedly the Stirling Range Ridge Walk! The terrain, the navigation, water issues were difficult but rewarded with views and scenes beyond my expectations.“
Like most of us, she has an endless ‘bucket list’ of hikes including completing sectional end to end of the Bibbulmun, Murchison Gorge, the Overland, more Great Walks in New Zealand, The Mont Blanc Circuit and GR10 in France.
Sarah’s background is as a practising Physiotherapist where she spends much of her time encouraging people to get active in the outdoors. “Bush Walking ticks lots of boxes for recovery from all sorts of problems.”
Sarah lives in the Perth hills with her husband, daughter and dogs, Molly and Max and loves nothing better than stepping out her door into the bush!
Meet Mikey, he was Born and raised in Perth WA, and has a strong connection to the Australian bush and country built from many years travelling around Australia as a child. “I’ve always felt such a strong and calming connection while being out in the Aussie bush, as far back as I can remember I’ve always had this need to adventure, be it going caving, climbing a mountain or hiking to very isolated locations just to see what’s there!!”
Mikey has just recently completed the Cape to Cape end to end however his most prized hiking achievement is hiking a 100km stretch of the Murchison River through the Kalbarri cliffs and gorges. This was one of his scariest and daunting hikes to date, but also one of the most exciting and liberating moments of his life. “Being out there was the most isolated I have ever felt, knowing there is no one around you for km’s on end and also knowing that once your in there, in the gorge, the only way out is through, was pretty challenging to wrap my head around, but also made me much more of a stronger person and it’s why I do what I do and why I will continue doing it”
His favourite local hikes are Ellis Brook Valley, and Kitty’s Gorge in winter and can often be found chilling out and meditating by a stream or catching a sunset from the top of 60ft falls. He also enjoys snorkelling and kayaking especially around Penguin Island and Point Peron. Even though he is a Perth local Mikey feels most at home down south in the forests in Walpole and Denmark surrounded by the giant Tingle trees and finds this area to be one of the most spiritual places in WA to recharge and unwind.
One of Mikey’s dreams for the future is to teach outdoor recreation to teenagers, which is something he wishes he had access to as a young teenager “being a teenager was pretty tough for me, if I had something like outdoor recreation to do in school it may have made it easier as not all kids that age are interested in the generic schooling activities. I’d love to give kids that may not have interests in the ‘normal’ school things but might be keen to go on a hike, a fair go.
Mikey cant wait to show you all the beauty WA bush has to offer.
Heidi’s passion for hiking/trekking and climbing mountains commenced at the age of 19 when with her Mother she climbed New Zealand’s Mt Ruapheu.
The last 14 years Heidi has spent most holidays pursuing many of the world’s multi day treks with her husband as well as some high altitude mountaineering. with epic feats such as Milford Track, Inca Trail Machu Pichu, Mont Blanc Summit and Overland Track to name a few, Heidi is well versed in adventurer!
It is fair to say Heidi loves the spirit and energy that comes from immersing oneself in nature and is passionate about sharing with others the healing and calming effects of our great outdoors.
With a big bubbly personality, caring nature and love for the outdoors, Heidi is a great asset to the team and we know you’ll love having a chat to her along the trails!
From a young age, Maddie had a passion for the great outdoors. Many school holidays were spent at adventurous WA locations – Ningaloo, Karijini National Park, and Rottnest Island, which only fuelled her adventurous passion further. Coupled with an excitement for learning about the natural environment, Maddie studied Coastal and Marine Science at university.
These studied led her to some remote, yet amazing, locations including camping on the uninhabited Delambre Island while monitoring nesting sea turtles, living and working in the Kimberleys on a pearl farm 200km north of Broome and monitoring nesting sea turtles while based in Exmouth.
In the winter months, Maddie enjoys hitting the trails with the Numbat Trail at Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary being one of her favourites. In the summer months, you can find Maddie at the beach – snorkelling, scuba diving or surfing.
Keen to share her outdoorsy passion with others, Maddie is currently studying a Cert III in Outdoor Leadership.
Born and raised in the deep south of New Zealand, Jenny spent many hours sitting on the banks of the local rivers fishing for brown trout or wandering around the well-known hiking areas such as Fiordland, Milford Sound and the Catlins. This developed her passion for the environment and the foundation for her love of hiking and nature.
Moving to Perth in her late 20’s Jenny has completed numerous well-known trails in and around Perth and the Southwest. She completed the Cape to Cape earlier this year and recently a number trails in and around the Stirling Ranges and Porongurups. She described Talyuberlup Peak at sunrise as a hike that is well underrated!
Jenny spends her downtime working on restoring old classic cars or is found wandering around the trails in the hills east of Perth. Jenny has a bucket list of completing as many trails as she can, this combined with a vision of completing Everest Base camp in 2025.
Jenny brings a whole lot of passion, enthusiasm and an eagle eye for photography to the team and we know you’ll love her as much as we do!
Moving from the UK to WA in 2007 was a huge life changing event for Lorry. She went from policing on the streets of London to the quiet lifestyle South of Perth. “I had always had a love of the great outdoors and Australia has given me the opportunity to live my best life. Always craving adventure and new challenges, I have competed in many sports including Soccer, Hockey, Swimming, Running and Surf Lifesaving events.”
Lorry has competed in many trail races throughout the Perth Hills, Darling Ranges, and Southern Forests but really became hooked on hiking after training for the 2019 Anzac Kokoda Trek in PNG, where she did lots of solo hiking through Mundaring, Jarahdale and Dwellingup forests including the Bib Track!
“Little did I know that this training had actually ignited a passion in me for exploring more of WA and the desire to share these places with others.”
Over the past couple of years Lorry has enjoyed exploring the Stirling Range, Porongurups, Cape Le Grande, The West Macdonald Ranges (home to the Larapinta Trail), Kakadu National Park and the climax of Karijini, which did not disappoint! The pinnacle being the summit climb of Mount Meharry, in the Hammersley Range – the highest mountain in WA!
When Lorry is not on the trails, you can find her ocean swimming, biking, running or practicing Tai Chi.
Raised on a farm at spectacular Bremer Bay on WA’s south coast, Kirsten has a deep appreciation of the great outdoors and especially the State’s breathtaking beaches and hiking trails.
As an avid camper and adventurer, together with her family Kirsten has travelled extensively across Australia and there’s not too many places in our great country she hasn’t seen, walked or hiked.
In WA, her the Stirling Ridge Walk tops her list of favourite hiking trails – so much so she managed two hikes across the top in 2021 – and she highly rates her 2020 Cape to Cape experience, as well as Karijini’s smorgasbord of offerings and one closer to home, Albany’s Bald Head trail.
When she’s not at work as a tail end Charlie with OTBT, you’ll find Kirsten hard at work storytelling in her corporate role, cooking up a storm and working it off with a walk and swim at Mullaloo Beach.
Kelly is OTBT’s Tour & Experience Coordinator.
For the last 15 years, Kelly has been working as a paramedic in remote areas, with some incredible adventures along the way.
She and her husband enjoy the outdoors, and have been involved in four wheel driving and rallying since they met, some 23 years ago.
Kelly became involved in hiking over the last couple of years, and her most amazing achievement to date was completing the iconic “Cape to Cape” track in September this year, with Off The Beaten Track WA. This led her to accept a very different challenge, in the position of Tour and Experience Coordinator with OTBT.
“I am about to embark on this new journey with an amazing team of people, and I am very honoured and excited to be coming on board! I look forward to meeting many of you in the very near future. Happy hiking!”
Born and raised in Canada a love of the outdoors came at a very young age for Tammy. As an athlete growing up playing and or competing in different sports led to the discovery that when participating in sports that were outside vs inside there was a real shift in well-being and energy. With a love of adventure and the opportunity to live in several parts of the country her outdoor explorations began whether it be in hiking boots, a kayak, on a bicycle or a zip line she was hooked.
“I love the feeling of being outside in nature, whether it be an ocean, a mountain or a hiking trail and I love to share and support that experience with other people.”
“Upon moving to Perth with a fear of snakes the energetic outgoing individual I was became anxious and isolated because I could no longer do what I loved.“ Recognition of the person she had become she made a pack to face those fears and discovered Off The Beaten Track WA in the process. Over time hiking with OTBT those fears reduced, and she has never looked back.
Hiking a multitude of trails in WA including Cape to Cape End to End!
“On this journey I have been fortunate to bring others along for the ride and the feeling I get when they say they never would have done this if I hadn’t brought them along gives me the greatest sense of self purpose. Joining the team at OTBT seemed to be the perfect step in this evolution. I really want to give back and pay it forward to others who may be struggling and show them that the outdoors is for everybody. I am still learning and growing everyday and I am thankful I get to now do that with the team of Off The Beaten Track WA.”
I first joined Off The Beaten Track WA as a guest 12 months ago on an endurance hike and I absolutely loved it! I loved everything from the feeling of being out in nature to the supportive Guides and the whole concept and experience that OTBT offers.
After spending 3 days in the Stirling Range on a multi-day hike I knew I wanted to be more involved with OTBT. I love the way OTBT support, encourage and empower others to achieve their hiking goals. I have only been a member of the Team for a short time, but it has been life-changing so far!
I spent 10 years in the Beauty Industry managing people in a busy salon and now I get to have more of a happy work/life balance doing more of what I love outdoors thanks to OTBT. I look forward to seeing what the next 12 months brings.
My favourite hike trail in Perth would have to be Kitty’s Gorge! It’s a great combination of endurance and scenic waterfalls. My best hiking achievement was definitely Mt Talyuberup in the Stirling Range in October 2021, it’s short but steep and when you get to the top it’s stunning especially at sunset!
In 2022 I want to do more of what makes me happy which is a combination of working with animals and hiking with OTBT!