Mark & Leigh are the faces behind the Hike AU team. Between them, they have travelled to over 49 countries and although they have seen some utterly mind blowing sights, nothing compares to the wide brown land, incredible coastlines and rugged mountains of their home, Australia.
Hike Australia started halfway through 2016 when Leigh ventured down the unmarked path to the middle of the stunning Belmore Falls, in the NSW Southern Highlands town of Robertson. She stumbled across the most jurassic 3 drop plunge waterfall, 100m vertical rock walls covered in lush green foliage, enormous giant like boulders and the freshest air quality she had ever experienced. It was transcendent for her and she didn’t want to leave that place! It ignited her desire to hike and explore much more of the country. So she started posting her hiking adventures on Instagram and her online community grew at a rapid pace.
Mark came on board in 2020. A serious world traveller, avid adventurer and a 20 year career Firefighter. What was once a hobby for Leigh has become a business adventure with Mark at the helm.
Both have a genuine love of Australia and a strong desire to explore every corner it has to offer. Free spirits who love to be grounded and surrounded in nature whether that’s the ocean, the snow, the mountains, the outback or even just catching the sunrise
Now a team, with combined backgrounds in business ownership, marketing, business development, photography and multi media, copy and technical writing, legal, HAZMAT and emergency services, they share an ongoing commitment to their rapidly growing online and offline hiking community.
"1. We will continue to explore Australia, one hike at a time, and along with our hiking community showcase the incredible beauty of the place we call home, Australia.
2. Inspire the human connection with nature by always having a hiker/person in our own photos and in all the photos we share.
3. Feed the travel bug in us all by posting a photo every single morning to inspire your hiking adventures.
4. We share a personal commitment to recycling, off the grid technologies and eco friendly travel that leaves little impact on the environment."
Our Business Associates are like minded people and organisations who love exploring the incredible landscape of Australia or supply awesome gear to help us all explore more! One of our values is to manufacture, supply, sell or use the best quality hiking related gear on the market - hence the birth of our Hike AU shop!
We like to promote our business associates across our all platforms and believe in the spirit of collaboration and teamwork.
Our values include:
1.INSPIRING THE HUMAN CONNECTION WITH NATURE
2.COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AND EDUCATION
3.PROMOTE HIGH QUALITY CONTENT THAT SHOWCASES OUR INCREDIBLE AUSTRALIA
4.MANUFACTURE, SUPPLY, SELL OR USE THE BEST QUALITY HIKING GEAR ON THE MARKET
Take a good look around and hopefully you will find something that makes your love and adventure for hiking that little bit better.