Big Heart Adventures acknowledge our First Nations peoples and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging

Who are we?

We’re Big Heart Adventures.  A family owned walking company specialising in wellness walks, tours and events.

At Big Heart Adventures we aim to improve the world through active travel and wellness experiences. Each walking tour and event aims to raise community and self-awareness. As well as raise funds for our chosen charity.

We love to laugh. And our team of super friendly and knowledgeable guides and leaders, will ensure you have the best walking adventure possible.

What we do?

We connect you with yourself, the natural environment, and the walking community.

We do this by providing authentic walking experiences and events. All experiences focus on your well-being, fitness, and confidence building.

Emphasising personal development and positive mental health outcomes through nature. Our wellness walks and hiking tours cater for all abilities. Beginner level, intermediate, and advanced trekkers, so there are plenty of options available. Oh, and there’s no pressure.

How we do it?

All our events, walks, and trips fall under one of the following headings

Wise Women Walking

This is our award winning women’s walking group program. Themed ‘Find Yourself, Be Yourself, Challenge Yourself’.

Challenge Treks

These are our mixed group hiking tours and adventure trips. Themed ‘Challenge, Discover, Fulfil’.

Private Groups

These are our private group and customised itineraries. We offer wholesale to agents for all our wellness walks and hiking tours.

More than just a trek…

See how we do wellness and walking tours differently


Our Story

It was in 2015 that Big Heart Adventures was born. Starting life as a customer focused small travel agency run by Lisa Murphy from the family home.

Lisa had a passion for active travel and wellness tourism. So the agency specialised in this market.

There grew a need to provide active adventures for all abilities. Including people that lacked the experience, skills, or confidence to give it a go.

Being experienced trekkers. Lisa and her husband Ian set out to provide others a pathway to their walking goals. While having a laugh, making new friends, and re-charging mentally along the way.

Big Heart Adventures’ focus was then and still is today, to provide the best opportunity for people to grow while reaching their walking goals.

Our Team

Big-hearted, Adventure-loving, High-spirited, Inspiring…

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Lisa Murphy

Chief Adventurer
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Ian Murphy

Chief Operations
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Amanda Panazzolo

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Beatrice Jeavons

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Briony Ankor

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Colleen Malthouse

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Gill Peacey

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Juanita Sentance

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Kellie Desteno

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Kim Sutton

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Kristin Anderson

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Kylie Beer

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Linda Hurcombe

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Lisa Bungey

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Mike Rhodes

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Nola Bellenger

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Rod Quintrell

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Steve Lee

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Tina Jameson

Our Vision

  • Connect people with themselves and the natural environment, while improving their mental well-being, self awareness, and their fitness
  • Offer socially conscionable travel experiences with an active element or challenge
  • Encourage women new to bush walking and hiking to develop skills, knowledge, experience and confidence to take on more active challenges and adventures
  • Provide a whole package experience that includes pre-travel support and fitness, transport, unique walking tours in South Australia, interstate and abroad, accommodation, well-being and giving back
  • Enhance unique cultural experiences that foster healthy active travel habits, encourage self-discovery and heightened cultural awareness

Our Give-Back

We choose to support lesser known charities and support agencies that do amazing work in the communities we visit.
We also help those less fortunate with our ‘pay it forward’ walking initiative.

Main Charity

MOSH Australia ‘Minimisation Of Suicide Harm’ is a self-funded community support agency in Adelaide, South Australia.

Dedicated to creating mentally healthy communities through a sense of belonging and connectedness.

All activities and support services offered are free. They include suicide bereavement support, Living Hope Suicide Bereavement training, and providing friendly comfortable spaces for reflection, community arts, crafts and activities.

International Charity

HDFA Himalayan Development Foundation Australia works with local partners to support Nepalese people in remote, rural communities. To better their lives in the ways that works best for them. Choosing to provide slow, gentle, long term support for just a handful of areas.

Up until 2015 HDFA had focused on a few villages in the Kanchenjunga region of Eastern Nepal. With the devastation brought by the earthquakes of 2015 they have broadened their approach. Initially through emergency relief with partners PHASE Nepal. Supporting further post-earthquake reconstruction in Sindupalchowk and now moving to a long view program in this same District.

Why Book With Us

  • We’re a family owned and ethical business, giving to community support agencies locally and abroad
  • Your success in achieving your personal goals is what drives us
  • We respect the natural environment, indigenous significance, and the destinations we travel to
  • We’re passionate, knowledgeable and experienced travellers and trekkers
  • Being South Australian we specialise in South Australian wellness walks, walking tours and experiences
  • Its always more than just a trip, with your journey starting as soon as you book with us
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FAQs

What are wellness walks?

Wellness Tourism can be defined as travel experiences that provide opportunities to maintain or improve personal wellbeing. Our wellness walks and tours are designed with this in mind, from both a mental and physical perspective.

What about COVID-19?

We are an accredited COVID Clean Practicing Business. This means we have procedures in place to prevent exposure and limit the unlikely spread of the COVID-19 virus or similar contagious respiratory viruses. These procedures take effect prior to the start of all our walking tours, trips and events. We comply with all Government advice and conditions imposed. It is a requirement that all staff and participants answer a questionnaire to determine their recent likely exposure to contagious viruses. We take the temperature of all attendees, practise physical distancing, good hygiene, and carry out cleaning of surfaces.

What if the tour is cancelled due to COVID-19?

We have a COVID-19 Guarantee. If we need to cancel our South Australian trips pre-tour due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we will provide you a full refund of that tour. We will not keep your payments as credit to use on future tours. We believe this is the only fair way.

Why do you charge for day walks?

The amount we charge is to just cover our expenses including insurances. These expenses go towards ensuring the safety of all participants. Therefore all our day walks are guided by our paid Outdoor Leaders. Our leaders are experienced, qualified bush walkers and undertake certified remote area first-aid training regularly. We do not use volunteers, so if there is an incident our leaders take responsibility for managing the situation and your well-being. We are also required to pay Government fees for everyone that walks with us in a National/Conservation Park or Reserve. These fees go towards the maintenance of the trails we walk. Please note for new walkers with us, we do offer a free walk on the first Wednesday and Saturday each month.

Do you have hikes for everyone other than just women?

Yes, we offer day walks, twilight hikes, and full moon hikes. Plus guided and self-guided walking tours under our Challenge Treks banner. All these walks, hikes and treks welcome adults from all different backgrounds.  Keep an eye on our events calendar for details throughout the year.

What if bad weather is forecast on the day of the walk?

As the walking season is during the cooler seasons in Australia, rain and cold weather is expected. We obtain up to date weather forecasts and inform our walkers on what conditions will be encountered and what gear will be required. If extreme weather warnings are issued that pose a risk, we will cancel the walk and provide refunds. The same process applies on our walking tours.

What if I am too slow and hold everyone else up?

We want everyone to experience the benefits from walking. That is why we provide day walks and walking tours, hikes, and treks for all abilities and fitness levels. Everyone walks at a different pace so our Leaders are trained in managing group walking. Our pace allows us all to talk, laugh, and appreciate our surroundings….after all we walk for wellness.

Will the walking pace be too slow for me because I am a fast walker?

We do allow group members to walk at their pace especially when going uphill. However for safety we will require everyone to regroup at regular intervals and at trail and road intersections. We recommend carrying extra weight in your pack. This will create a more challenging walk and reduce your pace.


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Part proceeds help our major charity MOSH