Hi, we’re Ian and Tara Wells. We serve people who love exploring Sydney’s great outdoors on foot, but struggle to find the best walks, local favourites and forgotten stories that add to the experience.
We give you the tools to get more out of every Sydney walking adventure, while making it feel like, well, a walk in the park.
When it comes to hiking in Sydney, we walk the talk;
- We’ve been doing this professionally since 2009. Ian’s the Chief Guide and Tara’s the make-it-happen person and writer.
- Between us we’ve hiked in the Himalaya, Alps, Andes, New Zealand, and more. You know what all that international experience has done? Made us realise that what’s in our very own backyard is world-class.
- In fact, that’s why Ian started the business after a career in, ahem, corporate finance (let’s never mention that again)… at first intending to show overseas visitors the city’s natural areas but then realising that even Sydneysiders’ crave a big dose of walking to feed the soul.
- We’ve won multiple tourism awards – including Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism at the NSW Tourism Awards – recognising our passion for sharing Sydney’s best natural beauty. So it’s not just our Mums who think we’re all that…
We’re partners in business and life. When we’re not walking, we’re wrangling kids. Three of them to be exact. So now we have the added challenge of hiking with young children.
One day we’ll take the family thru-hiking. Top of the list is the Camino de Santiago de Compostela – Spain’s legendary pilgrim trail – mainly to combine our love affairs for experiencing a different culture with delicious food and wine.
Sydney Coast Walks continues to be inspired by our own life experiences – that of having plenty of outdoor adventures when we were younger… but then work got busy, health issues were a bump in the road, and then we had kids. Like facing down the perfect storm, we’ve worked out a way to get outdoors more, to make our weekends more than just doing the grocery shopping. And you can too.
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This is the track we were walking when we met (and that Ian's walked more than 100 times).
We walked from Manly to Bondi for our Honeymoon.