About Matilda

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WALKING MATILDA is an Australian-based company specialising in walking, wildlife and cultural journeys within Australia and internationally.

We only take small groups, employ skilled leaders, and have a strong commitment to preserving the cultural and environmental values of the places we visit. We also employ local guides and experts as required for sections of some tours.

Walking Matilda is directed by Kim Petherick, a keen traveller, adventurer and a qualified outdoor instructor with over sixteen years experience in organising, educating and leading groups. She has bought this powerful combination of skills and experience to Walking Matilda with extensive experience in Alaska, Canada, USA, Zimbabwe, Tibet, China, Patagonia, Europe, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and remote parts of Australia.

Each year Walking Matilda offers a small range of tours for the active, interested traveller. These are posted on our website and also promoted to our mailing list twice each year via email. If you would like to receive further information in this way, please subscribe to our free newsletters. You will see what is being planned up to three years ahead.

So who was Matilda? This was one of the names for the bedroll carried by swagmen and itinerant rural workers in Australia. Waltzing Matilda therefore meant to walk the tracks and trails of the country, usually looking for work, with the essentials of bedroll and billy can. Over the years Waltzing Matilda became an unofficial national song for many Australians. On our walks we won’t need to carry much at all, but you could get to camp by a billabong.

We hope you find a journey that interests you.

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