STICKS AND STONES ADVENTURES
In 2012, Sticks and Stones Adventures began teaching Australian and international adventurers life long skills in the areas of bushcraft and wilderness survival and is now recognised as Victoria's leading bushcraft and survival school.
In 2016 Sticks and Stones Adventures joined forces with Ethical Adventures from the Northern Territory paving the way for Top End adventures to begin in some of the most challenging environments on the planet.
What is Bushcraft?
Bushcraft is about thriving in the natural environment and the acquisition of the skills and knowledge to do so.
What is Wilderness Survival?
Wilderness Survival skills are basic necessities for human life: water, food, shelter, to avoid possibly fatal interactions with animals and plants, and to cure any incurred injury or ailments. Survival skills are often basic ideas and abilities that ancients invented and used themselves for thousands of years.Outdoor activities such as hiking,backpacking,fishing,camping and hunting ,all require basic wilderness survival skills, especially in handling emergency situations.
Charles Wilcox spent much of his childhood in the Australian bush, learning skills and techniques from respected bushmen, continuously seeking bigger adventures. A four-month stint on a remote, uninhabited island off Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula really put his coastal survival skills to the test and stoked the fire of his life-long passion for survival and bushcraft.
Charles has worked as a tour guide in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory and is nationally accredited to share information about Australian indigenous culture. He has lived completely off-the-grid for two years with his wife, Tory, in the Victorian High Country and recently they travelled to South America where they trained in the art of jungle survival by the indigenous Shuar people of the Peruvian Amazon.
Even with a lifetime of experience, Charles continues to research and refine the skills and information he shares to ensure the integrity of his teachings.
Since the age of five, horses have been Tory’s ticket to adventure – exploring the bush, competing, mustering cattle, camping, bird spotting, fishing, the list goes on.
Tory enjoys pushing her mental and physical limits, tackling challenges both in Australia and overseas, most recently achieving certification for a gruelling military training program in the Amazon.
She can hold her own in the jungle and enjoys nerding-out on biology books in her spare time. Tory holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science and works part time as a VCAL teacher at TAFE.
OWNER - COURSE LEADER
Rob grew up on the Hay plains where he lived the typical country kids lifestyle until he left there for University and a life of adventure.
Over the next 15 years Rob completed a Bachelor of Engineering (natural resources) and Masters of Science (resource science). During this time he also lived overseas for 6 years in Japan, Europe, America and China in roles as diverse as a semi pro cricket player, a whitewater rafting instructor, Padi Dive Master, English Teacher and a Youth Development Coordinator to name a few.
Since then he has focused on Australia and the unique environments which exists here. He has led extended safaris through the World Heritage deserts of central Australia, excursions along the majestic Great Ocean Road and Grampians and tours amongst the ancient tropical forests of the Daintree National Park. Below water he has worked as a dive master on the Great Barrier Reef and Norfolk Island.
Since 2009 Rob has called the NT home leading groups into West Arnhem Land, Kakadu, Litchfield and beyond.
OWNER - OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
Trace is definitely an outdoor girl. If she is not trying to catch dinner (fishing and crabbing) she is getting the torches ready to go for a night walk to see whats about.
She is a qualified personal fitness instructor who also holds a diploma in Tourism. Both of which complement her dedication to helping people enjoy life in a fun healthy way.
Her passion for travel and diversity has seen her in roles such as a sea kayak guide in Portugal, walking tour guide along the Great Ocean Road and numerous other hospitality and guiding positions in places such as Fraser Island, Far North Qld, Central Australia, Victoria and the Top End.
Throw in an infectious smile and friendly positive personality and time spent with Trace is a time well spent.