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I'll be in my Office...

Hi & welcome!



My name is Simone (Monnie) Richardson. I was born in Mansfield over fifty years ago and I have lived here most of my life, completing my schooling in Merrijig and Mansfield. I worked as a primary teacher in Mansfield for around 15 years before taking a position with Mansfield Autism Statewide Services. In this role I regularly entered the natural environment including parks, reserves and alpine areas to support students to manage their stress, free time and social interactions.


I have also been very fortunate to have accompanied friends experienced in bushwalking; safely discovering new places to walk either along country roads, State forests, National Parks, Alpine resorts or reserves in the Mansfield area. I was surprised to learn that many people were apprehensive to seek basic walks in the local area as they were unsure where to go and were fearful of getting lost in the bush... 

I was inspired to create something new for locals, visitors and educators; giving them the confidence to venture out into our beautiful bushland... and so Mansfield Bushwalks was born. This has allowed me to combine my many years of local knowledge, professionalism and stewardship, with a passion for the outdoor experience. Having also completed essential qualifications, you can rest assured you are in safe hands. I look forward to guiding you and others on and off the beaten track...

Monnie x

Local and Qualified

  • Diploma of Teaching (1985)

  • Bachelor of Education (1991)

  • Current Teacher Registration, 30+ years experience

  • Current First Aid certification

  • Current Bronze Medallion

  • Childsafe Standards workshop (2019)

  • Wilderness First Aid (2019)

  • Responsible Service of Alcohol & Hygienic Practices for Food Safety (2019)

  • Parks Victoria Licensed Tour Operator & Activity Provider. License No. CA-1601

Discover our Walks

Ready to set out on a mini adventure? Mansfield Bushwalks offer a range of guided 'pack~free' short walking tours, ideal for all fitness levels and all age groups, with the convenience of local pickup and drop-off...

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