A love for travel and adventure..
Always a sporty kid, Bobby Hale discovered his calling at the age of 15, when he won a national competition to travel to the North Pole with a 2008 research expedition. Camping in the Arctic Circle in temperatures of -20°C, Bobby realised his passion for pushing the boundaries of his physical limits.
Later, during a gap year in Africa, Bobby decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, borrowing and hiring the necessary gear. With the help of local guides, he conquered the highest mountain in Africa. On the slopes of Kilimanjaro he fell in love with altitude and the physical challenges of mountaineering.
With a fully-fledged addiction to adventure, Bobby returned to Australia and began working for Flight Centre – a role that leveraged his people skills and enabled him to travel. At Flight Centre, Bobby won a Kokoda trek, as a reward for his sales performance. Impressed with his ability and attitude, On Track Expeditions invited him the following year to support car crash victim Chloe Palmer-Simpson as she crossed Kokoda, an undertaking that featured on ABC’s Australian Story.
Bobby soon joined On Track Expeditions as a guide. With On Track Expedition, Bobby led On Track clients on expeditions to Everest Base Camp, 19 Kokoda crossings, and multiple high altitude mountain summits.
Today, Bobby is either trekking, kayaking, mountaineering; or helping plan someone's adventure. His personal achievements include cycling non-stop from Adelaide to Melbourne in 2013, covering 800km in 47 hours to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia, and being selected to represent Australia at the Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Canada in 2014. In 2017, Bobby and his partner conquered Mount Wilhelm in Papua New Guinea, becoming the first Australians to summit the mountain using the Kammoro Dumara route.
Bobby has also kayaked from Cape York to Papua New Guinea, a feat which he planned to follow by running the Kokoda Track. However, after submitting to kidney failure and heart problems, Bobby was airlifted from the track to Port Moresby Hospital. He counts the kayak to New Guinea among his greatest achievements, and being airlifted from Kokoda as the lowest point in his career.
Bobby currently enjoys spending his time exploring the trails around Brisbane with his partner and friends, and gets a real thrill out of sending his clients all over the world.
Cert. III - Tourism - Travel Agent
Cert III - Legal Studies
Cert III - Retail Operations - Hospitality
Diploma - Small Business Management
ATAS Accredited Travel Agent
AFTA Accredied Travel Agent
Recreational Pilots License