But despite having a season to remember Hibbard would like to forget his last trip Down Under as he was part of a Wales squad that suffered a 3-0 Test series defeat there almost 12 months ago.
Hibbard played just 14 minutes of the second Test but made an unwanted contribution by giving away two critical penalties, the second of which allowed Mike Harris to give Australia a 25-23 victory with the last kick of the match.
He was subsequently dropped from the third Test squad and Hibbard insists he will use these memories as fuel when he pulls on the famous red Lions jersey.
"On a personal note, this is a good chance to put the demons of last summer behind me," Hibbard said.
"It was a dark time, not being involved in the first Test then coming in for the second and losing it, and then being dropped for the third.
"It was difficult and, Australia being such a faraway place, it wasn't as if you could hop on a train and go home.
"But I used it as motivation from the start of this season, believing what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
"When I get criticism, I know how to dust myself down and I know there's not much worse that can happen to me than happened out there.
"You don't get many second chances and this one comes with an excellent group of players, so there's a real opportunity to put what happened last year to bed."
Hibbard's Lions involvement was put into doubt somewhat after he damaged a medial ligament in his knee playing for Ospreys against Glasgow three weeks ago.
But the front-rower is adamant he will be raring to go Down Under.
"I'm hoping to be back in training within a couple of weeks," he added.
"I'm pleased with the way it's going. When the injury happened I thought, 'I'm cursed'. But we have great physios at the Ospreys and with luck I'll be going at full tilt as soon as I return."