Meet the team at INSIGHT AUSTRALIA TRAVEL
The team is lead by Birgit Bourne who is originally from Bonn in Germany. Birgit has lived in Australia for the past 20 years and her in-depth knowledge of travel is based on more than 30 years working in the travel industry. Birgit’s insight has emerged not only from organising tours, but is also the result of having personally escorted many group tours throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and also Asia and South America. Birgit loves the outdoors and is a keen photographer who never misses an opportunity to experience another part of Australia.
Favourite destination in Australia: “The Australian Outback must be my favourite place. You can lose and find yourself in the Outback, a place rich in Aboriginal history and rugged, natural beauty! This is what Australia is about and you won’t find it anywhere else in the world! I love the Northern Territory and Kimberley/WA, with iconic outback landscapes and undiscovered secrets. One of my most memorable experiences was a trip to Mt Borradaile in Arnhemland with Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris. Mt. Borradaile is a registered aboriginal sacred site and a landscape of rugged ranges fringed by idyllic billabongs and rainforests, a beautiful wilderness. The enormity of the legacy of Aboriginal culture – its complexity and spiritual depth – is barely understood by most of us and you will get a great insight into this.”
Originally from Germany Rafael came to Australia nearly 25 years ago. He has worked in inbound tourism ever since and has travelled this country extensively. Before having a small break to spend more time with his family he managed a couple of inbound tour operators which has provided him with profound knowledge, experience and lifelong connections both internationally and domestically. In his free time he will most likely be found on the football field. His passion is soccer – no surprise!
Favourite Destination in Australia: For many years I travelled to Tasmania regularly with my family and fell in love with the rough, natural beauty of this unique island in the South. It’s plentiful and often endemic fauna and flora remain unsurpassed in my view. A more recent trip to the Southern Great Barrier Reef Region however gave me a fresh insight into this fantastic upcoming region which so far is not on many traveller’s itineraries. This most southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef had me snorkling with numerous turtles and a group of manta rays – a once in a lifetime experience. But not only the marine side of this region but also the small towns like Bundaberg, Agnes Water, Yeppoon with Great Keppel Island are definitely marked for a return trip with Lady Elliot Island the first on the list.
Bettina has been working in the travel, tourism and marketing industry for more than 25 years. She started out in hospitality and hotel marketing in Sydney, then moved to London with Tourism Australia to support the German-speaking travel trade before joining Destination New South Wales. She gained invaluable experience in international tourism promotion, product development, partnership marketing and media relations. Growing up in an international, bilingual family Bettina has always been very interested in travelling the globe, she enjoys food and wine, sailing, skiing and the outdoors.
Favourite destination in Australia: “As a Sydney-sider born and bred, its hard to choose anywhere else. Sydney has it all – the beautiful Harbour framed by the world-famous Opera House and Bridge, great restaurants (nothing beats a great seafood lunch with a crisp Australian white wine by the water!), colourful festivals and endless shopping options. Best of all, you’re never far from ‘getting away from it all’ either – with dozens of beautiful beaches to choose from, waterways to sail on and pristine national parks to walk in.”
Originally from Aachen in Germany, Lisa decided to call Sydney home after making countless journeys to Australia for over 12 years. Before making the permanent move to Australia 9 years ago, Lisa’s extensive knowledge of Australian tourism and culture helped develop her travel-industry experience within a well-known travel consultancy in Germany. Her role in this company specialised in inbound trips to Australia with an emphasis on personalised itineraries and unique experiences. Since calling Australia home, Lisa has continued working as a travel consultant and a group tour-operator.
Favourite destination in Australia: I absolutely love Tasmania, it has the perfect mix of everything I need when I want to discover the “different/untouched Australia”: nature, secluded beaches, rural settings and a relaxed atmosphere. I have many fond memories of Tasmania —from beautiful native birds to trekking to the top of Mount Wellington for a panoramic view of Hobart and its surrounds. Add a few stops at some very special places like Port Arthur and the World Heritage Area of the Tasmanian Wilderness Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair Nationalpark … and you have a perfect vacation only a few hours’ flight from Sydney.
Camilla is originally from Sweden and has been working for more than 25 years in the travel, tourism, meetings, incentive, conference and events industry. She has extensive international experience, working with destination marketing in Australia, the UK and Sweden. Travelling and exploring new destinations, adventures, cultures and people is one of her main interests as well as skiing, photography, food and wine.
Favourite destination in Australia: “There is something special about islands…my first choice Australian island must be Fraser Island in Queensland, with its beautiful long white beaches, crystal clear turquoise lake and amazing wildlife. Lizard Island in north Queensland is also an absolute favourite, snorkling in the unbelievable giant clam garden and having a gourmet picnic lunch on a deserted beach is one of my greatest memories from there. My third favourite island is Kangaroo Island in South Australia, this is such an interesting place with very varied wild nature, impressive natural landmarks and lots of wildlife, so watch out when kangaroo-time!”