Meet the team at insightaustralia travel
The team is lead by Birgit Bourne who is originally from Bonn in Germany. Birgit has lived in Australia for the past 15 years and her in-depth knowledge of travel is based on more than 25 years working in the travel industry. Birgit’s insight has emerged not only from organizing 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.”
Together with Birgit, Kylie was one of the founders of Insight Australia Travel 12 years ago. Her more than 20 years working in travel and tourism have included roles with Tourism Australia, Ansett Australia, Virgin Atlantic and the Hong Kong Tourist Association, working both in Europe and Australia, prior to setting up Insight Australia in 2001. After a two year break to focus on her family, Kylie is thrilled to be back working with Insight Australia Travel. She speaks fluent German, loves travelling the globe, is a keen skier and has a passion for flowers. She also loves boating on the beautiful Hawkesbury River north of Sydney on weekends.
Favourite Destination in Australia: Kangaroo Island, has to be one of my very favourite places in Australia. Just 90 minutes south of Adelaide and a brief ferry crossing away, you arrive to find yourself on one of the most stunning islands of Australia. The scenery and wildlife is concentrated into one relatively small area and it’s nothing short of amazing…. kangaroos, fur seals, koalas, little penguins, possums, wallabies, echidna, platypus, birds, bees, wineries… Kangaroo Island has it all. With a quarter of the island declared National Parks and Conservation Areas, this little piece of heaven is destined to remain a natural beauty for many years to come. If you love fine food and good wine, Kangaroo Island won’t disappoint either with its fresh seafood, local produce and numerous wineries.
Bettina has been working in the travel, tourism and marketing industry for more than 20 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 10 years. Before making the permanent move to Australia 7 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 20 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, snorkeling 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!”
Brigitte grew up in South Africa with Finnish and German background. Her love for travel led her to live in Germany, Sweden, the USA and finally Australia. She has worked in the travel industry in Germany and in Australia and has travelled extensively in both these countries. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking on new sporting adventures and photography.
Favourite destination in Australia: “My favourite spot has to be the area south of Perth around the Margaret River. Where else can you wake up in the morning and go for a swim in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, followed by breakfast in one of the many great cafes, then do some winetasting, followed by a good lunch at a brewery, head for a hike along the coast or amongst the forest with its tall trees. Finish the day at the beach for an afternoon surf or just enjoy the sun setting behind the horizon of the Indian Ocean reflecting on what a wonderful day you had. The combination of a wide range of culinary delights and a varying pristine natural environment definitely make this area one of my top travel destinations.”