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BirgiT Bourne

Originally from Bonn (Germany), Birgit has forged a career in travel over three decades that has taken her from tour guiding to tour wholesaling, from Germany to Australia. With extensive experience in inbound tourism and unbeatable destination knowledge, Birgit leads the Insight Australia Travel team with a genuine enthusiasm for sharing and protecting the country she now proudly calls home.
A keen runner and talented photographer, Birgit has a genuine love for the great outdoors and, whilst there aren’t too many places she hasn’t been or seen, she has an unwavering commitment to getting to know every corner of this great continent.
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.”

Rafael Duwenbeck

Raf moved to Australia from Germany nearly three decades ago and has worked in inbound travel to promote his new home country to international visitors ever since.
Raf has travelled Australia extensively and continues to do so with his wife and their three daughters who share his passion for travel, music and football.
Never far from a football at his feet, Raf is your contact for any sporting team or sports enthusiasts looking to travel to bring a group Down Under.
Favourite destination in Australia:"Australia is just so diverse, it is hard to pin down my favourite destination. 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. Its’ plentiful and often endemic fauna and flora remain unsurpassed in my view. Naturally, Sydney has got to be the place to visit and, although I have lived here a long time, this city never ceases to surprise us with its’ sparkling scenery around the harbour, its’ picturesque beaches and dramatic coastline and spectacular national parks close by."

VIVIENNE BARLOW

Growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Viv has spent many weekends exploring the area’s beautiful coastal walks or swimming at the beach with her young family. It is this appreciation for the natural beauty in our own backyard that Viv enjoys sharing so passionately with visitors from around the globe.
A group travel specialist for more than 15 years, Viv has an insightful flair for all aspects of smooth group operations.
Favourite destination in Australia:“For me, the awe of outback Australia in the Northern Territory has such spectacular memories. From the ground all the way to the sky, seeing the amazing changing colours of the sands through to the formation of the natural structures of the landscape. A highlight for me has to be experiencing sunset at Uluru and looking up at the sky it’s hard not to see why the local Aboriginal people, the Anangu have a deep connection to the land. Another must do for me has to be experiencing sunrise on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk – the climb is challenging but such an achievement when you reach the top to have 360 degree panoramic views over the red sands”.

BETTINA KRAMER

Sydney born and bred, in a bilingual family who’s German roots eventually drew her to Europe, Bettina spent the best part of a decade in tourism marketing promoting Australia to European travellers. Now back home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches she still loves sharing Australia’s unique treasures with her own family – and bringing international visitors’ Australian travel dreams to life.
Sailing or skiing, wine tasting or walking, she is always happiest in the great outdoors.
Favourite destination in Australia:“As a Sydney-sider, it's 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.”
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