Welcome to Geelong Travel, where your journey begins
Geelong Travel is an award-winning travel agency that continues each year to deliver incredible standards for our discerning travellers. As a private family business, great service is at the heart of everything we do. Specialising in cruising, coach tours, river cruising, independent journeys, group experiences, leisure & corporate travel.
Our leisure experts are here to assist you every step of the way for your next adventure. As the most experienced travel agents in the region, our expertise is second to none. We ensure that your journey is everything you want it to be.
Our dedicated corporate consultants specialise in the fast-paced world of business. Their efficiency and attention to detail is of the highest standard. They understand that you need an expert who truly understands the power of relationships and the value of excellent service.
Your journey begins with us
Stuart Coffield, Managing Director
Why I love travel: The insight I gain into different cultures and also the ability to pass that on to our clients.
Years of experience: 20
Favourite destination: Los Angeles. It’s such an incredible, diverse city. Lonely Planet put it best in their introduction to the city: LA runs deeper than her blonde beaches, rolling hills and beemers-for-days would have you believe. She’s a myth. A beacon for countless small-town dreamers, rockers and risk-takers, an open-minded angel who encourages her people to live and let live without judgement or shame. She has given us Quentin Tarantino, Jim Morrison and Serena and Venus Williams; spawned skateboarding and gangsta rap; popularized implants, electrolysis and Spandex; and has nurtured not just great writers, performers and directors, but also the ground-breaking yogis who first brought Eastern wisdom to the Western world.
I specialise in: Groups and conventions.
Highlight from my most recent trip: The Super Bowl in San Francisco was truly amazing, as was the experience we were able to provide for our clients.
Helen Paulus, Retail Office Manager
Why I love travel: I love working in the industry as it’s so diverse. No two holidays are the same. Meeting new and looking after old clients, helping plan their itinerary and then hearing about the holidays is so fulfilling.
Years of experience: 36
Favourite destination: Europe in general and cruising the beautiful rivers.
I specialise in: Europe and North America..
Highlight from my most recent trip: APT Portugal and Douro River cruising and tour. A traditional Portuguese dinner at the Alpendurada Monastery, a beautiful 14th century convent with panoramic views over the river.
Simone Picklum, Senior Travel Consultant
Why I love travel: So many interesting and unique places in the world, different foods and meeting new people along the way.
Years of experience: 7
Favourite destination: New York City – Such a fascinating place and can spend days just wondering around the city. So many sights and attractions to see and fill in the days along with many sporting games any time of the year. You can go out at any time of day and the city will always be buzzing with people. So easy to get around either in the subways or hail down a taxi to get you from place to place and amazing restaurants and little rooftop bars all around with something always open no matter what time of day.
I specialise in: Corporate travel, around world airfares and leisure holidays for families or individuals.
Highlight from my most recent trip: Maldives – such an amazing destination with an abundance of marine wildlife to snorkel with such as fish, stingrays, sharks, turtles and dolphins.
Marcail Clark, Senior Travel Advisor
Why I love travel: I love experiencing new places, every destination offers a new adventure with different people, interesting food and beautiful cultures.
Years of experience: 15
Favourite destination: Bali, I can go back over and over and over and always have a new experience.
I specialise in: Corporate and leisure travel.
Highlight from my most recent trip: Jersey, one of the largest of the Channel Islands between England and France – completely surprising with it’s white sand beaches, French architecture and relaxing feel.
Belinda Coffield, Senior Travel Consultant
Why I love travel: I am passionate about exploring places I have never been, it is such a beautiful feeling of accomplishment seeing something for the very first time. But ultimately it is the incredible feeling of having a lifetime of memories around the world that I love about travelling the most.
Years of experience: 17 years.
Favourite destination: Greek Islands, Paris & New York.
I specialise in: Corporate & Leisure travel
Highlight from my most recent trip: Travelling to Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, seeing Machu Picchu was just stunning!
Rita Carlini, Travel Consultant
Why I love travel: Travel broadens your mind and opens it up to many new experiences. I love exploring new traditions and enjoying all the culinary delights that each culture offers.
Years of experience: 40
Favourite destination: Venice/Paris/Dubai – It’s impossible to choose a single one.
I specialise in: Planning trips to Europe and Canada Alaska. Helping people realise their dreams.
Highlight from my most recent trip: Flying to Istanbul and enjoying the buzz of the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. I then boarded the Island Sky and began our adventure to Gallipoli – Ephesus. I felt I was walking back in time, such different destinations with such a diverse and different history.
Venice is like no other city, on a balmy summer night with new found friends, we sat on St Marks Square listening to the orchestra playing songs from years gone by. Basking in the atmosphere enjoying a drink, we realise that this experience is costing us way too much, but order another anyway.
Loreta Millar, Senior Travel Consultant
Why I love travel: I love the travel industry because it has given me the opportunity to meet and work with such a diverse amount of people. Although the job can be challenging I have great satisfaction in making dreams come true.
Years of experience: 37
Favourite destination: I don’t have a favourite destinations as destinations cannot be compared. Each country and each journey has something different to offer.
I specialise in: My expertise lies in cruises, although with 37 years of experience in the travel industry I can safely say that I enjoy and am capable of booking most destinations whether it’s by sea or air.
Highlight from my most recent trip: My recent adventure would have to be visiting the Christmas markets with Trafalgar in Switzerland and Germany. I felt I was playing a cameo role in a Christmas movie. The atmosphere at the markets was something that everyone should experience at least once in their life. The Christmas decorations were out of this world, walking through the markets drinking mulled wine, listening to carols and watching children getting excited at the anticipation of a pantamine was a an experience that is embedded in my memory and one that I will treasure forever.
Rebecca Button, Senior Travel Advisor
Why I love travel: There is nothing more rewarding than experiencing new people, places, food and cultures. I love working in travel, helping to make people’s dreams come true ~ this a privilege that I have enjoyed for many years and I can’t imagine doing anything else!
Years of experience: 19
Favourite destination: The Cook Islands, a truly beautiful & remote paradise where I also got married! A wonderful destination to escape the hustle & bustle of the modern world and enjoy the jungle and white beaches of this beautiful South Pacific island. The people are the friendliest you will meet and it is wonderful to experience their Polynesian culture.
I specialise in: All aspects of retail travel. As a mother of three I particularly love to help other families achieve their dream holiday.
Highlight from my most recent trip:
Cambodia is captivating and moving… Everything from the ancient temples of Angkor Wat to the not yet commercialised towns on the coast such as Sihanoukville, Cambodia will capture your heart. The Cambodian people have been through hell yet they are all friendly and optimistic. My highlight is Siem Reap, the wonderful old town and the temples of Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom.
Nicole Maheras, Travel Advisor
Why I love travel: To enjoy new experiences outside my comfort zone, immerse myself in new cultures, observe and join in with the locals and taste the foods. I love stepping off the plane and inhaling the smell of a new country! The satisfaction of creating a memorable holiday for my clients is an amazing feeling.
Years of experience: 18
Favourite destination: Canada for its stunning scenery. Kenya for its adventure and amazing wildlife. Fiji for total relaxation.
I specialise in: Leisure & Corporate Travel
Highlight from my most recent trip: I was on safari in Samburu National park, Kenya. The last of the ‘Big 5’, The leopard had eluded us for 2 days. It was very late in the afternoon, the sun was going down and we had to make our way back to camp before dark. We rounded a bend and there he was standing majestically up high on a branch! It was an incredible moment, our jeep was literally 2 metres from him. We soaked in the moment, took our pics and left him to chill out hanging in that tree! It was truly a magical, once in a lifetime experience.
Kate Lane, Travel Advisor
Why I love travel: I enjoy being in the Travel Industry as every day is exciting and different. I enjoy meeting new people and building relationships. It’s a great feeling when people have enjoyed their holiday.
Years of experience: 15
Favourite destination: I love Hawaii. Not only are the beaches and weather amazing, but the shopping is second to none!
I specialise in: Cruising. Not only is cruising an easy way to travel, but it appeals to people of all ages.
Highlight from my most recent trip: Visiting local villages in Fiji, it is very humbling.
Mary Anawati, Travel Advisor
Why I love travel: I started working for Lufthansa airlines at the age of 18. I continued working for various Travel Agencies in Australia. I love the interaction with clients, I love to seek out their experiences. It gives a great thrill when they return from their holiday and they share their discoveries with me. I speak six languages: French, Italian, German, Greek , Arabic and English.
Years of experience: 42
Favourite destination: Europe / Egypt / Greece – Hawaii and Thailand
I specialise in: travelling throughout Europe especially France and the Greek Islands
Highlight from my most recent trip: Greek Islands and two cruises around Italy, France, Spain and Greece
Janet Kizan, Travel Advisor
Why I love travel: It’s exciting fun and adventurous… I love to explore new places.
Years of experience: 26
Favourite destination: USA
I specialise in: USA, ASIA, Cruising
Highlight from my most recent trip: Latest trip LAX, LAS and Mexico… Highlight – VIP fully hosted tour of Disneyland sponsored by Disney.
David Dadds, Casual Travel Consultant
Why I love travel: It’s a rich experience that broadens the mind and allows an insight into different places.
Years of experience: 35
Favourite destination: The Lakes district in the UK. It is truly a lovely area to visit and it evokes a peaceful serenity.
I specialise in: The United Kingdom and Europe in general. When you have a passion for a country it becomes your specialty.
Highlight from my most recent trip: I’m sitting in a very small waterfront bar in Hoi and there are 6 seats. The sun’s setting with glorious apricot and watermelon colours, the street venders are setting up multi-coloured stalls and the second drink is having a wonderful effect!
Leanne Heath, Travel Advisor
Why I love travel: Travel is infectious every holiday is different, you make your own experiences from the destinations you visited. I love the industry as I get to make my clients dreams become a reality with life long memories.
Years of experience: 16
Favourite destination: There are so many different destinations I have visited no particular favourite as they are all different for their own reason. I have travelled to many parts of Europe including the beautiful river Cruise up the Rhine & Moselle Rivers. I have also travelled to Asia extensively and enjoyed the well kept secret of Sabah where the orangutans are rehabilitated and released back to the wild. I travelled on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas showcasing New Zealand best including base jumping of Sky Tower in Auckland “what a View” of the city an experience I will always remember.
I specialise in: All things retail travel, helping fulfil lifelong dreams become to a memorable experience.
Highlight from my most recent trip: Relaxing in the lounge on board the Indian Pacific from Adelaide to Perth watching the day go by, the ever changing scenery of the outback desert crossing the Nullarbor. Enjoying dinner under the stars in Rawlinna.
Krystle Tickner, Travel Advisor
Why I love travel: I love seeing new places, experiencing local cultures, eating the local cuisines, meeting new people and making new memories.
Years of experience: 11
Favourite destination: I can’t say I have a favourite destination! I love Europe for it’s amazing scenery and historical landmarks. I love Asia for its food! I love Central America for the beaches and volcanoes, and I love the South Pacific for the island life and friendliness of the locals, who soon become family.
I specialise in: South Pacific, in particular Fiji, Cook Islands and Vanuatu.
Highlight from my most recent trip: Spending my birthday in Aitutaki on the lagoon, exploring One Foot Island and having Honeymoon Island to ourselves for a BBQ lunch and champas!
Zoe Holien, Travel Advisor
Why I love travel: I love the way travel changes peoples outlook on the world as they explore, taste and experience it. Once you have the travel bug, it is impossible to shake. The excitement of planning a trip, arriving at the airport and then exploring in a new destination is an amazing feeling that can’t be replicated.
Years of experience: 6
Favourite destination: Italy
I specialise in: Italy and New Zealand
Highlight from my most recent trip: My recent trip with Bunnik Tours to Brazil and Argentina is one I will never forget. I was amazed at the force of the water hurtling down Iguazu Fall’s and being able to experience natures power so close is something that is hard to comprehend but should definitely be experienced by everyone. South America surprised, amazed and delighted me and I can’t wait to explore further in the future.
Mia Holt, Office Administrator
Why I love travel: I love to travel to experience different places, the culture, the people and the history. My travels of Central and Eastern Europe brought all of my studies of history to life.
Years of experience: I have recently finished my training at Jetset Training College and was very fortunate to obtain my first job in the industry with Geelong Travel. I have so far enjoyed learning about various aspects of the business and supporting the travel consultancy team. I particularly enjoy interacting with customers on the phone and in person.
Favourite destination: One of my favourite destinations was Russia. Russia, going to Moscow, being at Red Square and seeing the Kremlin. I also enjoyed the Neva River Cruise, and being dazzled by the amazing cathedrals at St. Petersburg. I can’t wait for my next highlight trip to Egypt and Jordan later this year.
I specialise in: I would like to specialise in countries in Central and Eastern Europe as I enjoyed my travels there immensely,as well as cruises in the South Pacific.
Highlight from my most recent trip: My most recent trip was cruising the South Pacific and visiting Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. I loved the island life, the pristine waters, snorkelling and relaxing on the beautiful beaches.