Aussie Travel

South Pacific Experts

Introducing Your South Pacific Travel Experts

Michelle Streicher

 

Monique Sosa

 

Paula Williamson

   

Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific Islands are Michelle's true passions. As the creator of extraordinary holidays to the South Pacific, she genuinely wants each and every client to enjoy all aspects of their holiday & makes every effort to ensure they return with the most lasting memories.

Michelle completed her Certificate in Tourism/Wholesale Operations whilst residing in Australia (1991-2006) and has several years experience as both a Corporate & Leisure Travel Advisor.

In 2006 the decision was made to specialise in travel to the South Pacific. With dual citizenship, she returns Downunder annually allowing her to maintain her knowledge of available products & services.

Michelle is a Premier Aussie Specialist with Tourism Australia and a 100% Pure Kiwi Specialist with Tourism New Zealand -designations given to those travel advisors who are top sellers of Australia & New Zealand with exceptional experience & knowledge. She is the recipient of Tourism Australia's Opal Award (2011).

 

Monique’s journey to becoming an avid adventure traveller and all things wine-related, is not one that most would have foreseen. Growing up in Belize, a small but beautiful country in Central America, Monique always had a natural appreciation for the outdoors and a yearning for adventure. Monique developed a curiosity in wine that turned into a burning interest after a trip to New Zealand and some of its wine regions.

Since then, Monique has undertaken formal studies to become an accredited sommelier, and a WSET III international sommelier certification. In particular, she is fascinated by the concept of 'terroir' - the specific locales in which grapes are grown, the stories behind the grape growers, winemakers and vineyards, and how different terroirs can lead to identical grape varietals resulting in very different bottles of wine.

This passion and interest in wine, in combination with her seven years of experience in the travel industry, is bringing her closer to her goal of offering “terroir touring” opportunities to discerning wine and food lovers who want to explore the wine regions of the world with a dedicated and highly-capable guide.

 

Paula Williamson has spent the past 26 years selling and travelling to Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific Islands. "Every trip is a new adventure," she says. Not only has she done the self-drive itinerary but she has taken tours, done fly-in trips, rented a motorhome and has experienced the landscape by train. Her adventures in Australia include climbing the Sydney harbour bridge, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, a journey on the Indian Pacific Train, ziplining in Tasmania, spotting for saltwater crocs, a trek around Uluru, trekking the Bungles, walking among the sea lions on Kangaroo Island and snorkeling the wrecks on Moreton Island.

New Zealand experiences include overnight cruises to both Milford and Doubtful Sound including sea kayaking, a helicopter trip over Mount Cook landing on a glacier, a 4WD Lord of the Rings tour in Queenstown, the TranzAlpine train, trekking in Abel Tasman National Park, Te Anau & Waitomo glowworm caves, wine tour on Waiheke Island, day trek in the Coromandel Peninsula, guided tour of Hobbiton, a visit to Cape Reinga and the Bay of Islands and more.

She has travelled to Fiji, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and Tonga. Highlights include the Blue Lagoon Cruise in Fiji, an overwater bungalow on Bora Bora, snorkeling in the lagoon on Aitutaki and a visit to the Vava’u in Tonga.

"I have knowledge of, not just the sights, but the weather, the best times to visit each area, how long to spend and the must-sees and dos," Paula says. Often people have time constraints and she wants to maximize their time down under and their budgets. "Instead of selling everything to everybody it's really wonderful to sell as an expert. I focus my entire business on this area of the world," Paula says. Part of that expertise is devoted to making sure she gives each client a unique Down Under experience. "I want to make sure clients have the trip they really want."

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