Where to find us
Chelmer, QLD 4068
Opening HoursMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat, Sun: Closed
Chelmer, QLD 4068 View MapQ
Opening HoursMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat, Sun: Closed
Opening HoursMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat, Sun: Closed
About Kennedy & Turner Travel Associates
Kennedy & Turner Travel Associates is a boutique travel agency, catering for frequent and discerning travellers in search of new and authentic experiences.
Kennedy & Turner Travel Associates is based in Chelmer, Brisbane, and is part of the national Travel Associates brand. To learn more about the team of experienced travel consultants, read our consultant profiles below. To contact us directly, phone:
- Jo Kennedy (Manager) 07 3278 6664
- Helen Bedingfeld 0408 715 135
- Krista Watson 0402 063 844
- Kylie Brumwell 0423 248 074
- Sally Watson 0409 279 350
- Amy Roach 0488 134 638
- Mel Dowle 0459 453 241
- Jane Thesinger 0466 415 468
- Lauren Kocass 0410 830 495
Consultants at this store
We all have that one special travel memory that has stayed with us for a long time and Jane Thesinger is no exception.
Unbeknownst to her, she lived in the same suburb in Adelaide Hills as her husband to be for years and years but funnily enough, met him in densely populated London.
Jane's plans for an independent overseas adventure all changed and she travelled through Europe for the remaining six months with her special someone.
Needless to say London is one of Jane's favourite places, as is New York - where the two got married.
In addition to exploring most of Europe, Jane's also been lucky enough to see most of USA, Asia and the South Pacific.
She is well prepared for the cruise boom Australia is currently experiencing, and looks forward to applying her knowledge and experience to River and Ocean Cruise bookings.
She also specialises in creative private tours in weird and wonderful places like Scandinavia and India.
Despite having more than 50 country’s stamps in her passport, Jo Kennedy does not have a single favourite travel destination.
“I love exploring a new destination and I’ve had unforgettable experiences all over the world – it’s impossible to pick out just one, but I will say that discovering unique and jaw-dropping five star hotels is one of my absolute favourite things to do.”
Jo’s unforgettable experiences range from skippering a private boat down the Burgundy Canal in France to being awestruck by the Egypt’s Valley of Kings. Her love of stand-out hotels is a passion she enjoys personalising for her clients; if you’re looking for the hotel with the best view, the best location, or even the best opportunity for surfing, give Jo a call.
One of Jo’s all-time favourite travel memories is of rising at 4am to bike to the Hanoi flower markets:
“The busy locals of Hanoi were beginning their day amidst amazing smells and a profusion of gorgeous flowers. The morning bustle of movement was so beautifully genuine; there were vendors unloading, families who had just woken up, people chatting and others just hurrying about their day. We then rode to the fresh food markets across the Long Biên Bridge alongside locals on their way to work. It was an incredible way to soak up an environment so different from the streets of Brisbane.”
It is these genuine moments of delight that Jo strives to provide for her guests. A dedication to excellence in service is topped off by the thrill Jo gets when a client returns from a trip and tells her they’ve had an amazing time thanks to her efforts.
“The joy that a client gets from their trip is what makes me come to work every day. Each client gets my undivided attention; when I am talking to them, they are the most important thing in my day, and their holiday plans are my highest priority.”
Before you ask Helen about her travel experience, ask yourself, 'How much time do I have?' She has an amazing story, which reaches from Africa to Asia and touches everything in between.
She was born in Durban in South Africa then her family moved to Nigeria for two years, From there they went to Sumatra then moved to West Java Bandung for 6 years. At 12 years old, she went off to boarding school in England. During her schooling years, she was fortunate enough to travel overseas with her family many times, including to: China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Bali, Canada, USA, Thailand, Dubai, Malta, Australia, New Zealand.
Upon finishing school she felt compelled to do some of her own travelling. One GAP year evolved into 8 years; she surrendered to her passion of travelling. She travelled through France, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark then on to Poland and Moscow where she caught the Transiberian Railway through Russia, Mongolia then finally, China.
She spent 5 weeks travelling from Beijing, down to Hong Kong and from there, flew to Australia. She spent a year working and travelling 'Down Under' and attained her diving certificate in Sydney, which allowed her to dive her way around the world, including along the East and West Coast of Australia, Vanuatu and Noumea, Fiji and Thailand.
She spent 6 weeks travelling all over Thailand, booked flights to Israel then spent 6 months working in Dahab, Sinai. Before long, she returned to her roots in South Africa, bought a Land Rover and spent 8 Months travelling and working in Africa, taking dive trips and exploring, covering South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
It goes without saying that with all this personal travel to her name, she excelled as a travel consultant. She started as a novice at Great Holiday Escape in 2003 and was promoted to Team Leader by the following year. She temped few Flight Centre the following few years while on maternity leave then went on to work for Escape Travel. Now we are very proud to see her wearing the Travel Associates uniform.
Her passion now lies with travelling with her kids and she has so far enjoyed taking them to Asia and through the South Pacific. If you're after an expert in dive travel, cruising or family holidays, Helen is a safe bet.
The first time Lauren travelled to the USA, she was astonished and delighted by the diversity she discovered within one country.
“There is just so much to see in this amazing world. That trip really awoke a passion within me for exploring different countries and discovering the beautiful differences between each culture.”
Lauren comes from a dance background, and her passion for her art has taken her all over the USA. A recent opportunity gave Lauren the opportunity to combine her expertise as a dancer and a Travel Consultant:
“I was lucky enough to coordinate and host a trip for a dance team, who travelled through the USA performing for Disney and Universal Studios. We travelled to Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, San Diego and Hawaii, and it was the most amazing and fulfilling experience providing the trip of a lifetime for the young dancers.”
Lauren particularly loved Hawaii, and recommends an in-depth exploration of the Big Island for all visitors: “There is so much to do and see, from cultural wonders to lively scenes you can’t resist jumping in to! I recommend everyone hire a car and take their time experiencing all that the Big Island has to offer.”
This multi-faceted trip was just one of many successful dance excursions that Lauren has under her belt. She loves helping aspiring dancers explore their passion through the wonder of travel, whether it’s pirouetting in Paris, arabesque-ing in America or hip-hopping in Hong Kong. Learn to dance with the LA Lakers, take a peek behind the scenes of Dance Mom and take a workshop at Disney World - these are the types of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that Lauren’s comprehensive network helps her provide.
Lauren’s experience in coordinating a large number of individuals means she is confident in juggling the intricacies of a complex itinerary, and knows how to make the journey both seamless and unforgettably wonderful.
Over the past fifteen years Mel has been discovering the globe via private plane and experiencing the world’s most desired locations and hotels. These experiences continue to afford her a deep immersion in the true feeling of luxury. Mel has successfully managed the expectations of her ultra-high-end European and global clients from their bases in Paris, South France, Geneva, New York City, London and Dubai. Now calling Australia home, she is here to pass on her worldly experiences and promote her mantra: "Create more than a holiday; create a truly magical experience".
From scuba diving in the Maldives and wine tasting in the Napa Valley, to unique winter thermal swimming in Gstaad, Switzerland and floating in the Dead Sea - Mel has vast array of travel stories to tell. Speak to her about the time she taught English to local school children in Istanbul or paddle boarded in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. If New York City is on your radar, Mel recommends a helicopter tour and a running tour of Central Park followed by evenings in some of the most amazing restaurants.
Inspiring people to travel and trading travel stories is what Mel is all about. She looks forward to taking the time to discuss your travel plans soon.
Sally Watson has a passion for travel and has been tailoring itineraries for more than 20 years.
Her experience is rich and diverse. She worked in one the first Cruise Centre branded store, managed the most profitable Flight Centre store in Australia and has also spent three years working in the corporate division. She is now a valued consultant at Travel Associates offering clients amazing holiday ideas, including European river cruises, Tahitian and Hawaiian Island adventures and Fijian escapes.
If you're contemplating a trip to Japan, be sure to seek Sally's advice. Having lived there for two years, she can steer you clear of tourist traps and toward the greatest local, authentic gems.
Sally’s personal favourite travel memory is stumbling across a local church service in a tiny school room in Lake Malawi, followed by an impromptu lunch back at the Minister's house. She'll also never forget teaching a Thai Hilltribe elder some English whilst staying in his family hut.
For a truly special holiday, particularly a family-friendly one, contact Sally.
Krista has had a life-long passion for travel, and it began with her own excursions, to destinations around the world. And because of her love of travel, Krista also found that she had a passion for customer service. She found that by sharing her travel knowledge, she could empower others to live out their own travel dreams, to follow their passions and interests and see the world at the same time.
“Thinking back to the many travel plans I’ve put together over the past twelve years or so, they all have one thing in common, and that is individuality. With every client, the destination may be different, and the sights and attractions may differ, but that’s what makes travel so special. The world is filled with unique experiences, and my passion is to find that special angle, to make every travel plan an individual experience – an experience based solely on the client and his or her own hobbies, passions or interests.”
Maybe you’re a foodie who wants to enrol in a cooking class in Thailand or China. Perhaps you’re an animal lover who dreams of seeing the ‘Big 5’ on an African sightseeing and photography safari. Or maybe you just want to get away from it all and laze the day away on a palm tree lined beach or poolside cabana.
Krista understands that travel planning can be complex, and it requires a detailed mind to manage and organise the many elements that come with building and managing an itinerary. Yet with her knowledge, personal touch and client outreach, she makes the planning process look and feel effortless.
Krista especially enjoys planning ski holidays and specialises in group travel for everyone from schools to dance, entertainment and ski groups.
Krista often recalls a client trip that she helped organise to Etosha National Park in Namibia. “Sleeping in a tent in the camp ground at Etosha and hearing the lions roaring close by was a thrill,” Krista remembers with glee. “We went down to the water hole in the middle of the night, and we were amazed to see the lions so close that we could hear them lapping at the water!”
Some of Krista’s other favourite destinations include New York City, Japan for its skiing, Barcelona, and Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast.
Kylie doubts her passion for travel will ever fade. She says even places she has visited many times, are still worth visiting again, as they are constantly changing and evolving. It's a good thing she feels this way, as she has already been to so many parts of the world.
Kylie's explored some of the most interesting parts of Europe including: Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Serbia. She lived on the border of Tuscany and Umbria for a month, in a gorgeous converted chapel. There, she adopted a dog, three cats and a horse and cooked up Italian storms like a local.
Kylie has travelled extensively through the Middle East and experienced everything from the tantalising cuisine of Turkey to the incredible diving in Dahab. Be sure to seek her recommendations if you are considering a journey to Jordan, Syria or Egypt.
She has a great sense of humour and says one of her greatest memories is sitting on Santa's knee at Macy's in New York...at the age of 35.
After travelling a lot herself, Amy loves being able to share her knowledge of the world with others by crafting imaginative and unforgettable itineraries. She likes nothing more than immersing herself in different cultures, discovering a destination’s cuisine, scenery, people and their way of life. Amy has travelled frequently to the United Kingdom, Canada, America and Asia – you can benefit from her first-hand experience to these destinations and more.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a memorable experience close to Amy's heart, such a special occasion and one of her recommendations for anyone travelling to Scotland.
With three kids, Amy has a passion to create the perfect family holiday. She also has experience in coordinating group travel, from schools and sporting teams to overseas weddings. Give her a call and take the stress out of organising your next trip away.