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Chelmer, QLD 4068
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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
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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.”
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.
Kylie is a great storyteller. Her wealth of travel experience is brought to life through her inspirational, hilarious and colourful narratives. If you’re looking for a consultant who understands the full sensory experience of travelling, book with Ms Brumwell.
This Travel Manager knows the most precious memories are not necessarily seeing the big tourist sights, but the unexpected moments and meaningful interactions we have when we are in a new destination.
Kylie recalls walking down a street in New York City and a handsome African American gentleman walking towards her. They both stepped aside to allow the other to pass but stepped in the same direction. They instinctually stepped to the opposite side but again, mirrored each other’s actions. “The next things I knew, he extended his hand towards me and joked: Shall we have this dance?” Kylie says. “And we proceeded to waltz down the street!”
Another memorable interchange was with a Colombian taxi driver. It was the first person Kylie spoke to when she arrived in the northern tip of South America. As he loaded her luggage into the cab, he remarked: “No one has been shot this week!”. She knew right there and then that she was in for an adventure.
She loves helping others plan their South American holiday and says you will never forget walking through the Sun Gate and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time. “Go early in the morning,” Kylie suggests. “As the morning mist clears, you will see it spread out below you – it’s just breathtaking.”
How does someone with more than 20 years experience as a travel specialist, have so many incredible travel tales of her own? Kylie says one of the best things she ever did was take a travelling ‘gap year’ in her mid 30’s with her husband. “We cruised around Europe, the Middle East and Asia,” she says. “We travelled so well together. It brought us so much closer and left us with so many special and unique memories.”
Kylie loves spending her days putting together life-changing holidays for others. One of the most momentous itineraries she has ever put together was for a lovely young girl who had been permanently paralysed in a car accident and bound to a wheelchair. This brave girl was determined to travel and asked Kylie to organise a trip through Europe. "It was very difficult logistically as a lot of cities and hotels in Europe are not wheelchair-friendly," says Kylie. "But we managed to put together something great. Her and her sister enjoyed the trip of a lifetime. It made her realise that although her life had changed so much, she could still realise her dreams. Being a part of that is something I will never forget.”
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.
Sally is a glass-half-full kind of person. Not many people would not paint the time they were hit by a bike in a positive light. And yet, Sally says it is one of her most memorable travel memories.
“I was touring around East Africa and got hit by a bike in Malawi!” Sally says. “Luckily, I was okay. The locals took me along to their Sunday church service so I could thank the Lord for saving me life. Then I ended up back at the Minister’s house for lunch!”
The incident wasn’t enough to scare Sally away from other adventurous activities. “I love skiing and I think Park City in Utah is home to some of the best slopes I’ve ever seen,” she says. “Or maybe I remember it so fondly because after a long day we would head for a delicious dinner and drinks at Robert Redford's restaurant, Zoom," Sally says she has booked many a ski holiday in Canada and Japan as well, for those looking to shred outside the USA.
Sally has hiked her way to the top of Wayna Picchu, (the lesser known but equally beautiful mountain of Peru) and recommends it to those seeking a unique view of Macchu Picchu. “It was a 3-day trek to get there,” Sally recalls. “But when I looked down over the stunning Incan citadel, it was all worth it. I remember hearing beautiful Peruvian pipe music echoing through the valley.”
If you aren't yet feeling as though your athletic efforts pale in comparison to Sally's, try this on for size: she not only participated in but successfully completed, the New York Marathon. To make you feel better, though, she will tell you the best part was retiring to the timelessly elegant The Plaza Hotel. "The glamour and sophistication of their iconic suites are just amazing at the best of times," she says. "Let alone when all you want to do is be still, rest and relax!"
After working in the travel industry for more than 20 years, Sally says there are just too many incredible places in the world to be able to choose a favourite. She will happily immerse herself in any destination and assist others to experience all kinds of different cultures. “Whether you’re looking to get lost in the wild, enjoy a White Christmas or even do a wine tour, I’d love to help you out.”
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.
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.
Are you craving mountain wilderness, iconic hilltop castles and a vibrant cultural scene? Sounds like a trip to Scotland is in order!
And there’s no better consultant to put together your highland getaway than Amy, who has travelled to Scotland several times and rates it as one of her favourite destinations.
“The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a memorable experience that will always be close to my heart,” Amy says. “It is such a special occasion and I’d highly recommend it to anyone travelling to Scotland.”
As a mother of three kids, Amy is skilled at planning great family holidays. Many of us dream of taking our children to Disneyland and Amy was thrilled to turn that dream into a reality recently. “We totally surrendered to the fairytale,” says Amy. “We released our imagination and inner child for nearly a whole week!” For those looking for an accommodation suggestion that will complement busy days at the theme park, Amy proposes the Grand Californian Resort.
“I’ve got other great ideas for family getaways too,” say Amy. “I know that every family is different and so too are their holiday aspirations. I will also tailor a holiday to suit the client.”
"For example, some clients of mine really wanted to visit Yosemite National Park but the general tours on offer were a bit too strenuous for them," she says. "I organised a private tour for them so that they could enjoy its beauty at their own pace."
If you’re craving a flop-and-drop retreat, Amy knows some of the most luxurious villas in Bali. “There’s luxury, then there’s extreme luxury!” she laughs.
And this essentially describes Amy and her travel management skills. You know when you book a holiday with her it’s going to be better, if not the best.