We transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
- We tailor make each journey, taking into account our guest’s passions and interests. The more you tell us, the more we are able to do this.
- Our journeys include authentic and local experiences; encounters with local experts and colourful Australian characters.
- We truly do design our journeys to enrich, surprise, delight and captivate the travellers.
- We know the intricacies of each region and how best to reveal what makes them special.
- Our entire team travels to various parts of the country – we are always out & about discovering more.
- We draw on a big pool of relationships to create unique experiences.
- We have developed a range of unique ‘Alquemie Exclusive’ touring experiences – only available through Alquemie
- Our network of contacts around the country is second to none and means we are uniquely well-informed to design an experience of Australia that goes to the heart of the country.
- Most importantly – our creativity! High-end experiential travel borders on event management. Ask us about the more creative things we have arranged for clients.
Our goal is to leave every guest spellbound after their journey in Australia. With this in mind, we prefer to craft the entire Australian experience from the moment you step onto our beautiful continent. This allows us to reveal the magic of Australia through a carefully constructed itinerary that will enchant, educate and surprise. Our mantra: ‘anybody can book accommodation, where we add value is by layering in the magic’.
With expertise, we will weave together any or all of the following:
Bespoke experiences • Private Tours • Special interest guides • Accommodation • Yacht charter • Dining • Air safari • Light aircraft • Jet • Heli • Rail • Transfers • Self-drive
MEET OUR TEAM
Our passionate team of specialists bring together leading experts, experiences, and products to tailor an itinerary specific to the interests and profile of each traveller. Each trip has its own unique character and influence.
I grew up with the iconic Aussie childhood of sand & surf and was born and raised in Coffs Harbour, so I know the secret travel spots of mid-north coast of New South Wales up to Byron Bay really well. During the 70’s my grandmother was a cook at Pine Tree Lodge on Lord Howe Island, and I spent many school holidays exploring the island. It’s one of Australia’s most idyllic places.
In 1990 I joined the travel industry and spent many years travelling the far reaches of the world, however since joining Alquemie I have become aware of all the beautiful places in my own backyard that I previously didn’t realise existed. I’m excited that others will get to discover them as well.
I grew up in Perth, a child of the 60’s and if I was asked to describe the first decade of my life I would say you are better off to read Tim Winton’s ‘Cloudstreet’. It is one of my favourite books as it describes the suburbs that are familiar to me. My grandparent’s breakfast nook, their back garden with compost pit and grape vine, their Sunday lunch table could all have inspired Tim’s writings.
My early working years were spent in airlines, hotels and travel companies – the foundations of a career that I found by chance and by travel. I have lived in Rome, Dubai and India, I have travelled extensively through Africa and Europe. En route I have spent time in major US and Asian cities and yet there is so much more. I think I have been to 54 countries, I think I have another 54 on my wish list!!
For about 17 years I specialised in arranging up-market travel to Africa, I loved the luxury lodges, the rustic camps, exotic islands and being in the bush, learning from expert and passionate guides. Incredible India has been another favourite of mine. I love that it is so varied; around every corner, over every hill everything changes – language, religion, cuisine, clothing, history and more.
In 2007, having spent years arranging travel to India and Africa for people from all over the world, I felt it was time to focus on my own home country. Australia has so much to offer – vast unspoilt wilderness areas, a unique flora & fauna, friendly and fun people and stunning cities. More importantly, Australia now offers more than the stock-standard-five-star-hotel-luxury type of travel; the Australian travel scene is now all about the experience, some of it in luxury, some of it exclusive and some of it adventure based – but all of it delivered with real passion. And that’s exciting to me!
I’m originally from Melbourne but as a teenager my family moved to Wollongong so I also know Sydney well. My passion for travel started very early as my parents loved to travel throughout Australia and get off the beaten track so I have been lucky enough to see some of the best parts of Australia and experience all of the things that make it unlike any other place in the world.
At 22 I moved to London and travelled extensively throughout Europe as well as briefly to Africa and the USA which was an incredible experience and really helped me gain a wealth of knowledge to prepare me for my future career aspirations in the travel industry.
Upon returning home to Australia in 2007 I started my career in Travel Consulting which has also allowed me to further indulge my passion for travel, particularly for viewing wildlife. I have been fortunate enough to have seen such a diverse amount in the wild from orcas in Norway to the big five in South Africa and even grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park, but one of my favourites was swimming with a whale shark on Ningaloo Reef!
With my passion for planning unforgettable holidays, along with my passion for Australia it was a natural transition for me to join the team at Alquemie and bring my two passions together!
There is nothing more exciting than travelling. I live from trip to trip and in between I enjoy working in the travel industry.
I grew up in Germany. While I was still at school, I started travelling in Europe, went on a student exchange program to Britain and visited pen-friends in the US. That was long before the internet and e-mails! I also had a pen-friend in Melbourne who I always wanted to visit but it was just that little bit too far back then.
Australia was always on top of my list of must-visit countries. My first visit to Australia was as a backpacker and I spent 18 months exploring this wonderful country. Some of my fondest memories of that trip are sailing in the Whitsundays, a camping trip from Perth to Darwin and staying in an Aboriginal community in Arnhemland. Eventually I was able to return to Australia and have lived and worked in Sydney for over 20 years. I enjoy the Australian lifestyle and the outdoors – sailing on Sydney Harbour, scuba-diving and bushwalking.
There is nothing more exciting than meeting other passionate people in the industry who constantly come up with new and exciting ideas how to best showcase what Australia has to offer! This passion is reflected in the itineraries I create for our clients.
Born and raised on Bondi Beach I feel I know Sydney like the back of my hand. Raised by Croatian parents I was lucky enough to travel overseas often to see family and it felt like my second home on the other side of the world. It was these trips in which there started the passion!
After finishing school, I travelled regularly through Europe and Asia. My day job of ten years working within the retail sector was perfect to support my wandering spirit. I studied a multitude of various courses that never really spoke to me and for some reason I always denied the burning flame inside of me.
A couple of years ago I decided if I love this so much, it’s time to make it my career. Changing my career completely I decided to partake in a stint in studying Travel & Tourism. After graduating and one more overseas trip I was lucky enough to join the team here at Alquemie!
I’ve been inspired about travel, cultures and cities my entire life and what I really began to discover is that the most amazing experiences lie right here on my very doorstep. Alquemie is helping fuel my passion and has enhanced my knowledge bank of all the corners of Australia.
Now I’m ready to show the international market exactly what our own country has to offer!
I grew up in Toulouse near the Pyrenees mountains in the south of France so I love climbing, hiking and mountaineering. I love to take my backpack and all my gear to camp in places where there is nothing and no one except nature and my tent.
My parents love to travel and I was six months old when they first took me to the Caribbean. This was just the beginning – as I grew up we went to one or two different countries each year. All up they took me to over 25 different countries!
I studied tourism in Toulouse and when I finished at 19 I went to Mexico to work as a guide in a National Park for a year. Following that I went to Guatemala and worked as a Travel Agent and then on to Peru where I lived in Cusco for almost three years (my favourite part). I worked as a travel agent and mountain guide during peak season. Peru is definitely my adoptive country (apart from Australia!).
From Peru I went to new Zealand where I worked as a Travel Agent for a year, followed by a big road trip around the country. Since then I’ve travelled around Australia from Ayers Rock to Sydney via Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Melbourne, and spent five months in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.
I came back in Sydney because I had enjoyed this city during my trip, and because of all of the Australian contrasts and the richness the country has to offer. I just miss the mountains… a lot ! And I apologise to Kosciusko and the Blue Mountains but they are not “mountains” ☺!
I love working with Alquemie because the trips I organise are 100% different from trips organised at any old travel agency and 100% different to how I travel by myself – for these reasons it’s very interesting and every day opens a window to a different world despite being on the same planet. I love to discover it.
Happiest with a passport in hand! From the age of 18 I have spent most of my free time travelling. It began with one ‘gap year’ that I managed to stretch into two; it was pure pleasure to have no time limit but, as so often happens, the money ran out. Additionally having back-packed and ‘roughed it’ for those two years, the lure of a more comfortable style of travel became irresistible and I joined a boutique London travel consultancy promoting high end travel to worldwide destinations.
In 2007 I moved to Sydney to work with Alquemie, a specialist travel company designing unique and captivating itineraries, and travelled extensively in Australia. Returning to London I continued to promote travel to Australia but in February 2015 decided to set up my own company – By Georgie – to represent inspired travel experiences. I am privileged to work with award winning country specialists in some of the most spectacular destinations in the world. I serve as Alquemie’s Ambassador in the agent and tour operator communities in the UK and Europe.
I feel like I was born to travel. From an early age my parents took my sister and I on international and domestic holidays but the turning point was when I finished school in Australia and spent a year living in France as an exchange student. The initial culture shock was huge but it’s what I thrive on now.
Since then I’ve travelled to over 50 countries and have been lucky enough to have the most amazing experiences that many only dream of. Many of them have been in warm climates so the next few I visit will be covered in ice. I’m keen to see how cultures and animals survive in extremely cold conditions.
Until I worked with Alquemie I never gave my home country the credit it deserved but the more I discover about Australia, the more I’m blown away by it. I truly believe it’s the next big travel destination – there are so many magical hidden places just waiting to be revealed to those who seek them.
Travel, almost since birth, has been an integral part of my life. Although born in Australia, I was packed off to school in England at the early age of 8 years and remained there for much of my education through to a geography degree in Edinburgh, Scotland.
A trip to my mother’s homeland, Kenya, when I was 11 years old sparked an interest in wildlife that has flourished over the years and spawned many trips back to Africa. My father’s working life was in Australia and South-East Asia, a linkage that took itself back through a family business established by his great grandfather as an early investor in Australia’s beef industry and cold storage businesses in South-east Asia.
After years living and working in various regions around the the world I returned to Australia to work with a nature tour operator/conservationist based in Canberra. Following this I spent almost a year searching out the right places and people around Australia, who I felt had the natural location, the charisma and the knowledge to provide an experience of the “real Australia” rather than the somewhat contrived versions that many visitors to the country experience from the air-conditioned confines of a mini bus, or the 5 star international luxury of a coastal resort.