Meet The Team
KEITH ROBERTS – Director
Eager to escape the Melbourne rat race, Keith packed his family to set sail up the East Coast in 1999. Life however had other plans, and the Roberts family found themselves falling in love with the crystal clear waters of The Whitsundays. Keith purchased his first overnight sailing boat called Powerplay in 2002, before going on to forge the highly successful Whitsunday Catamarans. Thinking one company wasn’t enough, easily-bored Keith then purchased a share in Mr-Travel in 2005. When he’s not glued to his phone, these days you will find Keith racing around Pioneer Bay on his catamaran “Wild Thing” and brainstorming new ideas for Sailing Whitsundays.
Favourite holiday So Far: Hayman Island. Yep, it is cool.
Dream Holiday Destination? Sarawak cruise.
What do you love about your job: I work with people who love boats.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: The climate and time spent seeing whales, dolphins and turtles.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Go sailing.
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Whitsunday Adventurer. It is the perfect social mix for me.
If You Had a Million Dollars: I would buy another boat.
ANGIE WALLACE – General Manager
What was once a casual ‘gap year’ occupation has since turned into a driven and rewarding career for General Manager of The Mr Travel Group, Angie Wallace. Angie is a stickler when it comes to offering quality customer service and always has new ideas to ensure things run smoothly for her clients.
Favourite holiday So Far: My life is a holiday – but riding around in a beat up Jeep in Northern Bali is pretty up there.
Dream Holiday Destination: Toss up between Italy or Spain! That amount of pasta makes me weak at the knees.
What do you love about your job: Staying ahead of the pack, and consistently reinventing the wheel to make life easier for our customers.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: Every day feels like the weekend, and jeans are only required for around six weeks of the year.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Cheese platter on the beach in a camping chair with a few pals in the late afternoon.
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Powerplay, my first love - It was the first overnight trip I did here! Can’t beat the space, the type of travellers on board and of course the hot tub.
If You Had a Million Dollars: You would never see me again!
KENDALL GARDINER – Senior Travel Consultant
The Whitsundays were always on the 'bucket list' for Kendall, and after one boat trip she was in love! Born and raised in America, Kendall brings worldly-knowledge, combined with her passion for travel and enthusiasm to create the perfect holiday for her customers.
Favourite holiday destination so far: Florence, Italy. I studied there for 6 months in college and fell in love with the history and people, but
more importantly the food and wine. Pasta and gelato two-a-days was my motto.
Dream holiday destination: A safari in the Serengeti (Tanzania, Africa) during the great migration. I'll go a roundabout way so that I can stop off in China to hold a panda on the way.
What you love about your job: My Sailing Whitsunday's Family! I get to go to work every day with some of the most clever and funniest people I've ever met, who just so happen to love frozen coke and Taylor Swift just as much as I do.
What do you love most about The Whitsundays: Whale season! Having the opportunity to see whales in the wild was one of the most special experiences I've had to date. For an American who is used to squirrels and deer, the abundance of close encounters with wildlife such as turtles, dolphins and whales is surreal!
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Watching the sunset, drink in hand with friends at Sorrentos down at the marina.
Your favourite overnight sailing trip and why: Tongarra will always hold a special place in my heart! The first overnight boat I went on in the Whitsunday's and she made me fall in love with the area. Plus, the only boat that gives you the opportunity to sleep outside under the stars!
If you had a million dollars: I would quench my wanderlust! I would get an amazing camera, travel and blog my way through the world.
LOUISE OFFICER - Travel Consultant
Calling Airlie Beach home and with her established career in the travel industry, Louise is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all aspects of the Whitsundays. Louise is also a seasoned globe-trotter and loves that she can combine her passion for travel with her work.
Favourite holiday So Far: Spending three months travelling through the UK and Europe.
Dream Holiday Destination: Anywhere that the drinks are cold, the sun is hot, and the ocean is at your feet!
What do you love about your job: Assisting customers find their perfect trip so they too can experience the magical place we live and make life long memories.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: The tropical environment all year round, and the friendly locals.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Explore the many beautiful islands, with a chilled bottle of wine (or 2).
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Whitsunday Getaway – There is nothing I enjoy more than a relaxing sail in the sun with a variety of amazing food, then retiring to my luxurious cabin.
If You Had a Million Dollars: I would buy a boat and sail away into the sunset with my loved ones.
Nicola Rushton - Travel Consultant
Though she has lived in Airlie Beach for a while now, Nicola still pinches herself when she looks out over the Whitsundays everyday. Born in the United Kingdom, Nicola has been unable to leave Airlie Beach after falling in love with the relaxed atmosphere, the islands and the beaches.
Favourite holiday destination so far: The Whitsundays are a piece of paradise.
Dream holiday destination: Australia! And here I am.
What you love about your job: The people! Getting the chance to help find the best trip for there needs is particularly satisfying.
What do you love most about The Whitsundays: The relaxed atmosphere .
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: A jetski tour! so much fun and an awesome adrenalin boost.
Your favourite overnight sailing trip and why: Anaconda III, the chance to do it all! Loved playing in the white silica sands on Whitehaven Beach, experience the magic of Bait Reef when a huge turtle swam alongside me while scuba diving and not missing out on the fishbowl at Blue Pearl Bay, Hayman Island!
If you had a million dollars: I'd buy an apartment on 'The World' cruise ship and see the world!
LIZZY GANNON – Travel Consultant
Originally from the UK, Lizzy and her young family now happily call Airlie Beach their home. As a long-term sales consultant, Lizzy provides extensive travel knowledge and understands putting in that something extra goes a long way with her customers.
Favourite holiday destination so far: Fiji and Borneo.
Dream holiday destination: Bora Bora
What you love about your job: The great team I work with.
What do you love most about The Whitsundays: Weather and the relaxed environment
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Afternoon drinks at Capers or Sorrento’s with friends
Your favourite overnight sailing trip and why: Whitsunday Adventurer, it’s a great boat to relax on and love the paddleboard and kayak.
If you had a million dollars: Buy a private jet so I take my daughter to visit family in UK, via Bora Bora.
JAYME BATE - Senior Travel Consultant
Making the move from Canada to Australia, Jayme is a traveller at heart who fell in love with Airlie Beach and the tropical surroundings. Jayme has spent time as a hostess on the overnight sailing boats and has rejoined the Sailing-Whitsundays team as stores manager.
Favourite holiday destination so far: Santorini, Greece. I love Greek food :)
Dream holiday destination: I've always wanted to do an African Safari!
What you love about your job: Being able to find the perfect trip for someone! I love hearing what a great time they had :)
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: Snorkeling on the reef with all the fishies, and all the different people from around the world that you get to meet from day to day.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Sit in the sun, enjoy a cold drink, and watch all the boats sail by!
Your favourite overnight sailing trip and why: Whitsunday Adventurer - it has so many activities to enjoy and a great social atmosphere!
If you had a million dollars: I would travel as much of the world as possible and enjoy all of the food and culture along the way!
BOBO NG - Sales Consultant, Greater China
Originally from Hong Kong, Bobo has fallen in love with the lifestyle of Airlie Beach and has decided to call the region her home for a while! Bobo is an asset to Sailing-Whitsundays with her great sales skills and ability to speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese!
Favourite holiday destination so far: Sri Lanka.
Dream holiday destination: Macedonia.
What you love about your job: I get to meet different people from around the world every day!
What do you love most about The Whitsundays: The lifestyle and friendly neighbours.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Get on the boat to do some “sunshine ”stuff.
Your favourite overnight sailing trip and why: Prima - best crew ever.
If you had a million dollars: Travel around the world and run a hostel in my favourite place.
NORA KUUSISTO – Content, Images and Videography
Born in Finland, Nora couldn’t resist the lure of the tropical Whitsundays, and since arriving in the region she hasn’t been able to leave! During her time in Airlie Beach, Nora has worked as a hostess on the overnight vessels and as a talented photographer.
Favourite holiday destination so far: the Whitsundays - reason why I'm still here, why leave :)
Dream holiday destination: Australia, in general. Living the dream man!
What you love about your job: Getting to work in the most beautiful surroundings, with a great bunch of people and talking to others about how to best experience this place.
What do you love most about The Whitsundays: The underwater world.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: A boat trip!
Your favourite overnight sailing trip and why: Solway Lass, because they have a rope swing.
If you had a million dollars: I would visit all the top 10 most unique hotels in the world.
TEGAN DUNN – Content Manager & Travel Consultant
Born in Western Australia, a passion for travelling to new places and a love of sunshine brought Tegan to Airlie Beach for the first time almost 8 years ago. After recently travelling around Australia she is now back in the Whitsundays.
Favourite holiday destination so far: I can never choose a favourite anything! Road-tripping around Croatia was pretty amazing.
Dream holiday destination: I'd go back to Greece time and time again but I have been thinking about central America for somewhere new to explore.
What you love about your job: I love the general vibe of the office as I work with some amazing individuals
What do you love most about The Whitsundays: The laid-back lifestyle and the beauty! I think I appreciate it with fresh eyes after coming back from city living.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Afternoon drinks in the sunshine & spending time out on the water.
Your favourite overnight sailing trip and why: Powerplay or Adventurer. I love cats!
If you had a million dollars: I'd be able to travel the world a whole lot quicker...
LILY MERCIECA – Travel Consultant, Social Media Guru
A Whitsundays local and previous hostess on overnight sailing trips, Lily knows the area like the back of her hand! If she is not hard at work, you can usually find this tiny dancer at McDonald's.
Favourite holiday So Far: Solomon Islands – A little known and unspoilt paradise!
Dream Holiday Destination: A little beach front hut in the Seychelles would be absolutely bliss
What do you love about your job: Having grown up here I feel very passionately about giving visitors to the Whitsundays the best slice of paradise I was very lucky to grow up with.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: Whitehaven and turtles!
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: I love doing the hikes around the area and then cooling with a swim after! Followed by good food and good company at Anchor Bar.
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Whitsunday Adventurer - I worked on her for a while. She's my baby!
If You Had a Million Dollars: I would invest it all and watch that cash flowwwww!
CHELSEA COOKE - â€‹Travel Store Manager
Born and bred in Australia's Tropical Paradise with a hint of the gypsy lifestyle growing up, Chelsea has always sought new adventures and is no stranger to travel. This is the reason why the travel agent job was always meant to be her calling. Now with 8 years experience in the industry, Chelsea thrives to create the perfect holiday for her customers!
Favourite holiday destination so far: I am blessed that my life is a holiday with the job I am lucky to have! But I did leave a little bit of me heart behind in Bali and return to find it over and over again.
Dream Holiday Destination: Anywhere in the world that has scuba diving locations. I plan to travel the world one dive at a time!
What do you love about your job: â€‹Providing the best travel experience to my customers and making holiday dreams come true! Plus I am very fortunate to work with an amazing team and to be a part of a professional/exciting company!
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: The people and waking up every day knowing I live in paradise!
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: â€‹Island Hopping, or after a beautiful well needed rainy day, waterfall and creek chasing.
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Being a diver, it is always a must that I choose a Whitsundays boat that includes diving. Powerplay was my first love. Sexy catamaran, jacuzzi and diving!
If You Had a Million Dollars: I would fulfill my holiday dreams and travel to every location possible in the world, buy a boat, pay off my parents mortgage and donate a big chunk to charity! Big believer of pass it forward!