Meet The Team
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, who has resided in The Whitsundays since 2011. Born and bred in sunny Queensland, 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: An extended 10 month road trip through Europe will be pretty hard to top.
Dream Holiday Destination: It changes every year. 2017's winners are India, Morocco and Egypt. I've had more than my fair share of islands in the last few years, so something completely different would have to be on the cards!
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 - Social Media Guru
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.
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 - Travel 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.
LILY MERCIECA - Senior 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 Beach 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!
JENNA BRANNAN - Travel Consultant
Jenna is originally from Manchester, England. Back in 2007 she got a 1 way ticket to Sydney and fell in love with Australia. The Whitsundays have been her home now for the last 4 years.
Favourite holiday So Far: was an epic 6 months travelling South America.
Dream Holiday Destination: The list is too long!
What do you love about your job: That I get to work in an industry I am passionate about.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: The relaxed vibe, the beautiful surrounds, the people and the fact that I can wear shorts and a t-shirt pretty much all year round, day and night!
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Being on a boat, watching the sun set with a nice glass of wine in hand
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Atlantic Clipper, gotta love a boat with slides on it!
If You Had a Million Dollars: I'd like to think I would wisely invest the majority of it but I know I I'd also want a good chunk to spend on travelling.
PEGGY BUT - Travel Consultant, Greater China
Driven by a passion for travel and the incredible nature, Peggy has moved to Airlie Beach from Hong Kong. With the ability to speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese, she is more than happy to share the best way to see the Whitsundays with travellers from all around the world!
Favourite holiday So Far: Love all of them, each place is unique!
Dream Holiday Destination: All those places that I haven't been to!
What do you love about your job: Surrounded by lovely people in Airlie Beach and get to tell people how amazing the Whitsundays is :)
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: Definitely the wonderful nature and breath-taking sunsets
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: The super-healing sunset boardwalk
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Solway Lass - Love Tallship! :)
If You Had a Million Dollars: I would give it away to people in need and leave enough to travel until I find a perfect place to create my 100% sustainable community to live for the rest of my life!
BEN WRIGHT - Videographer/Photographer
Ben was given the opportunity to travel Australia with video & photography, opening his eyes to what the world has to offer. It was at this time Ben recognised his passion for exploring wild & off-beat destinations. He hasn't looked back since.
Favourite holiday So Far: Thailand - Exploring the lesser known area's that tourist's normally wouldn't.
Dream Holiday Destination: Hawaii - So many unbelievable unknown hikes in that area ! It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it!
What do you love about your job: Capturing that special moment for our guests and being able to listen to everyone's unique story about traveling! I love being able to have a laugh and share my knowledge of the Whitsundays with guests to!
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: Every trip out to the Islands is different! I'm always constantly seeing new unique landscapes or animals and meeting new people, It never gets old.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Venturing off on the hikes that look over Airlie Beach or packing my tent to camp the night under the milky way at Hydeaway Bay.
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Powerplay - Was my first trip! and we get a great mix between socialising and relaxing. Who doesn't want to chill out in a hot tub while cruising the Whitsunday Islands?
If You Had a Million Dollars: Spend it on experiences and see as much possible!
KENZIE COLBOURNE - Content Administrator
Kenzie was born and raised in Canada, but after one visit to the Whitsundays, fell completely in love! Now working on the website, she's the go-to when it comes to writing about all things Whitsundays!
Favourite holiday So Far: Australia of course! Coming from Canada, Australia was such an amazing change from home. With all the wonderful natural beauty, amazing people and great weather, what's not to love!
Dream Holiday Destination: Italy - food, wine, history, it's got it all!
What do you love about your job: I love the Whitsundays and this job allows me to write about them all day long. I get to research and develop content for such an amazing part of the world, which allows me to get to know them a little more everyday.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: I absolutely love the sea, and being here allows me to jump in and enjoy it anytime I want. Having the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in your backyard isn't so bad either!
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Snorkel and swim!
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: I love Adventurer because it has small group numbers, but also allows for a great place to meet new people. It's great for just relaxing and enjoy some quality time in the Whitsundays.
If You Had a Million Dollars: I'd never stop travelling!
SAM CLAPHAM - Travel Consultant
As a Dive Instructor, Sam's work has allowed him to travel to some of the worlds best dive locations. After falling in love with the reef and islands of the Whitsundays, Sam quickly developed a passion for sailing. After graduating from the Whitsundays Maritime College as a Vessel Master and spent the past 5 years exploring the area onboard the Whitsunday Catamaran fleet.
Favourite holiday destination so far: Micronesia - Chuuk Lagoon, Home to the worlds biggest ship graveyard! A wreck divers dream!
Dream holiday destination: Vanuata - Santo, Home to the SS President Coolidge Wreck Dive! ( A divers bucketlist never ends!)
What you love about your job: Our team - We are so lucky to have such an amazing group of local experts with a passion for sharing the Whitsundays with the world.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: Everything! From the reefs to Whitehaven Beach, you just cant get sick of this place.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Getting out on the water; fishing, snorkelling and diving, sailing or jetskiing! Just get me out there!
Your favourite overnight sailing trip and why: Powerplay - the first boat to show me the magical Whitsundays, an unforgettable experience!
If you had a million dollars: I owe my love of travel to my parents and would love to thank them with more family holidays.
BIANCA STOW - Travel Consultant
Growing up in Melbourne, Bianca visited the Whitsundays for a summer job. That was 6 years ago! After realising her love of the environment and travel, she couldn't think of a better way to combine the two and decided that the Whitsundays was the place to stay.
Favourite holiday So Far: 4 months backpacking in South-East Asia followed by a 2 year pit-stop in Europe! Doesn't get much better than that.
Dream Holiday Destination: All of them! But next on the list is the Northern Lights in Finland and the whale-shark aggregation in Isla Mujeres.
What do you love about your job: Sharing this slice of paradise with our customers, so they fall in love with the Whitsundays too.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: Being in, on or by the water, especially if it's with my Whitsundays adopted family.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Watch the sunrise over Shute Harbour on a winter morning. There's nothing quite like it.
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Anaconda. As a keen diver, Bait Reef is definitely a highlight in my diving log.
If You Had a Million Dollars: I would travel, obviously! But this time I would bring my beautiful family to share the experiences.
SARA PLUMMER - Travel Consultant
When Sara first boarded the plane from Sydney to Airlie Beach she only expected to stay for 6 months. Now, almost 5 years later, Sara feels more at home here than anywhere else in the world. Her love of the ocean, the environment and a great night out meant that Airlie Beach is a dream destination for her.
Favourite holiday So Far: Either the snow fields of Japan or roadtripping around Ireland... or working in Portugal. Ahh there's too many!
Dream Holiday Destination: Diving in the Galapagos is at the top of my bucket list.
What do you love about your job: Making people happy all over the world.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: The marine life. Nothing beats whale season in the Whitsundays.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Honeyeater Lookout hike for sunrise or sunset followed closely by a Sunday sesh at Shed Bar with my mates. Life is all about balance.
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Solway Lass. So much history and beauty in one boat, plus they have a rope swing.
If You Had a Million Dollars: I would use it for those less fortunate and keep just enough for my friends/family and I to travel.
ELINE OWEN - Travel Consultant
Once upon a time Eline was a passenger on one of the boats in the Whitsundays and she was asked if she wanted a job on the boats. Not needing a single second to think about it, she immediately said yes. While the initial plan was to stay for 3 months and then start travelling again, things changed. Years later, Eline is still in the Whitsundays, floating through life as an overnight sailing hostess, a Whitsundays skipper and travel consultant. Airlie Beach is now home for the long term.
Favourite holiday So Far: South Africa. Everything simply fell in to place with legendary people around me and so many incredible things to do!
Dream Holiday Destination: An icy cold winter experience in Lapland with sleigh riding, reindeer riding, seeing the Northern lights and lots of skiing.
What do you love about your job: Helping people to get the best Whitsundays experience possible and actually doing a job that you love.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: The Hill Inlet lookout and whale season.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: Sunday sesh at Shed Bar and roadtrips to Hideaway Bay
Favourite Overnight Sailing Trip and Why: Powerplay! The perfect balance of all the goodness in the Whitsundays.
If You Had a Million Dollars: I would travel forever with friends and family and show my mom around the world. Six months in the snow and six months in the sun for the rest of my life!
RYAN WAIT - Travel Consultant
South African born and bred, I ventured to the Whitsundays on a short holiday in 2010 and never left. I have a passion for travel and in particular outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, diving and fishing.
Favourite holiday destination so far: South East Asia (all of it so far), Diving -Tioman Island, Slow-Boat down the Mekong, Bike trip through Vietnam and Sunsets in Bagan. Got to love the Banana Pancake trail.
Dream holiday destination: At the moment the dream is a South American road trip, with a lot of diving and fishing on the cards. Hopefully some cave diving in Mexico, followed by a visit to Peru, Brazil and Ecuador.
What you love about your job: Working with a great team that are passionate about travel (in particular the east coast of Australia) and an amazing customer experience, all while enjoying the nomadic lifestyle I have come to love.
What do you love most about the Whitsundays: Waking up on the crack of dawn while at anchor to whale songs which can be heard below deck and sticking my head out the cabin to find it's a glass sea outside.
Favourite thing to do in Airlie Beach: When not being out on the water it would be enjoying a few beers with mates exchanging fishing stories or going on any one of the hiking trails that can be found around Shute Harbour.
Your favourite overnight sailing trip and why: Kiana - As an avid diver and big fan of the Outer Reef, this tour delivers it all for me. Sailing in a small group, visiting the best spots around Hook and Hayman Island, Hill Inlet and still being able to enjoy some diving and snorkelling out at Bait Reef all in one trip.
If you had a million dollars: I would like to say I would head to the Casino and put it all on black - but this would not be the case unfortunately! I would be taking the boring route and be investing in a diversified portfolio with the aim to double the money in 15 years, if I achieve this then an extravagant holiday would be on the cards.