Brisbane Office:
7th Floor, 333 Adelaide Street
Brisbane

Queensland 4000

info@journeysworldwide.com.au

Ph: +61 7 3221 4788
Toll Free: 1300 734 788 (within Australia)
Mobile: +61 490 382 210

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Sunshine Coast Office:
Shop 6 – Buderim Mall, 86 Burnett St
Buderim

Queensland 4556

sunshinecoast@journeysworldwide.com.au

Ph: +61 7 3554 1201
Toll Free 1300 330 232 (within Australia)
Mobile: +61 490 815 850

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OUR TEAM

Sean Lues

Managing Director

Margaret Freebairn

Senior Tour Manager

Wietske Hattingh

Travel Consultant

Clifton Sylk

General Manager

Kirsten Wallis

Senior Travel Consultant

 

Sean  was brought up on the family dairy farm in the south of Zimbabwe, which he also worked on for a couple of years after completing his time at a rural boarding school on the border of Botswana. This upbringing instilled in him a passionate interest in the wildlife and great wild places of Africa.

 

Sean started guiding in and then managing some highly acclaimed camps in Africa since 1991 and in 1994 Sean was awarded the ‘Guide of the Year’ trophy, presented by the Zimbabwe Professional Guides Association for the best guide out of the final examinations. He was later also an examiner at these week-long practical examinations. Sean loves leading safaris in some of the amazing untouched wildlife areas of Africa, interpreting the bush and the ecology around him. Join him in February 2020 as he leads an exclusive group back to Tanzania, where the highlight is aimed at coinciding with the birthing period of hundreds of thousands in the Great Migration.

With a strong interest in photography, Sean has won competitions and had photos published in a few books and various magazines. During his travels he also spent a month in Belize, Central America. Whilst there he was tasked with photographing all of the Belizean National Parks for their promotional and advertising material.

At the beginning of 2016, after 11 years in Tanzania, Sean immigrated to Australia with his wife and two young children and joined the Journeys Worldwide team.

Sean Lues

Managing Director

email: sean@journeysworldwide.com.au

 

Our longest serving member of the team – Clifton started with the company in 1990!

 

Clifton has lived and travelled in India, South Africa and Australia, but he has also travelled through the United States and Europe.

Clifton’s main specialty is with southern Africa and India, but he is also a guru with air fares and is our constant ‘go-to’ in this department.

Clifton Sylk

General Manager

email: clifton@journeysworldwide.com.au

 

Kirsten started with Journeys Worldwide in 2010 after completing her Certificate 3 in Travel & Tourism. 

 

Kirsten (like all of us) loves to travel and has so far travelled to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Jordan, North America, Europe, UK, Ireland, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand & Malaysia.

She has also cruised Alaska, New Zealand & the Mediterranean.

 

So many highlights during her travels but her two favourites would be travelling on the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff and the game drives in Africa.

Kirsten Wallis

Senior Travel Consultant

email: kirsten@journeysworldwide.com.au

 

Wietske grew up in South Africa and completed her University degree there. She started travelling straight after school with her first trip to Europe and ended up living in The Netherlands for four years. Whilst there she landed a summer job guiding canoe safaris in Sweden.

 

Upon her return to South Africa Wietske started working for some of the top safari tour operators and travelled extensively in Southern and East Africa.

The travel bug bit again and she spent a year each in Seoul and Bangkok: teaching English and travelling around parts of Asia.

Wietske returned to the travel industry in Africa, spending a year in Windhoek, enjoying the desert and wildlife of Namibia. Back again in South Africa she specialized in Group and Incentive travel and attended several International Trade Shows in Europe. In 2011 Wietske immigrated to Australia with her family.

Wietske has a passion for wildlife and culture and wants to keep exploring the World!

Wietske Hattingh

Travel Consultant

email: wietske@journeysworldwide.com.au

 

We can’t remember when Margaret joined the team, but we know it was before 2000 – so about 20 years ago.

 

Margaret has been travelling the world personally and professionally as an executive tour director for over 30 years and has led well-over 100 trips, both internationally and within Australia, having been on the Trans-Siberian railway, through Russia, Jordan, through most (all?) the -stan countries and across through all of the countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan etc.

North America has certainly not escaped her attention and she has crisscrossed this area a number of times.

A specialist in the Indian sub-continent, Margaret has led numerous bespoke luxury journeys to both popular and more remote locations including Goa, Varanasi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Kathmandu, Nepal. Margaret has an extraordinary knowledge of the country, it’s culture, history and diverse range of peoples. She has developed long term relationships with a unique and eclectic collection of local people including villagers, artisans, fashion designers, block print fabric printers, monks, spiritual healers, hoteliers, restauranteurs and performers.

Margaret led a trip through India in February 2019 and we have another scheduled with her for November this year.

North Africa is also a real interest for Margaret and we are looking at putting together a guided itinerary to Morocco soon.

Margaret Freebairn

Senior Tour Manager