Marion Bunnik created her first tour back in 2003. Now over 10 years later the tour program has expanded to include over 50 itineraries to some of the world's most exciting and exotic destinations. As well as expanding the tour program the in-house team has grown too and today numbers over 50 and includes 10 different nationalities. Having such a diverse background and a natural passion for travel means there are not many places in the world where one of the team hasn’t spent time.
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Marion Bunnik, Product Director
The founder of Bunnik Tours travel flows in Marion’s blood, as she is rarely home for more than 2 months consecutively as she explores the world. Marion has been to over 80 countries and all 7 continents… space travel might be on the cards as she looks for new destinations to travel to. She has recently travelled to Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Holland, America, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and India.
Marion has a great love for culture and learning languages, as she can speak French, Dutch, German, Spanish and even a bit of Indonesian and English (or Double Dutch). Marion is happily married to Frank, her high school sweetheart, and has 3 children and 7 grand children to keep her occupied.
Astrology and alternative medicines are Marion’s hobbies as well as walking on the beach and over eating (which seems to be a Bunnik thing!).
Sacha Bunnik, Operations Director
Sacha started his career in the travel industry with Singapore Airlines in Adelaide, before moving to the family business in 1996. He is married to his high school sweetheart Inger and has three beautiful daughters, Bailey, Amie and Summer.
He has recently completed his Masters in Business (MBA) and is now busy learning Spanish.
Sacha has travelled to America, the Caribbean, Croatia, Bosnia, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Laos, Vietnam, England, Germany, Holland, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Cambodia.
Being a real sports nut, Sacha follows both Adelaide United (soccer) and the mighty Adelaide Crows (AFL), is a gym junkie as he has been trying to lose weight for the last 15 years. His only sporting glory has been winning the company's foosball world cup twice over the last few years. He is also a keen follower of the reality TV, including Amazing Race and Survivor.
Dennis Bunnik, Managing Director
Dennis is a chartered accountant and a Volvo driver; that said he is known to take a risk from time to time, such as crossing the road before the lights turn green. Dennis is married to Julie and has two beautiful sons.
Dennis lived in London for many years and has travelled extensively around the world most of his life. His recent trips include America, the Caribbean, Mexico, France, Austria, England, Germany, Holland, Libya, Egypt, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Dennis prefers nothing better than to spend his weekends reading broadsheet newspapers, eating bread and pottering around the garden. Dennis can also be found early most mornings, walking around the Adelaide parklands with his Nordic walking sticks, to the delight of passing cars.
Kevin Bishop, General Manager - Sales
Kevin has over twenty-five years’ experience in the travel industry and a passion for travel and everything it brings. Originally from the UK, Kevin's family emigrated to Australia where he grew up in Melbourne. A music lover, Kevin enjoys "collecting vinyl", enjoys art house movies and good thrillers and is a big technology fan. He's also an avid sports fan ..Tennis, Football, Soccer etc. His claim to fame was being coached by Tony Roche when younger - for 15 minutes!
When not working, Kevin enjoys time with his partner and 2 boys, and of course travelling. To date he has travelled extensively around Asia, Pacific, Europe and parts of Africa, US, Canada & Guatemala. Kevin recently joined a group on our Japan Discovery tour to get some firsthand experience of what it's like to travel on a Bunnik Tour. His favourite journey is the next one he will travel to!
Annelieke Huijgens, General Manager - Product & Operations
Annelieke is one of Bunnik Tours longest serving members of staff joining the company in 1997, she has worked in retail, product and reservations. Annelieke has a real passion for travel and has travelled extensively but the list of destinations she has visited was given a big boost when she and long term partner Gary took their long service leave in 2009/10. On her three months leave Annelieke and Gary lived the Bunnik Tours brochure as they followed our itineraries through Laos, Jordan, Syria, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. They also managed a few additional destinations including Antarctica, Holland and the UK.
Originating from Holland, Annelieke has been in Australia for 16 years, although wanting to keep in touch with her roots she stills rides a dutch bike, which she brought to Australia with her on the plane! In her spare time she loves visiting Adelaide's Central Market to stock up up on Gouda cheese (she says it’s the world's nicest, but we’re not all convinced!) and eat dim sims and Charn kway Teow.
Paul Cook, National Sales Manager
Paul comes to us with over 20 years’ experience in travel. This includes many years in the cruising industry and 10 years as State Sales Manager (SA/NT) for Qantas Holidays.
He counts himself lucky to have travelled to many countries including, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, UK, Europe, Ireland and Africa ! Some of his favourite travel experiences include Trekking 150 kilometres with mates down the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe, his son’s wedding in Santorini, driving around Southern Ireland with his wife navigating (including a slight debate about navigation skills!) and the Big Apple New York. He’s still got plenty to go!
He is married to Anda with two grown up kids - the best kind. He’s also a very proud owner of a Magnificent Belgian Shepherd named Kodi who he loves taking for big long walks by the river on Saturday mornings. Paul is an avid Crows Supporter, follower of the Aussie Cricket Team and been known to enjoy a cold beer or a glass of good red (life’s too short to drink bad wine) with Asian food.
Matthew Baldock, Sales Development & Training Executive NSW/ACT
Matt joins the Bunnik team after some extensive travels! He lived and studied Spanish in Buenos Aires for a month before travelling through South America for a further 9 months. He also enjoyed two years in Canada spending time in Vancouver and Nelson in the Rockies. Matt loves the outdoors and has visited most of the national parks in the western US, hiked in Alaska and enjoyed a cruise on the inside passage with Holland America. He spent 3 months around Asia via Tahiti, exploring Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos.
Matt comes to Bunnik with experience as a tour guide in Tasmania and Kakadu, time with Flight Centre and has a bachelor of International Tourism from Flinders University. He lives with his girlfriend Catherine and enjoys playing AFL up in the Hills!
Adam Dickson, Sales Development & Training Executive WA
Adam joined the travel industry in 2004. Having spent several months working (in fitness, his previous career) and travelling around the US, Adam discovered his passion for travel! Over the years he's travelled extensively throughout Europe including UK, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Monaco, France and Spain. Closer to home, Adam has visited New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Bali, Hong Kong and Japan.
He's also a self-confessed sports fanatic closely following his beloved Liverpool FC, Adelaide United and Adelaide Crows in the AFL. He also loves his motorsport from Formula One to V8 Supercars.
Adam considers himself a bit of a foodie but confesses he steers clear of the kitchen, leaving the best food experiences to the professionals and their craft. Adam recently married his partner Cassie and they are both enjoying life in their new home. Next in their sights is more world travel with South America, Scandinavia and Africa on the bucket list.
Zoe Francis, Sales Development & Training Executive VIC/TAS
Zoe recently joined the Bunnik team with over 9 years experience in the travel industry, in a variety of roles, from reservations to consulting and more recently in sales development.
She has travelled extensively both on tours and independently through Central America and North America, India, Nepal, Japan & South East Asia, New Zealand and Europe. One of her most challenging, yet rewarding experiences was completing a 3 night trek through the mountains of Nepal as well as spending a day volunteering with underprivileged children in Cambodia
Her most recent trip was to East Africa where she got to tick off a childhood dream, getting very close to the wild mountain gorillas of Uganda and seeing the Big 5 in Tanzania. High on the list to visit is Russia & Eastern Europe and South America. When not working or travelling, Zoe enjoys spending time with her Labradoodle puppy Jaffa and indulging in good food & wine!
Dan Zadow, Sales Development & Training Executive QLD
Dan joins Bunnik Tours with over 13 years’ experience in Travel industry.
He recently tried cruising for the first time and is a big fan. He has also traveled through Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and China along with the US and Canada. Next on the cards for him and his partner; Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Iceland.
In his spare time he loves to catch up with mates for ‘wine time’ and loves all things nerdy & geeky especially TV and movies. He's also an avid collector of LEGO and more recently Pop Vinyls - and not far off from getting his own TV special on ‘Hoarders; Buried Alive’!
Jennifer Calnin, Sales Team Manager (Currently on maternity leave)
Jennifer started her travel career with Bunnik Tours in 2005 as a very shy junior consultant. She now runs our Reservations department with a lot of excitement, enthusiasm and confidence. As a crazy Port fan, Jennifer loves her sport - especially playing Beach Netball with her Bunnik Tours colleagues. Jennifer's other loves are music festivals, wine, and most of all her beloved family!
Jennifer has ticked quite a lot off her bucket list but as we all know, the more you cross off the list, the more you quickly add back on! She has travelled to Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Egypt, Dubai, India, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Vatican City with her Liverpool FC-loving husband Matt, and to Peru, Chile and Bolivia with Bunnik Tours. Her favourite trip was when she went to South America in 2010 for a Bunnik Tours educational trip. From Spanish-influenced Santiago to the amazing views of Machu Picchu, Jennifer loved all South America had to offer! Her most recent holiday destination… Koh Samui & Singapore where she simply relaxed in a poolside villa with a few cocktails on her honeymoon!
David Hammett, Sales Team Manager
Dave has been with Bunnik Tours for over 16 years, having joined as a young, impressionable 18-year-old Junior Travel Consultant. He now heads up the sales department as Sales Team Manager. Dave loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to travel to various places including Egypt, China, South America (twice), South Africa, Hawaii, Mexico, Cuba and Canada. His all-time favourite holiday destination is the USA, where he has clocked up over 10 visits on various self-drive holidays!
He is now putting the final touches on an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) and loves living by the coast with his wife, Alex.
Kelly Whitelaw, Travel Consultant
Kelly has been working in travel since 2004, firstly as a Retail Travel Consultant before making the move to join the Bunnik Tours in 2008. Whilst being at Bunnik Tours she has worked in the Reservations and Operations departments but has spent most of her time in the Product Department.
Kelly’s first time overseas was a whirlwind 20 day Contiki Tour around Europe along with a few days in England and Ireland back in 2002. Over the years, she has been lucky enough to travel to Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Thailand and New Zealand with her job. You have to love the travel industry for its perks! Kelly has also been to Egypt and Vietnam and Cambodia with Bunnik Tours.
As a teenager, Kelly loved playing netball and would love to get back into it, as soon as she finds time in between setting up a new home and travelling the world. Kelly is a sucker for a good tv drama and her favourite shows are Offspring, Glee and Trueblood. In her spare time Kelly loves spending quality time with her family and friends.
Hayley Ovens, Travel Consultant
Hayley emigrated from the UK with her family in the winter of 2005, and apart from missing a good cuppa tea would never go back! On route to her new home she visited the west coast of America, Florida, Fiji, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand – and all over Australia before finally settling in Adelaide. Having worked in the industry for 7 years, her passion for travel has only increased and she is always planning ahead for her next adventure! Her best travel experience was backpacking through Asia for 3 months and her favourite place was Koh Tao in Thailand. From staying in guest houses, hammocks, trying new and unusual foods every day and seeing new things, it was an experience she will never forget.
Next on her travel plan is Costa Rica for a 2 week getaway with friends and then three weeks travelling the deep south of the USA. In her spare time, she enjoys spoiling her niece and nephew, enjoying good food and wine and catching up with friends.
Sarah McCarl, Travel Consultant
Sarah moved to Australia from New Zealand after marrying her husband..a ‘local’. They met on a 50 day Top Deck Tour of Europe (a long time ago!) and backpacked their way around Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Turkey and Europe. Sarah also spent a few months in the USA, Jamaica and then about 5 years in the UK before heading home via Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore. With Sarah's passion for travel, she found herself working for the iconic Australian trains The Ghan and Indian Pacific for 9 years before joining the Bunnik Team in 2015. She has 2 kids and has also infected them with the travel bug! Sarah's spare time is taken up running her kids around to their sport which she loves. She also enjoys losing herself in the occasional good book, and of course loves planning her next family holiday.
Honi Gibson, Travel Consultant
Honi has 15 years’ experience in the travel industry, and her passion for travel began when she went to Spain on a language exchange trip in high school.
Since then she has made the most of every travel opportunity, having set foot on all 7 continents and over 40 countries. Some of her most memorable experiences are trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru, seeing sunrise at the Taj Mahal, riding a camel through the Moroccan Sahara and her most recent favourite - cruising and camping under the stars in Antarctica. The next destinations on her wish-list are Russia and the Baltics, Central America and East Africa. Experiencing new food, languages and cultural diversity are part of what she loves the most about travel.
When at home Honi loves hiking, cooking, spending time with family and friends and spoiling her dog.
Victoria Hearn, Travel Consultant
Victoria started at Bunnik Tours as part of the Retail Team in 2010 after studying the Advance Diploma of Tourism at TAFE and spending 2 years living in Vancouver, Canada. During her time there, she worked at the Vancouver Aquarium and volunteered at the 2009 World Police and Fire Games (she was the flag-bearer for Australia in the Opening Ceremony) and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In March 2013, she moved to the Reservations Team and brought her mad sense of humour with her!
Victoria has travelled extensively throughout the years and her favourite destinations are Canada and Scotland, followed closely by Iceland, Morocco and Turkey. She has now set foot on 6 of 7 continents, with a current total of 37 countries visited, and would love to travel back to Africa to see the rest of the continent as Morocco is all she has seen. She is a mad AFL fan, supporting the Adelaide Crows through their good times and bad, but won’t go to the games when it’s raining!
Chris Meechan, Travel Consultant
Chris caught the travel bug at an early age, when at 16 he took a break from school and travelled for 3 months around Europe on his own. Since that first trip he has been on many adventures through Europe, South America, South Africa, Asia, New Zealand the South Pacific and of course Australia.
His fondest travel memories include a 5-course dinner on the Eiffel Tower, seeing Machu Picchu first-hand and being in the audience for Eurovision 2015. While Chris loves ticking items off his bucket list, when away he can often be found people-watching at a café while sampling the local food and wine. His favourite cities include Berlin, Buenos Aires and Paris ..although he secretly dreams of retiring early in Cartagena!
While Chris’ mind is often dreaming of distant places, a bit closer to home he also loves spending time with his partner and two dogs and redecorating his house. Chris also holds the office record for injuring himself in his travels more than anyone else in the office!
Emily Warner, Travel Consultant (Currently on maternity leave)
Emily has recently joined Bunnik Tours with 14 years experience in the travel industry. Over the years she has travelled to Europe, Asia, USA, South Pacific and the Middle East. Emily’s favourite destination is Japan which she has visited three times ..she loves the food, especially gyoza! Next on the bucket list is to take her Mum to Paris, which they have been talking about for years.
At home Emily and her partner Paul have a very cheeky Pugalier dog Ollie, who demands all of their attention. When she has spare time, she likes to go to lunch and movies with friends and catch up on her favourite TV shows.
Sarah Wise, Travel Consultant
Sarah realised her passion for travel as a teenager while spending time in the UK. Since then Sarah has travelled to England, Ireland, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia but her favourite place will always be Canada. Sarah spent seven months living in the Rockie Mountains of Canada, while in Canada Sarah saw snow for the first time in her life, got to experience a North American Halloween as well as see the magnificent Niagara Falls. The next place on her long list to conquer is Europe and eventually South America and Africa.
Sarah also has a real passion for sport. When she is not in the office you can usually find her at the Ice Arena or jetting off around Australia to play Ice Hockey. Sarah was recently awarded ‘Most Improved Player’ in her first season playing for the Adelaide Rush. Ice Hockey is not Sarah’s only love you can often hear her talking all things Sharni Layton, Magpies and Suncorp Super Netball.
Maria Sciarrone, Travel Consultant
Maria, Maria…. known for her mum’s mouth-watering lasagna that excites the retail department! Maria too has a passion for cooking, as well as travelling. Late last year she went on a 4 ½ month journey around the world to extend the ever-growing list of countries she has travelled to. All up, Maria has travelled to over 137 cities in 30 countries. Now that’s a lot of frequent-flyer points!
Before starting at Bunnik Tours, Maria was self-employed for 12 years as a Family Day Care Provider working with children from birth to 5 years, full time. Before this, she worked in a number of child care centres and was a nanny part-time. I think Maria knows a thing or two about kids!
Maria speaks Italian and hopes to one day own a boutique café serving delicious Italian sweets and fabulous coffees from around the world. She is addicted to Survivor and the Amazing Race – no one is allowed to interrupt her when these shows are on!
Nick Lowes, Travel Consultant
Nick joined the Bunnik Tours team in 2015 after spending several years with Jetset. Although having travelled to South America, parts of Asia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and extensively through the USA & Canada, Nick’s adventures to date have barely scratched the surface of his continuously growing ‘travel wishlist’.
Aside from travel, Nick also enjoys playing and watching all kinds of sports - in particular soccer, golf and ice hockey. Nick’s other passions include cooking, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Nicole Osborne, Travel Consultant (Currently on maternity leave)
Nicole’s love of travel started when she finished high school and took a coach tour through Europe followed by a Greek Island Cruise and then time with family in Italy. She came back to Australia and change her study over to a Diploma of Tourism at Tafe SA and hasn’t looked back. Nicole married husband Ben in 2013 and they are constantly travelling together. Trips away include, England (were Ben is from), Hawaii, Pacific Islands, Airlie Beach, Perth and just recently taking a Motorhome round New Zealand.
On weekends Nicole is a Netball Umpire for PHOS Camden and recently been elected on the Committee as the Assistant Umpire Co-ordinator. She has been Umpiring for 11 years and playing Netball since she was 7. Nicole is sport mad, following great teams such as, Port Adelaide, Liverpool FC, Melbourne Victory and Adelaide Thunderbirds. She is a bit of a rev head too, going every year to the Clipsal 500 to cheer on the Holden Racing Team.
After specialising in New Zealand for a number of years Nicole is very keen to broaden her horizons and hopes to see more of Asia.
Rebel Jenkins, Travel Consultant
Having worked in the travel industry for 16 years, Rebel has certainly had some unique experiences around the world. Her favourite places include Essaouira in Morocco and the beautiful island of Hydra in Greece, but she has also spent 15 days trekking through Nepal, 6 months travelling around Europe in a combi van with her partner (you know it’s love when you’re still together at the end of that kind of experience), fasted for 7 days in Thailand and gone scuba diving in the Maldives. Still on her bucket list are Colombia and Belize.
When she’s not at work or travelling, Rebel enjoys spending time with her 9 year old boy and husband (an expat Kiwi, which can cause some tension around Bledisloe Cup time). Good wine, food and great beaches are some of her very favourite things.
Teresa Hill, Travel Consultant
They say life is about spreading your wings and seeking new horizons. Like many people in the industry, Teresa has a love of travelling to new places and revisiting some old favourites. Since her first trip to China back in the 80s, she has had the pleasure of visiting over 30 countries – only 166 to go!
With 15 years in the travel and tourism industry, she has made her way from sunny Queensland to the vineyards of SA and has recently enjoyed trips snow skiing in Europe and New Zealand. Of a weekend, you can find her out on her road bike, down the beach on her stand up paddle board or possibly enjoying one of the amazing Adelaide sunsets with a glass of wine in hand.
Katherine Harris, Travel Consultant
Katherine comes to us having worked in travel for the past 6 years. She lived in the UK for 2 years before that and found a true passion for the industry. Katherine’s favourite place is Jordan where she trekked through Petra and camped under the stars in Wadi Rum. She also loves snowboarding and has carved up the snow in Canada, Australia and, more recently, New Zealand.
On the weekends she loves exploring the outdoors with her partner Kevin, going to the wineries, relaxing at the beach, spending time with family, cheering on the mighty Crows and cooking.
Karin Jones, Travel Consultant
Karin has just returned to Bunnik (where she started back in 2001!) after having her two beautiful children, Avalon and Casper. Karin is another original Dutchy here and has travelled to 49 countries – she’s eager to tick off that 50th one. Of all these places, her favourite destination would have to be Antarctica, where her husband Andrew proposed to her. Also high on the list are Norway and the Trans-Siberian train journey.
When she’s not travelling or at work she loves making (and decorating) cupcakes, going to the beach, walking through the national park on weekends and socialising.
Natalie Brierly, Travel Consultant
Natalie was fortunate enough to start travelling at a young age with her parents, which is where her love for travel started. She’s done a bit of everything, makeup, photography, even started but never finished a law degree – but has always come back to travel! Her travel adventures range from sleeping in a floating raft house on the river Kwai with nothing but a lantern for light, to dining in Namedy Castle with a real-life princess. To date, Natalie has visited 20 countries and her favourites include France, Switzerland, Singapore (seriously), Thailand and the US. She loves the cultural diversity, food, art and people that travel offers.
Interestingly, while she has a French background (her mum and grandmother are both French teachers ) – she doesn’t speak a word! In her spare time, Natalie enjoys cooking, painting, drawing, photography, the beach, movies, and spending time with her partner Callum, dog Kaipo along with family and friends.
Sacha Barker, Travel Consultant
Sacha joins the Bunnik Team with 5 years’ experience in the industry and several years’ experience in travel. Her first taste of travel was at the early age of 13 when she travelled to China with her father. After experiencing the amazing sights and smells of this colourful country she has never looked back. She’s since had the pleasure of experiencing over 45 countries. Sacha’s adventures have included travelling to Europe where she lived and worked in Copenhagen, South East Asia, South Pacific, Central America, South America and most recently Antarctica. One of her most memorable moments here was taking a leap of faith into the freezing waters of Antarctica straight off the ship! She was welcomed back onboard with warm towel and a nip to warm the body.
Over the years, Sacha has developed a strong passion for the diverse food, colourful cultures and amazing people who make her travelling experiences so memorable. Aside from travel she enjoys taking her dog for walks with fiancé Peter, spending time with friends and family, cooking and swimming at the beach.
Ashleigh Jackson, Travel Consultant
Ash comes to Bunnik Tours with 6 years’ experience in the Travel Industry and many years spending all her savings on personal Travel!
Her love of Travel was encouraged by family from a young age and Ash was already planning her future adventures while studying Tourism, History and Languages. Over the years, she worked through her bucket list visiting 30 countries on 4 continents by the age of 25. Her favourites include Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Russia, China, Mongolia, Japan, Canada, the USA, the UK, Croatia, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Spain. Next up is Africa, South American and Antarctica!
When Ash isn’t planning travel or away on trip, she enjoys watching sport with her partner Chris and playing competition Tennis. She also loves creating; painting, sewing and restoring furniture etc. Ash enjoys spare time with her friends, music concerts, dining out - and looking for the best smashed avocado!
Chloe Marshman, Operations Team Leader
Born and bred in the U.K, Chloe arrived in Australia in 2005. Having extensively travelled whilst growing up (thanks to her parents!), Chloe has had travel in her blood since a young age and still visits various destinations each year. Her favourite spot is the beautiful island of Santorini, Greece, which she has visited a couple of times to soak up the wonderful sun, sea and Greek salads!
Part of the Bunnik Tours family since February 2008, Chloe has been lucky enough to visit some of the company’s most popular destinations such as Egypt, Sri Lanka, South America, Croatia and Vietnam & Cambodia.
Aside from her travel goals, Chloe has recently smashed a lifelong goal by purchasing her first home together with her partner and are very excited for the future.
Although most of her spare time will now be spent with a paintbrush in hand, she still has her sights set on Christmas in New York, New Year’s eve in Las Vegas, and the US destinations of Pennsylvania and Chicago on her mind!
Abbie Leggat, Operations Coordinator
Abbie has a Bachelor of International Tourism from Flinders University. She lived in Thailand for 3 years working in schools teaching swimming and ESL to primary kids, while studying at Thammasat University in Bangkok. During her time there she travelled all through Asia – her favourite place in Asia is Kho Samet in Thailand! Abbie then moved to Stratford Upon Avon in the UK and lived and worked there for 2 years, travelling through Europe and USA and working on the islands of Hvar and Korcula off the coast of Croatia. Her favourite place in Europe is Croatia and San Sebastian in Spain! Two years ago Abbie moved back to Australia and lived in Melbourne where she worked at Intrepid Travel and Escape Travel.
Abbie joined the Bunnik Tours Team in June of 2012, and having recently returned from a Cairo to Zanzibar Bunnik Tour, now has her sights set on swimming with Great Whites in Port Lincoln and South America for the World Cup in 2014. Abbie loves playing netball, expensive red wine, doing personal training, boot camps with her colleague Chloe, Italian food - and will one day love to have a blue staffy puppy called Winston.
Kristi Rutten, Operations Coordinator
Kristi is affectionately known as the yo-yo here at Bunnik Tours! She started with us in 2003, working in the retail department before leaving to take almost 2 years off to backpack around Europe with her partner. She married while travelling in one of the most romantic places – Positano, Italy!
She returned shortly after and worked for a while in the new “Bunnik Tours” division. However it wasn’t long before the birth of her son Zach which meant leaving for the second time. She returned again and continued working within our Operations Department and was just getting into the swing of things when her daughter Teagan came along.
We're pleased to say Kristi is now back, working part-time and being a full-time mum! Kristi's done plenty of travelling over the years but there's still plenty of places on her bucket list. She plans to visit Italy for her 10-year wedding anniversary in 2015 and hopes to pass on her passion for travel to her children!
Erin Clifford, Operations Coordinator
After 13 years working in finance, Erin left that all behind to follow her passion for travel! She completed her Certificate III in Tourism in 2011 and gained valuable retail consulting skills working in the industry before joining our family. Europe is very close to her heart after living in Hamburg, Germany for 2 months on a student exchange, when she was just 15 years old.
Her love of travel has seen her visit Italy, Spain, Monaco, France, Austria, the Vatican City, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, England, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, the United States and cruised the South Pacific twice! Erin's favourite destination would have to be the magnificent Swiss Alps, but the buildings of Barcelona run a close second!
With her two beautiful young children, their recent holidays have been a little closer to home, but she can't wait to take a them to Canada when they are a bit older, to visit their extended family.
David Reed, Operations Coordinator
David comes to Bunnik Tours having worked in the travel industry for over 30 years in Corporate Travel Management and Leisure Sales. (He started before computers were part of the booking process!) David has travelled to many places around the world – including Asia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa, the UK, but especially in Canada and USA. Europe is a destination he has seen little of, with Scandinavia and Iceland high on his list of places to visit.
His favourite cities include (in no particular order!) Vancouver, Singapore, San Francisco, and Buenos Aires. Melbourne is his favourite Australian city (apart from his home town of Adelaide, of course!) His favourite 'big trip' holiday was a 5 week trip to South America (Rio de Janiero, Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires) and South Africa, driving the Garden Route from Capetown to Johannesburg, and then up to Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park in Botswana. (Coming home with sunstroke was not his favourite part though!)
During his 13 years in various leadership roles within Apex Clubs of Australia, he attended and represented the organization at numerous global conferences, including Quebec City, Harare, Panama City, Madras (Chennai), Mombasa, Venice, Cancun, Sun City (South Africa), NZ & the UK, and then brought the global conference to Adelaide in 2000.
Whilst he enjoys all standards of accommodation when travelling - from organized camping tours to independent 5 star hotel stays, his partner's idea of camping is a 3 star hotel!
David’s partner has his own Stress Management business, and both are qualified Breathwork practitioners. They visit the USA regularly to catch up with his partner's family in Seattle and Birmingham, Alabama, (and do some Outlet shopping!) but also like to see something new each trip. Chicago is their most transited city in the USA that has never been visited - so maybe next time! (Put the kettle on, Oprah!)
Kaya Russell, Operations Coordinator
Kaya joined the Bunnik team at the beginning of 2016. Fresh off the plane after two and a half years living in Canada where she spent six months living and working at a remote wilderness lodge in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest where she took a sea plane to work, saw grizzlies nearly every day and once saw an humpback whale from right outside her bedroom! The following two years were spent in beautiful Banff working as a Vacation Planner and helping people from all around the world plan their once in a life time bucket list holidays to Canada. She loved all the things that came along with living in the mountains - hiking, white water rafting, attempting to snowboard, ice-skating, dogsledding, seeing the northern lights, walking to work in the snow (just not when it was -30 degrees!) and eating poutine.
Prior to moving to Canada Kaya completed her Certificate III in Travel and Tourism and worked as an International Travel Consultant at Jetset Travel Norwood. Kaya's travels have taken her to a number of places including the USA where she travelled from the East coast right across to the West visiting lots of big cities and national parks along the way, backpacking around Europe and several trips to South East Asia to explore Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Bali & Hong Kong. Next on her list is a quick trip to New Zealand and India for Holi Festival!
When she is not working or travelling Kaya enjoys reading books and watching movies about travelling, attending music festivals, seeing live music, watching cooking shows and baking.
Priscilla Aster, Operations Coordinator
Priscilla is a new addition to the operations team. With 12 years in administration and love for all things travel, she’s ready for a new challenge.
She caught the travel bug at 16 and since then she hasn’t stopped, visiting Europe too many times to count, exploring Thailand and Bali with friends and living in the English countryside for the past few years.
Priscilla’s main drive for travel is her love for culture, experiencing the country and everything it has to offer. This has brought her to places like Morocco where she camped under the stars in the Sahara desert, the colourful markets of Peru, running from gigantic spiders in the Amazon Jungle and trekking the Inca trail for a gruelling 4 days to reach Machu Picchu.
If you ask her where her favourite place has been so far, she’ll tell you it's Iceland. Climbing behind waterfalls and up glaciers, driving to what felt like the edge of the world and the biggest highlight, being able to witness the most magnificent lightshow of the Northern Lights.
Don’t let her appearance fool you though, she’s has a background in kick-boxing and regularly takes part in bootcamps. When the boxing gloves are off, you can find her out with her friends or taking her beloved fur-baby, Harry, for a walk along the beach.
Pamela Frisari, Operations Coordinator
Pamela got her start in the Travel Industry 7 years ago whilst living in New Zealand. During her time in New Zealand she got to travel the country extensively and knows it better than Australia! But after a 5 year stint across the ditch, Pam and her (now) husband decided to make the move home to Adelaide to be close to their family and friends.
Pam got the travel bug very early on in life when she was lucky enough to travel to the USA and visit Disneyland in LA, and Disney World in Florida with her parents and older sister, and then head on to Chile to visit their family. Since then, she has been back to Chile and Argentina numerous times and has such fond memories of these holidays, she hopes to one day take her own family on a similar trip. Pam has travelled to stunning places like Thailand and most recently with her husband, they took an extended Honeymoon to Europe and visited Dubai, Spain, France (and Disneyland Paris, of course!), Switzerland and travelled like a local extensively through Italy with the help of her husband's family (where they ate and drank too much!).
She still has a bucket list of place she would like to visit – Canada, Egypt, Japan, New York.. the list could go on and on!
Carly De Blasio, Operations Coordinator
Carly’s love of travel sparked at the of age 16 when her best friend moved to New Zealand which encouraged her first solo overseas trip. She has since been back 7 times to both islands, with more trips planned. She’s also enjoyed periodic volunteer work in Cambodia since 2010 supporting her two sponsor children there – now aged 13. In 2012/13 she spent three months in Phnom Penh with her sponsor children, helping at the local orphanages and with various Christmas programs.
Carly spent 2014 in the Rocky Mountains Canada, working at a gift shop on the main street, and spending all her free days exploring and travelling the local area. She also found time to extensively travel throughout Canada, USA, Mexico and the Caribbean stopping in Fiji to recover on her way back home to Australia. She has visited Europe twice and absolutely lives for European Cuisine and sun! Next on her bucket list is South America, followed closely by Africa.
In her spare time she loves visiting the beach, or heading up the river with her family.
Jeremy van Heerde, Product Coordinator - Africa & Middle East
Jeremy's been with us for many years now. He joined Bunnik Tours after returning from America where he spent several years working in the travel industry, basing himself on the East Coast in Philadelphia and New York. His favourite highlight would be celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York which needs to be part of everyone’s bucket list to experience at least once!
From Croatia to Costa Rica, Jeremy is always up for a new adventure. Recent travels have taken him to the southern regions of Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana - developing a real taste for the African continent. Next on his wish list is East Africa to view the game on the Mara and in the Serengeti!
Craig McBey, Product Coordinator - Asia
After 9 years with the Australian Navy, Craig commenced his tourism career in Los Angeles in the late 80’s. Having met his wife in Los Angeles during his travels in the service, they lived in L.A. for a further 10 years with two children, now adults. His 20 years travel industry experience includes 9 years with a large Inbound Tour Operator in L.A before moving back to Adelaide in 1996. A 5 year stint with Venture Holidays as their Inbound Product Manager followed before leaving the industry for a few years to pursue other interests.
It was in 2010 an opportunity arose at Bunnik Tours in the product department and Craig eagerly accepted the position where he has been since. His favourite past-time is spending time in the wine regions with his wife, Evelyn, and travelling with the family, while catching up with ex-service mates being a close second. Favorite destinations include Vietnam, New England, Hawaii and whenever back in California he makes a point to spend time in Carmel, along the Pacific Coast on the Monterey Peninsula. The unofficial president of the lads committee at work, Craig organises lunches every month where the facts or truth do not get in the way of a good story and many laughs are had.
Silvia Schweininger, Product Coordinator - Europe
Originally from Germany Silvia has lived in many places in her 15 years in Australia, only to come back to Adelaide for the third time and hopefully for good !
Silvia has worked in many different areas of the tourism industry. The recent return to outbound travel has brought back the travel bug with her latest trips taking her to the US, Canada, Vietnam & Cambodia. Her not so recent travels have included Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali, Lombok, Java, Italy, London, Mediterranean, Switzerland along with previous visits to the US and Vietnam.
She is a ‘serial participant’ in Long-Distance triathlons, and seeks out any crazy endurance event to take part in. Really, it is only an excuse to eat as much chocolate as she does!
James Atwell, Product Coordinator - South & Central America
James is a qualified senior school teacher and spent time in London teaching before his itchy feet got the better of him and he found himself working as a tour leader in Central America. On his return to London he continued working in the travel industry before a long journey back to Australia via 21 different countries where he also became engaged to his partner in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Back in Adelaide James has enjoyed working as a senior travel consultant with trips to Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Indochina, Botswana, Ethiopia, Mexico, the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica to name a few.
The arrival of James’s son in 2010 did not slow down the urge to travel and he has been on family holidays to Mexico, Belize and the US as well as England, Scotland and Singapore. As a qualified cave diver, James has travelled the world to satisfy his passion and has dived in many exotics locations such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Kenya, Turkey & New Zealand. He also enjoys diving closer to home in the amazingly beautiful caves and sinkholes around Mount Gambier.
Catherine Kelly, Marketing Manager
Catherine joined the marketing team in 2009 having spent several years in the busy world of retail marketing. Things haven’t slowed up here, it’s just a lot more fun. Cat has a love of architecture, food, literature, music and dogs. All of which are fed and inspired by the many places we visit (well, maybe not the dogs!). Since joining us she’s had some pretty big changes having gotten married and welcoming two cheeky babies – Milo and Ivy. She’s yearning for the soon-to-come day when the kids are out of nappies to take off on a overseas family holiday. The current dream destination? Japan. Tokyo Disney for the kids, tech gadgets for Dad and hopefully a chance for Mum to experience some serenity at some of Kyoto’s beautiful temples. That’s the plan.
In the world that existed before children and sleep deprivation, Cat has travelled to the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Singapore and Vietnam. In 2012 she was lucky enough to spend 12 weeks living on the shores of Lake Geneva. Immersing herself in all things Swiss-French, she cycled to the nearby villages for her baguettes, swam in the crystal clear but freezing waters of the lake, and rode the Golden Pass (one of the world’s most magnificent train rides) to the Swiss Alps. Her French is still pretty rubbish though!
David Hein, Senior Marketing Coordinator
David's a self-confessed gadget freak. When he's not controlling his home from an iPhone, printing weird & wonderful designs with a 3-D printer, he'll be checking on the family cats with Kitty-Cam. Although sometimes paid out by his better half for this zany gadget addiction, the home gizmos finally paid off one holiday when a security camera revealed their cat accidently locked inside the house without food & water. One 800km drive back home & hungry cat later, they finally returned to celebrate Christmas Day with family.
Over the years David has dabbled in Community Radio, volunteer work for Rotaract, Photography, and most recently Astronomy with a humungous telescope taller than him! He also loves travelling the globe with his partner Marion. To date they have visited around 30 countries including all 7 continents (Antarctica their most recent), but there's still plenty on the wish list!. In fact his first meeting with Sacha Bunnik over 10 years ago left a lasting impression. Several years, continents & Bunnik Tours later, David couldn't resist the lure of joining our marketing team. A creative marketing specialist with decades of experience working for high growth companies, he loves a challenge and also enjoys buzzing team mates with his radio control Helicopter.
Emily Fraser, Marketing Coordinator
Emily comes to us with 5 years of marketing experience. With a passion for travel and ambitions to see every continent of the world, she doesn't think her job can get much better. Emily has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia - ticking England, France, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong off the list. She has also spent quite a bit of time in North America, visiting San Francisco, the Napa Valley, Yosemite and Chicago, spending Christmas and New Years Eve in New York and, of course, experiencing the amazing food and music of New Orleans.
Having recently returned from a winter in Lapland, her favourite travel experiences include witnessing the Northern Lights, dogsledding, whale watching and snowmobiling in Finland, Sweden and Norway, celebrating New Year’s Eve in a snowstorm in New York, and watching the sunrise from the top of active volcano, Mt Batur, in Bali. Next on her list is definitely Africa and then South America.
Emily loves nothing more than animals, a good laugh, and bad puns. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, wining and dining - particularly Mexican, and keeping fit.
Mirza Ariadi, Graphic Designer
Originally from Jakarta in Indonesia, Mirza moved to Australia after completing high school, in 1999. He has completed various courses at university including Tourism and Hospitality Management, Photography and Visual Communication. He joined Bunnik Tours in February 2008 as our in-house Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant – you should see what he can do with Photoshop! Mirza loves soccer, outdoor more than indoor, although he does well in both. He’s been playing for PAOC in the Collegiate League for 2 years and has won 2 trophies to date. He is also a Bunnik Tours foosball fanatic however he recently lost in a final against Sacha and Leon.
Mirza recently returned to Indonesia for a 6 week holiday in 2011 touring East Java and Bali. One of the highlights of his trip (besides being with his family of course!) was climbing up to Kawah Ijen. It’s a 20 km walk on a slope but it was worth every step. In 2012 Mirza made another trip back home to Indonesia for what is fast becoming his annual holiday!
Reiko Hosokawa, Administration/Accounts Manager
Reiko works in our Finance and Admin department and has been with the company since 2007. She grew up in Kyoto, Japan, then moved to Australia in 1996. She graduated with a Diploma in Accounting and promises never to go back into studying again! Her hobbies are camping, cooking, gardening and people watching (isn’t Paris the best city for that?!).
Back in Japan, she used to be a motor cycle rider and member of woman’s-only group that would get together every month. She’s been to South Korea, China, USA, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Honk Kong, Malaysia, England, Germany, France, Angora, Switzerland, Germany and Spain, Austria, Hungary, Czech and Poland, however her favourite destination is the outback. On the cards for the coming years is South America and Cuba – mainly to try the cuisine. The one thing she would not go on holiday without is her partner and the magical credit card!
Cathy Waymark , Accounts Officer
Cathy joins the Bunnik family with twenty years experience working in accounts. She loves maths, figures and working things out!
She also enjoys relaxing and spending time with her teenage son, loves to be outdoors in summer exploring and discovering new walking trails - and hibernates in winter watching movies or reading a good mystery novel.
Travel highlights include a 4 x wheel drive and caravan adventure with her son, taking a year-long road trip through eastern Australia. During this time she home-schooled her son and reckons he learnt more that year (in the great outdoors) than with his head in a book! Cathy particularly enjoyed travelling through the scenic mountain ranges and forests of NSW and Victoria and visiting the spectacular Whitsunday Islands in Northern Queensland. It was one of the most liberating experiences of her life. Next on Cathy's bucketlist is a Bunnik Tour to Cambodia and Myanmar!
Julie Moran-Bunnik, Manager Customer Care
As you can see from my name I married into the Bunnik family (Dennis) in 1997. After having our two boys, and having previously worked in a similar role for 8 years, I joined Bunnik Tours in 2010.
Our first family holiday was to Egypt and since that time we have visited Sri Lanka, Europe, India, Canada, USA, Vietnam and Cambodia. I would actually love to see more of Australia however getting this past my husband is proving to be rather difficult! Two years ago we became dog owners and now have two black cavoodles that have way too much say in how we spend our time – and we love it. (Don’t let Dennis tell you otherwise!).
Yoshie Furusawa, Inbound Manager
Yoshie is one of Bunnik Tours longest serving employees. Originally from Japan, she grew up with her family in Tokyo. Yoshie moved to Australia in 1997 to start a new adventure. She still, to this day, doesn’t know why she picked Adelaide, but we’re very happy she did! Yoshie soon discovered wine (as you do in Adelaide) and an eccentric man, David. She soon began a Wine Marketing course at Adelaide University and later married David.
Yoshie has tried many things since she was a child but she feels she is the happiest in the tourism industry, after all, she has had 25 years’ experience now! She joined the Bunnik team in 2001 to bring overseas tourists and sporting groups to Australia. One day, Yoshie wants to become a private detective. She is rides her bicycle into the office everyday to check up on her neighbourhood, as well as to keep fit. She also loves to help the community and environment, donating her time to plant trees, being a committee of the Japan Australia business council, art directing and keeping a tidy market stall on weekends. Yoshie would not go on holiday without her Alpaca beanie which keeps her head warm even while sleeping in tropical countries!