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 70 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, Founder and 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, Managing Director of Bunnik Tours
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, CEO of the Bunnik Group
Dennis is a chartered accountant and for a long time drove a Volvo; that said he is known to take a risk from time to time, such as crossing the road before the lights turn green. He also flew into Cairo at the start of the Arab Spring protests and as a result was the only Australian travel manager in Egypt at the time of the revolution. This allowed Bunnik Tours to evacuate their passengers a full 2 days before the Australian Government flights arrived.
Dennis is married to Julie and has two teenage sons. An avid traveller, he has been to over 80 countries with many more on his list to visit.
Dennis is the chairman of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO), a position he has held since 2015.
As a side hobby that combines his love for flying, photography and video, Dennis has his own flight review channel on YouTube (dennisbunnik travels). Much to his surprise this has gotten a bit out of hand with over 9 million views and over 50,000 subscribers.
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 the very proud dog owner of Mack 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.
Walter Delorie, Business Development Manager NSW/ACT
Walter joins us with 20 years experience in the travel industry. He loves exploring new destinations, meeting people and has a passion for nature and wild life. Travel is definately in his blood!
When not travelling, Walter loves to unwind by tending his large garden and likes to dabble in some woodworking projects. He also enjoys time with family and likes nothing more than catching up regularly for lunches and dinners.
Adam Dickson, Business Development Manager SA/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.
Lisa Hunt, Business Development Manager VIC
Lisa joins Bunnik with several years experience in the travel industry. She has travelled to USA, UK, France, Italy, Monaco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, South Pacific and New Zealand and her favourite place is Positano, Italy – nothing beats the food and the scenery! Dallas, Texas also has a special place in her heart as it's where her brother Lee lives with his wife and Lisa's 2 adorable nieces. Lisa tries to visit as often as possible because the girls are growing up fast. Next on her wish list are Morocco, Canada and another trip to Italy – she can't stop thinking about that food!
Lisa is passionate about music and loves nothing more than attending concerts and singing in the car. Summer in Melbourne is her favourite time of year as she enjoys spending time at the beach, the pool and attending the Australian Open tennis.
Zoe Francis, Business Development Manager VIC/TAS/SA
Zoe recently joined the Bunnik team with over 12 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 South, 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
A trip to East Africa meant 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. She's travelled to Russia (her favourite city is St Petersburg) and most recently spent 10 days in Egypt. She then visited Colombia for a trek to the lost city of Ciudad Perdida, followed by a tour through the rice fields of Vietnam. When not working or travelling, Zoe enjoys spending time with her Labradoodle puppy Jaffa and indulging in good food & wine!
Nicole Gruver, Business Development Manager QLD/NSW
Nicole has over 10 years’ experience in the travel industry and some of her favourite destinations include London, Paris, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Germany. She has also enjoyed visiting Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and America. When not travelling, Nicole loves to head to the beach or gym to relax. Nicole also loves all things sport! She still plays netball and is a staunch Australian Netball Diamonds and Australian Wallabies fan despite the Wallabies lack lustre form of late!
Nicole loves the outdoors and hits the beach wherever and whenever possible! When not travelling or working she enjoys spending time with friends, family and her beloved Goldie (Golden Retriever) Ruffey. On weekends Nicole enjoys indulging in good food, wine and trying out new dining options in her home town of Brisbane.
Micha Harper, Business Development Manager NSW
Originally from Germany, Micha arrived in Australia over 30 years ago. With over 15 years in the travel industry, Micha has worked in a variety of roles, including retail, reservations and sales. Her favourite destinations include Kenya and New York, but her heart belongs to Europe with destinations like Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic and Austria.
Micha enjoys fitness and takes part in many obstacle courses such as Tough Mudder and 21K Spartan race and has tried out for Ninja Warrior. She is also a Life Saver at Narrabeen Beach and loves riding her Honda Shadow through the countryside. Otherwise Micha also loves a good night in with her husband, with a nice glass of wine and a cuddle from her beautiful Burmese cat, Bella.
Jennifer Calnin, Sales Team Manager
Jennifer started her travel career with Bunnik Tours in 2005 as a very shy junior consultant but now heads up the Sales Team alongside David. As a passionate Port Adelaide FC fan, she loves nothing more than watching her team beat the cross-town rivals the Adelaide Crows. Jennifer's other loves are music festivals, wine, catching up with friends, and most of all spending time with 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 Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, and recently on safari to Kenya with Bunnik Tours. Getting close enough to almost touch the Big 5 especially the majestic elephants in Kenya was truly incredible and an absolute dream come true!
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 has put the final touches on an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) and loves living close to the city with his wife, Alex.
Ravin Francis, Sales Team Manager
Travel has been Ravin’s passion for as long as he can remember, as he is fascinated by natural wonders, history, architecture, cultures, new cuisines and languages. After high school he completed his degree in Aviation Management and has now been in the travel industry for eight years and counting.
Ravin has fond memories of cruising along Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, discovering the local life along the Tonlé Sap Lake and explore the amazing temples of Angkor. Climbing the Lion Fortress known as ‘Sigiriya’ and going on safari in Minneriya National Park while spotting the gentle giants in their natural habitat are among his favourite Sri Lankan travel experiences. He’s looking forward to exploring South and Central America, Africa, the Arctic and the Antarctic in the future.
Aside from travel, Ravin enjoys playing sports, especially soccer, rugby and basketball. His other passions include playing video games, drawing, and watching movies.
Honi Gibson, Sales Team Supervisor
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.
Shihan Iqbal, Travel Consultant
Shihan discovered his passion for travel when he took his first memorable steps into the travel industry in 2010 and hasn't looked back since. With extensive experience in the airline industry, he considers himself an adventurer and explorer at heart—and his never-ending bucket list is a testament to that! His passion for travel is fuelled by history, monuments and nature, so it’s no surprise that Japan, Egypt, Peru, Brazil, Italy and Rwanda are at the top of his list right now.
Shihan loves getting out and exploring Sri Lanka. Climbing and exploring Sigiriya, the ancient rock fortress near Dambulla popularly known to locals as the 'eighth wonder of the world', has been one of his favourite experiences to date.
In his spare time, Shihan enjoys letting off some steam by DJing on his weekend getaways, which he claims enhances his creativity and gives him clarity.
Larsha Peiris, Travel Consultant
Larsha joined Bunnik Tours in July 2017, but her passion for travel and tourism started at a young age and she’s been chasing her dream ever since. So far, she’s ticked a few countries off her bucket list, travelling all throughout Sri Lanka, Bali and Australia. She’s set her sights on Italy as her next travel destination.
Before joining Bunnik Tours Sri Lanka, Larsha worked as a writer for two years, which is something she still loves to do in her spare time. On top of writing, she loves swimming, singing, and spending 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.
Hayley was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in Costa Rica 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.
Victoria Hearn, Travel Consultant
Victoria started at Bunnik Tours as part of the Retail Team in 2010 after spending 2 years living in Vancouver, Canada. During her time at Bunnik Tours she has worked in most departments, but always finds herself back in the Sales Team, selling the Bunnik Dream!
Victoria has travelled extensively throughout the years and her favourite destinations are Canada (unsurprisingly) and Scotland, followed closely by Egypt, Jordan, Iceland and Turkey. She has now set foot on 6 of 7 continents, with a current total of 39 countries visited, and would love to travel back to Africa to see the rest of the continent as Morocco and Egypt are all she has seen. Antarctica is also high on the Bucket List, along with China and Japan, but home renovations mean the budget will only stretch to Kangaroo Island or Tasmania!
She is a mad AFL fan, supporting the Adelaide Crows through their good times and bad, but let’s not talk about the 2017 Grand Final!
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!
Sarah Wise, Travel Consultant
Sarah realised her passion for travel as a teenager while spending time in the UK. Since then Sarah has travelled all over the world with highlights being Venice, Paris, Egypt and Sri Lanka, but her favourite place will always be Canada. She spent seven months living in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, and it was in Canada that saw snow for the first time in her life and got to experience a real North American Halloween. The next place on her long list to conquer is 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 for the Adelaide Rush in the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League. Sarah was awarded ‘Most Improved Player’ 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!
Nicole Osborne, Travel Consultant
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.
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.
Nat Vallely, 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 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!
Donna Hopko, Travel Consultant
Growing up in an airline family, Donna can’t remember a time she was not bitten with the travel bug. She’ been working in the travel industry for over 20 years now and her passion for travel has not waned! After working for airlines and in retail consultancy roles, Donna joined Bunnik Tours in 2017 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge.
Donna has travelled extensively, her most recent trip being to Antarctica and South America. The raw beauty that Antarctica offered, together with experiencing the wildlife in their natural habitat, is something she looks forward to doing again. She’s been to North America too many times to count, visiting Disneyland because it truly is ‘the happiest place on earth’. Turkey was also a highlight having been there for the 100th Anzac Anniversary in 2015 and Hot Air ballooning over Cappadocia. She has also travelled throughout Asia and Europe.
She enjoys camping and getting off the grid when she can. Most weekends she can be found in the Adelaide Hills with her horses or at home with the family. Good wine, spicy food & laughing with friends get her through this thing we call life. Her bucket list grows daily. Her next big plan is to visit Galapagos and Peru with her Antarctic travel buddies!
Rhiann McQueen, Travel Consultant
Rhiann’s first overseas holiday was at the age of 21 where she headed on a Round the World adventure visiting USA, UK, Europe and Dubai. From that trip she has truly caught the travel bug and has been planning holidays as often as possible, with trips to India, Europe, Fiji, Bali, New Zealand and Singapore in the last few years. She's a little bit adventurous when she is travelling and loves to give anything a go once. She has quite a list going, anything from skydiving to white water rafting or hot air ballooning.
Rhiann enjoys getting out of the city to visit her sister’s farm in the Adelaide Hills or going away camping around South Australia when she has some free time. She also loves having a laugh with family and friends over a good meal and a glass of wine, if there is trivia involved that is always a bonus!
Owen Cornish, Travel Consultant
Owen, one of the newest members of the Bunnik Tours team, has joined with 4 years’ experience as a retail travel consultant. He originally hails from Canada, but in 2006 he decided it was time to travel the world. He got on a one way flight to England with one night booked at Manchester hostel and no bigger plans than “lets see where this takes me.” Eight years later he found himself in Australia with 30+ countries under his belt, having lived in London, Berlin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness. Some of his highlights include working as a walking tour guide in Edinburgh, couch surfing in Berlin, and backpacking through Vietnam.
Owen has a love for good food, wine and beer. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies, footy and good dramas on TV or reading a good book.
Mattia Centofanti, Travel Consultant
Mattia is a new member of the Bunnik Tours Team, but not new to travel. She has been lucky enough to travel in the most exotic locations such as Middle East. Oman – Muscat is one her most favourite cities with having spent over 4 weeks in a country filled with rich culture, she believes it’s a country worth visiting.
Her favourite travel quote is; ‘Where to next?’. When she’s not planning travel or travelling, then she has either gone fishing down the Yorke Peninsula or hanging out with family and friends. She has a passion for anything aviation, sport, music – and is always on the search for the best parmigiana in town. Her future endeavours are to continue visiting different cities, countries and meeting new people along the way.
Emily Warner, Travel Consultant
Emily has 20 years experience in the travel industry and has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, USA, South Pacific and the Middle East. Favourite memories are seeing the sunset in Wadi Rum, bike riding in Hawaii, visiting local markets in Provence and tiny hole-in-the wall bars in Hiroshima. At home Emily and her husband have a young son and a very cheeky Pugalier dog, who both demand all of their attention. When she has spare time, she likes to go to lunch and movies with friends or relax with a good book & cup of tea.
Kelly Whitelaw, Travel Consultant
Kelly has been working in travel since 2004 and made the move to Bunnik Tours in 2008. Whilst being at Bunnik Tours she has worked in the Product and Operations departments but has spent most of her time in the Reservations 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 South Africa, Egypt, Vietnam and Cambodia with Bunnik Tours.
Kelly has just returned from maternity leave after welcoming her son, Eddie, to the world earlier in 2018. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Stuart, her son Eddie and their French Bulldog x Pug, Frankie.
Rachel Footner, Travel Consultant
Whilst Rachel is a new addition to the Bunnik team, she has nearly 5 years’ experience in the travel industry. With a particular love for Europe, Rachel has visited over 40 countries worldwide. Though it is like picking a favourite child, she counts Norway, Bosnia & Herzegovina, New York City and Ireland among her favourite places. Rachel loves to wander a city’s many streets and try local foods on her travels. Still on the (very long) bucket list are Africa, Japan, a USA road trip and Hawaii.
Travel aside, Rachel’s passions are food, friends, family and animals. In her spare time, you will find her reading a good book, walking in nature, having a wine with her friends or cuddled up on the couch with her partner and her cat, Lionel. She enjoys going camping with her mates and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. Rachel also has an artistic side – she loves to write, paint, draw and create!
Kerryn Elsdon, Travel Consultant
Kerryn has 5 years experience in a travel role and after a short time working outside of the industry, travel has drawn her back in (as she was warned would happen!) and she is very excited to have joined the Bunnik team.
Her favourite travel experiences include a 4WD dune safari through the desert in Dubai, watching the sunset in Santorini with a beer in hand and a group of her closest friends, and sampling as many bagels as humanly possible in NYC. New York is her favourite city and she has been lucky enough to visit twice - and did not love it any less the second time! Kerryn has an ever growing list of destinations to visit but is hoping that Croatia, Portugal & Morocco are the next stamps in her passport!
Outside of travel she loves eating good food, exploring local wine regions, spending time on South Australia’s beautiful beaches, and any time spent with her partner, family and friends. She loves everything about summer, but in winter the football is her great love. She's a huge Essendon Bombers fan and forever hopeful that next year will be the Bombers’ year (just don’t speak to her about the last few).
Kalum Dissanayake, Travel Consultant
Kalum's passion for travel started at the age of 16. He spends most of his weekends out trekking, hiking or camping up on the hills in Sri Lanka. Having obtained a drone pilot license, he’s started travel photography, exploring new destinations that are still untouched by commercialisation. He has travelled to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh and Indonesia, but his bucket list is still brimming with destinations such as the Norwegian Fjords, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Victoria Falls in Zambia, the Northern Lights in Iceland and Torres Del Paine Patagonia in Chile.
When he’s not working or travelling, Kalum enjoys spending time around motorsports, attending drag races and car meets.
Chamo Jayathillake, Travel Consultant
Chamo’s love of travel began at an early age from hearing her dad and uncle recite their awesome travel stories. Knowing that she wanted to work in the tourism industry, she pursued her passion right through to university!
So far, Chamo has travelled around Sri Lanka and was excited to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Her bucket list is overflowing, but Greece, China, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway, South Africa, Argentina and the Galapagos Islands are right at the top.
Apart from travel, she has a real passion for dance, art, music and sports such as basketball, netball, swimming and tennis. She loves spending her weekends going on road trips, practicing her vocals and dance moves, trying new cuisines, and spending time with family. To relax, she likes nothing more than to grab her sketch book and start drawing while listening to her favourite playlist.
Hiru Jayampathi, Travel Consultant
Hiru graduated from Northumbria University and followed her passion for travel, despite having a bachelor’s degree in human resource management. She joined Bunnik Tours as a travel consultant in January 2018. When Hiru was 17 years old, she lived in China for a year before traveling to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore. Apart from her love for travel, Hiru is also a ‘foodie’ and spends her spare time managing her Instagram food blogging account (‘Food Diaries’, which has over 14,000 followers!)
Thanu Sewwandi, Travel Consultant
Thanu worked in various fields before realising her true passion was in travel. She joined Bunnik Tours in January 2018 to begin a new chapter in her career, where she found joy in helping clients with their dream tour. Thanu has travelled to various Asian countries with her friends and discovered the tropical beauty of her homeland Sri Lanka, from a young age. At the age of 16, she was even brave enough to travel to Jaffna in Northern Sri Lanka, during the 2002 ceasefire, where she experienced the true impact of war. In her free time, she can be found reading, cooking or playing with her cute dachshund!
Purnima Fernando, Travel Consultant
Purnima joined Bunnik Tours in the January of 2018 with 4 years’ experience in the travel industry, whereby she found the Bunnik way to be a totally different experience. As a child, she travelled frequently with her family to destinations including Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong, where she also has wonderful memories travelling around South Sri Lanka during her school vacations. Purnima often road trips down south to Hikkaduwa on the weekend to spend time relaxing on the beach with friends. During her free time, she can also be found spending time with family or cuddling her cats! Some of Purnima’s bucket list destinations include Australia, Mexico and Greece just to name a few!
Kathleen De Silva, Travel Consultant
Kathleen joined Bunnik Tours in January 2018, but discovered her love for travel in 2016 when she first stepped into the industry and has not looked back ever since. At age 21, Kathleen took her first overseas trip where she visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi, making memorable experiences of a 4WD dune safari, viewing Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa, camel riding and visiting the beautiful Sheik Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. She has also travelled to many beautiful cities within Sri Lanka, but has her eyes set on Bali as her next bucket list destination! During her free time, Kathleen loves to bake, while also spending time with family, friends and eating good food! Kathleen is thrilled to be working with the Bunnik Family and is excited to see what the future brings.
Winvar Mohamed, Travel Consultant
Winvar joined Bunnik Tours in January 2018 with 6 years of experience in the airline industry. His passion for travel started at the age of 18, which is when he decided to further his education in tourism. Over the last 3 years, Winvar has travelled all around his homeland, Sri Lanka, along with travelling to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Maldives and India, however, has his eyes set on Kenya, Peru, Spain and Morocco as his next bucket list destinations! Along with travelling, Winvar is also involved in sports, where he loves bowling and playing football in his free time, and surprisingly loves baking as well!
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!).