What we’re all about…

At DESTINATION HQ we inspire you to travel different. Our years of experience takes the guess work out of travel. We save you money. Experience travel that is redefined. We make your travel experience all about YOU. We will be with you every step of the way – helping make your dream trip a reality, with meticulous attention to detail, using our travel experience and knowledge. And with access to the best deals in the industry DESTINATION HQ can offer you the best price, first time, every time. So travel different. Travel redefined. Travel with DESTINATION HQ.

Our years of experience take the guesswork out of travel and can save you money!!

Our team of travel experts…

Stuart Ingram

Stuart Ingram

Managing Director

Stuart was the winner of the NTIA award for Best Travel Agency Manager in Australia in 2017. Stuart has vast industry experience having worked in the airline, wholesale and retail travel agency sectors of the industry. Stuart loves to travel and to share his excitement and passion for travel with anyone he meets. Having travelled to Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, North America and throughout Australia/NZ, Stuart has a wealth of knowledge. His favourite destinations are London, Paris, San Francisco, New York City, Berlin, Tokyo and the Maldives.

Kirilly Plum

Kirilly Plum

Director

I joined the team in Beaumaris in 1996 after completing my Diploma in Travel & Tourism. I have always had a passion for travelling and I have been so lucky to travel all around the world – experiencing different locations, cultures, its people & ways of life, which has been amazing. One of my favourite trips was when I had 6 weeks travelling through Italy and Croatia – such beautiful places to see and experience.

Amy Wyatt

Amy Wyatt

General Manager

My career in travel began in 2007 and I am excited to be back working with the Destination HQ team. Food, wine and wellness are passions of mine and I look forward to developing special interest tours in these areas.
Some of my most memorable destinations include Bhutan, Africa, Sri Lanka and Hawaii. My favourite cities are New York, Paris and of course my home town, Melbourne. Next on my bucket list are Cuba, Morocco, Puglia and India.
When I am not travelling or working, I enjoy yoga, latin dancing and eating out around Melbourne.

Nicole Grant

Nicole Grant

Client Relations Manager

My passion for travel began at a very young age and after 20+ years in the industry, it remains unwavering. I can attribute this love to finding something special about all the places I have visited. Bali is one of my favourite holiday destinations with its relaxed lifestyle, warm weather and variety of restaurants. I love the diverse culture & history of the Middle East and especially the beauty of Petra & Wadi Rum. Africa also holds a special place with me, seeing the animals in their natural environment is mesmerising.

Chelsea Stanley

Chelsea Stanley

Client Relations Manager

I began my career in the travel industry in 2004 and I have experienced many different travel styles from 5 star Egypt touring to adventure camping in Southern Africa and independent backpacking in South East Asia. I’ve also lived in Bangkok for over 2 years. My passion is for Asia, I have covered it extensively including Burma and Laos. I recently had my honeymoon in Thailand, staying at some luxurious hotels. Some of my favourite destinations are Canada, America, Fiji, Italy, France and UK.

Reece Kooloos

Reece Kooloos

Client Relations Manager

After spending a few years working to travel, I finally heard my calling and joined the travel industry in early 2009. After spending 3 years working in the industry, I joined the team at Mentone in 2012. My travels have taken me to Europe with Russia and Estonia being some personal favourites. I have also been to the USA, Hawaii, New Zealand, Fiji, Mauritius and South East Asia with Thailand almost feeling like a second home. I love the warmer climates but am always drawn back to history of Europe.

Jess Haag

Jess Haag

Client Relations Manager

I started in the travel industry in 2006 before moving to the Beaumaris office in 2012. My favourite travel destinations so far have been visiting the Cinque Terre in 2010 with the amazing scenery and delicious cuisine and also Canada with the beautiful Rockies which I visited in 2013. I love adventure sports like snowboarding and surfing and in 2013 I went to the Maldives for my honeymoon. I have also travelled throughout Indonesia, West Coast USA, Brazil, France, Thailand, Fiji, and New Zealand.

Sophie Anderson

Sophie Anderson

Client Relations Manager

I joined the Beaumaris team at Destination HQ in February 2012 after two years experience in the travel industry. Prior to starting my tourism career I lived and worked in Canada for 2 years, where I discovered my passion for travel and realised I wanted to be around it every day. Since then I have travelled to the USA, Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Fiji, Croatia, Italy and New Zealand. I love to experience new things, learn about different cultures and, of course, taste food from around the world.

Melissa George

Melissa George

Client Relations Manager

I began my career in the travel industry in 2005 before moving to the Beaumaris office in 2008 as a Client Relations Manager. In my time I have travelled to nearly every continent: lots of Asia including Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and China; the United States & Canada; the South Pacific including Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand and Vanuatu; Africa including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana and the United Kingdom. My favourite destinations would be New York City or Cape Town; both vibrant, chic, modern cities with lots to do and yummy food to eat!

Joel Webb

Joel Webb

Client Relations Manager

I started my career in the travel industry in 2005 and joined the Mentone team in early 2014. One of the best parts of my job is managing the Monash account, where I oversee community projects and sponsorship. Over the past 10 years I have travelled to many diverse destinations, from family trips to Bali and Thailand, to camping in South Africa, to staying in 6 star resorts in Dubai and Oman. I have toured across Europe, stayed at B&Bs throughout the UK, cruised up to Alaska and down through the Caribbean. I have seen the west coast of Canada and America by Train, Car and plane and much of Asia.

Caroline Smithson

Caroline Smithson

Client Relations Manager

I joined the team at Destination HQ Beaumaris after 11 years in the travel industry. One of my favourite destinations is Bali: I was married there in 2008 and have been going there for as long as I can remember. The weather, resorts, shopping and culture provide the perfect holiday spot for my two young children. I also spent my honeymoon in Italy and fell in love with the endless canals, Chianti wine and gelato of Venice. Some of my other favourite places to visit are Hawaii, Fiji, Disneyland, Dubai and Thailand.

Isobel Stuart

Isobel Stuart

Client Relations Manager

I started in the industry at British Airways in London in 1979 before moving into the retail travel industry when I moved to Melbourne. I specialise in tailor made itineraries for Britain and Europe especially in Italy and Tuscany. I have experienced many different cruise lines as I think there is no better way to see the world. My favourite city is Venice and my favourite place is Tuscany. My passion for Italy extends to my love for the Italian language and I now enjoy studying their language. Ciao!

Nigel Hayes

Nigel Hayes

Client Relations Manager

Having started my career with ANSETT in 1970, I then moved into the travel agency sector of the industry nearly 40 years ago. With my family over the years I have travelled to many exciting places, but I still have a soft spot for Hawaii and the USA. And closer to home, we have had some great family holidays on the Sunshine Coast and Port Douglas. My most memorable trip was to Argentina and Brazil – such a special part of the World.

Holly Chapman

Holly Chapman

Client Relations Manager

I studied Travel and Tourism via correspondence whilst travelling around Australia at the age of 22. My professional career began in 1995, and with many travels and 2 children in between I joined Destination HQ in 2015. I love the beautiful oceans of our world, so my favourite destinations include French Riviera, Cinque Terre, LA, Carmel, Australia, Bali and Fiji. I have been fortunate enough to work as a travel agent in London, leading to extensive travel through France and Spain also. My most recent trip took in San Francisco, Sonoma and the amazing Yosemite NP.

Vanessa Whitaker

Vanessa Whitaker

Client Relations Manager

I started my career in Travel 15 years ago and moved to Destination HQ in 2015. Some of my favourites places visited are Vietnam, Cambodia, Fiji , Bali, and the Greek Islands. I spent my honeymoon travelling through Vietnam and loved Hoi An a charming little town with a relaxed atmosphere and fabulous food.
With two young children we enjoy family holidays in particular Bali and Fiji for the great weather, family friendly resorts and convenience of being not too far away!

Josephine Gaynor

Josephine Gaynor

Operations Manager

From the time I was a little girl, travel was in my blood and I have been so fortunate since joining the team at Destination HQ to be able to share my passion for travel with so many of our valued clients. I have travelled to many destinations in the world, such as New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I have explored the history of London, France, Amsterdam and Switzerland. My favourite place of all would have be Ireland where everyone is happy and always willing to offer a friendly smile. I have recently just returned from Vietnam and Ayers rock.

Kirsty Hewitt

Kirsty Hewitt

Client Relations Manager

After joining the travel industry over 20 years ago in Sydney, I have worked in many different travel sectors including time at Sydney Airport. After starting my own family and moving to Melbourne, I really enjoy working with other families to give them magical experiences and creating memories that will last forever. I have travelled to USA, Hawaii, Canada, Turkey, England, Ireland, Hong
Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Bali, Borneo, Maldives however my favourite place of all is Fiji which I have travelled to extensively over 20 times!

Janelle King

Janelle King

Client Relations Manager

My love for travel developed from spending my childhood years growing up in Hong Kong and Singapore – my Dad was based there as a pilot so I was fortunate to experience other cultures at an early age. I started working as a travel agent in the 1990’s and travelled extensively through Europe and more recently through Asia with my young family. 2014 was a family highlight tour of nearly 4 weeks in America to include Disneyworld and New York. My favourite cities are New York, Prague & Paris. Aside from America, my most amazing trips have been on safari in Kenya and visiting the amazing palaces in Russia. My bucket list would be The Kimberley & Patagonia in Chile.

Kate Traynor

Kate Traynor

Client Relations Manager

I started my career in travel in 2013, and I was lucky enough to have joined the amazing team at Destination HQ in August 2016 in the Beaumaris office.
I studied Events and Tourism at University. I enjoy all aspects of the travel industry. From the amazing travel experiences and the beautiful people you meet along the way to the holidays you book and plan for your clients.
I have travelled to Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, USA but my most favourite place at this stage, would have to be Mexico and the Caribbean. I am such a beach lover, and would follow Summer around the world if I could. Europe is another favourite!

Leanne Jones

Leanne Jones

Marketing Manager

I started work at Destination HQ in 2013. Previously I had been a regular client for over 20 years and in this time I did not book my travel requirements with anyone else. So when the opportunity came to work for this dynamic travel business I jumped at the chance.
My favourite countries to visit are Oman and Italy where I particularly love the culture and the food!! I regularly travel with my 2 teenage daughters, both of whom have inherited the love of travel and adventure from their mum.