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, Hong Kong and the Maldives. He has also cruised with Oceania, Viking, Uniworld, Avalon, Seabourn, Silversea, Holland America, Windstar and Celebrity Cruises - just to name a few!

Kirilly Plum

Kirilly Plum

Director

I joined the team in Beaumaris in 1996, and I am now one of the owners and Director of Destination HQ. 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. I can talk all day about Spain, and have visited many times and I recently completed part of the Camino Trail. My recent trips have Been Bali, Sri Lanka, Europe, Hawaii Island Hopping, and LA. Next stop is CUBA which has long been on my bucket list!

Nicole Grant

Nicole Grant

Client Relations Manager

My passion for travel began at a very young age and after 30 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.

Melissa George

Melissa George

Client Relations Manager

I began my career in the travel industry in 2005. In my time I have travelled to nearly every continent: Asia including Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and China; USA & Canada; South Pacific including Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand and Vanuatu; Africa including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana and Europe. My favourite destinations are New York City or Cape Town; both vibrant, chic, modern cities with lots to do and yummy food to eat! I also specialise in family travel, recently returning from my own multi-generation holiday at Club Med Kani, Maldives!

Joel Webb

Joel Webb

Client Relations Manager

I started my career in the travel industry in 2005. 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. I recently travelled to South America including Patagonia and stayed at some luxury and unique resorts. Bali feels like my 2nd home and I have a lot of knowledge to plan your holiday here!

Loretta Abernethy

Loretta Abernethy

Client Relations Manager

I started my travel career in 2004 after moving to Melbourne from Christchurch, and joined Destination HQ in April 2017. Cruising is my passion! I have ocean cruised through Asia & the South Pacific and also river cruised through many beautiful European cities and towns. I have travelled through Switzerland by rail which was so scenic & an economical way to see the countryside. I have enjoyed some special experiences during my travels such as walking with lions in Mauritius & being blessed by the Monks in Laos. I have recently cruised with Viking and Oceania. Next on my bucket list is a river cruise through France!

Sophie Anderson

Sophie Anderson

Client Relations Manager

I began my career at 2010 after discovering my passion for travel while living and working in Canada for 2 years. Since then I have travelled to the USA, Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Hong Kong, 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. Africa is also one of my favourite destinations I‘ve been to. I’m a Ski Expert and have travelled to Club Med Ski resorts in both France and Japan.

Kate Traynor

Kate Traynor

Client Relations Manager

I started my career in travel in 2013, after studying 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, Hong Kong, USA & Europe. My favourites would have to be Mexico and the Caribbean as I am such a beach lover, and would follow Summer around the world if I could. I also went on an African safari this year and it was incredible!

Jess Haag

Jess Haag

Client Relations Manager

I started in the travel industry in 2006. My favourite travel destinations so far have been visiting the Cinque Terre with the amazing scenery and delicious cuisine and also Canada with the beautiful Rockies. I love adventure sports like snowboarding and surfing so much so I went to the Maldives for my honeymoon. I have also travelled throughout Indonesia, USA, Brazil, France, Thailand, Fiji, New Zealand, and extensively in Europe. I also travel with family, so recently experienced Club Med Bali, and Europe with a toddler so have lots of travel tips!

Vanessa Whittaker

Vanessa Whittaker

Client Relations Manager

I started my career in travel in 2001. 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!

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 a travel agent in London, leading to extensive travel through France and Spain. In recent trips I’ve visited San Francisco, the amazing Yosemite NP, South America, Hong Kong, Thailand & South America.

Kirsty Hewitt

Kirsty Hewitt

Client Relations Manager

After joining the travel industry in 1996 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! I recently went to Sri Lanka and stayed in some luxurious hotels.

Janelle King

Janelle King

Client Relations Manager

My love for travel developed from growing up in Hong Kong and Singapore – my Dad was based there as a pilot. 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. A family highlight was 4 weeks in America including Disneyworld and New York. My favourite cities are New York, Prague & Paris. My most amazing trips have been on safari in Kenya and visiting the amazing palaces in Russia. I travelled to Myanmar this year on a luxury cruise and tour which was amazing. My bucket list would be The Kimberley & Patagonia in Chile.

Jane Bellizia

Jane Bellizia

Client Relations Manager

I began my travel career in 2005, and joined the Destination HQ Team in 2018 after a short break from the industry. I am passionate about travel and love being able to assist clients in making their dream holiday a reality. I have been lucky enough to travel a lot through Europe, and I have also been to Israel & Egypt. My specialty is Bali and also Cruise holidays! I have cruised with Carnival, Royal Caribbean & Seabourn. My travels have also taken me through South East Asia, South America, USA and the South Pacific including Tahiti & New Caledonia. I love having the opportunity to share my travel knowledge to help plan your next trip! Mykonos, Maldives & Bali are next on my bucketlist!

Caroline Smithson

Caroline Smithson

Client Relations Manager

I joined the team at Destination HQ Beaumaris in 2013 after 11 years in the travel industry. One of my favourite destinations is Bali: I was married there 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.

Mark Darbyshire

Mark Darbyshire

Personal Travel Concierge

I started working for a range of airlines gaining valuable experience in Sales and Customer Service. Motivated to explore an even more customer-service-focussed workplace, I worked as a member of the cabin crew for two airlines.
“I like to travel and experience high end cruises, Italy - for its history and historic seaside towns and culinary experiences and India - for its majestic maharajas place hotels and jewels of Rajasthan to the exotic history, an enchanting experience.”

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, and also the Northern Lights! My favourite place of all would have be Ireland where everyone is happy and always willing to offer a friendly smile. My most recent trips have been Vietnam, Ayers rock, San Francisco, LA & Hawaii!

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. I have just returned from Sri Lanka and loved it!

Chelsea Stanley

Chelsea Stanley

Social Media 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 Myanmar and Laos. Some of my favourite destinations are Canada, America, Fiji, Italy, France and UK. My number one travel pick is the MALDIVES it is a stunning, relaxing and luxurious place to have a holiday! I am currently doing all Social Media for Destination HQ.