Janet’s passion for travel began when she left Australia in 1970 to discover the World. She travelled for four years through Asia and the Middle East visiting unusual countries such as Tunisia and Morocco in Northern Africa, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and what was then called the USSR.
Janet then travelled through Canada and the US on her way home to Australia in 1974. Upon Janet’s return she joined the travel industry, having been chosen to head up an agency in Melbourne specializing in Asia Travel.
Janet went on to own two travel agencies and she is now a specialist Group Tour Consultant. Over the years Janet has escorted a lot of tours to various parts of the World.
Regions of Expertise
Asia + Asia Minor
USA + Canada
Upon my return to Australia, after travelling the world for four years, I decided to join the travel industry
INDONESIA – Overland Travel
Overland through Sumatra
10 days/9 nights
Take a trip to see the best of Sumatra. From the last sanctuary of the Sumatran Orangutan; to its canyons, volcanic lakes and hot springs. Learn the unique traditions of the indigenous people, see their traditional dances and learn their history on an equator-crossing journey of discovery. Arrive in Bohorok and visit an Orangutan Rehabilitation Station. Trek to the feeding site, where you can see the semi-wild orangutans feeding. Drive to Brastagi in the Karo Highlands, home to a people with many unique traditions which are still practiced today. See a beautiful waterfall formed by an underground river. Take a boat across a volcanic lake to a hotel in the middle of the lake.
Cruise the lake, surrounded by volcanic walls, to local villages and see the tombs of ancient kings. Witness a performance of traditional Batak Toba dance, known as ‘Tor-tor’. Visit pineapple and clove plantations, and bathe in the volcanic hot springs. See a canyon with a maze of tunnels and bunkers built by the Japanese army during the Second World War. Pay a visit to the Minangkabau Museum, which has an excellent array of Minangkabau artifacts. Nearby, villagers from the area meet to buy and sell their goods at the lively market. Continue to a weaving village to see the traditional weaving process, and visit the former palace of the Minangkabau Kingdom.
I love this party of the world. Fly into Padang and out of Medan on a 7 – 10 nights stay is perfect for this area off the beaten track and yet not too remote.
CANADA – Frontiers
Big Five Safari in Northern Canada
8 days/7 nights
Day 1 -2
Winnipeg. Following breakfast, we depart Winnipeg for Riding Mountain National Park. Guests will enjoy an escorted tour of the Parks Canada Centre in the afternoon before departing on an evening safari in the park – our first chance to search for moose, black bear and bison. Guests will enjoy an overnight stay in the rustic Elkhorn Lodge. Itinerary Note: Time will be spent exploring Riding Mountain National Park and its surrounding areas. Wildlife activities each day will begin at first light. These activities will provide the opportunity to spot bison, black bear, moose, elk, deer and other wildlife.
Guests will enjoy a morning safari in search of some of Manitoba’s largest land animals. In the afternoon, gusts will have time to relax at the resort or explore the surrounding area. In the evening we will depart on a dinner cruise aboard The Martese, a 95-passengner boat that tours beautiful Clear Lake. Guests will spend their final night at Elkhorn Resort.
After breakfast we depart on the journey back to Winnipeg. Following lunch, we’ll depart Winnipeg by air arriving in Churchill in the early evening. Dinner in Churchill will be followed by an evening Parks Canada presentation.
Guests will enjoy breakfast at a family-run Churchill restaurant followed by a Roads & Trails program for the morning. In the afternoon, our first encounter with the beautiful beluga whales will take place on a three-hour boat tour on the Churchill River. We’ll meander up and down the river beside the whale pods offering excellent photography opportunities. The boat tour includes a stop for a walking tour at the historically and architecturally significant Fort Prince of Wales.
Guests will start their day with a zodiac boat ride on the Churchill River. This gives guests a chance to get even closer to the beluga whales for incredible photographs and a unique view of the extraordinarily curious and friendly mammals. In the afternoon, we’ll join a local dog musher for an exciting dog-carting excursion. Guests will have a chance to meet the dog sled team and learn about this important local tradition.
Day 7 – 8
Our last day is spent on a full day Tundra Buggy Adventure. Guests will experience the vast and colorful beauty of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. There will be plenty of photography opportunities as we travel through the tundra in search of the majestic polar bear. Overnight in Winnipeg.
SCOTLAND – Small Group Tour – Backroads Tours
Orkneys & The Highlands
4 days/3 nights
Day 1 Inverness – Scottish Highlands – Orkney
Travel through the Northern Highlands passing through Beauly and Strathpeffer on through to Caithness to the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the beloved home of the late Queen Mother. Catch the ferry to Orkney.
Day 2 Neolithic settlements & archaeological sites
Visit a number of amazing archaeological sites, including the Stone Age tomb of Maes Howe and Skara Brae and the mystical standing stones of Brodgar. We drive to the Broch of Gurness, where we see evidence of a Viking settlement. Tides permitting, we would also walk to the Brough of Birsay.
Day 3 Kirkwall – Wick
We explore the former Viking settlement of Kirkwall, with its interesting historical sites including St Magnus Cathedral, Earl’s Palace and Bishop’s Palace. This is also a home of the rare Puffin Bird and one of Scotland’s best distilleries, Highland Park Distillery. We travel to Scapa Flow and we visit the famous Italian Chapel, before taking the ferry back to the mainland and drive to Wick.
Day 4 Wick – Dunrobin Castle – Inverness
Visit Dunrobin Castle which has been home to the Dukes of Sutherland since the 1400’s. Following a beautiful coastal road, we cross the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths and travel back to Inverness.
Cinque Terra, Italy: A gorgeous relaxing area with good walks and stunning views of the Mediterranean.
Tunisia: As one of the most liberal Muslim countries in the world, it also has excellent tourist infrastructure, allowing you to dip into the local culture and explore, The night life in Tunisia has a Mediterranean feel, with numerous music concerts, folklore shows, and other night-time activities. One of the most fun things to do at night is go to a belly dancing show, of which there are many and which are accompanied by traditional live music.
Norway: Nature is what makes Norway truly spectacular; from rugged mountains to deep fjords; from pitch black winters to light summers and from dramatic waterfalls to still lakes. Norway is a land of contrasts, a fact which is also evident when comparing the cities of Oslo and Bergen with the small fishing villages of Lofoten and I haven’t mentioned the Hurtigruten – what a cruise!!!
Myanmar: Burma as it was called when I first visited 35 years ago, always offer its visitors the most original travel pleasure. From the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon or Rangoon, peaceful sunset on Mandalay, mystical Bagan or Pagan and its endless pagodas in the morning mist, to the unique leg-rowing people on Inle Lake. Every corner in Myanmar is charismatic and together they constitute the land’s unspoiled and distinctive charm. Once you get there, the clock is turned back at least 40 years. A wonderful place to just slow down and enjoy!