Welcome to Cairns Holiday Specialists

Cairns Holiday Specialists have been recognised as the destination specialists since 2005 in designing bespoke travel itineraries and holidays to Cairns and the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Our team have experienced and explored all of the local sightseeing attractions and inspected each individual hotel, resort and accommodation house to ensure they can deliver the right advice to satisfy your specific travel requirements.

Their attention to detail and level of service has led to a growing list of repeat visitors who return to us year after year Our professional team will personally tailor your Cairns and Great Barrier Reef experience based around the most iconic sights and experiences to suit you and your fellow travellers.

Cairns Holiday Specialists also specialise in group travel looking after all of the ground arrangements from the moment the guests arrive at the Cairns International Airport.

Our company takes great pride in being the leader in its field of local expertise and uses the most modern and up to date information technology to ensure we offer the best rates and service levels to ensure we remain as the market leaders for travel planning into Cairns Queensland Australia.

We invite you to browse our on line catalogue and come and see how we can tailor make your holiday plans to suit your budget and travel expectations or call into our office at 183 Aumuller Street, in Cairns.

Christina James
Managing Director

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Meet our Fabulous Team of Cairns Holiday Specialists

Sophie Tabouel

Sophie Tabouel  Sales Co-ordinator

Originally born in France, I migrated to Australia in 1996 to the big smoke of Sydney. Cairns, and more precisely Palm Cove, was my favourite holiday destination for years and I loved it so much so we decided to move here permanently.

We arrived in beautiful Tropical North Queensland in 2004. I had the pleasure of working in hospitality in a five star Palm Cove resort for 4 years before joining the 'Cairns Holiday Specialists' team in 2012.
What I like the most about the Cairns region is the diversity of nature, from the reef to the rainforest including the outback, we have it all. The Cairns region is big enough and has everything you need but has also kept that friendly atmosphere smaller places have.

Personal Interests: reading in French and English, my friends, dogs oh and I do not mind a good Aussie wine or two with good company.

Tanith Barrie

Tanith Barrie  Destination Specialists

A bit of a gypsy and sufferer of itchy feet, I was born in NSW, grew up in Darwin and then moved to Cairns when I was 16.

I enjoy the sunshine & the outdoors and on any given day off I can be found out and about enjoying the things that make Cairns great - swimming, bush walking, bike riding, skate boarding along the Esplanade or enjoying a cold beer:-)

I have come and gone and traveled all over Australia but I always find myself returning to Cairns - it really is the best place to live and Tropical North Queensland is my home. As a single mum of one, I have definitely decided this is the place for my son to finish his school years and grow up in paradise like I did.

I have worked in the tourism industry in a number of roles from hotel bar work and hotel accommodation receptionist, to working on fishing boats in the Northern Territory and on cattle properties in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. I worked in retail hardware sales for a while before really exploring more roles in the travel industry.

Even when based as a travel agent with a large firm in Brisbane, I would find myself using Cairns as the number one recommended destination for those people who were wanting that tropical holiday within Australia. There is no comparison for all that is on offer here and now I find myself at the Cairns Holiday Specialists talking on a daily basis to people who have returned several times and are still surprised to hear about different experiences they hadn't heard of or even considered before. It's fantastic when people return home from their holiday - only to be right on the phone to book their next trip.

At the Cairns Holiday Specialists we really do add that personal touch in finding the best holiday experience for each and every guest. We all live here because we love it and we get to see and do all of these attractions everyday of the year and we love to brag about it to our guests.

It's great to be a part of a passionate, successful, destination specialists travel team.

Trish Fryer

Trish Fryer  Tour Consultant

After several wonderful holidays in Far North Queensland, we fell in love with beautiful Cairns and the surrounding Islands. As soon as stepping off the aircraft in Cairns we felt like we were in paradise. I was drawn to Cairns for its pure beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, the Rainforests, the stunning tropical weather, the sandy beaches and our love of the ocean.
After our last stunning getaway to Cairns we were met with a cold and bleak Melbourne day, horrendous road traffic and it was freezing! So it wasn’t a difficult decision to make a move to Cairns and call our new destination home!
Arriving in Cairns, I knew I didn’t want to follow my medical career. I soon came to the realisation that Tourism was the way to go as I knew Cairns was a world known tourism centre. After completing my Certificate in Tourism, which enabled me to secure a position as a Tour Sales Consultant, I spent several years perfecting, enjoying and sharing with our international visitors and locals my love for beautiful Cairns surrounding areas and all they have to offer.
After working in the Tourism industry for several years, I decided to branch out and study Real Estate Property Management, which was very gratifying to have worked as an on-site property manager for several years but then I found myself working back in the medical field with Queensland Health Services.
My desire to work in Tourism was always well entrenched from a young adult. I was privileged to travel overseas to explore the other side of the world and spent many years travelling and working overseas which took me to 4 continents and over 20 countries. I have worked in tourism under many caps from managing an exclusive ‘Manor’ in the Cotswolds UK, to hotel accommodation, reception, to bar work and even as kitchen hand. I then hopped over to Europe and did au paring in Switzerland. Africa as next on my list of destinations, my first job was working for a Maxillofacial Surgeon, to working in reception at a ‘Game Reserve’ (Wild Park) in Zimbabwe near Victoria Falls. When I finally made it to America I did voluntary work as I didn’t have a work visa. I also did voluntary work in Melbourne working as a teacher’s aid at a school for Autistic children.
I’m delighted to announce that I am back working in Tourism as a Tour Sales Consultant for ‘The Tour Specialists’ at the Hilton Cairns. I’m thrilled to be able to share my knowledge and my experiences with our guests to give them the ultimate experience within our Far North Queensland region, taking home with them some of the best memories of a life time!
I am passionate about increasing awareness of environmental best practices, sustainability and eco-tourism, conservation of the Great Barrier Reef, saving the green turtles and dolphins.
In my spare time I like to travel, swim, walk the beach, play golf and socialise.

Jennifer Tofia

Jennifer Tofia  Tour Consultant

I was born in Cairns and grew up in the Northern Beaches of Cairns at Trinity Beach. I was raised by a family who just loved the outdoor lifestyle consistent with most people who are drawn to Tropical Far North Queensland in Australia.
I left Cairns 20 years ago for Brisbane and then Sydney to experience the big “City” life.
Yearly visits back home to catch up with family and friends in Cairns left me with limited time to visit the local tours & attractions that lure people to the Tropical North & the Great Barrier Reef. When I met my husband to be, I wanted to show him where I grew up, all the spectacular scenery, the beaches, the freshwater swimming holes, the ancient Rainforest and of course, the Great Barrier Reef.
We exchanged vows at one of the most picturesque places of the Tropical North…Palm Cove. Our reception was held under the coconut trees that line the beach front and we honeymooned at Fitzroy Island, another one of my favourite destinations.
It was at this time when the thought was planted….”I could live up here!“ my husband said. “How could you have left a place as spectacular as this?”
He gave me the wake up call. The chilled back lifestyle, the sound of the coconut palm fronds rippling in the breeze and the waves gently lapping the beach….I missed these simple yet natural blessings living in a busy city.
Not even a year had passed before we relocated back to my home city of Cairns. There are so many amazing places I wanted to re-visit and experience… It took quite a few years to return… but I am back in this Paradise and there are plenty of great reasons why!
After working in the wholesale side of cruise holidays in Brisbane, I am now really enjoying being in a role where I am assisting our guests plan their perfect holidays not only on a professional level but a personal level as well. We get to know each and every one of our guests and their travelling companions and they entrust us to plan their tours and attractions to suit their specific needs and budgets because no one knows our back yard better than us!
We deal with guests from all countries and nationalities so we are sensitive on cultural issues. We also have a great deal of experience in dealing with guests who may have disabilities and we have a raft of tours that enable these guests to enjoy our region just as much as able bodied tourists.
We are here 7 days a week ready to speak to you on the phone, Skype, chat or email so please give us a call and we will be more than happy to assist you build the ultimate holiday you have been dreaming about because we are the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Destination Specialists.

Annie Fishburn

Annie Fishburn  Accounts Manager

Annie grew up in Sydney and made the smart move to sunny Cairns in 1995.

Between 1995 and 2008 Annie was the General Manager for a Cairns based horse riding tourism company and Regional Manager for a major tourist transport company operating in the Cairns and Port Douglas region.

Annie joined The Tour Specialists and The Cairns Holiday Specialists team in early 2009. For fun she runs a dog training school after hours helping owners control their rambunctious pets or sometimes the other way around stopping the pets from controlling their rambunctious owners.

Annie lives on acreage and has a menagerie of barnyard friends along with 3 dogs, 2 horses, kangaroos, wallabies and other Australian wildlife to keep her really busy.

Annie has also recently shown the rest of us up in the office and started training to compete in triathlons. Oh and by the way her first one she entered she was the first in her age group!

Oh and thankfully she is really good at maths and business management!

Belinda Mathews

Belinda Mathews  Reservations Supervisor

I was born in Bridport Tasmania and migrated to Cairns over 20 years ago with family to escape the cold for the balmy lifestyle of Tropical North Queensland.

My first position in tourism was in 2005 at the Angsana Resort & Spa Palm Cove where I was initially based in hotel reception and then progressed into Reservation Sales shortly after. As I had been at the resort for 5 years it was time to move on and progress in my career and along came the opportunity to join the team at Cairns Holiday Specialists. Lucky for me this company was also based in beautiful Palm Cove!

I have been with The Cairns Holiday Specialists for 6 years now and still loving it! I enjoy helping our guests find the perfect accommodation and tours for their dream holiday and then meeting them once they arrive. It's a real sense of achievement when you can meet your clients face to face when they take the time to come and seek you out and personally thank you for planning their holiday.

It's also great hearing about how beautiful our backyard is and how amazing our tours and attractions are, because as locals we often take for granted what we see and experience every single day.

Thank you to all of our guests for giving us the nudge and reminding us of how lucky we really are to actually live here full time!

Christina James

Christina James  Managing Director

I have been lucky enough to have worked in the tourism and hospitality industry in sales and marketing for over 22 years all across Australia promoting this great country to not only Australians but also visitors from around the world. When I attend travel shows and expos I get to meet potential guests before they actually make the decision to come to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland for a holiday which assists us to put experiences together that suit their needs and ultimately attracts them to come and book a holiday with us.

The customer survey forms we receive from our guests after they travel are real testimonials to the attention to detail and effort that our team put into ensuring they plan the most memorable holiday for our guests. Our company philosophy is "It's not just a holiday it's a lifetime experience"!

Personally I am a real greenie and at one stage in my very early life I spent some time living in the Daintree and Cape Tribulation Rainforests in a humpie learning about our fragile eco system, the endangered rainforest and the endangered wild life that it supports on a symbiotic relationship.

To this day I am still a wildlife warrior and protector of rainforests and I try and shop for organic products that do not harm our planet.

I try to stay fit and healthy by going to the gym and joining the odd hike up along the local mountains and gorges but it is very hard to do so as the tourism industry here in Cairns is very social and lot's of our guests and family and friends are always coming for a visit and to share a meal in some our favourite local restaurants.

Oh and they do not come to our house as I am not a very good cook!

Helen Clark

Helen Clark  Destination Specialists

Originally from a little cold country Estonia, I inevitably fell in love with Cairns 6 years ago when visiting my husband’s family.

After discovering endless hiking and mountain bike tracks in the rainforest it started to feel like home.
Cairns has got everything I could ever wish for- sunshine, rainforest, reef, great restaurants and an International Airport.
Cairns is also traffic jam free and you can spend all 365 days outdoors!

My first job in Cairns was at a local dive shop working as a reservations agent. I just loved to meet visitors from all over the world coming here for holidays and helping to make sure that they left with great memories of Cairns and the amazing Great Barrier Reef.
On my days off from working at The Tour Specialists you will most likely find me in the rainforest mountain biking or hiking, alternatively driving up or down the coast and stopping at the quirky little local cafes and basically just enjoying the fantastic weather.
I am the kind of person who is genuinely happy to help you out if you are looking for an awesome Great Barrier Reef tour, rainforest tours or even a hiking trail or information where to hire a proper mountain bike for your adventures.
I even helped to find the perfect spot for a bunch of professional photographers during the solar eclipse and got rewarded with some pretty spectacular shots from the event!
As I am also a certified scuba diver I can give you some of the best advice and tips on the some fantastic dive locations and help you to explore the magical depths of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
There is so much to see and do in and around Cairns my advice is just make sure you have booked your holiday for 10 days or longer as you will kick yourself if you do not get to at least experience some of the things on offer up here in Mother Nature’s garden of Eden.

You can catch me at The Tour Specialists office at the Hilton Hotel in Cairns.

Joanne
14-Jun-13

Very helpful and quick with recommendations and bookings and confirmations. We left it till quite late to book for Ironman weekend and the team found us exactly what we needed.

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