Our team of travel planning experts and experienced Journey Directors ensure your experience is world-class.

 

Amanda Highfield

General Manager – Bill Peach Journeys

Amanda joined Bill Peach Journeys in November 2016. With over 20 years of experience within the travel industry, she brings to Bill Peach Journeys a solid history of leading, innovating and developing sales, reservations and operation teams. Amanda is passionate about travel and excited about her role with the team and seeing Bill Peach Journeys continue to expand into the future.

Top 5 destinations I have travelled to: Cuba, Egypt, Ireland, Flinders Ranges, New Zealand’s South Island
Destination I would like to visit next in Australia: The Kimberley
Destination I would like to visit overseas: Germany

 

Catherine McDonald

Operations Manager

Catherine has been with the company since early 2011 and is the operational brains behind all of our tours; using her extensive knowledge and flawless organisational skills to efficiently execute the entire product range. Having worked in the travel industry for over 15 years, Cath’s passion is providing our clients with unforgettable memories and experiences.

Top 5 destinations I have travelled to: New York, South Africa, Uluru, Iguazu Falls, Port Douglas
Destination I would like to visit next in Australia: Broome
Destination I would like to visit overseas: Canada

 

Michelle De Giovanni

Reservations Manager

Michelle has been an integral part of the Bill Peach Journeys team for over 9 years. As Reservations Manager, Michelle is the heart and soul of client contact at Bill Peach Journeys, taking great advantage of all the knowledge that she has amassed over this time with the organisation.  She ensures each guest is given the utmost in personal attention. She boasts over 20 years of experience in the travel industry including 5 years with Jetset Tours, 10 years with Singapore Airlines and 3 years with Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts.

To email the reservations team, or for any reservations questions, email reservations@billpeachjourneys.com.au.

Top 5 destinations I have travelled to: Maldives, Italian Riviera – San Remo, Greek Islands – Santorini, Uluru, Kakadu
Destination I would like to visit next in Australia: Tasmania
Destination I would like to visit overseas: Italy, The Dolomites

 

Fiona Mietchen

Marketing Manager

After roles in banking and extensive international travel working as a tour leader for another tour operator,  Fiona first joined Bill Peach Journeys over 15 years ago. Her first role at Bill Peach Journeys was in the Reservations Team and she also spent many years on the road as one of our favourite Journey Director’s.  Since this time she has been Reservations Manager, and then moved into the roles of Design & Marketing Manager. Fiona is a passionate employee of Bill Peach Journeys.

Top 5 destinations I have travelled to: Bora Bora, Hayman Island, Switzerland, Esperance, Mt Cook
Destination I would like to visit next in Australia: Victoria’s High Country
Destination I would like to visit overseas: Maldives

 

Amber Reid

Sales & Marketing Executive

With a background in luxury travel and cruising, Amber has over 15 years’ experience. Amber started in travel in New Zealand as a travel consultant over 15 years ago. Moving to Australia to expand her career, she has worked in one of Australia’s largest wholesalers and was given the opportunity to be part of the team to open a luxury cruise line head office in Sydney. Her passion for luxury travel lead her to join Bill Peach Journeys at the start of 2021. She uses her experience in reservations, group travel, sales and marketing to help Bill Peach Journeys continue to grow.

Top 5 destinations I have travelled to: Sienna, Nice, Bay of Islands, Ha Long Bay, Hamilton Island
Destination I would like to visit next in Australia: The Kimberley
Destination I would like to visit overseas: Fiji

 

Kelly-Maree Michael

Operations Coordinator

Kelly has recently joined Bill Peach Journeys, with extensive experience in domestic and international travel, starting her career as a tour leader in Europe and South America before focusing on tour operations. On her travels, Kelly particularly loves discovering the foodie experiences in each destination and is passionate about organising unique, exclusive activities for tour guests that highlight local icons and attractions.

Top 5 destinations I have travelled to: Orange, Hobart and surrounds, Medellin, Kuşadası, Edinburgh
Destination I would like to visit next in Australia: The Outback, particularly Uluru
Destination I would like to visit overseas: Central Asia and the Trans-Siberian Railway

 

Our Journey Directors

Lesley Neil

Universally loved, Lesley’s exciting career includes working for the BBC in Sydney and London for several years.  She boasts 30 years in the tourism industry, the last 20 as a tour manager. When she is not hosting Bill Peach Journeys, she is a part of Tourism Tasmania’s Visiting Journalist programme, and also works with Italian and Czech colleagues creating hiking and cultural tours in Tuscany and Central Europe.

  

Jennie Pyrke

Jennie has a varied background caring for people with early careers as a Registered Nurse and as a domestic and international Flight Attendant. A 10 month holiday to the UK, Scandinavia, and Europe in her 20’s began her love affair with travel and led to her passion as a Tour Manager for over 20 years, starting with Bill Peach Journeys in 1990. She has since escorted tours and travelled to the USA, Canada, China, Japan and all through Asia, the Middle East and many countries in Europe and South America. Jennie has many favourite memories to share and is always looking forward to the next journey as there is always something new to experience with fellow travellers.

 

Virginia Jeffries

Virginia has been exploring the globe for decades, clocking an amazing 41 years as a Domestic and International Flight Attendant with Ansett and Qantas Airlines. She has adventured in almost every continent, with Antarctica still on her bucket list!. In 2002 Virginia, brought her passion for travel and unique experiences to the Bill Peach Journeys Team. 22 years ago she gained her pilot’s licence, opening up the hidden gems and crazy characters of Australia’s outback.  Virginia is passionate about ensuring each guest’s travel experience is seamless and memorable.

 

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