About A&K Australia

Over 30 years of experience grants Abercrombie & Kent Australia the assurance that our long-standing local relationships and extensive operational knowledge result in a seamless travel experience. Our tailor-made itineraries are extensively researched and artfully created by our own passionate travel specialists to take you right to the heart of a destination in unmatched style.

Our guides are experts in the historical activity of their locale, enabling an inside perspective on special sights and events often closed to mainstream tourists. Abercrombie & Kent’s handpicked experiences encapsulate the favourite places, gatherings and perfect moments spied or sought out through street level knowledge of our destinations. As choice is the essence of true luxury, most itineraries feature a variety of options that you can select to create your ideal day of sightseeing.

When travelling with Abercrombie & Kent, your itinerary is designed exclusively for you. Once on the road, there is always a member of the Abercrombie & Kent ground team on hand to ensure quality control, 24 hour back-up support and the security of expert advice. To travel A&K style is to experience the unbelievable, to have the feeling of being in the right place at the right time, every single time.




Kathie Sikkes - General Manager Inbound

Kathie started her working career in business administration. The lure & excitement of travel however, was always on her mind. It was no surprise then that she seized an opportunity to be a “guinea pig” in an inaugural newly developed tourism course: The Graduate Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Management from 1989.
Kathie became a Trainee Manager at Australian Pacific Tours who operated scheduled brochure journeys throughout Australia, New Zealand & USA. She worked in all facets of the business including a three-year posting in Los Angeles setting up the USA & Canadian programs. After 11 years, Kathie felt ready to seek out new horizons and challenges.
This search was the catalyst that led her to Abercrombie & Kent, an association that has since developed into a strong, challenging and rewarding relationship. Starting as a Travel Specialist, she was quickly promoted to an Operations Manager within months. From there she moved into the Product Manager’s role and is now the General Manager of the Australian operations. Kathie’s passion is product development and finding those “special” people or that unusual product that is yet to be discovered. She has travelled extensively throughout Australia & New Zealand, with the Kimberley region of Western Australia being one of her favourite areas.

Kathryn Heness - Inbound Reservations Manager

Originally from Adelaide, Kathryn loves Melbourne for its fantastic restaurants, nightlife and sporting culture – all factors which have led Melbourne to be named the world’s most liveable city! She previously worked in Los Angeles where her passion for Australia and New Zealand was invaluable in the role of coordinating unique and exciting holidays 'Down Under' for US travellers. Her own travels have seen her swimming with whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef, self driving the iconic Gibb River Road, experiencing ancient cultures in Papua New Guinea and enjoying many of Australia and New Zealand’s luxury lodges. Kathryn’s favourite Australian destination is the Kimberley Region, where red dirt meets turquoise waters, spectacular waterfalls flow into natural swimming pools. .

Wendy Dell - Reservations FIT Team Leader

Wendy’s tourism career spans more years than she wants to own up to and includes positions in wholesale, inbound, tour operations and sales/marketing. Having lived and worked in the UK and Canada and traveled extensively throughout New Zealand, Europe, UK, Asia, Africa, Canada and USA, she is a proud Australian and considers this to truly be “the lucky country”. With a love for all things water, it is not surprising that some of her favorite places in Australia and New Zealand are snorkeling on the Barrier Reef, sailing the Whitsunday Islands, meeting the cute Quokka’s on Rottnest Island in Western Australia and kayaking the shoreline of the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand.

Melissa Muggeridge - Travel Specialist

Originally from New Zealand, Melissa joins the A&K team with a wealth of knowledge of her beautiful homeland. Having worked in the travel industry for 15 years, in all areas including inbound, wholesale and retail, Melissa’s passion for travel and attention to detail ensures her clients receive their dream holiday. Her personal travel has taken her through the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and of course New Zealand. Her favorite Australian destination is her new home town, Melbourne. Melbourne has something to offer everyone including (but definitely not limited to) trendy bars, world class restaurants and hidden laneways for some great shopping.

Saadika Mahmood - Travel Specialist

Saadika, born and raised in sunny South Africa, joins the Abercrombie & Kent team with many years of travel industry experience. Over the years she has traveled extensively - to London, Dubai, the Seychelles, Singapore, Malaysia and many African countries. She is extremely passionate about travel and designing the perfect itinerary to ensure our guests leave with lifelong memories. One of her favorite Aussie destinations is the Great Barrier Reef and its islands.

Cindy Lao - Travel Specialist

Cindy has had the travel bug ever since she moved to Malaysia for her university internship. Her love of travel and the travel industry has made it possible for her to live in Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Amsterdam, Montreal and Sydney. Every chance she gets, Cindy loves carrying her backpack to any country that would welcome her, amaze her and feed her with local delicacies. Cindy's favorite experiences includes trekking in Borneo to admire the Pinnacles of Mulu, eating wriggling seafood with chopsticks in Japan, listening to the acoustic sound of a shifting glacier in Iceland and swimming with turtles in Queensland.

Kristy-Ann Berry - Inbound Sales Manager

Born in the ‘Sunburnt Country’ and raised in the small rural town of Timboon, not far from Victoria’s spectacular Great Ocean Road, the remoteness of Kristy-Ann’s childhood home gave her a true appreciation of the vastness and natural beauty of Australia. A seven year stint with Abercrombie & Kent in the Reservations Department, allowed Kristy-Ann to develop her expertise in tailor-made itineraries, VIP trip planning and private jet programmes. “My love of travel and people, interest in Australia’s natural beauty and enthusiasm for special places and unique experiences has given rise to a career where I can share the real Australia with others. I look forward to working with you and making the unbelievable believable.”

Gabrielle McCarthy - Product Manager

Gabrielle loves her home city of Sydney, especially on a perfect summers day when the harbor truly sparkles and the Opera House stands majestic at the center of attention. She loves the National Parks of Western Australia, the ancient rock formations of Central Australia, and the powder-soft sands of Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays. Gabrielle is also extremely fond of the people and places that make New Zealand the unique and welcoming country that it is. Some of her favourite places in New Zealand are Waiheke Island, the Coromandel and all of the stunning landscapes that make up the South Island.

Chris Hall - New Zealand Country Manager

A born and bred Kiwi, Chris has an intimate knowledge of, and love for, his homeland and has returned to Auckland after a number of years living in Japan where he operated his own walking and gourmet food tours in Kyoto. His career has also included Australasian sales for a large destination management company in Asia with experience working across the luxury agency networks in both Australia and New Zealand.


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