Across Australia Travel specialise exclusively in Australia, Vietnam, Europe & Sabah – Malaysian Borneo school excursions.
Schools trust Across Australia Travel, the 100% Australian owned Educational Tour Specialists, over any other agent for their professionalism, expertise, knowledge and educational inclusions.
We focus on the best interests of the teachers and their students’ needs.
Our most popular international destinations include:
- Europe, and
- Sabah Malaysian Borneo.
Within Australia, we travel to:
- Canberra – Experience the nation’s capital
- Gold Coast – fun for everyone
- Central Australia – Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs
- Northern Territory and the Top End
- New South Wales – highlights of Australia’s largest city
- Victoria – Melbourne, museums, Great Ocean Road and the Goldfields, and
- Historical Tasmania.
We focus on the best interests of the teachers and their students needs
Mary Fitz-Gerald, Principal
Mater Christi College
"Ian has had a long standing connection with Mater Christi College in arranging travel details for Year 11 in Central Australia, and now plans our tours of Borneo and France. Ian works closely with staff in planning itineraries, educational and cultural experiences, accommodation and meeting a range of health and dietary requirements. He is flexible with last minute changes and thorough in his attention to detail which goes a long way towards ensuring positive experiences for all."
Mater Christi College
Ian has had a long standing connection with Mater Christi College in arranging travel details for our Year 11 students undertaking educational and cultural tours in Central Australia.
Over the last four years, he has extended his services to planning our student tours of Borneo. Through 2012 and 2013, Ian worked with staff to design and organise a tour of France. This was a complex exercise in that it involved travel, touring and accommodation arrangements for two groups of 24 students, eight teachers and two other accompanying adults. Based on the success of this event, we will commence planning the 2015 France tour with Ian in the next couple of months.
Ian works closely with staff in planning suitable itineraries, educational and cultural experiences, appropriate accommodation and in meeting a range of health and dietary requirements. He is also flexible with any last minute changes that may occur with student groups. Ian is thorough in his attention to detail which goes a long way towards ensuring positive experiences for all.
Rick Joyce, Tour Convener & Sport Co-ordinator
St Patrick's College
AAT has been the specialised tourism service company preferred by St Patrick's College Sutherland for the last 10 years. AAT always endeavours to keep updated with curriculum changes as determined by the NSW Board of Studies and advises us of any modifications needed to be made to our tour itinerary as a result. All ideas and suggestions made by the College are viewed positively by AAT. The College staff and students have noted the high standard of service and care shown by the AAT drivers and catering staff.
St Patrick's College
Across Australia Travel (AAT) has been the specialised tourism service company preferred by St Patrick’s College Sutherland for the last 10 years. During this time, AAT and St Patrick’s College have combined to organise cross-curricular tours to many areas in Australia: in particular – the Northern Territory.
AAT provides high quality service when recommending venues. Professional staff are always prepared to meet with our organising teaching staff and are happy to discuss possible variations or modifications to their own itineraries to take into consideration the needs of our students. This is often required when the cohort and group dynamics of students in one particular tour group is different to those in another year.
AAT provides a detailed itinerary at the end of each school year to assist our organising committee with the planning and preparation of future tours. AAT always endeavours to keep updated with curriculum changes as determined by the NSW Board of Studies and advises us of any modifications needed to be made to our tour itinerary as a result of those curriculum changes. Meetings are always conciliatory and all ideas and suggestions made by the College are viewed positively by AAT.
In all of our Northern Territory tours, the College staff and students have noted with the high standard of service and care shown by the AAT drivers and catering staff:
- The ability of the drivers to provide information to a younger audience about the landscape, environment and indigenous culture, either while driving or gathered in small and large groups at campsites, is extremely impressive.
- A significant concern for schools is catering to the varying dietary needs of students. AAT is meticulous with their gathering of information regarding dietary needs: the quality of food is of a high standard and the catering staff has always shown great care in preparing and cooking a variety of meals for our staff and students.
AAT prepares a detailed evaluation document at the conclusion of each tour. The information collected is important and valued highly as they use it to prepare any further tours.
Our association with AAT is the result of a recommendation in 2005 by our colleagues at St John Bosco College Engadine and we hope to continue our long relationship with AAT in future years.
On behalf of St Patrick’s College, I would like to congratulate Across Australia Travel (AAT) on being nominated in the category of Specialised Tourism Services for the Northern Territory.
Lynn Broadway, Deputy Principal: Staffing and Operations
Melbourne Girls Grammar
At MGGS our parents and staff have very high expectations and it is a real testament to this company that we have not had any negative feedback or issues about the trips or the tour providers, AAT, with our parents or staff accompanying them. In all our discussions with Ian, no request was too difficult or impossible and he was always willing to try to meet our needs. In my experience, AAT offers unique services in the planning, consultation, delivery and evaluation of travel experiences and I warmly endorse their services.
Melbourne Girls Grammar
Melbourne Girls Grammar has been working with Across Australia Travel since August 2010 when we began to discuss the concept of a 3 week journey from Darwin to Uluru in the NT for all our Year 9 students to take place in July 2011. We had asked a number of other single sex girls schools for recommendations and staff at Strathcona warmly endorsed the services of Across Australia Travel who had been running annual trips to the NT for several years.
After an initial phone call of inquiry, Ian Wheeler arranged to visit our staff at the School in Melbourne and we discussed our expectations and requirements. We had some very specific educational experiences in mind for our Year 9 students and were keen to improve on the experiences we had in 2010 with another tour provider who had failed to meet our expectations.
Ian was very attentive to our requirements and willing to embrace our vision. Our journey was to “Search for the Rainbow Serpent” between Darwin to Uluru and to try to give our 100 students authentic interactions with indigenous cultures, acknowledging that these cultures vary considerably as you travel south from Darwin through the different language groups.
We also threw in the challenge of organising for 100 students to stay overnight in the classrooms at the Elliott School and experience an amazing cultural immersion program. This proved to be an invaluable experience for our students as well as the indigenous students at the School who organised cultural tours of the local environment and wonderful of bush tucker and painting activities. Ian worked with Bayside Coaches to ensure that this was an extremely positive goodwill activity which had very positive outcomes in developing the relationship between the two schools. On two of our trips, Ian was willing to incorporate an overnight stay at Elliott School. The School hosted a number of activities and allowed our students to sleep in the classrooms overnight. Ian and the tour company (Bayside Coaches) were very open to every challenge and were happy to incorporate putting on a BBQ dinner for the Elliott students on the evenings of our visits. This demonstrated a real willingness to work closely with the client to ensure that a unique opportunity was provided for our students. This is still remembered as a true highlight of the journey by many of our girls.
In all our discussions with Ian, no request was too difficult or impossible and he was always willing to try to meet our needs. He made some initial suggestions which he felt would enhance our Journey, including the idea of canoeing in Nitmiluk Gorge and encouraging us to work with budding indigenous tourist operators and evaluate their programs. We were happy to embrace such organisations and to provide feedback from the students and the staff.
AAT organised our Year 9 Journeys from Darwin to Uluru in 2011 and 2012 and did an excellent job. We then reviewed our offerings in line with further challenging our students and allowing for greater choice, we made changes to the Yr 9 Northern Territory experience which required further planning and consultation. The trip became one of three options and we focused on the northern part of the NT instead of travelling from North to South. This involved a complete re-think of the program and experiences on offer and Ian was very eager to please as we incorporated an outdoor camping experience at the working cattle station – Mt Bundy Station.
After every trip, Ian paid a personal visit to the School to gather feedback on the trip and to offer suggestions for possible changes in future journeys. He was also keen to know how the trip could be enhanced for the students and staff. He responded to special requests for dietary requirements and menu planning and offered suggestions about new providers or other tourist experiences he had heard of. These have included bush tucker tours, a walking tour of Darwin, ranger talks at Nitmiluk Gorge, Katherine Gorge, Uluru and Kakadu, tours and a lecture about the Ranger Uranium Mine at Jabiru.
We are currently working with AAT to develop a Northern Territory experience for all our (120) Year 8 students in the Uluru and Alice Springs area in June 2016 and Ian has been very responsive to our needs and feedback in ensuring that the high standard of trips is maintained.
At MGGS our parents and staff have very high expectations and it is a real testament to this company that we have not had any negative feedback or issues about the trips or the tour providers AAT with our parents or staff accompanying them.
In my experience, AAT offers unique services in the planning, consultation, delivery and evaluation of travel experiences and I warmly endorse their services.