Why use us

10 reasons to use Across Australia Travel for your school excursions

Experience and dedication

Ian Wheeler, the owner and Managing Director of Across Australia Travel has now achieved the remarkable time of 60 year’s experience in the Australian Travel Industry. This includes organising group tours to all parts of Australia and regularly travels extensively throughout Australia to inspect attractions, accommodation and camping facilities.

Efficient and expert service

We specialise in arranging group tours for you. We understand the time and hassle it can take to piece it all together. Therefore we provide a quick, efficient and expert service throughout from the very start to the finish.

Enriching experiences

We make sure that your school tour is both enjoyable and educational and the students are enriched with a wonderful experience and happy memories.

Personalised service

 We provide a personalised service – with Across Australia Travel Ian Wheeler personally is the liaison with the school.

Professional advice

Across Australia Travel is a fully licensed Travel Agent: a member of AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents) and Ian Wheeler is a fully Certified Travel Manager (CTM). You will get expert and professional travel advice at all times.

Individualised and inclusive

We prepare detailed and fully inclusive itineraries, which will be designed to suit the individual needs of your school. All sightseeing, admissions and meals are clearly shown on itineraries. There are no hidden extras.

Safety is paramount

We have a strong safety first attitude and will only use approved coaches fitted with seat belts where possible.

Competitive pricing

Across Australia Travel have operated many group tours and with our excellent buying power we offer very competitive rates without sacrificing quality or most importantly, safety. When you are comparing quotes for tours make sure you are comparing “apples with apples” and check inclusions, not just prices.

Quality control

We have very strong and extensive quality control procedures and monitor suppliers of accommodation, camping grounds and attractions. Coach crews are given a comprehensive briefing before your tour departs and we ask our customers to complete a customer satisfaction questionnaire at the end of their tour. Most of our customers have travelled with us before, some for over 10 years.

Good reputation

Our groups are always treated preferentially by our suppliers because of our quality controls and because we operate on a pre-payment system.



A message from Mary Fitz – Gerald Principal of Mater Christi College, Melbourne

We focus on the best interests of the teachers and their students needs

Catherine Murphy, Year 9 Team Leader
Genazzano FCJ College

"We worked with Ian to set up our first school trip to Central Australia and have not looked back since. Ian was a wealth of knowledge and did an amazing job working with us to create a wonderful experience that is tailored to suit our students."

Elizabeth Nevins, Head of Year Ten & Head of Middle School
Lilydale High School

"We had such a wonderful time with Joe, Josie, Rod and Peter. They were all such lovely people, they took a real interest in the kids and really made a huge huge effort to help make this the trip of a lifetime for the students. I honestly cannot speak more highly of this team and neither can my staff or students who were on Bus 1 and 2. Thank you so much to all of them, although thank you doesn't seem enough!! I hope they are available for our camp next year!"

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."

COVID Testimonials

Dr Vivianne Nikou, Principal
Alphington Grammar School

"We have been fortunate enough to have been able to partner with Ian Wheeler from Across Australia Travel for the last 7 years."

Kim Watson, Middle School Leader
Ringwood Secondary College

"When COVID-19 hit, Ian immediately immersed himself in the rescheduling process without complaint and obligingly re-booked our tour not once, but three times!