Finding the right travel agent is so important – it will make or break your trip. 

And here’s a tip… don’t try and do it all yourself.

This lot come recommended by fellow backpackers. Meet the finalists for ‘Australia: Best Large Travel Agent’ at this year’s Golden Backpack Awards…


Backpackers World Travel

With stores Australia-wide and a growing global network, Backpackers World Travel’s well-travelled, experienced and passionate staff are there to help backpackers every step of the way. Staff can assist with everything from arrival packages to day activities, catering for all travel styles. The company’s network of stores across Australia ensure travellers have as much support as possible in every city they visit, plus a place for free Wi-Fi and to hang out with new friends.


Base Travel Desk

With 14 hostels stretched all over Australia and New Zealand, that still isn’t enough for Base. Base also provides combined accommodation and activity packages, useful for orientating yourself in a new city, as well as getting as much out of a place as possible. The team offer flexible accommodation packages for travellers looking to make the most of their Antipodean adventure. They also know all the best places to party, providing an ideal backdrop for getting to meet locals and potential new friends. 


Flight Centre

Flight Centre is committed to providing you with a great travel experience at the best available price. With highly trained, expert teams to hand ready to build your dream holiday, consultants can arrange anything from flights to hotels, car hire, coach tours – even visas. A globally recognised company spanning more than 75 countries, the company also provides worldwide 24-hour service  should any problems arise.


Peter Pans

Winner of the TNT Golden Backpack for Best Large Travel Agent every year since 2010, Peter Pans offers great deals on adventure travel, hostels and tour packages for Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. As backpacker and student travel specialists, the team help create your dream adventure package at the most affordable price. With deals available online or in store, it’s an easily accessible way for travellers to seek information on everything from bus, flight and train trips, to tax returns and working holiday arrival packs.



More than 60 of the company’s 450 worldwide stores are dotted around Australia and New Zealand, offering a familiar port-of-call for people to pop into. Believing that travel is the best education and a powerful agent of social change, STA Travel’s core purpose is to make travel both affordable and attainable. Great deals are offered to absolutely everyone, with the company specialising in providing particularly low fares to students and people under 26. However, it also offers a lot more than just cheap airfare. The team provide genuine advice, helping to create individual itineraries to suit each traveller. Book tours, transport and insurance both in-store and online, while benefiting from the expert knowledge of staff.