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 Small Travel Agent’ at this year’s Golden Backpack Awards…


Adventure Cairns & Beyond

From the Great Barrier Reef to The Outback, Adventure Cairns & Beyond has got all your travel needs in Australia and New Zealand covered. The team also help with bus passes, cruises and train travel further afield, such as in Fiji and Thailand. Winner of the Best Small Travel Agency at the Golden Backpacks in 2012, the independent agent operates from its central Cairns location, providing help with tax returns, tax file applications and finding jobs.


Adventure Travel Bugs – Bunk Brisbane

Adventure Travel Bugs is Australia’s largest chain of independently owned backpacker and student travel agencies. In fact, you’re never far from its expertise, with stores dotted around Australia, from Sydney to Alice Springs. The Bunk Brisbane branch has made it as a finalist in the GBA Awards, where guests at the hostel receive automatic savings on trips at the in-house Travel Bugs Travel Desk.


Base Travel Airlie Beach

Base Airlie Beach Resort is rapidly gaining the reputation for its stylish rooms, friendly local crew and a fun social atmosphere all in one great central location in Airlie Beach. As well as all this, it offers in-house travel deals, including Whitsunday sailing trips, Fraser Island self-drive safaris, skydives and reef experiences.


Duck Travel Sydney

Duck Travel Shop specialises in servicing the backpacker, student and youth travel market. With deals Australia-wide, the company can save you money throughout all your Oz travels. With extensive travel across Australia and the rest of the world under their belts, the team know exactly what sort of adventures you want and how to design the best package to suit your needs.


Gilligans Travel

With more than 30 years of combined travel experience, the Adventure Travel Specialists team at Gilligans are well placed to advise on tours in Australia and New Zealand. From scuba diving in the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, through to glacier ice climbing in New Zealand, the team help to create amazing travel memories from their location in the heart of Cairns.


Happy Travels Australia

At Happy Travels, the team create bespoke trips that are 100% tailored to you. Selling a range of trips in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and South East Asia, the company has a real commitment in helping travellers tick off as many items as possible on their bucket lists. The independent travel agency on Byron Bay also helps with finding jobs for those on Working Holiday Visas travelling through both Australia and New Zealand.


Peter Pans Melbourne

Peter Pans has been the winner of the TNT Golden Backpack for Best Large Travel Agent every year since 2010, and now its Melbourne branch is getting recognition of its own. 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.


Ultimate Travel

From cultural European trips to safaris in Africa, the team at Ultimate Travel use their travel experience to help create yours. Its comprehensive Australia tour can take in some of the country’s most iconic sites and natural wonders, including Tasmania’s historic tours, Sydney Harbour and the tropical rainforests of northern Queensland. Every trip is tailor-made with your interests at heart, ensuring you get the most out of your trip Down Under.


Xtreme Travel

Set up by three world explorers, Xtreme Travel’s goal is to help people get the most out of travel, regardless of their budget. If you are looking for the best deals, great travel advice and knowledge about places from around the world, the team help save you time finding your ideal package, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your well-earned experience. The company also looks to support local businesses, and has a raft of connections for travellers, whether they’re a first time backpacker or a seasoned traveller.