Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Julie Kinney

Julie’s love affair with travel began during a stint at London’s Cordon Bleu School of Cookery before returning to her native Western Australia to settle in the beautiful Margaret River region.

A passionate gardener, Julie became a selector and later a national committee member for Australia’s Open Garden Scheme. She has since opened her own garden to the public and is well known for her collection and knowledge of rare plants from both Australia and abroad. Her book, The Garden Wanderer, is about the gardens of her region.

An enthusiastic and charismatic tour leader, Julie loves nothing more than to showcase the best of wherever she tours to and to ensure her fellow travellers get the most from their travel experience.


Current Tours:

Hills and Vales of South Australia  |  12–20 September 2019 (9 days)

Gardens of New Caledonia  |  18–26 October 2019 (9 days)

Gardens of Provence  |  08–23 May 2020 (16 days)

Villas and Gardens of Central Italy  |  13–28 September 2020 (16 days)



Julie was the most empathic, kind and patient tour leader I have ever experienced! Her knowledge is vast.”
Jill T.  |  Autumn Country Gardens of New South Wales 2018


Julie did a really great job looking after all of us. Her knowledge of plants and garden design is amazing.”
Helen H.  |  Autumn Country Gardens of New South Wales 2018


“Julie is a first class tour leader and organiser. There was a great balance of activities, and she moved everyone along very pleasantly to keep to the schedule. Most of all, she was helpful and attentive to all people on the tour.”
Donna S.  |  Gardens and Wildflowers of WA 2017


“A truly outstanding tour leader; her presence was the main reason I joined the tour and I was not disappointed. I am full of admiration for her professional and personal dedication to the job.”
Joy B.  |  Gardens and Wildflowers of WA 2017