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:

Gardens & Wildflowers of Western Australia  |  21–31 October 2020 (11 days)

Gardens of the North Island  |  11–20 November 2020 (10 days)

Country Gardens of Victoria  |  14–23 March 2021 (10 days)

Gardens, Landscapes and Art of the Northern Territory  |  July/August 2021 (7 days)

Gardens of South Africa  |  October 2021 (15 days)



“Julie always goes the extra mile to include special experiences! She is unfailingly cheerful and a font of botanical knowledge.”
Roma W.  |  Glorious Gardens of Great Britain 2019


“Julie is very in tune with each guest and any special needs. Excellent time-management skills, very conscientious in all respects.”
Margaret T.  |  Hills and Vales of South Australia 2019


“I love her diligence, enthusiasm and connection to all who tour with her. She guides her groups with ease.”
Erica L.  |  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