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Forever dedicated to the love, and cause, of promoting #Australia, our owners are currently in Sydney and the surrounds enjoying a holiday and checking out the situation first-hand for our travellers (photo of Penny taken just 2 days ago).

Despite the fires and the tragic loss of life, scenery and wildlife, Australia is a beautiful and wonderful country, and large parts are still safe to travel to and visit. At SCT, we are keen to ensure we support our friends, family and travellers Down Under, as well as those in the tourism industry who so rely on international travellers visiting year on year. Our thoughts and love is with all those affected.

If you are thinking of a holiday to Australia but would like more advice, feel free to contact our team of experts in either #Rye or #Wadhurst for up to date advice and holiday ideas.

In light of the recent, sad collapse of Thomas Cook, there is no better time to book with a travel agent to ensure you have full protection on your holidays.

As members of the Travel Trust Association, Southern Cross Travel offer 100% financial protection on all our bookings, plus all package holidays and flight only bookings include ATOL protection.

Feel free to call either office to find out more from our friendly team who will be happy to answer any questions you have. Alternatively, you can find full information on the TTA here – https://www.thetravelnetworkgroup.co.uk/faqs


In July, our certified Canada Specialist, Anneka, was asked to film the social media campaign for Destination British Columbia with the tourist board, Destination Canada. With a focus on Canada as a summer destination, Anneka visited the Okanagan Valley, Sun Peaks, Kelowna and Kamloops area, as well as experiencing Vancouver in the sunshine.

Watch her experiences here – from horse-riding to cycling into the sunset, swimming in lakes to wine tasting, kayaking to experiencing First Nations culture, British Columbia is the perfect destination for your next summer holiday

Horse-riding in Campbell Hills

Exploring Grouse Mountain

Beautiful British Columbia

Anneka Bones has been named as one of the highest fliers in travel in 2014/2015, under the age of 30!

She has been invited to join the third year of a scheme launched by Travel Trade Gazette – the industry’s leading travel trade magazine – and has the heavy-weight backing of TUI Travel.

This initiative shines the spotlight on the travel industry’s most inspiring young people who have made an outstanding contribution to their business.

In September, Southern Cross Travel hosted over 70 prospective and existing clients at a Luxury Travel Evening at the stunning Wadhurst Castle. Clients were welcomed with a glass of wine by our travel experts on arrival and were free to meet a selection of Southern Cross Travel’s preferred upmarket, luxury tour operators and tourist boards. It was a fantastic chance to discover a small selection of the holiday options on offer when arranging a trip with the tailor-made specialists at Southern Cross Travel.

Book your bespoke long or short-haul holiday through Southern Cross Travel! With over 35 years of experience, our travel experts offer a personal service and can tailor-make the holiday of your dreams, using exclusive tour operators and cruise companies. Call us on 01892 783896 (Wadhurst) or 01797 229200 (Rye), or pop in today to start planning your next holiday with THE Tailor-made Specialists.

ozcars-presentation-1Every year, Tourism Australia celebrates the excellence and achievements of the tourism industry in selling and promoting Australia through its OZCARs awards.

This year’s UK Ozcars event, held recently in London, saw around 160 industry professionals join Tourism Australia for a night of recognition and celebration.

Southern Cross Travel, based in The Mint, Rye and Best Beech Hill, Wadhurst was delighted to have Penny Bones voted ‘Aussie Specialist of the Year 2008‘.

Penny, who is one of the proprietors of Southern Cross Travel, first visited Australia in 1969. She began her career in travel working with a London – Sydney overland company, set up by her (now) husband in 1971. She became an Australian citizen in 1982, and has lived or worked in all areas of Australia. Last year she visited the north west of Western Australia for the first time, thus completing her circuit of the country! Penny loves Australia, especially Sydney, where one of her daughters was born.

Her company, Southern Cross Travel, has specialised in long-haul, tailormade travel for over 30 years, with Australia and New Zealand being the top-selling countries.

‘To be recognised by your peers is a great feeling’ says Penny. ‘I am passionate about Australia, which makes it easy to sell. To sell this distant, vast country requires detailed knowledge, thus ensuring that our clients are not disappointed and get maximum value during their holiday. I hope to be able to continue my own travels to, and within, Australia for a very long time!’