About Journeys Worldwide

Journeys Worldwide was founded in September 1988 by Managing Director, Dick Cijffers, to provide small group tours to Africa, India and Borneo. The company soon branched into other tours and also became a specialist “Total-Eclipse Tour Operator”, having now operated tours to Chile, Zimbabwe, Libya, Easter Island, China, Australia and Western United States & Canada.

We operate an annual “Perahera Tour” of Sri Lanka to witness the 90+ elephants that parade through the streets of Kandy occurring in August.

We have developed budget self-guided tours of Japan and South Korea for the individual traveller. For other tours of Japan, we can arrange something of your choice, but our friends at Journey to the East also have a fantastic choice of scheduled tours.

Our recently introduced “Persian Explorer Tour” has been very successful, with some very positive feedback. Dick has personally travelled to Iran on a number of occasions and the tour includes the highlights of more than 12 UNESCO Heritage sites around the country.

We are always working on other itineraries and new destinations, which we will be adding to the website as we feel they are ready. One of our latest itineraries is to Ethiopia (itinerary will be added soon!). Sean will be putting together some tours of Africa, which he will be leading himself. Make sure you stay up to date with our developments by subscribing to our blog (coming soon) or being added to our email list – we promise not to spam or give out your details to any other parties. Please see our privacy policy if you have any concerns.

The company now has a dedicated team of travel consultants in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast, who have collectively travelled to more than 115 countries worldwide and are therefore well equipped to provide personal advice to most of the world’s travel destinations.

Meet the Journeys Worldwide Team

Our team are fully qualified to help you with all aspects of your travel, from the planning stages to arriving home safely.

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Dick Cijffers

Dick Cijffers

Managing Director

Dick grew up and was educated in South Africa, but spent most of his life travelling the globe. Having based out of the United Kingdom for many years, he set up and ran an overland company, Capricorn Overland Tours, with destinations that included India and Morocco.

In 1988 Dick formed Journeys Worldwide and has been based out of the Brisbane CBD ever since. His antics have kept many entertained and these include having his car painted in zebra stripes and wandering the streets of Brisbane in a gorilla costume.

Dick has personally travelled to more than 100 countries, regularly leading tours back to these countries.

Dick has been a popular radio host in Australia, having had regular shows on 4QR, 4BC and BayFM.

We’re looking forward to reading Dick’s book on all his adventures – sadly, at the moment it is all still locked in his head, along with a wealth of other information, but he assures us he will work on it.

Sean Lues

Sean Lues

General Manager

Sean Lues was brought up on the family dairy farm in the south of Zimbabwe, which he also worked on for a couple of years after completing his time at a rural boarding school on the border of Botswana. This upbringing instilled in him a passionate interest in the wildlife and great wild places of Africa.

Sean started guiding in and then managing some highly acclaimed camps in Africa since 1991 and in 1994 Sean was awarded the ‘Guide of the Year’ trophy, presented by the Zimbabwe Professional Guides Association for the best guide out of the final examinations. He was later also an examiner at these week-long practical examinations. Sean loves leading walking safaris in some of the amazing untouched wildlife areas of Africa, interpreting the bush and the ecology around him.

With a strong interest in photography, Sean has won some competitions and had photos published in a few books and various magazines. In amongst his travels he also spent a month in Belize, Central America, during which he was tasked with photographing all of their National Parks for promotional and advertising material.

After 11 years in Tanzania, Sean recently immigrated to Australia with his wife and two young children. Sean is often a guest speaker at various clubs and functions, offering a fascinating, light-hearted talk on the topic of ‘Amazing Africa, Awesome wildlife’ and his personal experiences in those amazing areas, or on some of the eccentricities of World War 1 in Africa.

Sean’s strong interest in travel has taken him through a number of countries in Africa, north, south and central America, plus Europe. He and his family are now enjoying discovering parts of Australia.

Clifton Sylk

Clifton Sylk

Our longest serving member of the team – Clifton started with the company in 1990!

Clifton has lived and travelled in India, South Africa and Australia, but he has also travelled through the United States and Europe.

Clifton’s main speciality is with southern Africa and India, but he is also a guru with air fares and is our constant ‘go-to’ in this department.

Kirsten Wallis

Kirsten Wallis

Senior Travel Consultant

Kirsten started with Journeys Worldwide in 2010 after completing her Certificate 3 in Travel & Tourism.  Kirsten (like all of us) loves to travel and has so far travelled to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Jordan, North America, Europe, UK, Ireland, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand & Malaysia. She has also cruised Alaska, New Zealand & the Mediterranean.

So many highlights during her travels but her two favourites would be travelling on Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff and the game drives in Africa.

Philine Matzner

Philine Matzner

Travel Consultant

Philine was born in Hamburg, Germany and attended a bilingual high school. At 16 she participated in a one-year student exchange program in California, United States. Philine has always loved travelling, having travelled extensively throughout Europe, including a lot of time in Spain (her grandparents own a house on the Spanish island of Mallorca). Philine has also travelled through Tunisia, South Africa, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as having travelled around California, Utah and Arizona in a motorhome.

After finishing high school, Philine came to Australia with a friend and travelled around Australia extensively. During her “work and travel year” she met and fell in love with an Australian – and stayed. They have now moved to Brisbane, where Philine completed her Diploma of Tourism in 2012 and then started working with Journeys Worldwide.

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Travel Consultant

Sharon was born in South Africa and at 21 she went on her first overseas tour to Israel – the travel bug bit.  In 1991 she went to the UK for a 12-month holiday and ended up staying for 12 years!  During her time in the UK she travelled extensively to the USA, Ireland, Europe and back home to South Africa.  In 2002 Sharon and her family moved to Australia.

In 2014 Sharon completed a Certificate 3 in Travel and a Diploma in Travel & Tourism.

Sharon has lived on three continents, is passionate about travel and wants to visit as many countries as the budget will allow.  Sharon lives on the Sunshine Coast and transferred from the Brisbane office to the recently opened Buderim office – a much easier commute!

Dianne Graves

Dianne Graves

Travel Consultant

Dianne joined the Buderim team in 2017 and thrives on creating solutions and providing excellence in service when turning travel ideas into reality.  She completed a Diploma of Travel and Tourism in 2014, after working for many years in a professional capacity with clients in the Health and Education sectors.

Dianne has travelled with her family on journeys through India, Borneo, Western Europe, USA, Mexico and Southeast Asia and participated in ecotourism programs and volunteering. She has a passion for discovery, sharing new experiences and creating itineraries that focus on safety and authentic experiences as well as the thrill of discovery. As a Sunshine Coast local for many years, Dianne loves to explore the hinterland walking trails, swim and play at the beach with her family and dogs, and to plan her next adventure.

Wietske Hattingh

Wietske Hattingh

Travel Consultant

Wietske grew up in South Africa and completed her University degree there. She started travelling straight after school with her first trip to Europe and ended up living in The Netherlands for four years. Whilst there she landed a summer job guiding canoe safaris in Sweden.

Upon her return to South Africa Wietske started working for some of the top safari tour operators and travelled extensively in Southern and East Africa. The travel bug bit again and she spent a year each in Seoul and Bangkok: teaching English and travelling around parts of Asia.

Wietske returned to the travel industry in Africa, spending a year in Windhoek, enjoying the desert and wildlife of Namibia. Back again in South Africa she specialized in Group and Incentive travel and attended several International Trade Shows in Europe.  In 2011 Wietske immigrated to Australia with her family.

Wietske has a passion for wildlife and culture and wants to keep exploring the World!

Ilna Ferreira

Ilna Ferreira


Ilna was born in Zambia and grew up in Zimbabwe (both are southern Africa) and is very familiar with the region.

Ilna has been our accountant since 2005, so knows the business and our tours very well. As a result she will often be found helping out with our clients when the office gets too busy.

Margaret Freebairn

Margaret Freebairn

Senior Tour Manager

We can’t remember when Margaret joined the team, but we know it was before 2000 – so about 20 years ago.

Margaret travels extensively and has led well-over 100 trips, both internationally and within Australia. Margaret has been leading tours all over Europe and beyond – having been on the Trans-Siberian railway, through Russia, Jordan, through most (all?) the -stan countries and across through all of the countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan etc.

North America has certainly not escaped her attention and she has crisscrossed this area a number of times.

However, her two favourites are Africa, especially north Africa and her biggest passion at the moment is India. Margaret is leading a ‘ladies only’ trip through India soon and am sure there will be more on the cards for this popular journey.

Glen Klaasen

Glen Klaasen

Cape Town Based Guide

Glen has been a guide for more than 20 years in Cape Town and is also a licensed National guide for the whole of South Africa.

He comes highly recommended by former clients – seen here with two of our clients, Peter & Kay. Glen is married and has two children.

Brisbane Office:
7th Floor, 333 Adelaide Street
Brisbane  Qld  4000

PO Box 10602 Adelaide St
Brisbane  Qld  4000


Ph: +61 7 3221 4788
Toll Free 1300 734 788 (within Australia)
Fax: +61 7 3221 4145

Sunshine Coast Office:
93B King St
Buderim  Qld  4556

PO Box 933
Buderim Qld 4556


Ph: +61 7 3554 1201
Toll Free 1300 330 232 (within Australia)
Mobile: +61 490 815 850

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