Cassandra Bookholder


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Bookholder’s 17 years of experience help her showcase the best of her home country of Australia, as well as New Zealand. A recent trip to the Great Barrier Reef for a client who feared getting into water included a helicopter ride to view the marine life, followed by an overnight stay at ReefSuites, where the underwater rooms offer views of the ecosystem. 

In fact, getting creative about changing factors on the ground — weather, border restrictions, client preferences— is one of Bookholder's strengths. "Last year, Australia's East Coast was set for another round of La Nina (heavy rainfall) in the summer months," she shares. "Therefore, the itineraries I created with this evolving outlook had my clients skipping the Byron Bay region (which is known for heavy rainfall when La Nina hits) and instead heading North to the Sunshine Coast region which allows access to the natural beauty & hiking highlights of the Glass House Mountains, plus koalas and surfing in Noosa."

Several years ago, when the bushfires struck during high season, Bookholder quickly shifted a client's nature-focused itinerary in heavily impacted New South Wales to one in New Zealand's South Island. In more urban settings, "I'm thrilled that new five-star hotels are coming to Auckland, as well as a collection of new (brand and boutique) accommodations in Sydney and Melbourne," she says.


Languages Spoken: English

Average Daily Spend: $500-$1000

Trip Planning Fees: $175

Contact Info | 602-266-4000 | San Diego


"Cassandra Bookholder provided us with the trip of a lifetime. She knows Australia inside and out. We swam with sharks, rang in the New Year from a penthouse over Sydney Harbor, pet koalas, fed kangaroos, and dined at both fun local haunts and Relais & Châteaux destinations. Every detail of our trip was curated for our family from private bike and wine tours to our own villa on the Great Barrier Reef. She provided superlative service at every step of the way. We cannot recommend her highly enough." - Stephanie L.

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