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Who is Defence Escapes ?

Defence Escapes was created from a passion of travel by Carolyn Nelson (Travel Guru) in 2007, and is one of very few fully independent Australian owned licensed travel agencies in Australia.

Why service the ADF?  Shane in our office, served in the AirForce for 14 years and was always frustrated with the lack of any travel agency servicing and understanding the needs of military members & their families.

There was a need for a professional, transparent and informative travel agency to service the Australian Defence Services…….we thought if the Americans have it, why can’t we.

After speaking with a number of travel providers who now support us in our venture, Carolyn, Shane and their staff combine their knowledge of the ADF and Travel to create this fully licensed travel agency, Defence Escapes Travel.

We provide

  • cruises, we have arranged special military on board credits for P&O, Princess & Cunard
  • airline service
  • packaged tours including diving, ski, surfing, trekking, etc.
  • car / camper hire
  • accommodation
  • groups
  • reunions
  • travel insurance

…..anything you need to satisfy your holiday needs.

Carolyn’s CV.

  • Web Manager of the QANTAS Staff Travel Escapes travel / information website
  • Editor of QANTAS staff publication Star Quarterly Travel magazine
  • QANTAS staff travel consultant
 Reservations agent
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES Frequent Flyers Membership Manager
) Travel and Tourism lecturer

As you can see by Carolyn’s strong travel background there is a wealth of knowledge and contacts in the travel industry to negotiate the right rates with the right providers.

Carolyn and her staff are here to provide you with service that will amaze.

Who can use Defence Escapes?

Those entitled to use the services of Defence Escapes are listed below, along with their spouses:

  • ADF, serving, ex, retiree, spouses
  • Defence APS
  • Defence contractors & associates (e.g.: BAE SYSTEMS, Boeing Defence, John Holland)
  • and of course all your friends
Why use the services of Defence Escapes for your leisure holiday?

Defence Escapes do not want to hide behind a website.
We want you to call or email us as we want Defence Escapes to be your choice of travel agent.
The ideology behind Defence Escapes not only to be online, but also readily available by phone and email


We understand the simple things needed by you when you want some well earned, valuable downtime.

  • NO AGENCY FLIGHT CHANGE BOOKING FEES, we only charge a fee if we are charged by the airline.
  • Great product at the right price.
  • We like to give you options.
  • Most of all, that “elephant in the room” that that seems to be lacking in retail today….    service. You will talk with a real person who will meet your needs!
  • We know and understand RLTT and ROCTFA, so you wont ever have to sit in a travel agency again on a Saturday morning trying to explain these allowances again.
  • We also understand the nature of deployments and how that can effect a booked holiday.
  • It is s must our travel providers understand this.

Defence Escapes serves you internationally, we also are there for you whilst deployed around the world and at home.

We can set up that special reunion after your overseas deployment or maybe you simply you need a sanity break on a cruise somewhere.
Because of our back to basics ideology of giving you what you want we have already made many friends and lots of repeat customers.

Importantly, we are bonded with the Travel Compensation fund (TCF)


ABN: 91 639 849 765

Lic No: TAG3652051