The BIG team empathises with all of our international partners and friends during this difficult time and sincerely hopes you are all safe.

In response to COVID-19, we have taken our company on-line and will be delivering innovative virtual experiences, study tours and education opportunities via our new Great Barrier Reef Academy and our Intelligence Telepresence Robot.

The borders may be closed but we aim to continue creating life-changing experiences for all.

Welcome to

Banora International Group (BIG)

Creating Life Changing Experiences; Building Life-Long Friendships; Achieving Life-Time Memories

About Banora International Group (BIG)

Formed in 1996, Banora International Group continues to be a leading inbound travel company providing a comprehensive service for anyone wishing to study, travel ,or work in Australia. BIG is recognized internationally for developing innovative tailor-made itineraries and academic programs that are offered both virtually and in-country that incorporate Australia’s magnificent world heritage regions, culture as well as educational and exciting activities.

With its head office located in Cairns, and supporting offices located along the Eastern coast of Australia, Banora International Group features several divisions catering to specific markets and products as the team continues to deliver on the company’s 25 year mission:

To provide unique tourism and educational products that focus on customer satisfaction and individual growth.

Our reputation is unsurpassed in the youth and International education market with well-recognized study and academic programs created in conjunction with highly-reputable education institutions.

Programs can be academically focused around study and lectures within structured classes or students may experience a combination of many unique HANDS ON interactive activities OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM.

We create life changing experiences; we build life-long friendships; we achieve lifetime memories through combining culture, nature, wildlife, volunteering, history, language and learning into our programs. Our programs have always and continue to be “traveling with a purpose”.

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BIG Products

Behind the scene and unique ½ day products

Products can include seminars, technical visits, site visits and training providing. Visit for more information.

Custom Designed Educational Study Tours

Programs are developed with each client to match the academic focus for each group. Visit for more information.

Farmstay and Agritourism products

Products include Farmstay, technical visits, agricultural tours, seminars and workshops. Visit for more information.

Homestay and Guardianship services

Experience the Australian lifestyle first-hand, practice English, and make lifelong friends.  Visit for more information.

Personality Development & Self Awareness

An uniquely Australian approach to personality profiling that is fun, effective, and easy to apply. Visit for more information.

SDG and bespoke focused programs

Ambitious, innovative and result focused programs incorporating the United Nations SDGs.  Visit for more information.

Study Abroad and school placement

Organises and manages the placement for overseas students throughout Australia.  Visit more information.

Virtual Study Programs

Providing opportunities to experience education in Australia combined with exceptional edu-tourism products, virtually.  Visit for more information

Volunteer & Internship Programs

Placing individuals into a range of relevant industry experience positions throughout Australia.  Visit more information.

Recent Testimonials

John Power
Power Japan Tours

I have known Janine Bowmaker (CEO of BIG) since 2003 when I first started sending students from Japan to the Gold Coast area.

On my return to Australia, I continued to bring students from Japan and looked for a competent homestay supplier. I found to my surprise that Janine had married and moved to the Cairns area. I quickly contacted her and was grateful to have her assistance again.

My business has grown from 1 program in Cairns to 3 (average of 70 students per year) with another possible program beginning in November 2019. This is partly a testament to the wonderful homestay families Banora provides. I am always certain of the quality of the families and have never been concerned about getting a list of families in a timely manner.

It is extremely difficult to find families that can accommodate student wishes and medical problems such as allergies to pets, however Banora always comes through (in particular Junko-san). I would strongly recommend them to agents and to any overseas family looking to have a safe and enjoyable educational program in Australia.

Joyce Lester
Director of International Education
Trinity Anglican College

I have been in the position of Director of International Education at Trinity Anglican School for ten years.

During this time, I have worked closely with Janine Bowmaker, Director of Banora International Group. I recommend her services to provide educational experiences for international students from around the world as she has proven to be consistent and dependable over these past years.

Janine has always been professional and organised with the programs we have put together and supportive of the education process. She is both reliable and flexible and always has the customer at heart. Janine has always added a personal touch and genuinely cares for the students and experiences provided to all international visitors.

I have developed a trusting, positive and long-lasting relationship with Janine over the last ten years and I would be happy to recommend her or her business to any client.

Mei Teh
Managing Partner
ustralia and Beyond Holidays

We have worked with Banora International Group since 2014, previously with Tour East and since the inception of Australia and Beyond Holidays.

They have an incredible school network and jointly manage the majority of our student groups. They also have quality assured host families for those groups that chose to stay in homestay.

In our industry, it is important to work with partners we can trust, who understand timelines, can manage pressure and that the client is number one.

I feel confident working with Janine and her team and highly recommend their services to any schools or agencies looking to work in the International Education market.

Who are our clients

Banora International Group provides exceptional, specialised services to a broad range of clientele worldwide. Our expert team and diverse range of products allows us to provide tailor-made programs and itineraries for Solo Travellers, Primary and Secondary School Groups, Higher Education Groups, Professional and Technical Visits, Group Travel of all ages. The proof of our quality service is showcased with more than 60% of our business being from repeat clientele.  

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