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Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Australia

Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Australia

Stuart Rigg Conde Nast Travel Specialist for Australia

Southern Crossings’ Stuart Rigg celebrates a decade as Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Australia

Southern Crossings is delighted that the world’s most influential luxury travel publication, Conde Nast Traveler has again recognised Stuart Rigg, one of the most experienced and well-respected Australian luxury travel specialists, as Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Australia.

With on- and off-line editions published throughout the globe, Conde Nast Traveler is “the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel … the global citizen’s bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel.” We are truly honoured.


What is a Conde Nast Travel Specialist?

Conde Nast’s highly coveted list of Top Travel Specialists equates to a global collection of the who’s who in luxury travel.

Luxury travel specialists from around the globe are hand-picked by Conde Nast Traveller’s editors based on a combination of their specialized knowledge, travel experience, local connections, excellence in customer service, and overall value.

In their words, Conde Nast Travel Specialists are the “experience makers” who “pull off the impossible and spare you the logistics”.


What makes Stuart Rigg Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Australia?

Well-travelled and well-connected, Stuart has a true appreciation of discerning travelers’ desires and a clear understanding of travel industry needs, enabling him to truly deliver on Southern Crossings’ mission of “enriching and inspiring by creating extraordinary journeys” and filling discerning travellers’ itineraries with the moments that life-long memories are made of.

Australia’s Luxury Lodges, Private Villas, boutique retreats and chic city luxury accommodation: for Stuart, it is not so much about which hotel to recommend, or even which room to request (which he will do without you even knowing), his real talent is curating itineraries that will take travelers off the beaten track and help them stay ahead of the pack. Hand-picked and personally road-tested experiences help travelers uncover the hidden local gems that they won’t find in any well-thumbed guide books and authentic encounters that they can’t find with any google search.

From the Kimberley to Kangaroo Island, Rottnest to Lord Howe Island, there isn’t a corner of the great Australian continent in which Stuart and the talented team of Southern Crossings Travel Designers can’t curate personalised luxury travel itineraries and unmissable Australian moments.

Fishing, hiking, golfing, food and wine, wellness or romance; from a hit of tennis with one of the greats of the game, a walk through the wilderness with a world-renowned wildlife expert or a private masterclass with one Australia’s most highly celebrated chefs, Stuart’s connections – from both within and beyond the travel industry – can open the doors that other’s cant and tailor personalized Australian travel experiences others haven’t even thought of.

From unique and boutique Australian accommodation to the ultimate in Australian UltraLuxe travel, it is Stuart Rigg’s ability to make the seemingly impossible, possible and access the inaccessible, that have earned him the honour of being Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Australia since 2011.


Celebrating a decade on the Conde Nast Travel Specialist List

Stuart Rigg and the team at Southern Crossings are delighted to have continuously been recognised as leaders in luxury travel to New Zealand and Australia since 2011.

This year (2020), the company celebrates a decade-long association with the Conde Nast Traveler List of Top Travel Specialists; with co-owner and Director of Southern Crossings New Zealand, Sarah Farag also on the coveted list of luxury travel experts as Conde Nast Travel Specialist for New Zealand.


Curating personalised luxury travel experiences is our passion

Stuart, Sarah and the team of talented Southern Crossings Travel Designers look forward to sharing their insider knowledge, insights and connections to curate personalised luxury travel experiences in Australia, New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific

It’s never too soon to have something to look forward to.



Stuart Rigg is also recognised as a leading luxury travel specialist for Australia in other prestigious travel publications and travel forums having been named  Wendy Perrin Trusted Travel Expert for Australia and Town and Country Magazine’s Travel Guru for Australia.