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Education by Recreation (EbR)

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

About Education by Recreation (EbR)

Education by Recreation (EbR) is a leading inbound travel company that is internationally-recognised in developing innovative, tailor-made study programs and creating customised cultural tours in Australia.

EbR has a dedicated team of professionals, who specialise in designing programs and tours to meet customer’s needs. Over the past 25 years, Education by Recreation has managed study programs and tours from clients of all ages world-wide.

EbR provides participants with the opportunity to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, whilst learning about a new culture and experiencing the stunning landscapes, native wildlife, and National Parks found nowhere else in the world.

EbR Products

Academic Study Programs

Accommodation Products

Behind the Scenes and Unique ½ Day Products

College and University Study Programs (Gap and Mid Term Breaks)

Cultural Tours and Experiences

English Language and other courses

High School Excursions

Local School Integration Programs

Mother and Child Programs

Study Abroad and School Placement

Virtual Study Tour Programs

Young Learners Programs

Parent Company

Established in 1996, Cairns based Banora International Group (BIG) is a leading licensed and accredited education, tourism and accommodation operator that is internationally-renowned for creating innovative, education-focused and tailor-made programs for all ages.

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-recognised study and academic programs created in conjunction with highly-reputable education institutions.


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.

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