Six must-visit destinations to add to your bucket list

Sep 12, 2019 | Locals we Love

The best part? You can fly to them from the Gold Coast.

It’s easy to get caught up living the good life here on the Gold Coast, and hey, we understand if you occasionally find yourself wondering why you’d ever want to leave. But sometimes that sense of wanderlust comes creeping up on you, and you find yourself craving a jaunt abroad.

Well my friends, we’re happy to break the news to you — the Gold Coast now has the world at its fingertips.

You may not have noticed, but our little coastal paradise is growing up! In fact, you might be surprised to find out just how many epic international destinations you can fly to from our golden shores. To give you a taste of what’s on offer, we’ve put together a list of our top destination picks for your next overseas adventure.

Time to start packing your suitcases.

New Zealand

If you’re looking for a dose of mother nature like no other, look no further than our next-door neighbours. The natural beauty of New Zealand is unparalleled, and only outweighed by the incredible, welcoming people who call it home. It’s a truly diverse landscape, featuring some of the world’s best ski slopes, ancient volcanoes and lush rainforests; not to mention the unique communities scattered across its two islands. Make the trek to Roy’s Peak for some of the most spectacular views New Zealand has to offer, or head to Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula for an experience in the sand like no other. For the movie buffs among us, take a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and explore some of the filming locations from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. New Zealand has something new waiting around every corner, and at a flight time of only four-hours from the GC, it’s the perfect destination for your next international road trip!


You may have noticed Japan’s growing reputation as a must-visit destination for Aussies everywhere, and there’s a good reason for it. This timeless destination is an explosion of art, culture, architecture and technology. It’s a land where past, present and future converge — from its bustling cities to its ancient natural landscapes. Experience the majesty of Mount Fuji, and immerse yourself in the electric lifestyle of Tokyo. Brighten up your stay with a visit to the Kawaii Monster Cafe, or take a day trip out to the Hakone Open Air Art Museum for an unbelievably tranquil (and extremely Instagrammable) excursion. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or exhilaration, Japan can satisfy — making it a bucket-list destination like no other, and one you’re unlikely to soon forget.


Singapore has a lot more to offer than its world-famous airport. This island city-state is a hub of art and culture, not to mention the dream destination for foodies and fashionistas everywhere. Head to the lively Little India district and experience some of Singapore’s most colourful creations; edible and otherwise; or drink in the city views (alongside a cocktail or two) from the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands. Singapore is renowned for its sustainable development, and is hailed as one of the greenest cities on Earth. Transport is a piece of cake too; the city is home to one of the world’s most efficient public transport systems. Eat, shop, explore, sleep, repeat — what more could you want?


When you think of Phuket, your mind probably jumps to its picturesque natural landscape; sweeping white sand meeting crystal clear turquoise water as far as the eye can see. And you know what? You’re absolutely correct. But there’s so much more to this diverse destination than that. Phuket is home to incredible cuisine, a shopping experience like no other, and is in close proximity to some of Thailand’s most significant cultural havens. For the adrenaline junkies among us, you’ll find white water rafting, kayaking, and quad biking too. Adventure by day and cocktails by night? Count us in.

Kuala Lumpur

If Kuala Lumpur isn’t already on your bucket list, it’s time to write it down. This charismatic city fuses its diverse cultural heritage into a melting pot of awesome, and it’s just begging to be explored. Enjoy exceptional street-eats, some of the world’s best nightlife, and the most absurdly oversized shopping malls you’ve ever laid eyes upon. Kuala Lumpur is a visually stunning city — for the best vantage point, we suggest heading to the Mandarin Oriental Infinity Pool, where you can enjoy the view with a beverage in hand. Be sure to check out the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, and get an authentic taste of Malaysia with a cooking class from the Lazat Cooking School. Kuala Lumpur is a place that has to be seen to be believed, making it the perfect bucket-list destination.


Often overlooked by tourists for other marquee Asian destinations, we’re here to tell you that Seoul is no second-tier city. This hidden gem takes some of the best components of its neighbouring states; the colour and charisma of Buenos Aires, and culture and cuisine of Japan; and merges then into a travel experience like no other. Enjoy a delectable sweetened Soju, and devour a Korean Cheeseburger (barbequed meat wrapped in lettuce and oh, so yummy). Give your skin the vacation it deserves with a muddy excursion to Daecheon Beach and, if you hold a foreign passport, take a detour to the infamous DMZ (demilitarised zone), where you can dip your toe into North Korea — a truly unforgettable experience!

We know what you’re thinking — when did these destinations become accessible from Gold Coast Airport? Well my friends, this is just the tip of the iceberg; you can now head to over 40 bucket-list destinations across Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and the USA from our sunny shores.

And you know what? When you’ve finished stamping all the pages of your passport, you’ve got an incredible bucket-list destination to explore right here on the coast.