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Ultimate Travel Bucketlist: Oceania

Oceania is somewhere I'm desperate to go... maybe because it's as far away from this damp little island as you can get! Have a look at what I've put on my Ultimate Travel Bucketlist for Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and beyond!

Okay so I am literally jumping with joy to make this because I’m planning on going on a crazy YOLO backpacking extravaganza to Australia this time next year, that I literally decided on today. After spending some time in Europe I remembered how much I love travelling and realised how I really really really really REALLY don’t want to stay in Brighton another year to do a teaching degree. I can’t lie to myself anymore, I would literally be such a shite teacher.

So here we are, I’m gonna start with all the other countries in Oceania and finish with Australia (it’s big man, it’s gonna be a long list). As per, please comment anything I might have missed!

American Samoa


  • Visit one of the smaller islands
  • see the fire-walking festival at the Mariamma Temple
  • Sawa-i-Lau Caves
  • Go paddle boarding
  • Go canoeing
  • Go on a forest zipline
  • Stay in the underwater resort

French Polynesia

  • Visit Bora Bora
  • Visit Tahiti
  • Collect some white sand
  • See some turtles
  • Go snorkelling, kayaking etc
  • Drink from a coconut (I am such a stereotype)



  • Go to Christmas Island
  • See the red crab migration

Marshall Islands

  • Go paddle boarding or canoeing or kayaking
  • Fly over Bikini Atoll

New Zealand (another pipe dream favourite)


  • See the Rock Islands
  • Go snorkelling
  • Swim in jellyfish lake
  • Learn how to dive/go diving
  • Ngardmau falls

Papua New Guinea


Soloman Islands




Australia (Brace yourselves)

  • Visit Sydney
  • See an opera in Sydney Opera House
  • Learn to surf
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Dive in the great barrier reef
  • Fly over the great barrier reef
  • Visit Brisbane
  • Visit Melbourne
  • Visit Gold Coast
  • Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park
  • Visit Byron Bay
  • See Ayers Rock
  • Road trip around the outback
  • Go without seeing a snake (I can only dream)
  • Road trip along the west coast
  • Road trip along the east coast
  • Visit that sticky out bit in North Queensland with all the cool town names and rainforests
  • Dive with great white sharks
  • Visit Karijini National Park
  • Hike Claustral Canyon in the Blue Mountains
  • Hold a koala
  • See a kookaburra
  • See a kangaroo
  • See an aligator
  • And literally loads more
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  • Eniko Krix

    Haha, go you! What an awesome trip! You can teach those kiddos about life on the road if you ever decide to go back to teaching! 🙂
    I LOVE bucket lists. I’m absolutely obsessed with mine. So naturally I enjoyed reading yours as well!
    I spent 6 months in Australia as an au pair. Aaaaand I’m happy to say I didn’t see any snakeks. Yay! I’m terrified of them, so I’m really happy I managed to avoid them!
    Have fun on your journey.

    March 16, 2016 - 2:36 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Thank you!!!

      March 16, 2016 - 5:31 pm Reply
  • Esther

    ARG!!! This list is amazing! I just came back from Australia and already wanna fo back to Oceania to discover all these places 🙂 Oceania has so many treasures! ^^ Cheers!

    March 16, 2016 - 2:42 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Thank you!!

      March 16, 2016 - 5:31 pm Reply
  • Amanda Connolly

    How fantastic! This is definitely the ultimate bucket list! If you need some company 😉

    March 16, 2016 - 2:56 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Hahahaha lets go sista!

      March 16, 2016 - 5:31 pm Reply
  • Rosi C.

    beautiful pics. love the agenda. I hope to hit every country in South America day. Enjoy the journey 🙂

    March 16, 2016 - 3:11 pm Reply
  • Christina

    I have never been to Oceania so I really enjoyed reading this bucket list! So many new ideas for places to add to my own never ending list. My New Zealand list is just as long as yours. I am definitely looking forward to visiting the LOTR locations as well. I think I”m more excited than the kids.

    March 16, 2016 - 5:02 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Thank you!!

      March 16, 2016 - 5:28 pm Reply
  • Gina

    These look amazing! I would love to travel to some of these places!

    March 17, 2016 - 1:14 am Reply
  • DrifterHannah

    The only continent, other than Antarctica that I’ve never visited, and there are so many reasons to get there! Thanks for the guide!

    March 17, 2016 - 8:34 am Reply
  • Joanna

    I wish one day I will reach that part of the world, especially Tuvalu and Bora Bora. I am a backpacker but hey, let’s face it, a nice relaxing break in Bora Bora or in Maldives would be a dream for anyone, right? 🙂

    March 17, 2016 - 12:03 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Yeah everyone needs a tropical paradise dream!!!!

      March 17, 2016 - 12:34 pm Reply
  • Anastasia Jones

    Ohhh wow, I lived in Australia and spent a few months in New Zealand but I never made it to the other islands… they look like paradise. I would love to visit them all!!

    March 17, 2016 - 12:30 pm Reply

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