My Bucket List -Updated 2023

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My Ever Evolving Travel Bucket List

I've tried to group this by Continent and also by activity. There is a Hiking Bucket List below the main one which is my travel bucket list. It is listed by Continent / Country. Please let me know anything that I need to add. I love out of the way places and animal adventures. Get In Touch with your tips!

Australia, New Zealand & Oceania Bucket List

Starting with my home country seems the best way to go. New Zealand is “just across the pond” as we Aussies say so that is also on this list.

To Sua Ocean Trench Samoa
To Sua Ocean Trench Samoa
  • √ Drive across the Nullabour plain
  • √ Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • √ Sail the Whitsundays
  • √ 4wd the Tanami Track (Kimberlies to Alice Springs)
  • √ Participate in a cattle muster (I am NOT good on a horse!)
  • √ Surf at Margaret River (nearly died but I did it!)
  • √ NRL Football Grandfinal
  • √ AFL Football Grandfinal
  • Drive the Oodnadatta Track
  • Hike with camels in the Simpson Desert
  • √ Drive the Canning Stock Route
  • √ Melbourne Cup
  • √ Roebourne Cup
  • √ Dive/Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef
  • √ Road trip Sydney to Cairns
  • √ Swim at Bondi Beach
  • √ Ski at Queenstown
  • √ Drive the Coromandel Peninsular
  • √ Drink Wine on Waiheke Island
  • √ The Shotover Jet in Queenstown
  • √ Curl my toes in the sand of Whitehaven beach
  •  Sunrise on the east coast and sunset on the west coast of Australia (deliberately).
  • √ Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
  • √  Swim in To-Sua Ocean Trench Samoa
  • √  Swim with the giant clams in Samoa
  • √  See a traditional Cava Ceremony in Fiji
  • √  The Daintree Rainforest
  • Sail Sydney Harbour for New Years Eve
  • √  Drive the Nullabor Plain (at least 4 times!)
  • √ Uluru at sunset
  • √ The Great Barrier Reef from a helicopter
  • √ Milford Sound NZ
  • √ Eighty Mile Beach in Broome
  • √ King Leopold Ranges
  • √ Rottnest Island
  • √ See the Diamantena River in flood
  • √ The Bungle Bungles
  • √ The Wild Rivers Tasmania
  • √ The Pinnacles Cervantes
  • √ The Avon Descent
  • √  Snorkel Ningaloo Reef (In my top 10!)
  • Kangaroo Island SA
  • √ Broken Hill
  • √ Cooper Pedy
  • √ Kakadu National Park
  • Lizard Island
  • √ Byron Bay Blues Fest
  • Mine for an opal
  • √ Chili Beach Cape Tribulation
  • √ The Blue Mountains
  • √ Port Arthur, Tasmania
  • √ Bay of Plenty NZ
  • √ White Island (Whakaari) NZ
  • √ Rotarua NZ
  • √  Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • √  See Milford Sound NZ
  • √  Pat a Quokka on Rottnest Island
  • Stay in an overwater bungalow on Bora Bora
  • Watch the surfers at Teahupoʻo in Tahiti
  • Sail the Yasawa Islands of Fiji
  • √  4WD Fraser Island
  • √  Vivid Festival Sydney

Asia Bucket List

Asia has so many things to see and do and I didn't realise how many items from my bucket list were actually in Asia.

Banau Rice Terraces Philippines
Banau Rice Terraces Philippines
  • √ Angkor Wat Siem Reap
  • √ Visit the floating market of Bangkok
  • √ Go to Simon Caberet in Phuket (an amazing lady boy show)
  • Ride through Saigon on a scooter (somehow we ran out of time for this one!)
  • √ Laze on the beach in Samui
  • √ Go to a full moon party on Koh Phangan
  • √ Visit the hill tribes of Thailand
  • √ Swim with the whale sharks in Oslob
  • √ See a Face Changing show in China
  • √ Sail in Halong Bay
  • √ Soak in an Onsen Japan
  • √ Go trekking in Sapa
  • Canyoning in the Philippines- I was sick this day 🙁
  • √ Climb the Great Wall Of China
  • √ See a Face Changing show in China
  • √ Stay at a Buddhist monastery
  • Walk the friendship bridge from Nepal to Tibet
  • Travel The Silk Road
  • Eat a Yak burger in Tibet
  • √ Sail the Turkish Coast
  • √ The Snow Festival in Sapporo
  • √ Climb Mount Kinabalu
  • √ Sail northern Palawan
  • √ Spend a week in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives
  • Pay my respects at Gallipolli, Turkey
  • √ The Floating Market of Bangkok
  • √ The killing fields in Cambodia
  • √ The Mekong Delta
  • √ The Giant Buddha at Leshan
  • √  Phang Nga Bay Thailand
  • √  See a Tasir in the Philippines (yes but not in the wild)
  • √ Tam Cok Vietnams inland Halong Bay
  • √ The scenery of Guilin
  • √ Tienanmen Square
  •  See the Caucasian Mummies in Urumqi
  • √ Baguio Rice Terraces
  • √ The Pandas in Chengdu
  • √ The Terracotta Warriers Xi'an
  • See the real Avatar landscape at Zhangjiajie
  • √ Sail down the Yangzi River
  • √  Eat fried tarantulas in Cambodia
  • Potala Palace in Tibet
  • Hong Kong from the top of Victoria Peak
  • The Mongolian steps
  • √ The Torii Gates of Inari Shrine, Kyoto
  • Gaze in wonder at the spires of the Cremlin
  • √ The Snow Monkeys In Japan
  • Red Square Moscow
  • √ See A geisha in Japan
  • √ The Hanging Coffins at Sagada

Europe Travel Bucket List

I have done so little of Europe to date that my bucket list is very one sided. We are hoping to spend 2 months in Europe over June to August 2022 so fingers crossed I will check off a lot more on this list.

Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos Greece
Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos Greece
  • Pay my respects at Auswitz
  • √ Go to a Rammstein concert in Germany (done in Cardiff instead)
  • √ Cruise through the canals of Amsterdam
  • √ Gamble at a casino in Monte Carlo
  • Sail Croatia's coastline
  • √ Beach it on the Costa Blanca
  • Drink coffee at a sidewalk cafe on the Champs Ellyse
  • Ride a gondola in Venice, Italy
  • √ Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos
  • Go Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey (2022)
  • √ Visit The Sagrada Familia
  • √ Go to a Monaco Grand Prix (Classique but still a Grand Prix in Monaco)
  • Spend a weekend watching the Isle of TT Motorbike Race
  • Do a river cruise through the Rhine region.
  • Visit the Lofoten Island Norway
  • Cruise through the Fjords in Norway
  • √  See the Roman Aquaduct at Segovia Spain.
  • √  Spend a day in the Alhambra Spain
  • Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
  • √  Do a big football game in Europe. We did a Real Madrid game in Madrid and a local derby in Barcelona.
  • Giants Causeway in Ireland
  • √ Eat handmade pasta in a small village in Italy
  • √ The windmills in the Netherlands
  • √ The yorkshire dales
  • Neuschwanstein castle Germany
  • √ Shipwreck Beach, Greece
  • The Black Forest
  • The Parthenon
  • √ The Sagrada Familia
  • √ The Blue Caves of Zykanthos
  • Rome's coliseum
  • √ The Geysers in Iceland
  • √ See where the tectonic plates meet in Iceland
  • The Corryvreckan Whirlpool Scotland
  • √ The Outer Hebredes Scotland
  • Stonehenge, England
  • √ Lake Como Italy
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Pompeii, Italy
  • √ Plitvice Lakes in Croatia
  • Red Square Moscow
  • The Winter Palace in St Petersburg
  • The Berlin Wall
  • √  The Northern Lights
  • √ The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
  • See the sunset over the caldera in Santorini
  • The Dark Hedges in Ireland
  • √ See the Quairing on the Isle of Skye
  • √ See Plitvice Lake s in Croatia
  • See the Puffins!
  • Any and ALL of Romania (I'm obsessed)

North America Bucket List

I honestly can't see how I'm ever going to be able to do everything I want to in the US or Canada

Two lovely young men we met at Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Two lovely young men we met at Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • √ Spend a few days in Las Vegas
  • √ A week in Lake Tahoe
  • √ Swim at Malibu Beach
  • √ Walk Sunset Boulevard
  • √ Learn to mush in Canada
  • New Years Eve in Times Square
  • √ Road trip from LA to San Fransisco
  • √ Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Drive Route 66
  • Stay at a Dude Ranch somewhere
  • √ Do the Plantation Route in New Orleans
  • Bobsled down the old olympic track in Calgary
  • √  Spend a few days in The Hamptons
  • Sail the coast of Alaska
  • √ Go to a Chargers football game
  • √ Attend a HUGE concert – Madonna Miami 2002!
  • √  Visit the small towns of south Louisiana
  • √  See the architecture of Palm Springs
  • √  Visit Joshua Tree national park
  • √  Ride the Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls
  • √  Swim along the Big Sur coast
  • √  Walk across Brooklyn Bridge
  • √  See Sequoia National Park
  • √  Head to the top of the Empire State Building
  • √  Swim in Havasu Falls
  • √  Catch a broadway show
  • √  Do open mike night at The Bluebird Cafe Nashville
  • √  Spend a night at the Oprey, Nashville
  • √  Picnic in Central Park
  • See Martha's Vinyard, Massachesetts
  • Hike up Diamond Head, Hawaii
  • √  Drive the Road to Hana
  • Spend a week on the Lake of the Ozarks
  • √  Admire the Art Deco Architecture in Miami
  • √  Visit Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, Canada
  • Brice Canyon Utah
  • √ The Grand Canyon
  • √ Times Square
  • √ The Hamptons
  • √ Hearst Castle
  • √ The Florida Keys
  • The Bandlands
  • Yosemite National Park
  • See the fall foilage in Quebec, Canada
  • √ Lake Louise in Canada
  • Day Of The Dead Mexico
  • √ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
  • √ Burning Man (HATED THIS! – Not for me at all)
  • √  Live like a local in New York
  • √  Visit Hoe River Rainforest, Olympic National Park
  • √  Sail the Mississippi on a river boat
  • √  Visit Graceland
  • √  See the Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta
  • √  Eat Gumbo!
  • √  Visit Pike Place Market, Seattle
  • √  Walk Hollywood Boulevard in LA
  • √  Visit Alcatraz
  • Do the balloon festival in Albuquerque.
  • √  Cycle the Katy Trail, Missouri
  • √  Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge
  • √  Cycle The Santa Monica beach path to Venice Beach
  • √  Explore Savannah
  • Walk the San Antonio River Walk
  • √  Everglades National Park
  • Visit Mesa Verde National Park
  • √  See the colored ladies of San Fransisco
  • √  Do a tour of CNN in Atlanta
  • Visit Mackinac Island
  • Monument Valley Utah
  • See the Grizzly bears in Denali
  • √  Boat through the Thousand Islands Canada

Central, South America & The Caribbean Bucket List

South America has so many more accessible things to see and do since we were there. I think I will have to go back to do them all!

Machu Picchu - One of the top 10 World Heritage Unesco sites
Machu Picchu – One of the top 10 World Heritage Unesco sites
  • √ Eat guinea pig in Peru (I did it but it wasn't easy)
  • √ Carnival in Rio
  • √  See A Tango Show in Buenos Aires
  • Cartagena Colombia
  • √ Spend a few days on Caye Caulker Belize
  • √ Visit ATM Mayan Cave in Belize
  • √ Swim with the sharks in Belize
  • √ Swim in the Cenotes in Mexico
  • √ Spend a few days on the beach in Tulum
  • Swim with the pigs in Bahamas
  • √  Lake Atitlan Guatemala
  • √  Hike Volcan Pacaya Guatemala
  • √  Spend a week on my own in the Dominican Republic (LOVE IT!)
  • Punta Del Este, Uraguay
  • Visit The Pantanal wetlands
  • Moai statues of Easter Island, Chile
  • Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile
  • √  See a Toucan in Costa Rica
  • √  Spend a month seeing Cuba
  • √  Smoke cigars in Havana
  • √ The salt lakes of Bolivia
  • √ Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio
  • √ Ipanema Beach
  • √ The Amazon Jungle by boat
  • Easter Island
  • Galapagos Islands
  • √  Salt Flats of Bolivia
  • Glaciers in Patagonia
  • √  Visit Eva Peron's Grave in Buenos Aires
  • √  See The Sloths in Costa Rica
  • √  Zipline in Costa Rica
  • √  See the Mayan Ruins (there are heaps but I've done like 4 main ones)
  • √  Hike the Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
  • √  Bocas Del Toro, Panama
  • Angel Falls, Venezuela
  • Atacama Desert, Chile
  • Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
  • √  La Boca, Buenos Aires
  • √  Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia
  • Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia
  • √  Swim in the waters of The Bahamas
  • √  Sail the British Virgin Islands

Africa Bucket List

I spent almost a year in Africa all up and when people ask me where my “favourite place is” its hard to go past this amazing continent. I don't have one single incredible experience, but Africa does really seep into your soul.

Our swimming hole in Botswana's Okavango Delta
Our swimming hole in Botswana's Okavango Delta
  • √ See the Vally of the Kings from a balloon
  • √ See the Big 5 on Safari. (Easier than you think if you are lucky)
  • √ Visit Elsemere (and cry because you will!)
  • Visit Chefchaouen in Morocco
  • √ Spend a few days on the Spice Island of Zanzibar
  • √ See Victoria Falls
  • √ See a running Giraffe (I know its weird but it was incredible)
  • √  Cross the Sahara Desert
  • √  Climb the Rock of Gibraltar
  • √  See the start of the Nile in Jinja
  • √  Spend a few days in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • √  See Elephants roaming free (amazingly we saw them in Botswana outside of a game park which was my goal)
  • √  Visit the Genocide Museum in Rwanda
  • √  Safari the Masai Mara in Kenya
  • √  Eat Injera in Ethiopia
  • √  Visit the Danakil Depression
  • √  Visit the Lalibella Stone Churches
  • √  See Greater Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Ride The Blue Train
  • √  Visit the Drakensberg mountains
  • √  See Lac Rose in Senegal
  • √ Cage dive with the great white sharks
  • √ Trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda, the DRC or Rwanda
  • √ Climb the sand dunes in Namibia
  • Swim in the Devils Cataract at Victoria Falls (you have to be there in the dry season to do this so I will just have to go back)
  • √ Sail a Feluca down the Nile
  • √ Gase in awe at the Great Pyramids of Giza
  • √ Do a safari to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti
  • √  Visit the Nairobi Natural History Museum
  • √  See Lion Cubs
  • √  The Skeleton Coast
  • √  See the traditional end point of the Paris to Dakar Rally – Lac Rose, Senegal
  • √  Do A wine tour in the Stellenbosch region in South Africa
  • √  Visit Robin Island, Capetown
  • √  Swim in Lake Malawi
  • See the Wildebeast crossing in Masai Mara (so close – they were milling around the river but didn't cross 🙁 )
  • √  Eat Rolex in Uganda
  • Experience the nature of Madagascar
  • Swim in the waters around the Seychelles
  • √  Drive the Garden Route in South Africa

Hikes and Treks Bucket List

This is the one section that I've come to accept I won't probably ever get more than half done. I will give it a red hot go however!

Fallen in the mud while hiking in Samoa
Fallen in the mud while hiking in Samoa

Australia Bucket List Hikes

  • √ The Great Sydney Coastal Walk
  • Bibulmun Track Western Australia
  • Larapinta Trail – started and got two days done but was struck down with a very horrible respiratory virus so had to pull the pin!
  • √  Mount Amos for the Wineglass Bay View
  • √ Overland Track
  • Great Ocean Walk
  • √ Walk around Uluru
  • √ Cape to Cape Walk
  •  Thorsborne Trail Hinchenbrook Island
  • Fraser Island Great Walk
  • Seven Peaks Walk Norfolk Island
  • √  Hike Carnarvon Gorge
  • √  Gold Coast Hinterland Walk

New Zealand Bucket List Hikes

  • Te Araroa – had it all planned for Jan 2019 and then got a blood clot in my leg coming back from the US the week prior!
  • √ Coast to Coast walk – hike from east to west across NZ in Auckland in only a day!
  • The Queen Charlotte Track
  • The Routebourne Track
  • The Milford Track
  • Tongariro Crossing
  • √ Ben Lomand
  • √ Mueller Hut Route Mt Cook

Papua New Guinea Bucket List Hikes

  • The Kokoda Trail

Central & South America Hikes To Do

  • √ The Inca Trail
  • √ Choquequirao Peru
  • The W Trek, Torres Del Paine, Chile
  • Ciudad Perdida Colombia

Africa Hikes To Do

  • √ Hike the Otter Trail
  • √ Climb Table Mountain
  • √ Go remote area hiking somewhere in Africa (Chimanimani in Zimbabwe)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro

Europe Bucket List Hikes

  • √ The Camino De Santiago Frances Way
  • Mont Blanc Circuit (Booked for August 2022)
  • The Portuguese Way
  • The Via De La Plata
  • The Via Francigena
  • The Cinque Terra
  • The Le Puy Camino France
  • Hike The Dolomites

Asia Hikes On My Bucket List

  • √ Mt Kinabalu
  • √ Headhunters Trail Borneo
  • √ Kumano Kodo Japan
  • Mt Fuji
  • √ Jeju Olle (I've done 7 trails of this so far)
  • √ Annapurna Circuit
  • Everest Base Camp (December!)
  • √ The Great Wall Of China
  • √ Banaue Rice Terraaces
  • √ Sapa Vietnam
  • Kalaw to Inle lake Myanmar
  • √ Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • √ Doi Luang Chiang Dao
  • The Snowman Trek Bhutan
  • Walk Huashan’s “Plank of Death”
  • Finish the Jeju Ole in South Korea
Wading through a river on the hike into Actun Tunichil Muknal, ATM Cave in Belize
Wading through a river on the hike into Actun Tunichil Muknal, ATM Cave in Belize