Where was “Ticket to Paradise” filmed?
George Clooney and Julia Roberts, reunited after their classic Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve partnership, are bitterly divorced David and Georgia in ticket to paradise, who reluctantly join forces to save their daughter from a reckless marriage in Bali. The banter starts on the plane and there’s no respite, it’s all scripted and directed by form master Ol Parker, the man behind Mama Mia! Here we go again and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Add to that the wonderful Kaitlyn Dever as Lily and her Library co-stars Billie Lourd as Best Friend Wren and we know exactly where we’re going.
As for location, however, that’s another matter. Our setting is definitely Bali, but filming took place in Queensland, Australia. With the rise of the area’s Village Roadshow Studios, home to Baz Luhrmann’s studios Elvis and the Thor films, it has become a major cinematic destination: upcoming blockbuster feature films include Ron Howard’s Thirteen Liveson the rescue of caves in Thailand, the Godzilla vs. Kong sequel and series Nautilusbased on 20000 Leagues Under the Sea. And while the studio’s facilities are a major attraction, Queensland’s varied landscape is becoming an increasingly familiar sight on our screens.
For ticket to paradise, the region offered a string of ready-made desert islands ripe for a Balinese makeover. Here’s our guide to white sand beaches and azure seas, not to mention a bit of jungle.
Appointed by Captain James Cook in 1770, it is the titular head of the Whitsundays and has been a holiday resort since the mid-19th century. Long considered a stopover for the Great Barrier Reef, this jigsaw of 74 islands off the north Queensland coast became a destination in its own right at the start of this century.
One of the area’s biggest prizes is Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. Often cited as the most beautiful beach in the world, its sand is almost entirely made up of silica, giving it a breathtaking whiteness that is made even more of a dreamy desert island only by the range of turquoise colors of the waters offset by the nearby Hill Inlet. For Ticket to Heaventhis famous setting was chosen for the arrival of parents Georgia and David and their unwelcome reunion with their daughter Lily.