DestinationsGeorge Clooney and Julia Roberts get back in action for new Holly rom-com. But where is the 'Ticket to Paradise'?

Why Bali is set for tourism boost from movie filmed in Australia

George Clooney and Julia Roberts during filming of Ticket to Paradise.
George Clooney and Julia Roberts during filming of Ticket to Paradise. Photo Credit: Tourism Queensland

A group of young women dressed in traditional Balinese costumes walks along a sandy beach. They carry flowers. A gamelan orchestra plays in the distance.

They are being filmed for a new Hollywood romantic comedy, Ticket to Paradise, starring Julia Roberts and George Cooney.

The setting for the film is Bali, where Roberts filmed Eat Pray Love, a movie that gave the island’s tourism industry a huge boost.

Except this isn’t Bali. It’s Queensland, Australia, where the movie’s producers relocated when Bali shut its doors to visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The question now is, will Queensland miss out on any tourism boost from the new movie, and will Bali pick up the spoils?

Ticket to Paradise’s Australian producer Deborah Balderstone told The Age that audiences will know where the movie was shot, both from Clooney and Roberts talking about Queensland in international interviews and a mention in the movie’s credits. 

Tourism Queensland has been quick to issue a media release to reinforce the film’s location in the Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Moreton Island and Brisbane.

The tourism authority noted, “There’s laughs and feel-good moments aplenty but the biggest star of the show? Queensland’s sugar white sand beaches, pristine islands and greenery-strewn rainforest that all provide a breathtaking set for the flick.” 

For the record, the film follows divorced couple Georgia (Roberts) and David (Clooney) who, despite their obvious dislike for one another, decide to join forces when their daughter Lily (Kaitlyn Dever) plans a shotgun wedding with her holiday fling. 

Georgia and David’s mission? Stop the wedding from going ahead at all costs – even if that means being civil with one another for the first time in years.

And if you do spot a genuine Bali location in the movie, it’s because the producers went back to the island when pandemic restrictions lifted and filmed footage which was integrated into the move via computer generated imagery.

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