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Lights, cam­era, sat­is­fac­tion: see the jaw-drop­ping places where shows and movies are shot

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Thanks to our fan­tas­tic scenery and tal­ented film crews, Aus­tralia is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion to shoot movies and tele­vi­sion.

ev­ery­thing from big-bud­get Hol­ly­wood movies and lit­tle in­de­pen­dent art films to lo­cal dra­mas have been shot right here on our beaches, is­lands, na­tional parks, stun­ning coun­try­side ar­eas and big cities.

And, best of all, you can visit many of the lo­ca­tions, walk­ing in the foot­steps of some of the world’s big­gest stars.

Syd­ney’s Bondi Beach isn’t just pop­u­lar with the lo­cals. Movies such as Two Hands, Ladies In Black and Bol­ly­wood ex­trav­a­gan­zas to TV shows such as Un­der­belly, Bondi Res­cue and Top Of The Lake have shown off its glit­ter­ing sands to global au­di­ences.

Go from surf to turf to visit Martin Place in the heart of Syd­ney’s cBD. Mil­lions re­mem­ber it from both The Ma­trix and Su­per­man Re­turns.

Then head over to La Per­ouse to see the for­mer mil­i­tary for­ti­fi­ca­tions of Bare Is­land, im­mor­talised in a mo­tor­cy­cle duel from Tom cruise’s Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble 2. Keep the fun go­ing with a visit to the her­itage-listed Strick­land

House in Vau­cluse, fea­tured in Baz Luhrmann’s Aus­tralia.

Fans of A Place to Call Home can make a special pil­grim­age to Cam­den, south-west of the city, to visit Kirkham’s camelot man­sion, aka Ash Park from the se­ries. It’s pri­vate prop­erty, but if you’re in the area, peek through the hedges and rem­i­nisce about the ad­ven­tures of the Bligh clan.

With its na­tional parks, Brad­man Mu­seum, manor houses, winer­ies and the Wombeyan caves, you won’t need an ex­cuse to visit NSW’s South­ern High­lands. Yet kids and big kids at heart won’t want to miss the rolling green hills of Robert­son where Babe the pig once played...

Grab a steed and fol­low in the tracks of The Man from Snowy River, Banjo Pater­son’s fa­mous poem-turned-movie, on a horserid­ing tour through the mag­nif­i­cent Snowy Moun­tains in NSW.

Get a fab­u­lous snap­shot of our out­back and re­gional ar­eas

by trav­el­ling along the same path as The Ad­ven­tures of Priscilla, the Queen of the of if you fancy....

You’ll want to whet your whis­tle along the way at the Sil­ver­ton Ho­tel, fea­tured in ev­ery­thing from Mad Max 2 to Wake in Fright and A Town Called Alice: after­ward, go visit the town’s Mad Max mu­seum.

Speak­ing of Bro­ken Hill, you’ll recog­nise it from the re­cent re­make of Wake In Fright – and the bat­tle­field for the apoc­a­lypse in Mad Max 2. Head down to the Mundi Mundi Look­out and imag­ine Mel “The Road War­rior” Gib­son bat­tling mad­men with mo­hawks.

Mean­while, South Aus­tralia’s Coober Pedy, whose land­scape re­sem­bles the moon, has been the back­drop for ac­tion flicks in­clud­ing Mad Max 3 (we get it, the apoc­a­lypse will be­gin in Aus­tralia), Red Planet and Vin Diesel’s Pitch Black.

So con­vinc­ing was Peter Weir’s haunt­ing 1975 hit Pic­nic at Hang­ing Rock that peo­ple thought its story of dis­ap­pear­ing school­girls was real. What is real, how­ever, is the ethe­real, oth­er­worldly beauty of Hang­ing Rock it­self. each year thou­sands visit the six-mil­lion-year-old vol­canic for­ma­tions, per­haps wondering if they can find Mi­randa and her miss­ing chums.

The for­mer gold­min­ing town of Bal­larat in Vic­to­ria seems pre­served in his­tory; prob­a­bly why it was the lo­ca­tion for The Doc­tor Blake Mys­ter­ies. You can take a self-guided tour of Ly­di­ard Street, Lake Wen­douree, the art gallery and the rail­way sta­tion.

While in the state, you won’t want to miss vis­it­ing erins­bor­ough from Neigh­bours. In real life, Ram­say Street is ac­tu­ally Pin Oak Court in Mel­bourne’s Ver­mont South. You’ll have to el­bow aside sun-starved Bri­tish tourists if you want to take a tour.

Some Brits make it a soap dou­ble-header and visit the lo­ca­tion of Sum­mer Bay, that other iconic Aussie drama im­port to the UK. Syd­neysiders know it as the pic­turesque

Palm Beach; you never need an ex­cuse to visit “Palmie” with all its sun-kissed cafes.

If you want to know the one movie that put Aus­tralia on the in­ter­na­tional tourist map, look no fur­ther than Paul Ho­gan’s iconic movie Croc­o­dile Dundee. Re­mem­ber when Mick “Ho­gan” Dundee hyp­no­tised a wa­ter buf­falo in Kakadu Na­tional Park in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory? You can re­live the magic dur­ing the croc­o­dile Dundee Kakadu Tour – and even sleep out un­der the stars.

With its glam­orous beaches and amaz­ing lo­ca­tions, the Gold Coast is one of Aus­tralia’s prime film­ing des­ti­na­tions. Pre­tend you’re Johnny Depp from Pi­rates of the Caribbean 5 as you run along White­haven Beach in the Whit­sun­days; head to Tweed Heads to visit the fic­tional Por­poise Spit from Muriel’s Wed­ding; or see why the sleepy Tweed town of Hast­ings Point was cho­sen for Aqua­man.

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