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