Australia is a pretty amazing place. We’ve got a pristine coastline on all corners, breathtaking nature, plus everything from the Big Lobster to the Big Banana (why we have these massive monuments, no one will ever know).
But one thing Australians don’t know about Australia is that we have a pretty rich history of film sets all across this beautiful country of ours.
Whether you decide to take a road trip, a read or even a few fan photos; we’re here to help with our list of all the film sets you can visit with Australia:
It comes as no surprise that the film Australia was shot in…. Australia *everyone gasps in amazement.* Starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, the 2008 film was directed by Baz Luhrmann and historic scenes can be found all across this beautiful country down under. Notable sites include Strickland House in Vaucluse as well as pretty much the entire town of Bowen.
All I can say is if you have never seen the film Babe (1995) what are you doing with yourself? Trying to find the world’s most famous pig (second to Kevin Bacon at The Grounds of Alexandria), you’ll be able to find him in the Southern Highlands or Robertson region of New South Wales. Even if you don’t find Babe, you will come across some pretty picturesque green hills. That’ll do pig.
So we all know already that Northern Territory is best described as amazing. Crocodile Dundee? Not my first preference, but definitely an Australian classic. The 1986 film starring Paul Hogan was shot mostly in Kakadu National Park – specifically, Ubirr and Gunlom. Definitely a must do trip with the entire family. Comparing knife sizes isn’t necessary.
The Great Gatsby
At the time that The Great Gatsby was released in 2013, there were a lot of whispers that the Gatsby Mansion was in fact a site in Sydney. The rumors were true! The International College of Management’s first two floors in Manly were in fact used as a model for the mansion. Unfortunately Leo isn’t still there.
The first two films of the Mad Max franchise featuring Mel Gibson were shot around New South Wales. Incredibly, Silverton and Tin City Stockton were predominately used. Silverton provides a more scenic film relevance where as Tin City is literally a city made of tins. Tin City, located along Stockton Beach can only reached by 4WDing along the sand dunes.
Three of the most iconic scenes within this blockbuster were shot around Sydney. The first, Adam St Bridge in Chinatown, the second, Colonial State Bank in Martin Place and the third, was the lady in red in front of Martin Place Fountain. Although visiting the sites today you may not find Neo. Instead, you’ll find coloured pills and a lot of men wearing suits. Win, win situation.
Neighbours is not a film. But, it is one of the world’s most famous Australian television series. Ramsay Street is real! Well kind of. Looking up the address on Google Maps you will find something that isn’t at all like the series; but rest assured, there are Ramsay Street tours that will take you to the famous cul-de-sac where you get to meet a star from the show!
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The 1975 Australian film was based off the 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay. Picnic at Hanging Rock used majority of its scenes within the film at Hanging Rock itself in Victoria, as well as Martindale Hall in South Australia. Both sites are great to add on the road trip wish list regardless.
The Man of Steel was in fact in Sydney. Martin Place to be specific. The 2006 film Superman Returns used Martin Place Fountain as an iconic scene where Superman saves a blue car before it plunges into a crowd of people enjoying their dinner.
The 2005 horror film Wolf Creek revolves around three backpackers who fall into the unfortunate trap of Mick Taylor. The Wolf Creek location is surprisingly real. Its real name however is Wolfe Creek Crater National Park – the worlds second largest meteorite crater located northeast of Western Australia.
Featured Image: Scene from The Matrix. “You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” Image from Techspective website.