Australia’s produced some classic movies over the years (as well as a few forgettable ones). From outback to coastal settings the diverse Australian landscape is the perfect canvas for filmmakers.
Here are some movie destinations we’ve visited, to whet your appetite for wonder lusting adventures of your own.
Sit back and enjoy some movie nostalgia in these special outback locations.
Movie: Strange Bedfellows
Destination: Yackandandah, Victoria
Tucked into the hills of North east Victoria the picturesque town of Yackandandah was the setting for the low budget (but very funny) 2004 movie Strange Bedfellows.
The film starred Michael Caton and Paul Hogan who pretend to be a gay couple to exploit new tax laws. When a tax inspector comes to town to see if they’re the real thing the stage is set for some hilarious misadventures.
Like the movie, Yack is relaxed and has loads of charm. We visited recently and had a ball exploring the scenic tracks in the nearby Stanley State Forest and discovering an old miner’s Underground Hut.
Back in town, along the heritage listed Main Street, there are two great pubs, plenty of art galleries to explore and cosy cafes to enjoy.
Sleep with your own bedfellows in the Yackandandah Holiday Park.
Movie: Storm Boy
Destination: The Coorong, South Australia
Does anyone remember StormBoy, the tear jerking tale of a young boy and his pelican, Mr Percival?
It was a big hit back in 1975, a movie based on the heartearming story by Colin Thiele and filmed along the South Australian coastline amongst the dunes and lakes of the Coorong National Park.
The story about the boy and his friendship with Aboriginal Fingerbone Bill and the pelican that he saves showed off the beautiful shores of the Coorong, which stretches for 130 kilometres.
But the Coorong isn’t the only starring coastline in South Australia. The state is blessed with an abundance of spectacular coastline including the Limestone Coast and the Eyre Peninsula.
Next year, in early 2018, look out for a fresh remake of StormBoy, starting Geoffrey Rush retelling his story to his troubled granddaughter. It will once again feature the settings of the beautiful Cooring and South Australia.
Movie: The Dish
Destination: Parkes NSW
The big banana, the big pineapple, the big golden gumboot … they all pale into insignificance to the star of the movie The Dish.
The 64 metre high telescope is smack bang in the middle of sheep countryside near Parkes and it’s the most prominent feature for miles.
The movie, starring Sam Neil and Billy Mitchell, is based on fact; it’s an entertaining look at the role of the Parkes Radio Telescope in receiving the first television signals, as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon in 1969.
If you’re an astronomy buff, you’ll love it here. Take your photo in the shadow of The Dish and then explore a world of astronomy inside, in the Visitor Discovery Centre, where you can discover what role The Dish plays in listening to the stars.
Tune into the Universe and lose yourself in the mystery of The Dish.
Movie: The Man from Snowy River
Destination: High Country of Victoria
There was movement at the Station for the word had passed around, that the Colt from Old Regret had got away, it was worth a thousand pounds.
When the mountains call it’s time for The Man from Snowy River an iconic, feel good movie, of cowboys, epic horse rides, high country romance and big vistas.
Without a doubt the biggest star was the spectacular Snowy Mountains. Drive to the top of Mt. Stirling and the Great Dividing Range, visit Craig’s hut or head up iconic tracks like Blue Rag Range, Billy Goat Bluff or Zeka Spur to have your own adventure.
If you want to swap the Cruiser for a saddle you can hitch up with pioneering families in the district who can help inspire your own Man from Snowy River adventure.
There are plenty of beautiful spots to camp here, one of our favourites is along the Howqua River at Frys Flat or Sheepyard Flat.
Movie: Crocodile Dundee
Destination: Kakadu NT
30 years after Crocodile Dundee was released there’s murmurings of a possible remake with Chris Hemsworth taking over the lead role from Paul Hogan.
The iconic film, starring ‘Hoges’as the larrikin Mick Dundee who wins over the heart of New York reporter, played by Linda Kozlowski, became a box office phenomenon and showed Australia off to the world.
Mick Dundee, with his bush bravado, took centre stage wrestling crocodiles amongst the wild backdrop of Kakadu with the rugged Northern Territory landscapes as much a winner.
The territory gained even more prominence for its wilderness, billabongs, canyons and savannah and the spectacular rock art of Ubirr. It’s here Mick climbs to the top of a rocky outcrop, then points out in the distance and says “That’s Never-Never Country”.
Kakadu is a destination I’ve yet to visit, but it’s high on my bucket list. Follow in Mick Dundee’s footsteps, in a slightly more sedate manner, cruise the billabongs, spot a few river locals and discover what all the hype is about.
Destination: Bowen QLD
I loved Australia, starring hunky Hugh Jackson and Nicole Kidman, with it’s romance, action and melodrama set amidst huge landscapes.
This is a bit like the Australian version of Gone with the Wind. It’s an epic three hours long and unashamedly romantic melodrama, set in the scenic backdrop of pre-World War 11 Australia.
Did you know that the scenes of Darwin in the movie were filmed in Bowen Queensland? For two months the town doubled as the Darwin waterfront, as it appeared more than 60 years ago. The expansive land allowed film sets, including cattle yards, to be built right on the waterfront. The Darwin bombing scenes were also filmed in Bowen.
We spent three days here earlier this year enjpying the stunning beaches, walking tracks and lookouts with views like the one below.
Along the esplanade are plaques depicting the movie. Clearly they’re proud of the role their town played in the film that put Bowen on the big screen.
The great Aussie Road trip
Movie: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Destination: Broken Hill, Outback SA and NT
This movie is such a fun ride and wins easily the award for the ultimate outback adventure and road trip, boosting travel tourism in outback Australia in a huge way.
The 1994 feel good comedy Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, (starring Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp) has become a bit of a modern classic with its irresistible blend of flamboyant comedy and poignant drama.
The plot: two drag queens and a trans-sexual drive a silver painted bus christened “Priscilla” across Australia.
From Sydney, to Broken Hill and Cooper Pedy they venture into the heart of the Australian outback to perform a cabaret show at an Alice Springs hotel.
Little do they know the hotel is managed by a woman still married to one of the trio. The stage is set for drama, laughter, ABBA music and lots of great scenery along the way, culminating with a triumphant climb to Kings Canyon.
Create your own road trip through Silverton, Broken Hill, Cooper Pedy, Alice Springs and Kings Canyon. Our travels have seen us in all of these places at various times. So many majestic places that make you feel like a queen in every sense of the word.
Just don’t forget your lipstick and heels!
Now it’s time to make some memories of your own and create your own masterpiece.
It’s not hard when there are so many places to awaken the movie producer within, both in Australia and around the world. Better yet, be the starring role and the hero of your own real life movie and lap it all up as you road trip around Australia, or where ever your heart desires.
Just don’t forget your camera and your sense of adventure.
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