Australia travel guide: Film-inspired destinations
Australia is a gorgeous destination that draws a number of visitors every year. With such incredible and unique landscapes, Australia is famous for hosting some very famous film sets, which is another draw for tourism. Many of the film sets may be visited, which enables people to visit the sets that they connected with via film.
Before getting into some film-inspired destinations In Australia, let’s go over a few important things to know before going to Australia.
Travel advice for Australia
- Request a visa well in advance
If you are visiting from the UK, you will need an eVisitor visa for Australia. This enables you to visit for up to 90 days upon entry into the country and since it is necessary to go through the visa process, you want to do so well before your trip.
You can conveniently request an eVisitor visa for Australia online on sites like auvisa.org.
- Plan ahead
Australia is way bigger than many people expect, and planning ahead of time is required so that you really understand just how far your destinations are from one another. Film sets especially tend to be a bit out of the way and remote so you’ll want to know how to get to and from one to your next destination before your arrival.
- Varying climate
The climate across Australia varies differently depending on which part of the country you are in and when you are visiting. It is crucial to check the weather ahead of time and to pack appropriately, as the weather can be both extremely cold and hot depending on the seasons. Across destinations 1 hour away from one another can even be quite different. Be sure to pack sunscreen when visiting in the summer as the sun is extremely strong here!
- Cash and card
You’ll want to travel with both your credit and debit cards, as well as cash while travelling through Australia. Many remote towns, as well as markets, require or at least expect cash for certain amounts, and you’ll want to be prepared in any case.
Film-inspired destinations in Australia
- Great Barrier Reef – Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo is a beloved movie in which clownfish Marlin and his friend Dory venture through the Great Barrier Reef to track down Marlin’s captured son, Nemo. The Great Barrier Reef is already a popular destination, but add in the extra factor of it being the set of Finding Nemo and many (especially children) want to see the where the action happened.
- Sydney – The Matrix
Sci-fi classic The Matrix was filmed in Sydney, Australia. Harbour City is a consistent scene in the movie, especially the areas around Martin Place.
- Robertson – Babe
The 1995 comedy-drama, Babe, features a talking pig and his venture on the farm. It was filmed two hours south of Sydney in the village of Robertson.
- Darwin, Kununurra and Bowen – Australia
Produced by Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, Australia is a romantic historical drama film starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. It was filmed in Darwin, Kununurra and Bowen and the sites are no strangers to film inspired tourism.
- Tassie – Lion
Six-time Oscar-nominated Lion is a biographical film based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. It tells the story of Burhanpur who sets out to find his family after 25 years of separation. His journey takes you through the gorgeous landscapes of Tassie, including views from Kunyani/Mount Wellington over the city of Hobart.
These are just five of the incredible film inspired destinations in Australia, so choosing a few will be entirely dependent on your film favourites!
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