Destination Australia: Where to find five of Aussie's most iconic movie locations

Time for a visit to Bonnie Doon?
Time for a visit to Bonnie Doon? Photo credit: Newshub (File)

Whether it's the serenity of The Castle's Bonnie Doon or the frocks on a rock of Kings Canyon scene from The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, there are countless movie locations fans can visit across Australia.

It's impossible to fit them all into one story, but here's five of the most iconic locations New Zealanders can visit on a trip across the Tasman Sea. 

Destination Australia: Where to find five of Aussie's most iconic movie locations

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert 

This could be described as a road trip movie with a difference as it follows a colourful cast who travel from Sydney's historical Imperial Hotel to Australia's Red Centre to perform a drag show. 

With didgeridoo solos and ABBA singalongs, this movie has probably had you dancing in the living room.

Broken Hill
Broken Hill Photo credit: Getty Images

To see some of the film's locations up-close, you'll need to head to Simpson Desert and Kings Canyon in Australia's Northern Territory. Or, if you prefer places with slightly larger populations, then regional towns such as Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and Broken Hill might be what you are after. 

Palace Hotel
Palace Hotel Photo credit: Newshub (file)

Travellers wanting to retrace Priscilla's steps can stop in at Lasseters Casino in Alice Springs, drive along the red Ernst Giles Road and climb to the top of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. 

Crocodile Dundee 

Filmed in the Northern Territory's World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Crocodile Dundee introduced Australia's "no worries" attitude to the world. Released in 1986 it was the highest grossing film ever released in Australia, taking NZ$51 million at the Aussie box office, and was the highest grossing foreign films ever released in the US with box office takings of NZ$240 million. 

Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park Photo credit: Newshub (file)

To feel like you're in your very own scene from this classic Australian film, travellers can visit Ubirr and Gunlom Falls in Kakadu National Park. 

The Castle 

A movie close to my heart for many reasons, The Castle is at its simplest a David verses Goliath battle, with amazing writing and hilarious characters that make it so much more than that.

The house that featured in The Castle has since been relocated.
The house that featured in The Castle has since been relocated. Photo credit: Google Street View

For the ultimate Castle fan, perhaps a road trip in a Cortina would be appropriate - from the (now ironically relocated) family home next to Melbourne Airport to the serenity of Bonnie Doon.

Bonnie Doon.
Bonnie Doon. Photo credit: Getty Images

Finding Nemo 

Home to diverse marine life of the most vivid colours, Australia's Great Barrier Reef was the real-life location that inspired this classic family friendly film.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef Photo credit: Getty Images

Set within the Reef off the coast of Queensland, the film follows the story of a clown fish named Marlin who loses his son, Nemo, all the way to Sydney Harbour. 

No matter your age, this film with leave you wanting to plan your next trip to the world's largest coral reef system where you can try and spot (don't touch) all of the films other characters including Dory, Gill, Bloat, Peach and Crush. 

Mad Max 

Set in the Broken Hill area of New South Wales, the town of Silverton was once a thriving mining centre before becoming a ghost town destined to be reclaimed by desert. Rustic, dilapidated and virtually abandoned, Silvertown was discovered by director George Miller, and became the backdrop to his post-apocalyptic vision for the Mad Max franchise. 

The very much deserted town of Silverton.
The very much deserted town of Silverton. Photo credit: Getty Images

The town's biggest drawcard is the Silverton Hotel, which has been featured in a variety of movies and the locals are more than open to recounting stories about the town's brushes with fame. Also in town, the Mad Max Museum pays tribute to Mad Max 2, showcasing a huge display of props, life size characters and photographs from the film.

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