Film locations

Adventure Tours Australia: Film locations

It's not just Australia's iconic destinations that have been brought to life on the big screen – we check out the lesser known but just as inspiring film locations you'll see on our tours. From Hollywood blockbusters to cult local films, Australia has been providing stunning backdrops for movies since the very first films were made.

Australia (2008): this Baz Luhrmann movie was filmed around the Bungle Bungles in the north-east ofWestern Australia. The cattle scenes took place around the orange cliffs of the Cockburn Range in El Questro Wilderness Park.

Rogue (2007): this film about a man-eating crocodile was shot in Yellow Water at Kakadu National Park, with additional scenes in Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park, known for its towering rock walls and idyllic falls.

Rabbit Proof Fence (2002): Phillip Noyce's film about three Indigenous girls was shot in various locations throughout the Flinders Ranges, South Australia.

The Tracker (2002): Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, also in the Flinders, was the setting for Rolf de Heer's film about black-white relations in 1920's Australia.

Pitch Black (2000): The sparse red desert of Coober Pedy in South Australia served as the alien landscape for Vin Diesel's action-packed film. You can still see the spaceship from the film on display in Hutchison Street.

The Matrix (1999): This sci-fi action film was made in Sydney - the scene where Neo spots the woman in the red dress took place in the CBD's Martin Place, while the helicopter crash takes place around the BT Tower on Market Street.

The Thin Red Line (1998): The World War II drama was shot in Queensland, featuring locations such as Port Douglas, the Daintree Rainforest, Bramston Beach and Cairns.

Dead Calm (1989): The tranquil blue waters surrounding Queensland's Whitsunday Islands took a scary tone for this Phillip Noyce thriller, starring Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane and Sam Neil.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994): Coober Pedy's Moon Plain featured, as did Alice Springs and Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory and the seemingly endless plains from Mundi Mundi Lookout, near Silverton in New South Wales.

Crocodile Dundee (1986): Paul Hogan's famous film about an Outback Aussie in America features a host of Northern Territory destinations. The famous swimming scene was filmed at Walkabout Creek, near Tennant Creek, with other scenes shot at Girraween Lagoon, Howard Springs, Darwin and, in Kakadu National Park, Ubirr and Gumlon.

The Man From Snowy River (1982): Victoria's Great Dividing Range was the backdrop for this iconic Aussie film, inspired by the Banjo Patterson poem of the same name.