Who doesn’t love a good movie? With the final Hunger Games film out in cinemas and the opening of Star Wars: the Force Awakens, it seems more people than ever are flocking to the cinemas for a good ol’ dose of Hollywood magic.
Movie-lovers may be surprised to learn that many of our favourite movies were filmed right here in good old Australia.
But movie-lovers may be surprised to learn that many of our favourite movies were filmed right here in good old Australia. Whether you’re a film buff or you’re simply looking for something fun to do with friends this summer, hire a car and make it your mission to visit each of these three film sites scattered around Sydney.
Babe the Pig
Forever the adorable little piglet that stole our hearts, Babe showed us all that you could be courageous no matter how big you are. The film showed the rolling green pastures and pleasant atmosphere of country life through its scenery, which you can find in New South Wales.
The movie shot at five locations all over the state, most notably the small town of Robertson near the Illara Highway. Robertson is exceptionally proud of this, calling itself Babe’s hometown, according to Entertainment Weekly. Guests can stay at the quaint Ranelagh House, which was once a monastery. The trip to the town itself takes about two hours from Sydney, so hire a car there, pack a lunch (not ham) and hit the road.
Another interesting fact? This family friendly, G-Rated film was directed by famous Australian director George Miller. That’s right: The guy who was responsible for Mad Max also made a film about a sheep-herding pig!
Apr 22, 2013 at 9:18am PDT
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Put on your sparkly high heels, feathered boas and brightly coloured lipsticks everyone. Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a classic Australian comedy (with a hefty load of drama thrown in) which had a huge part in bringing Australian cinema to the forefront of the industry.
Of course, as an Australian film, it stands to reason that Priscilla Queen of the Desert was filmed here. However, that doesn’t make a trip to the iconic set locations any less exciting. The best part is that this film is itself about a road trip, making it easy for drivers to follow in the footsteps of Mitzi, Bernadette and Felicia. The trip starts off in Sydney, so make this your first destination.
Hire a car from Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne or the Gold Coast, make your way to the beautiful Syndey Opera House, then hike up your stilettos for the trip to Broken Hill, a mining town west of Sydney. Hopefully, you’ll cause less of a stir than the Priscilla gang when you go shopping on Argent St!
Dec 13, 2015 at 9:54pm PST
Many 1990s cinema goers are shocked to learn that many scenes from the Matrix films were shot in Sydney. Regardless of whether it’s all a simulation, Sydney residents may start to find that certain locations around the CBD area look familiar.
Don’t worry, it’s not a glitch in the matrix. The phone box where Trinity is nearly killed by Agent Smith can be found at Miller’s Point, while the training programme scene with the woman in red was shot at the fountain intersecting Martin Place and Pitt Street. Round up some friends and make the trip to Sydney to spend the day exploring the city’s many movie locations.
Dec 17, 2015 at 12:15pm PST