NT Movie Locations That You Need To See!

Lights, camera, action (and by action, I mean get your butt to the Northern Territory). What better travel inspiration than an Aussie cinematic classic?! We’ve rounded up our favourite Aussie movies all showcasing the breathtaking Northern Territory. These real-life locations have to be seen to be believed and are bound to get those wanderlust vibes pumpin’!

The tippy top of our fair country has it all. From vast desert land, crocodile-infested wetlands, to sacred Aboriginal sites, it's no wonder the NT is a hot spot for film crews! Offering a wildcard selection of cinematic variety from heart-wrenching romance, tear-jerking drama, unmissable action to belly laughing comedy – the stunning location is bound to bring about 'travel inspo' on a whole other level.

Australia (2008)

Florence Falls, Litchfield Darwin

Florence Falls, Litchfield Darwin

Another Baz Luhrmann classic starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, the film explores life in the Northern Territory just before World War II. Exploring a reluctant alliance turned to romance, the pair fight to protect her property and experience the single largest attack on Australia at the bombing of Darwin.

THE FILM STARS HUGH JACKMAN! Need I say more?

A great start point to explore nearby Kakadu and Lichfield, the NT capital of Darwin is a great spot for fans wanting to relive the movies main filming location. Be sure to make a stop-off at the infamous Stokes Hill Wharf – the site of the Bombing of Darwin, which you can now see for yourself at Darwin’s ‘Bombing of Darwin VR Experience’.

 

Crocodile Dundee (1986)

Twin Falls Kakadu CREDIT Sam Earp Tourism NT.jpg

Twin Falls, Kakadu. Image Credit: Sam Earp Tourism NT

The accidental worldwide classic threw the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park onto the tourism radar! Starring an outback, Aussie, crocodile hunter named Mick Dundee (played by Paul Hogan). The hilariously Australian hit, follows Mick’s ‘fish out of water’ trip to New York City, after saving an American journalist from a crocodile attack. 

Get yourself feeling intrinsically connected to the ‘Dundee films’ with a visit to Kakadu – Australia’s largest national park! Showing off rich red landscapes, breathtaking waterfalls and wetlands making its 20,000km landscape oh so special. Must do activities include, Ubirr’s rock art painting thought to be more than 20,000 years old, as well as taking a Guluyambi Cultural Cruise on the East Alligator River.

 

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

The Grand Canyon of Kings Canyon

The Grand Canyon of Kings Canyon. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Arguably, one of Australia’s best films EVER, the 1994 classic sees three drag queens on a dazzling adventure from Sydney to Alice Springs, along with their tour bus Priscilla. Starring actors Terrence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce as well as showcasing the best of the best Australian humour, Priscilla received wide acclaim for introducing LGBT themes to mainstream audiences.

Follow in their footsteps by hiking Kings Canyon (drag dress-up optional), or visit the Lasseters Hotel in Alice Springs (where their final performance scene was filmed).

 

Last Cab to Darwin (2015)

Berry Springs Darwin

Berry Springs, Darwin

The tear-jerking drama follows Broken Hill taxi driver Rex (played by Michael Caton) driving the 1,900kms to Darwin after being told he has stomach cancer and doesn’t have much longer to live. Now, this is an Aussie road trip film with a difference!

If you're keen to visit a few ‘off the grid’ areas like Rex, take in the isolated communities including, William Creek, Oodnadatta and Berry Springs – beautiful areas with tonnes of natural swimming holes surrounded by bush about an hour outside of Darwin. 

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