There’s a reason why so many movies are shot in NSW, its landscape is so varied that it works as settings for a range of different worlds. You have the striking beauty of Outback NSW, the Snowy Mountains gives you dramatic peaks and the South Coast has fishing villages and uncrowded beaches aplenty.
Broken Hill and Silverton are outback towns best known for creating apocalyptic worlds. Blockbusters including Mad Max 2, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Mission Impossible and Baz Luhrmann’s Australia were filmed in and around Broken Hill.
Broken Hill started out as a mining town and tour operators such as Tri State Safaris and Silver City Tours offer outback tours. You can also find 19th-century buildings in nearby in Silverton. The Silverton Hotel, built circa 1880, is a popular film setting and the town is home to the Mad Max Museum.
Parkes, in Country NSW, is home to Parkes Radio Telescope which featured in The Dish, a comedy about the contribution of the telescope to the 1969 Apollo Moon landing. You can visit the CSIRO’s Parkes Observatory, which is 20 km north of Parkes, and discover more about space.
The Snowy Mountains feature in Jindabyne, a crime mystery, and in The Man from Snowy River, based on Banjo Patterson's epic poem of the same name. You can take horse riding tours of this splendid region.
South Coast NSW
On the South Coast, Bermagui is popular for big-game fishing and featured in the comedy The Man Who Sued God, starring Billy Connolly. Ben Mendelson starred in the heartfelt drama Mullet, set in Kiama.
Sydney is home to Fox Studios where a number of big blockbuster movies have and continue to be filmed, including Gods of Egypt, Star Wars Episode 2 and 3, Planet of the Apes, Moulin Rouge and Thor: Love and Thunder.
The Great Gatsby was filmed in and around Sydney and The Gatsby Mansion was filmed at the International College of Management in Manly. Other filming locations included Mount Wilson in The Blue Mountains and Waverly Cemetery.
The Matrix Trilogy, Muriel’s Wedding, Mission Impossible 2 and classic Baz Luhrmann movie Strictly Ballroom were also shot at various locations across Sydney.