10 Movies You Didn't Know Were Filmed in Australia

10 Movies You Didn't Know Were Filmed in Australia

21 June 2017

By: Alison Mass


Here are 10 movies we bet you didn't know were filmed in Australia!

1. The Great Gatsby (2013) 

The exterior of Gatsby's mansion was filmed at the International College of Management in Manly - Sydney. The entrance to Gatsby's Mansion was shot on Cooks Road in Centennial Park, Sydney. 

The Great Gatsby (2013)

2. The Matrix (1999) 

Most of The Matrix was filmed within the heart of Sydney's CBD. The Sydney Tower, Martin Place fountain and the St. James Railway Station are all well recognisable Sydney locations in the film. 

The Matrix (1999)

3. Babe the Gallant Pig (1995) 

Shot within the rolling landscapes of Robertson, New South Wales, Babe was one of the first films to use a combination of real and animatronic animal characters. 

Babe the Gallant Pig (1995)

4. Unbroken (2014) 

The movie Unbroken was filmed all over NSW, with scenes shot in Sydney, including the Japanese street shots on Pitt Street and a 1936 Olympic Games stadium played out in the Blacktown International Sportspark. The Cockatoo Islands and Werris Creek were also major locations in the movies filming. 

Unborken rescue scene

5. Lion (2016) 

Filming initially began in Kolkata, India but was then moved completely to Australia 3 short months later (split between Melbourne and Tasmania). Nicole Kidman of course did all her shooting in Australia. 

Nicole Kidman of course did all her shooting in Australia

6. Ghost Rider (2007) 

Although this film's plot takes place in 'Texas,' the movie was shot entirely in Melbourne within a 20 block radius of the city. 

Ghost Rider (2007)

7. Fools Gold (2008) 

This movie was originally planned to be shot in the Caribbean Islands but was moved to Queensland, Australia because of hurricane season. Most beach footage is filmed near the Great Barrier Reef and the cast stayed in luxury homes along the Gold Coast. 


Fools Gold (2008)

8. Mission Impossible 2 (2000) 

Argyll St. in The Rocks was filmed as Seville, Spain where Tom Cruise meets Nyah. The entire street was shut down for the movie and dust was added to the bricks and pavement to make it look older. Most of the rest of the movie was shot in the CBD of Sydney.

Mission Impossible 2 (2000) 

9. Superman Returns (2006) 

Most of the filming for this movie took place in Sydney's Fox Studios. There were a few high profile action scenes that happened within the CBD of the city, the Mustang car chase that happens as a diversion for the Metropolis Museum robbery was all shot in Martin Place. 

Superman Returns (2006)

10. Dead Calm (1989) 

As one of Nicole Kidman's very first 'breakthrough' films, it's only fitting that Dead Calm was shot entirely in Australia. This early psychological thriller was shot in the Great Barrier Reef and all along the Gold Coast. 

Dead Calm (1989)