Movie inspired travel destinations in Australia

Man Surfing at beach near The Macleay Hotel in Potts Point
Where to catch the best waves in Sydney
Located near The Macleay Hotel Potts Point, the Sydney Opera House
Where to get the best view of Sydney
Sydney Opera House at Night located near The Macleay Hotel in Potts Point

Do like Hollywood and go check out Australia!


For those who love to travel, it’s likely that you often notice you’re paying more attention to the imagery of scene as opposed to the characters themselves. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ gives you the itch to explore the wonders of New Zealand. The ‘Da Vinci Code’ entices you to fly out to Paris and do some detective work yourself. And pretty much any scene from any rom-com film set in New York City has you hoping to find love in the big metropolis yourself. These locations tug at travellers’ heart strings and make them yearn to be a part of the set themselves, so what’s holding you back from exploring?

Now we’re brought to the land Down Under where audiences are taken all around the country on wild adventures and romances alike, but there’s one location that seems to have captured the eye of many directors. Sydney’s New South Wales has appeared in tons of your favourite Australian flicks. Come and stay at Potts Point’s Macleay Hotel, as it’s located near many of these film scenes in its central city location. Check out some of these popular flicks that were shot in the popular filming location. They will undoubtedly inspire you to book your next trip to stunning Australia.

‘The Matrix’ 

This cult story has created quite the empire since its release in 1999, spawning movies, cartoons, games, trivia and everything in between – including tourism. When computer programmer Thomas Anderson finds out that the world around him might not actually be real, he sets out on a quest to discover the secrets of the Matrix to free victim’s minds. This movie is incredibly futuristic though isn’t all virtual reality, there are several outdoors scenes that were actually filmed right in Sydney, New South Wales. While everyone can agree the stunts performed in this movie are brilliant, you have to admit the scenery is equally captivating.

Australia's beautiful terrain has been featured in many movies. Australia’s beautiful terrain has been featured in many movies.


Naturally, ‘Australia’ the movie has to be included on the list! Not only does this movie take place in the great country, but it also boasts a cast of Australia’s very own natives like Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. This western-styled film highlights some of the events that occurred around World War II, including the bombing of Darwin. This movie was shot entirely in Australia, including in, as you probably have guessed by now, Sydney, New South Wales. As you watch a young, British aristocrat inspect her newly inherited cattle ranch and fall in love with rough local cattle drover, you’ll be in wanting of a visit to the very country that inspired the tale.

‘Crocodile Dundee’

‘Crocodile Dundee’ has been entertaining audiences since 1986. This Australian classic was inspired by the real life Rodney Ansell, who survived a boating accident and spent two months duking it out in the wilderness by himself, reports IMBd. In the movie however, it’s Mick Dundee versus the outback as he survives a crocodile attack (hence the name) and becomes quite famous for it. His story introduces him to New York journalist Sue Charlton whom he becomes so enamoured with he returns to the Empire State with her. Hilarity ensues as this tough outbacker tries to fit into the concrete jungle. Of course, there’s no place like home and the excitement returns to his motherland including, the famous New South Wales, where you’ll likely want to visit after this thrilling movie concludes.

Come see some of these filming locations for yourself. Come see some of these filming locations for yourself.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’  

If you’re wondering what postapocolyptic Australia looks like, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ might give you an idea. This movie is some serious nonstop action as a group of women seek refuge from an evil tyrannical ruler whom has most of these women imprisoned as his wives. Once he finds out they’ve escaped an exhilarating hunt to get them back ensues. Filmed all across the country, including Sydney’s New South Wales, this movie will have your blood boiling for a crazy adventure of your own, though hopefully you’ll have less people chasing you.

Don’t forget that when you’re done exploring some of the city’s famous landmarks that you’ll need a place to rest your weary self. The Macleay Hotel is such place that is fit for the glamorous stay of a film star, though much more affordable. Book your stay and enjoy the city, or rather, the movie!