Movie Buff’s Aussie Holiday Guide

The Movie Buff's Aussie Holiday Guide
Franki Hobson


Nov 26, 2015

The Dressmaker, Victoria
Set in a fictional town in rural Victoria, The Dressmaker is a tale of romanticism and revenge starring Kate Winslet, a glamorous dressmaker, who returns to her small hometown and transforms local fashion trends whilst exacting revenge on those who wronged her in the past. While we can’t vouch you’ll strike that kind of drama, the vistas you’ll see in country Victoria and South Australia will be just as breathtaking as those that inspired Kate’s dressmaking. Make sure you also stop by the quaint seaside town of Victor Harbour, and linger in the rolling hills of Barossa for the full Dressmaker experience.

The Movie Buff's Aussie Holiday Guide
The Dressmaker.
The Movie Buff's Aussie Holiday Guide
Kangaroo Island is a foodie paradise.

Muriel’s Wedding, New South Wales
Perpetual daydreamer and ABBA obsessive, Muriel, heads to Sydney to escape the tedium of her everyday rural life and showcases the city spirit of Australia. Filmed in locations including Darlinghurst and Western Sydney, Muriel’s Wedding shines the spotlight on Australia’s show-stopping ‘Harbour City’. Jump aboard a Sydney and the Blue Mountains tour to enjoy the very best of Sydney – a harbour cruise, historic city stroll and a trip to the mesmerising Blue Mountains. Who knows, you may even met someone special too!

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Sydney’s iconic landmarks and stunning harbour.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Northern Territory 
Follow in the footsteps of our favourite two drag queens and a transsexual as they venture from Sydney to Alice Springs on the trail of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the much loved comedy-drama set in the vast expanses of the spiritual heart of Australia and beyond. Take an outback adventure tour and explore the sacred site of Uluru, see the Red Centre set alight during the first rays of dawn and learn about Aboriginal culture from a local guide in Alice Springs.

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Priscilla and co: rocked the red earth…
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Have a spiritual awakening at Uluru.

The Castle, Victoria
Based in an outer Melbourne blue collar suburb, the iconic movie The Castle tells the story of the Kerrigan family whose modest lifestyle comes under threat when developers tell them they must vacate their beloved family home following plans to expand a nearby airport. Fall in love with the Kerrigan’s Melbourne exploring the dynamic art and cultural hub, café culture, winding laneways, and then along the stunningly scenic Great Ocean Road.

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Iconic Aussie flick The Castle celebrates our love for runway homes!
The Movie Buff's Aussie Holiday Guide
Melbourne – the city of culture, cafes, shopping and scenic wonderlands.

Red Dog, Western Australia
A compelling tale of man’s best friend, Red Dog tells the true story of one dog’s epic adventure across Western Australia in search of his long-lost master. Take your own western adventure on the Western Wonderland guided holiday following in the footsteps of Koko through the golden outback, with stops at cosmopolitan Perth, Nambung National Park and don’t forget to indulge in the outstanding food and wine experiences of Margaret River.

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Red Dog was the hero of the outback.
The Movie Buff's Aussie Holiday Guide
Western Australia’s infamous Pinnacles.

Planning on booking an Aussie bus tour? Check out AAT Kings for a great range. 


By Franki Hobson


Franki Hobson has worn many hats during her many years as a women's lifestyle journalist and editor. Her launching pad was COSMOPOLITAN magazine, where she moved from News & Entertainment Editor to Features Director, covering everything from the legalisation of the Morning After Pill to Gwen Stefani, fashion, beauty, sex, health, fitness, entertainment and relationships. Franki Hobson is a contributing lifestyle writer for The Carousel.


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