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If you are heading Down Under and are looking for the best movies to watch before travelling to Australia this is the selection for you! I have chosen my top 10 best Australian movies to watch. There are some great movies set in Australia which will give you a great introduction to the history, culture. and of course the beauty of the land.

All of these must watch Australian movies are available on DVD or Netflix.

 


RABBIT-PROOF FENCE


Rabbit-Proof Fence

An absolute MUST to watch!

A young aboriginal girl leads her younger sister and cousin in an escape from a government camp, set up as part of the Australian government’s policy to train aboriginal children as domestic workers and integrate them into white society.

A true story and one that highlights the dreadful treatment of aboriginal children and families by the Australian government (the British too) in the 1930’s (and beyond)

 


TRACKS


Tracks

This is the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who leaves her urban life to trek through the sprawling Australian desert. Traversing the outback with 4 camels and her dog Davidson became a national geographic cover sensation after completing her epic journey. Inspirational stuff!

Having spent some time visiting the outback it is incredible what Robyn Davison achieved.

 


THE SAPPHIRES


The Sapphires

The story of 4 Aboriginal women who form an all-girl group in 1968 to entertain American troops in Vietnam.

 


THE DRESSMAKER


The Dressmaker (4K UHD)

Kate Winslet shares centre stage in this movie with the Australian outback. Ever wondered what life is like in those dry, dusty towns miles from anywhere check out this great film. Kate Winslet’s wardrobe is also pretty spectacular!

 


AUSTRALIA


Australia

Having recently visited Bowen where Australia was filmed it seems a natural inclusion on any list of films to watch about well Australia!

A romantic action-adventure epic set in Australia prior to World War II that centres on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a large ranch.

It also stars Hugh Jackman. Need I say more!

 


RED DOG


Red Dog: True Blue

The story about the life of a boy in Western Australia who goes to the outback known as Pilbara. The film is based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community whilst roaming the outback in search of his long lost master.

You will see many Red Dogs in Australia – and beautiful they are too!

Get the hankies ready!

 


THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT


The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

I saw this on Broadway in New York and I can highly recommend it.

Resplendent in flamboyant ballgowns, looking down over the vast red Australian desert: for three showgirls it was the dream of a lifetime, a four week cabaret engagement in Alice Springs. The problem is simply getting there intact, along with their bus Priscilla.

 

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MURIEL’S WEDDING


Muriel’s Wedding

Hysterically funny, fresh and brimming with wit Muriel’s Wedding was a comedy hit celebrated by critics nationwide on its release. No one ever paid much attention to Muriel and her humdrum small-town life, so she and her best friend Rhonda decide to leave it all behind and head for the big city…where they end up having the exciting adventure of their lives!

 


THE CASTLE


The Castle

The Castle is a 1997 Australian comedy film about an “ordinary” Australian family threatened by eviction by way of compulsory acquisition when the nearby airport announces its plans to expand. Unwilling to abandon their home – their “castle” – so easily, the Kerrigans take the matter to the courts.

Another enjoyable Aussie movie!

 


CROCODILE DUNDEE


Crocodile Dundee

I am not apologising for adding this to the list! I think everyone of a certain age will have seen all the Crocodile Dundee films and for me they were (along with the Thorn Birds which ironically wasn’t even filmed in Australia) my first introduction to Australia.

Not sure how Australian’s feel about Crocodile Dundee but the immortal line “That’s not a knife…THIS is a knife” makes the films a must-add to my list!

 


LAST CAB TO DARWIN


Last Cab to Darwin

Rex is a cab driver who has never left the mining town of Broken Hill in his life. When he discovers he doesn’t have long to live, he decides to drive through the heart of the country to Darwin, where he’s heard he will be able to die on his own terms; but along the way he discovers that before you can end your life you’ve got to live it, and to live it you’ve got to learn to share it.

I really liked this film – great acting and amazing scenery as Rex drives all the way from Broken Hill to Darwin!

 


STRICTLY BALLROOM


Strictly Ballroom

Ballroom dancing, a romantic comedy and all set in Australia you can’t go wrong with this 1992 hit film!

 

I hope you enjoy my selection of must see Australian movies. If there are other good Australian movies  I have missed out please let me know in the comments. What are your favourite Australian films?

 


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I have lots of information on my blog about travel in Australia so do check out some of these posts. There is sure to be something to help you plan your trip or move to Australia.

 

 

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Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

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19 thoughts on “10 Australian movies to watch before you visit!

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  2. Jenn | by Land and Sea says:

    You have some great movies featured on this list. When I saw this post I said to myself, “please tell me Priscilla is mentioned in this post! “. Here is where I admit that is one of my all-time favorite movies! In fact I might have to watch it again just for kicks….

  3. Ruth says:

    Had no idea what movies to watch about Australia. I saw the movie “Australia” one time on a plane. The scenery was beautiful but I found the movie a bit slow. Plus, it was really long. I need to check the other options. #feetdotravel

  4. Angie FeetDoTravel says:

    I have seen a few of these movies, but being a lover of all things Oz, it’s no surprise! I watched the stage show of Priscilla, Jason Donovan was the lead and it was brilliant! I was ahuge Neighbours and Home & Away fan when I lived in the UK. #feetdotravel

  5. Lisa says:

    Haven’t heard of most of those movies but as I’m currently planning a trip to Australia I’ll definitely watch a few of them 😀 #Feetdotravel

  6. Kana says:

    What a creative post, Tracy! Such a great list of movies that I admit I haven’t watched other than 1! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday, hope to see you tomorrow! XO

  7. Janine Good says:

    These are great movie recommendations! My husband is Aussie from Sydney and now and then we pull out Crocodile Dundee for him to get a piece of home 🙂 I wasn’t a big fan of the Australia movie, but Muriel’s wedding is good for a few giggles. Thanks for coming to Fly away friday! See you tomorrow xo

  8. Sheree says:

    Love that you have Crocodile Dundee on the list, a definite classic! I would also add in Romper Stomper, it’s pretty violent and hard-hitting but Russell Crowe is amazing in it!

  9. Emily says:

    I’d also add Strange Bedfellows (comedy/feelgood) The Dish (adaptation of a true story based on the 1969 Moon Landing) and Wake In Fright (outback Thriller – this one is definitely not for kids)

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