10 Australian movies to watch before you visit!

10 Australian movies to watch before you visit!

Since arriving in Australia I have found out about a lot of movies that I wish I had watched before moving here. I have therefore (in the interests of research) spent a number of hours in the evenings plonked in front of the TV watching Australian movies.

Some great, some excellent and some just really meh! After all that binge watching I have decided that one of the movies is now in my TOP 3 ALL TIME TOP FILMS – much to my husband’s horror as he has had to endure it 3 times (well visitors from the UK need to see it!!) If you are wondering the movie is Muriel’s Wedding!

So after hours of watching which Australian movies would I recommend now I have had the opportunity to catch up on all-things Aussie on Netflix and Stan?

*I keep adding to the list so there are definitely more than 10 now!!!

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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)


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.



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!


My top 5 things to do in Bowen Queensland



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!


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.


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 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! Bogans!


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!


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!


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 movies based in Australia! If there are others I have missed out please let me know in the comments! What are your favourite Australian films!

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  1. Linda Tallett
    March 25, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Great list, not heard of some of them! Will start looking for them now and let you know what we think! ?

  2. Jenn | by Land and Sea
    March 30, 2018 / 3:08 am

    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….

    • TracyJane
      March 30, 2018 / 5:13 am

      Thanks Jenn- Priscilla had to be in there!!!

    • TracyJane
      March 31, 2018 / 7:47 am

      Had to be there! And Crocodile Dundee of course – I grew up loving those films!

  3. March 30, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    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
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  4. March 31, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    I think I would love Priscilla! Sounds like my kind of movie! I also really enjoyed the movie Australia but remember it being super long! #FeetDoTravel
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  5. April 2, 2018 / 3:34 am

    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

  6. April 2, 2018 / 8:11 am

    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
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  7. April 11, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    Great list of movies to watch. I have seen a few and already want to visit Australia. I must make it high on my bucket-list to go. I really enjoyed seeing the movie Australia. #feetdotravel

  8. April 12, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    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

  9. April 12, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    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

  10. April 14, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    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!

    • TracyJane
      April 15, 2018 / 8:53 am

      I will look out for that! Not seen it!

  11. Emily
    September 14, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    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)

    • TracyJane
      September 15, 2018 / 12:19 am

      Fab I will add them in!